Bush: 'I Never Sold My Soul'

Says he knows he's unpopular
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2008 4:43 AM CST
President Bush says he never compromised his soul for popularity.   (AP Photo/)
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(Newser) – President Bush knows he doesn't have a lot of fans, but is proud that he didn't "compromise my soul to be a popular guy," he tells Fox News. It's particularly tough to like him given the current economic situation, he concedes. "What do you expect? We've got a major economic problem and I'm the president during the major economic problem," he said. "Do people approve of the economy? No. I don't approve of the economy."

But even though he's a "free-market guy," the president said he's "not going to let this economy crater to preserve the free market system." His administration is still looking at ways to aid automakers. All in all, he's had a lot on his plate, Bush explained. "I've been a wartime president. I've dealt with two recessions," he said. "I've had, hell, a lot of serious challenges."