Hey Brother, Can You Spare a Job?

Bush's prospects appear grim in crippled economy
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2009 4:26 PM CST
President George W. Bush delivers his farewell address to the nation from the East Room of the White House Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – President Bush is looking for work in the worst job market in decades. He might call it unemployment, but his critics call it "poetic justice," Daniel Gross writes in Slate. After leaving Washington, Bill Clinton reported income of $90 million—a figure Bush is unlikely to match given the recession and, well, the spite of the nation. "Ex-presidents peddle image, presence, and experience," Gross writes. "In Bush's case, each is tarnished."

Book deals won’t come easy to Bush, who has admitted an inability to reflect on life. "It's hard to know what he could say that would be compelling,” said one publisher. Public speaking gigs may also prove elusive, but he could land work in private equity. If Jimmy Carter taught us anything, it’s that unpopular presidents do get second acts: "We may be too quick to write off Bush's prospects," Gross concludes.