Bush Likes His 'Liberating' New Life in the Burbs
Former president tells high school seniors he's relieved to be in suburbia
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2009 6:46 AM CDT
Former President George Bush speaks at a reception for high school seniors receiving the 2009 Chase Foundation Scholarship at Artesia High School in Artesia, NM, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Roswell Daily Record Mark Wilson)
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(Newser) – Being wrist-deep in dog poo makes a nice change of pace from being neck-deep in responsibilities, George W. Bush told a group of New Mexico high school seniors yesterday. Bush, in one of his few public appearances since leaving office, said it felt liberating to be out of the Oval Office and returning to normal life in suburbia, AP reports.

"I realized this was the first time I'd been walking in a neighborhood for 14 years," Bush said of his first walk around his Dallas suburb, where former first dog Barney made a mess on a neighbor's lawn. "And there I was, former president of the United States of America, with a plastic bag on my hand," Bush recalled. "Life is returning back to normal."