Prodigal Dubya, Texas Slowly Get Reacquainted

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2009 1:56 PM CDT

(Newser) – Former President Bush is gradually reentering life as a private citizen in Texas, Newsweek reports, but he's doing it gingerly and on his own terms. While many Texans agree that Dubya's still the friendly, aw-shucks guy they sent to Washington eight years ago, he's definitely keeping clear of dissent. “He is in home territory for sure,” a Texas historian said. “He doesn't enjoy naysayers and critics and opposition. Never has. And right now, he needs that nurturing cocoon that he is in.”

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That “nurturing cocoon” includes friends and neighbors in his Dallas community, but not Texas’ political class. “It is the name that shall not be spoken,” said a consultant, adding that “it's a different time and a different deal” than the Texas that sent him to the White House in 2000. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t a hit at a local school appearance, though his response to a parent urging him to help out with a haunted house was telling: “I'd make a good ghost,” Bush replied. (Read more George W. Bush stories.)

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