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President And Laura Bush Discuss Post-White House "Afterlife"

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In a Dallas Morning News interview less than two weeks before the end of his presidency, George W. Bush discussed what he expects from life after the White House.

"Being a type-A personality, I'm confident I'll be able to fill my days with activities," the president said.

Mr. Bush's days will reportedly be filled with bike rides, going to his office, a memoir, and perhaps baseball games. He will also be working on the presidential library and Freedom Institute to be built at Southern Methodist University.

"This is not going to be a 'George Bush Is a Wonderful Person Center,' or the 'Center for Republican Party Campaign Tactics,'" Mr. Bush said. "It's going to be a place of debate, thought, writing, lecturing."

Laura Bush also sat down for the interview to discuss what she referred to as the "afterlife." She spoke about the house she found in Dallas for the soon-to-be-former first couple, noting that she almost gave up on finding a house that was already built that she liked.

Had his wife not found a house, the president said, "I don't know what we would be doing – living in an apartment or hanging out with some friend, or something."

"I don't intend to be very political," the president added when discussing what comes next. "I do know that our party must be broad-gauged, must be for things and not against things."

Mr. Bush also told the paper he wished his brother had decided to run a Florida Senate seat. Jeb Bush recently announced that he would not run for the office.

"I am disappointed he didn't run," he said. "I haven't talked to him since he made the decision."

"He'd be a great senator and I'm disappointed for the country," added the president.

The president was asked where Job Bush's decision left the Bush legacy.

"You meant to ask: What is the future of the Bush family?" the president replied with a laugh. "We will be healthy, happy people."

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