The soon-to-be ex-president is planning to "replenish the ol' coffers" on the lecture circuit. Will anybody be willing to pay?
The lecture circuit is the fate that awaits all ex-presidents of the United States, and a little over a week from now, it will be President Bush's turn to take the gilded podium. According to one industry source, Bush is already in talks with Washington, D.C., lawyer Robert Barnett, who helped manage Bill Clinton's transition to the private sector and negotiated Laura Bush's recent book deal. (Barnett declined to comment for this article). Bush has wondered aloud about his after-dinner career. In an interview for Robert Draper's 2007 book Dead Certain, Bush said that he planned to "replenish the ol' coffers" on the lecture circuit, where he could make "ridiculous money."
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