02/21/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Former Aide: Bush Feels "Joyful" And "Free"

On a panel this morning here at Atlantic's HQ, former Bush administration communications counselor Karen Hughes praised President Barack Obama's inauguration speech, but she was uncomfortable, she said, with a few nasty jabs that Obama seemed to sneak in.


Hughes insisted she was speaking for herself -- "he didn't say a word," she said of the former president. Asked what Bush did say, Hughes said he said he felt "joyful" and "free."

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