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Bush: "I Did Not Sell My Soul"

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 03:25 PM ET

Bush Burned In Effigy

As part of a Canadian cross-country speaking tour, George W. Bush reminisced about the years of his presidency on Thursday, at a $400-a-seat steak luncheon. The tour is organized in part, The Vancouver Sun reports, to promote his upcoming memoir, and if this speech is any indicator of what's to come, the book will be thin on regrets.

"I am confident that I made decisions based on principle, that I made calls as best I could, and I did not sell my soul," Bush told an audience of about 1,000 men and women...

(If "I did not sell my soul" is not fodder for Bush's upcoming motivational speaking gig, I'm not sure what is.)

He did mention regretting standing in front of the "Mission Accomplished" banner in 2003. The Sun reports:

While Bush's speech was mostly eloquent and free of the language gaffes he admits he is famous for, he said he regretted appearing in front of a "Mission Impossible" sign during a televised address in 2003. The controversial banner referring to the U.S. mission in Iraq, actually said "Mission Accomplished."

Outside, about 300 protesters burned "W." in effigy and hurled shoes.