President Bush said Monday that he is looking forward to stepping out of the bright spotlight of the presidency.
Bush has repeatedly insisted that a smooth transition between his administration and the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama is a top priority for his final months in office and said Monday that it will be important for him to “get off the stage.”
“I think it’s going to be real important for me to get off the stage,” Bush said. “We got a new man coming on the stage; I wish him all the very best. And I don't want to be out there critiquing him his every move.”
The president echoed his wish to step out of the limelight last week saying, “frankly, I'm not going to miss the limelight all that much.”
“It's been a fabulous experience to be the president,” he said. “But it will be nice to see the Klieg lights shift somewhere else.”
First Lady Laura Bush shared similar sentiments during an appearance Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” saying she looks forward to a post-presidency “afterlife.”