George W. Bush ‘wanted dad to be alive’ to read biography

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Credit: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Portrait of father and son from 2008.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former President George W. Bush said Tuesday that he wanted to publish his personal biography about his father, former President George H.W. Bush, now because “I wanted dad to be alive — to be able to see how much not only I care for him but a lot of people care for him.”

“His presidency in many ways was overshadowed by his predecessor, and that’s understandable,” Bush said. “[But] people are beginning to reassess the presidency of 41 and I want to be a part of that process and I wanted him to know that that process was going to take place.”

Bush’s comments came at an event with his father Tuesday marking the launch of the 43rd president’s personal biography of the 41st president. It was held at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station.

The younger Bush called it “a pretty good read” about his father and subject — who he said is the best one-term president in U.S. history.

He said the inspiration came from a conversation with the daughter of renowned presidential biographer David McCullough, who told him that her father had always wished he could have read a book by John Quincy Adams about his father, John Adams.

Bush said he thought: “Well I can do that.”

The event came amid increased focus on the Bush family as another member, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, considers a run for president — with a decision expected late this year or early next year.