President Bush Says No to 'DWTS'
October 12, 2011
Former President George W. Bush hasn't been officially asked to appear on Dancing with the Stars, but said he would politely decline the invitation if contacted. However, the ex commander-in-chief did say he'd gladly watch former President Bill Clinton compete if he accepted the challenge someday to burn up the dance floor.
"Yeah, I'd watch him," Bush told The Insider's Kevin Frazier in a recent interview. "I'd watch him but I'm not going to go on Dancing with the Stars." Bush joked that Clinton -- who recently revealed that he once turned down an invitation to appear on the hit ABC dancing show because he didn't have time to train for it -- would surely be "a long shot."
When asked whether he thought Hollywood had treated him fairly, the former president responded: "Oh I don't know, I didn't pay much attention to it one way or the other. You know, all you can do in life is do the very best you can do. Anyway, somebody told me there's a movie made of me and they asked, 'What did you think of it?' and I said, 'I didn't watch it.' That pretty well summarizes it."
Bush also spoke about his passion for the Warrior Open, a golf tournament in Texas in which U.S. service members who were injured while serving their country compete. "So we're hosting a golf tournament for people who have been severely wounded in combat, and it's an amazing experience. To see people on a prosthesis hit a golf ball a long way -- a lot longer than I can."
Bush also spoke at a dinner to benefit the wounded service members that featured a performance by the country music band Rascal Flatts, which received a rousing welcome by U.S. military families in attendance when Bush announced their appearance. "And so Rascal Flatts came and helped, and you heard the noise when I introduced [them]," Bush said.
"All of you heroes, we thank you for your service," said the band's lead singer Gary LeVox. "We thank you for our freedom and giving us all the opportunity to do what we do for a living."
Stay tuned to The Insider for Kevin's full interview with the former president later on this month.