Compared to other former presidents, George W. Bush has kept a relatively low profile since leaving office in 2009 — working on his book, his Presidential Center at Southern Methodist and going on a joint humanitarian mission to earthquake-ravaged Haiti (where while touring the region he managed to create a viral stir wiping his hand on Bill Clinton’s shirt).
The move is no doubt driven in part by a forthcoming marketing push for the book ( “Decision Points”) Bush has been working on. (The Twitter account — labeled "George Bush Fans" — is not yet verified, and a few of his tweets are in third person; in one, he pimps his wife Laura’s bestselling memoir.)
It’s also, in part, to let his Facebook “fans” and Twitter followers know what he’s been up to the last 18 months:
Since leaving office, President Bush has remained active. He has visited 20 states and 8 countries; given over 65 speeches; launched the George W. Bush Presidential Center; participated in 4 policy conferences through The Bush Institute; finished the first draft of his memoir, “Decision Points”; and partnered with President Clinton to establish the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. More on his activities in future posts…
As he "wrote" in his first tweet, "stay tuned."
UPDATE: The Twitter account is being maintained by the George W. Bush Presidential Center, according to Jake Tapper. So if you were hoping for personal tweets, well, shame on you!
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