"Bush: Laura and I gave up entertaining because of the Iraq war."
During an interview yesterday with NBC News’s John Yang, President Bush offered his reason as to why he and his wife Laura haven’t been “big entertainers” at the White House over the years:
BUSH: We’ve had a lot of fun in this experience. We haven’t been a real social first couple. A lot of it had to do with the war. There were periods of the presidency where it was just inappropriate to be big entertainers But we had a lot of friends and family here in the White House and its been really a lot of fun.
Last May, Bush also said that he gave up golfing because of the Iraq war, in “solidarity” with U.S. troops and their families. Nevertheless, as Bush noted, his time in the White House has “been really a lot of fun.”