"Publisher: Bush will receive ‘minimal interest’ on the lecture circuit."
In 2007, President Bush told biographer Robert Draper that he would “replenish the ol’ coffers” by going around and giving speeches after office, where he could make “ridiculous money.” But it’s unlikely that Bush will be rolling in the dough. Interviewed by the Daily Beast, a publisher said Bush will likely only receive “minimal interest” because of his unpopularity:
“My feeling is that for the first year there probably will be minimal interest in him,” said one agent who works in the public speaking business. “There have been other former presidents who’ve been unpopular leaving office, but nobody’s ever been this unpopular. After a year, though, people forget and then he’ll have a very lucrative career.”