Bush: ‘I want the President to succeed.’

Former Vice President Dick Cheney seized an opportunity to attack President Obama during an interview on CNN last Sunday, saying Obama’s policies “raise the risk” of another terror attack in the U.S. Offering more class than his former VP, former President Bush yesterday declined to criticize Obama. In a seeming rebuke to Cheney, Bush said, “I love my country a lot more than I love politics,” he said:

“He was not my first choice for president, but, when he won, I thought it was good for the United States of America,” Mr. Bush said.

“I want the President to succeed,” he added, “I love my country a lot more than I love politics…I’m not going to spend my time criticizing him. There are plenty of critics in that arena,” he continued.

Bush said that Obama “deserves my silence and if he wants my help he can pick up the phone and call me,” adding, “I think it is essential that he be helped in office.” Bush’s desire to see Obama succeed stands in stark contrast to many of his Republican friends on Capitol Hill and their leader, Rush Limbaugh. Will Limbaugh criticize Bush for not sharing his hope that Obama fails?