Of course, he already got what he wanted out of the deal: to be called President for eight years, and now he gets to look statesmanlike. So how can he criticize Obama? Bush never had any opinions. He delegated that. There was brush to be cleared.
"I'm not going to spend my time criticizing him. There are plenty of critics in the arena," Bush said. "He deserves my silence."
Bush said he wants Obama to succeed and said it's important that he has that support. Talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has said he hoped Obama would fail.
"I love my country a lot more than I love politics," Bush said. "I think it is essential that he be helped in office."