They may be from opposite parties, but Bill Clinton and George
W. Bush actually share a lot in common these days. They’re baby
boomers, about a month apart in age, and among 13 president who
have served two consecutive terms.
They’re also devoted grandfathers who love to brag about how
smart their progeny are.
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Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at the
graduation ceremony of the 2017 Presidential Leadership
Scholars Class in Dallas on Thursday.
The two men met Thursday for a panel discussion as part of the
2017 graduating class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars
Program. That’s when Bush posed a challenge to Clinton.
“Can your granddaughter sing ‘Happy Birthday’ in Mandarin? Mine
can,” said Bush (or “Jefe,” as his grandkids call him).
“Pop-Pop” Clinton admitted his granddaughter could not.
“But she can in Spanish,” he shot back.
Clinton was elected to the White House by defeating Bush’s
father in a 1992 re-election bid. But despite that history, the
two are now such good friends that Bush called Clinton “a
brother from a different mother.”
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Their discussion took place in Dallas at the George W. Bush
Presidential Center. Without mentioning President Trump, they
both agreed that humility is the most important quality for
a person to have to become a successful commander in chief.
Bush recalled how Clinton was humble following his victory
against his father, a quality that is “very important in
dealing with other people.
“I think it’s really important to know what you don’t know and
to listen to people who do know what you don’t know,” Bush
Clinton, who has deepened his friendship with his
predecessor after leaving office, agreed.
“I think the most important thing is to be humble. To listen,
to realize everybody’s got a story,” he said, adding: “Realize
it’s about the people, not you.”