George W. Bush On “Poncho” Incident, Response To Inauguration

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NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) – Former President George W. Bush says he can’t remember if he said “that was some weird s***” after President Trump’s inauguration speech in January.

He was asked about the alleged remark in an interview that aired on NPR’s “Morning Edition” Thursday. New York Magazine reported last month that Bush had made the comment, citing three people who were also present at the ceremony.

“If I said it, I don’t remember it,” Bush said in an interview on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” adding that the inauguration is a “beautiful experience” because it’s the peaceful transition of power.

He does, however, clearly remember his awkward response to rain that day.

“I wish I got the rain poncho on a little more cleanly,” Bush joked, referring to his struggle to put on a transparent poncho during the ceremony as it began to rain. “My daughters were aghast. ‘Dad, you’re a national tweet sensation. You’re trending,’ or whatever the words are. I said, ‘I don’t know what the heck that means.’ But then I saw the pictures and I can see why I was trending.”

Asked again if he made the “weird s***” comment, Bush said, “I just don’t remember, David. I really don’t.”

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