Former presidents buddy up and discuss what it means to be ‘presidential’

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Yakking it up like two old buddies, past presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton appeared together in a forum in Dallas on Thursday to offer indirect advice to President Trump.

They never mentioned him by name during the nearly hour-long discussion in front of an audience of approximately 300, but it was clear who the two were hoping to influence when they said things like, “If you want to be president, realize it’s about the people, not about you,” according to Clinton.

“He (Clinton) was humble in victory, which is very important in dealing with other people,” Bush said.

Clinton added, “You want to be able to say ‘things were better off when I quit, kid’s had a better future, things were coming together.’ You don’t want to say, ‘God, look at all the people I beat.'”

Despite being from opposite sides of the aisle, Bush noted that while he was in office, he sometimes asked for Clinton’s advice, which Clinton had graciously offered when he left office.

“The decisions you make have a monumental effect on people,” Bush said, noting that humility is a key quality for any president. “Presidency is often defined by the unexpected. It makes the job interesting.”

Clinton had this bit of sage advice, “If you don’t deal with the incoming fire, it will undermine your ability to do anything else. If all you deal with is incoming fire, you can’t keep the promises you made when you were running.”

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