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George W. Bush not worried about history, shows off paintings

The 43rd president stopped by 'The Tonight Show' to talk about his legacy and give Jay Leno a gift.

By Gabrielle Levy
George W. Bush not worried about history, shows off paintings

Nov. 20 (UPI) -- George W. Bush stopped by to visit with Jay Leno, reflecting on his time in the White House and since, and hand delivering a portrait of The Tonight Show host.

The 43rd president was reflective, touching lightly on his successor's struggles and brushing off Leno's criticisms.

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"Better him than me," Bush said, but adding "I don't think it's good for the country to have a former president criticize his successor."

Bush said he's enjoying his quiet retirement on his ranch in Texas.

"Eight years is plenty," he said. "I don't miss the spotlight."

While Bush's legacy has been a convenient whipping boy for both ends of the political spectrum, the man himself doesn't seem overly concerned with his place in history.

"If they're still writing biographies of the first guy [George Washington], the 43rd guy doesn't need to worry," he said.

Enjoy the interview, above.

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