“I don’t know how living in the White House makes Obama understand stuff,” former U.S. President George W. Bush said in a radio interview yesterday. “I lived in the White House for eight years and I didn’t understand shit.”
Bush was responding to a report that President Barak Obama had once interrupted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the words: “I live here, in this house. I live in the White House. I managed to get elected president of the United States. You think I don’t understand what you’re talking about, but I do.”
Obama’s statement was quoted by journalist Jeffrey Goldberg in the latest issue of The Atlantic magazine.
“I also got elected president and lived in the White House for eight years,” Bush told that Houston-area radio station KTBZ-FM.
“And that didn’t stop me from starting two wars, virtually bankrupting the country and letting Wall Street run amok. So I think it’s plain wrong to say that you understand stuff just because you’re president.”
“It took me my entire first term to figure out that Iraq and Iran weren’t the same place,” Bush continued, “and when Rummy told me he wanted to invade Afghanistan I thought he was talking about Africa … or was it Antarctica?”
Presidential candidate Donald Trump reiterated Bush’s criticism of the president, saying “if we understood stuff we wouldn’t be Republicans.”