George W. Bush: ‘I’m Not That Friendly to Washington’

By Melanie Arter | April 25, 2013 | 12:03 PM EDT

President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney (AP Photo)

( – Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday in an interview with C-SPAN that while he and former first lady Laura Bush have friends in Washington, he doesn’t miss Washington.

“I really don’t miss Washington. It was an unbelievably exciting experience to be up there for eight years, but I think I told you before that when your time’s up, you exit the stage and let the next man in this case give it his best shot, and so while we’ve got friends in Washington, I’m not all that friendly to Washington,” Bush said.

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Bush was asked what his relationship with former Vice President Dick Cheney was since the former president left the White House.

“It’s been cordial, but he lives in Washington, and we live in Dallas, and one of the saddest things about departing Washington is that you miss your pals,” Bush said.

“And a lot of people were there for all eight years, and I became good friends with them, like Vice President Cheney, and I just—I don’t see him much,” he said. “And I don’t see many of the people I worked with much, and that’s—it’s kind of sad. It’s great to be in Texas however.”

“They’ll all be here for the opening though,” Mrs. Bush said, “and that’ll be really fun – a great reunion with lots of people that worked in the administration.”