George W. Bush: ‘Not One’ of My Friends Thought I Would Be President One Day

By Melanie Arter | April 25, 2013 | 10:42 AM EDT

Former President George W. Bush (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

( – Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday that none of his friends thought he would be president one day.

In an interview with C-SPAN Wednesday, former first lady Laura Bush asked her husband how many of his college friends thought he would be president, and he replied: “None. Not one.”

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Mrs. Bush explained that access was integral in the decision to choose Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, as the site of the George W. Bush Presidential library.

“I know from my years of being a librarian that access is very important. If you want people to use your library, any library, your public library or your school library or your presidential library, you need to be where people can get to it easily,” she said.

In addition to access, Mrs. Bush said “nostalgia and fondness for me to get to be on my campus where I’d gone to school,” was another determining factor.

“I would have never guessed when I graduated from SMU that I would come back here at the age I came back and spend the rest of my life here, and I’m thrilled and really happy to have that. Many of my friends who were my friends at SMU will be here for the opening of the library. My friends since I was in college are still our good friends,” she said.

The former president asked Mrs. Bush how many of her friends at college thought she would marry a president one day. She responded by asking him how many of his friends thought he would be president.

“None. Not one,” he said.