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Only when it comes to questions of gay rights, Bush is ‘off the stage’

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Former U.S. President George W. Bush on Thursday dodged an opportunity to weigh in on whether his views on marriage equality have evolved since leaving office more than four years ago.

Bush, appearing on “CBS This Morning” told anchor Charlie Rose, “I’m not weighing in on these issues because I made a decision to get off the stage, so I’m off the stage.”

But in the same segment, Bush did, however, comment on issues including immigration and terrorist attacks.

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In 2004, Bush endorsed a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, stating, “Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society.”

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  1. Who the hell cares? I still can’t get over the fact that he has a “library” .I always assumed he was basically illerate.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:08pm
  2. He’s from Texas, a Republican. Need any more reasons why? LOL

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:10pm
  3. he’s also off his rocker

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:10pm
  4. He has no conscience and no morals…

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:11pm
  5. coward

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:11pm
  6. I felt bad for Bush. It’s like putting a chimp in the oval office then beating it when it does a bad job. I mean, what did anyone expect?

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:12pm
  7. Not far enough off!

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:12pm
  8. No surprise :/

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:12pm
  9. of course he dodges it. but if you told him it would make him lots of money and keep him in the spotlight he would definitely weigh in . worthless chimp indeed

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:13pm
  10. He’s off the stage … and the rest of us couldn’t be happier.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:13pm
  11. did he look at the repoter with his blank stare an say office ?? what office,, i have an office ??

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:17pm
  12. I wonder if they have “My Pet Goat” on display or for loan at his Presidential Library?

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:26pm
  13. He never could answer a question without someone writing the answer for him

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:30pm
  14. I dunno, I don’t blame him for not wanting to involve himself in current politics. He is retired, and just because he doesn’t want to involve himself doesn’t mean he’s anti-lgbt. He could be pro-gay marriage now, for all we know, and just not want to look like a hypocrite for what he’s advertised on the party line in the past. In 2004, almost all republicans were against gay marriage. That’s changing, and rapidly. His grandfather, the senator, was actually very modern on birth control, so I don’t think a change of opinion on a pervasive social issue is out of the question, especially given the number of politicians, even republicans, who have begun to support gay marriage (Rob Portman, etc)

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:38pm
  15. Who cares? Really.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:38pm
  16. yes, but he’ll comment on current issues such as immigration and terrorist attacks. on the stage or off the stage?

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:41pm
  17. he’s only repeating his previous opinions though, in typical bush fashion-there’s no controversy concerning bush in those topics right now, except what we already know about. i think it’s possible he’s not commenting on gay marriage because he doesn’t want to become a hero or a villain in the public eye, or in the eyes of pro or anti-lgbt pluralities based on his opinion. Regardless of his stance, commenting either way would throw him under public scrutiny again and I don’t think he wants that. Most retired presidents don’t, especially ones that weren’t well-liked in office (i.e. Carter, Ford)

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:47pm
  18. I’m not saying I like bush, I’m just saying that drawing the conclusion he’s anti-lgbt and a coward from refraining from comment on marriage equality is perhaps not looking deep enough into the current tide of republican and ultimately political ideology to the fact that Bush doesn’t want to be in the public eye again. His approval rating is the highest its been in nearly a decade, and he doesn’t want to become a source of attention.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:50pm
  19. He’d be screwed either way, in the public eye.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:55pm
  20. That’s just me tho, there’s probably more to it

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:56pm
  21. Why would he evolve?

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:57pm
  22. The chimp would do a better job. Don’t insult the creature of superior intelligence…

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 1:06pm
  23. he is illiterate and off the stage, he should go back to the whole he came out of, so nobody has to listen to him anymore. Enough already!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 1:14pm
  24. I, for one, am thrilled he is off the stage. His opinion about anything means less to me than the temperature on the surface of Pluto. No effect on my life whatsoever.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 1:26pm
  25. Thank God you’re off the stage.. Took you long enough to get out.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 1:55pm
  26. I’m surprised: he was so vocal about his social conservatism while in office… o.O

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 2:00pm
  27. BOZO!!!

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 2:18pm
  28. But OF COURSE…..he is, after all, DUMB Bush. He doesnt even know where he stands, let alone take a stand.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 3:10pm
  29. Wonder where they scraped up the junk to fill “his” library? What a laugh.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 3:28pm
  30. Your Wars & Economic Destruction Were NOT a Theatrical Play, you Nitwit!

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 3:30pm
  31. Anyone who chokes on a pretzel shouldn’t even be asked a question such as this

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 3:32pm
  32. Remeber, he doesn’t believe in evolution

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 3:43pm
  33. He’s a big mess.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:11pm