Posted on November 5, 2010
DISH Network will be bringing viewers an exclusive Matt Lauer interview with former U.S. President George W. Bush, his first television interview since leaving the oval office two years ago. The presidential interview will air Monday, November 8th at 8:00 PM ET on primetime during NBC News' Matt Lauer Reports Interview with George W. Bush. George W. Bush will also make a live appearance on the Today Show with Matt Lauer the following day, November 9th so be sure to set your DISH DVR for the live interview reactions if you'll be at work. During the primetime interview, President Bush will be sharing pieces from his recent autobiography, Decision Points, which is set to hit bookstores on Tuesday. President Bush's new book does not exactly portray a chronological timeline of his life, but instead gets down to the core of turning points in his life, both political and personal, like when he decided to become sober when he reached 40 years old. As excerpts from the interview are released by NBC, we can see that this interview will cover all bases from the war in Iraq to Kanye West. Below is an excerpt from Monday's interview, via DISH Network programming. Courtesy of NBC News "Matt Lauer Reports" set to air Monday, November 9th at 8:00 PM ET. BUSH ON SEPTEMBER 11, THE SEVEN MINUTES IN THE CLASSROOM: MATT LAUER: It was a Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Before I get into the details of it, what is your most vivid memory of that day? PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: I had a lot of memories that day. It was Andy Card whispering in my ear. MATT LAUER: You were in a school in Florida. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: I was. And I was listening to children read a book. And Andy says, “A second plane has hit the World Trade Center, America’s under attack.” My first reaction was anger. “How dare they do this to America?” And then I looked at the kids, and their innocence in contrast to the evil of the attackers became apparent to me. And I just knew that my job was to protect them. MATT LAUER: That videotape of you sitting there, and now that we know in hindsight you had just been given that news, and you sat there. And it was seven minutes. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Yeah, that’s right. I made the decision not to jump up and create a chaotic scene, because right after– These are quick reflections, anger, duty to protect the country, and then all of a sudden the cell phones are ringing. Now– the noise– MATT LAUER: The press in the back of the room? PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Right. And the noise was off. But it clarified to me that people were going to be watching my reaction. And I’d had enough experience as governor of Texas during some disasters to know that the reaction of the leader is essential in the first stage of any crisis. MATT LAUER: Yeah, but it’s also in the eye of the beholder, because the supporters of George Bush look at those seven minutes on tape and say, “He was trying to restore calm and show an air of calm.” The critics of George Bush say, “He was in shock.” PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: I’m not going to debate the critics as to whether or not I was in shock or not. I wasn’t. And they can read the book, and they can draw their own conclusion. Visit authorized DISH Network retailer, DISH Systems for up-to-date DISH promos or call 866-989-3474.