President George W. Bush. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
David Jackson, USA TODAY
Former president George W. Bush says he's content to let history judge him.
"I have no desire to spend my post-presidency trying to enhance my standing," Bush told Charlie Rose in an interview for Bloomberg Television.
When Rose told the oft-criticized Bush he doesn't seem like a turn-the-cheek kind of guy, Bush said: "Well, I turned it."
For one thing, Bush said, anything he voiced about contemporary issues would inevitably be compared to President Obama, and it's not good for an ex-president to be tied up in the political debate.
"I'd be right back in the swamp," Bush said, "and I don't want to be in the swamp."
Bush also said his new presidential library in Dallas is designed to promote freedom and democracy around the world, not his years in office.
"The Bush Institute's role is not to defend me," the former president said. "The Bush Institute's role is to defend principle and develop programs based upon that principle."