How does this man motivate you ?


dobbieThat’s the man above, not me  (Peter Dobbie) on the left. 

I’m fronting Newshour today and we want your opinions on the former president as he starts on a new direction for his post- Oval office career;  motivational speaking.

Yes, the man who was so famous for his gaffes, will address tens of thousands of delegates — gathered to hear their former leader at the Get Motivated seminar in Fort Worth.

So if you were a fly on that wall, if you were writing that speech what would you say. How would you use his experience, his connections, his past to motivate people.

68 Responses to “How does this man motivate you ?”

  1. 1 Nigel
    October 26, 2009 at 12:12

    He motivates me to want to make enough money to hire the world’s best lawyers to petition the Hauge to indict him for crimes against humanity and waging illegal wars.

    • 2 Dennis Junior
      October 26, 2009 at 15:17


      I second that motion…And, I think that there many others
      around the world, that share your sentiment….

      ~Dennis Junior~

  2. 3 VictorK - London
    October 26, 2009 at 12:46

    A man who was able to use his establishment connections and personal drive – including overcoming a drink problem – to get himself elected Governor of Texas and President of the US knows more about motivation than most. What he says will be worth listening to.

  3. 4 Suresh in New Jersey
    October 26, 2009 at 13:02

    Oh please, Nigel. This man saw the evil that was Islamic fundamentalism and attacked it when he felt right. Fault his sense of timing if you must, but his sense of purpose and his ideals are above reproach.

    • 5 Nigel
      October 26, 2009 at 13:42

      Hi Suresh…….we disagree. The “evil that was Islamic fundanmentalism” is more determined and much worse outside of the US post Bush. He has galvanized them in to action in a way that few others could have done……that will be his legacy!

  4. 7 patti in cape coral
    October 26, 2009 at 13:23

    Honestly, Mr. Bush doesn’t really motivate me. I feel a little sorry for him being so (almost) universally hated, even if it is justified.

  5. 8 gary
    October 26, 2009 at 13:27

    His countenance always motivates me to pray for his and all the souls his past motivational babble has affected. Yet, I can’t help but to marvel at the man’s chutzpah. Were I he, every live audience would remind me of the half million dead faces that continue to motivate unspeakable violence. Mr. Bush’s past actions speak more loudly than his words will ever be able, and every terrorist act gives them new voice.

  6. 9 brenda mirembe
    October 26, 2009 at 13:58

    just to fight on and on to achieve my goals and objectives however much they may not be the right ones to some people

  7. 10 scmehta
    October 26, 2009 at 13:59

    Mr. George W Bush, the former president of the USA (the man you’re talking about), has already left an indelible mark on our conscience and in our souls; He has become a beacon, by showing us the resolute way by which the menace of global terror, unleashed by the fundamentalists and extremists, ought to be faced, fought and defeated. His past actions had sent a clear message to the terrorists around the world, including those in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and various other countries in the world, that, if they don’t mend their ways and the evil mind-set, then we too, on our part, are fast preparing and moving towards a ‘Zero-Tolerance’ single-minded attitude of putting an end to this uncivilized, senseless, intolerant, fundamentalist and extremist and bloody-violent cult of terrorism. The whole world is already realizing that the ‘war’ he declared, against terror, was absolutely necessary, and couldn’t have come at a better time, to save the moderate and civilized peoples of our world; and that, WE WON’T TAKE ANY NONSENSE, NO MORE.

    • 11 scmehta
      October 27, 2009 at 06:52

      He has already made it to History, as a global crusader and harbinger for the cause of putting an end to the evil of terrorism, and for setting/initiating an agenda to usher in an era of peace and justice for all the moderate and peace-loving peoples around the world.

  8. 12 Henry Nyakoojo, Kampala
    October 26, 2009 at 14:24

    George Bush can go ahead and talk. He has to find something to do in his retirement. Whether any body will find motivation from him, is a moot point. I only feel sorry for those who will be silly enough to go and listen to him.

  9. 13 steve
    October 26, 2009 at 14:26

    Okay, he’s out of office. He’ll never be President again. You can stop the Bush bashing.

  10. 15 Jerry Cordaro Cleveland OH
    October 26, 2009 at 14:42

    He motivates me as a living breathing example of nepotism as its worst and how fear-mongering can take the place of actual governing. He also motivated me to work for Obama’s election.

  11. 16 Halima
    October 26, 2009 at 14:55

    His image makes me feel quite sad. A man like that who destroyed so much. He is like the bankers who take huge bonuses because they won a lot of money for their backers, but left thousands if not millions without jobs or homes, and more so disillusioned with the democratic process that it will generations and hard work, plus tough lobbying and campaigning to undo some of the damage.

  12. 17 Jonnan
    October 26, 2009 at 14:58

    I confess – after having had so many people talk about his charisma over the years, I kinda assume it’s there despite having never been able to see any signs of it.

    But, for myself, I realized when he was laughing about executing a woman that I never wanted the man to have power – I just can’t imagine how all the people that called themselves ‘Good Christians’ could vote for a man that though executing people was good fun.


  13. 18 Dennis Junior
    October 26, 2009 at 15:03

    He motivates me, that in the future to no trust any politican and there remarks and their policies….

    ~Dennis Junior~

  14. 19 Tara Ballance, Montreal Canada
    October 26, 2009 at 15:05

    Mr. Bush came to Montreal last week. He didn’t motivate me in any way whatsoever. I wasn’t motivated to attend his speech, I wasn’t motivated to go throw shoes at him, and when the local news reported on his visit, I wasn’t even motivated to change the channel.

  15. 20 John in Salem
    October 26, 2009 at 15:06

    Seeing that face inspires me to sign up as a volunteer for the local office of the Democratic Party.

  16. 21 Al Bundy
    October 26, 2009 at 15:08

    He could motivate the astronomical sale of slippers and other areodynamic footwear in the ME with huge billboards promoting him smiling back at them.

  17. 22 Tamatoa, Zurich
    October 26, 2009 at 15:22

    As a motivational speaker for me he couldn’t inspire me at all. I couldn’t seperate his political views from his personality anymore. I don’t think we should and I don’t think he could either. His politics are still latent in his personality and still influence all of his actions. But he would certainly inspire his people who think alike (republicans very roughly).
    But he seems a pleasent and cheerful man in private. Nontheless I would listen to him and give him a chance.

  18. 23 Jennifer
    October 26, 2009 at 15:24

    Re: How does this man motivate you?

    No groveling; no apologies. Making tough decisions in an attempt to keep America safe. Having horrible untrue things said about him (especially during campaign) yet doing everything to make transition smooth for new President (who has retained many same policies).

    I can think of other Presidents who have made “gaffes”; W wasn’t first and sure isn’t the last……

    Most importantly, it makes me resist blind hate.

  19. 24 subra
    October 26, 2009 at 15:41

    At least he got the courage to face the terrorists and hunt them down so that others who keep on blabbering can continue their gossip without any risk of being hunted down and killed by the fanatics in their own homes, unlike Clinton who failed to raise a finger against those menaces-thus aggravating the terrorist threats all over the world.
    Without Bush the terrorists are having a free hand now with Obama behaving in the same way like Clinton. Lets wait for the four year term of Obama end then judge, if still around, whether Bush was right or wrong.

  20. October 26, 2009 at 15:41

    If I wanted to a start a war under a false pretence, I’d take a cue from him.

  21. 26 Tom K in Mpls
    October 26, 2009 at 15:51

    He is the poster child for the problem with the concept, the end justifies the means. He is the #1 reason I support the empowerment of the ICC. He is proof that motivation without thought out plan and good goal is a serious problem.

  22. 27 Anthony
    October 26, 2009 at 15:53

    He has motivated me to start a militia and take the second amendment seriously.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  23. 28 Gary Paudler
    October 26, 2009 at 16:00

    He has failed at everything he has done – except he succeeded brilliantly in shoveling all the money in the treasury to rich people and corporations, which was the real, entire purpose of his presidency – mission accomplished. Too bad so many people had to die and so many livelihoods were ruined. A retirement spent selling ephemeral inspiration to credulous sheep (can’t be measured, can’t be observed, just trust me!) is perfectly fitting; I’m inspired to work hard, with the rest of humanity, to recover from his devastating tenure.

  24. October 26, 2009 at 16:33

    He made tough decisions and held a steady course when millions of smart/stupid people opened their mouths and revieled just why they never amounted to a hill of beans. Why stupid people have the nerve and ignorance to mouth off that President BushII was somehow dumber than they percieve themselves to be makes me feel for the children they must be siring.

    I’ll bet you that those sorts of people just don’t realize that they themselves are the dearly limited ones. They never see it coming, maybe that’s why they use drugs.


  25. 30 Steve/oregon
    October 26, 2009 at 16:40

    This man motivates me to invest in a high powered rifle and a scope. I lost my leg for his war so its only fair. All joking aside the man is not motivational at all. Now comedian I think he could do…. no one has a better bush impression.

  26. 31 Steve/oregon
    October 26, 2009 at 16:42

    @ subra
    Clinton did strike at terrorists numerous times he even took a shot at osama.
    But it has been proven that the Bush administration was warned about 9/11 numerous times and even failed to launch an attack that could have taken osama out prior to that horrible day.

  27. October 26, 2009 at 16:45

    President Bush is neither a natural nor rousing speaker. He is no Kennedy, no Reagan, no Clinton, no Barack Obama. In fact without a script he is lost ! A teleprompter saved him on many an occasion. However his eight-year stint at the White House would have given him ample opportunities to improve his presentational skills. But asking him to motivate others is a very tall order indeed. A motivational speaker should be free of the ‘ers and erms’ and long silences. His thoughts should flow and he should have his facts at his finger tips!

  28. 33 archibald
    October 26, 2009 at 17:08

    I’m with Nigel on this one. As long as we include “dead eye” Dick Cheney in the proceedings as well.

    Jennifer, by supporting him you are supporting “blind hate”, as he has, during his presidency, galvanized a good portion of the US. to blindly hate muslims and all those who resemble them. I guess you could call that motivating :).

  29. 34 Nate, Portland OR
    October 26, 2009 at 17:30

    He’d motivate me to throw a shoe at him. I’m just glad its over.

    Anyway, how is this guy in any way motivational? Before becoming president he was a poor-little-rich kid who had numerous companies handed to him by his daddy, which he promptly ran into the ground. When he ran in 1999 it seemed like the only good thing he ever did was kicking booze and drugs – but not until after 40! (OK, maybe something went right while he was governor of Texas, but not much). His presidency was even worse than I expected it to be.

    For about 6 years he motivated me to claim I was Canadian every time I left the country. (kidding – I always proudly claimed to be American – visited Europe and India during that time.)

  30. 35 Alan in Arizona
    October 26, 2009 at 17:47

    Troop! You worry me. I understand your point of view and initial I felt the same way many years ago.
    But after looking at your website I’m not sure if your an ex US Military Personnel looking to help. Or if you were thrown out of the military for extreme views and have become part of some militant group selling their skills to others extremist and Mexican Drug Cartel Cannabis growers in our National Parks, who all strive to evade capture by Federal Law Enforcement.
    Let’s be real, President Bush stopped being inspirational the second he started talking. His mother Barbara Bush on the other hand is an amazing inspirational speaker. I’ve heard her speak once and would pay to again.
    But even after talking an oath entering the US military,I would gladly do anything for my country but follow Bush to war or take a bullet for him.
    After traveling around some of the world during his Presidency, I found it easy to see and understand the harmful changes his idiotic policies did to the world. He should have been advised better and taken more care in his actions. Better yet his Mother should have culled him from the human herd the first day he gave her his ” I AM STUPID” smile!
    Cover Your Ears Earth! The Idiot Bush is about to speak!

  31. 36 Pat
    October 26, 2009 at 17:48

    The usage of Mary Spelain (sp?) was disappointing indeed. Although her apparent credential was that of a “motivational speaker”, she seemed to be trying to act as a political analyst, and a rather biased and unsubstantive one at that. It’s sad, really, when the BBC lowers itself to the level of MSNBC.

  32. 37 Josh
    October 26, 2009 at 17:51

    Mr. Bush sure motivated a lot of people to vote into the office of president a man who has essentially continued his policies despite promising to end them on the campaign trail.

    • 38 tope
      October 27, 2009 at 12:15

      @josh. it simply means obama was only blabbing during the campaign before finally realising that W was right afterall. obama owes bush an apology for blaming him for all of america’s problems (he did that during the campaign and presidential debates)

  33. 39 margaret
    October 26, 2009 at 18:24

    To vote Democratic. Obama can’t do the clean up on his own. However, to be fair, I think that President Bush was manipulated by those around him who wanted to wreak havoc and anyone following the antics of the Republican Party politics, talk radio and other conservative media in the USA will see that President Bush was not nearly bogey man make him out to be. There are far worse people waiting in the wings who want to take back power again.

  34. 40 Ibrahim in UK
    October 26, 2009 at 18:24

    His speeches as president were uninspiring and unconvincing; as if he was reading something he didn’t really know or care about. The man has been described as the worst and most underqualified US president of all time. But he did succeed in becoming president, for two terms, and motivated his people to start wars abroad. So despite his policies, crimes and mass of critics, he did get his way. A personal success. I hope he discusses that part, not the politics part.

  35. October 26, 2009 at 18:29

    Reading some of the posts,I wonder how G.W.B. got two terms in office,any enlightenment;please.

    • 42 margaret
      October 26, 2009 at 18:47

      How does one get elected? Massive money and media–including a Swift boatload of media manipulation and flag waving wrapped around a cross. Karl Rove was one of the masterminds behind making GW presidential. Also, I think people genuinely liked GW’s folksy manner. However, the voting irregularities in Florida in many people’s opinion threw a close election in the wrong direction. On the other hand, if Gore had won he might not have gotten the Nobel–and the global warming issue might not be nearly as front and center as it now is; the war in Afghanistan would have been prosecuted no matter who was in office, but not abandoned for Iraq as it was under GW. Reelectioni? It is easier I think to reelect an incumbent, especially a wartime president.

  36. 43 Jens
    October 26, 2009 at 18:35

    he does not inspire me, even though I am down and week with H1N1

  37. 44 Tom K in Mpls
    October 26, 2009 at 18:35

    If you listen to motivational speakers for what they say versus what they intend to inspire, you will get a very different lesson. There are those that have had success and want to pass it on. These are the most useless. This is because you are not them and your circumstances are different. Then there are those that learned a formula that can be learned and used by anyone. This is hardcore sales. Then there are those that study the success of others, find consistencies, and present these for you to adapt to your personality and situation.

    I believe Bush Jr is in the first group.

  38. 46 Toshi
    October 26, 2009 at 19:00

    i didnt motivate at all seriously. but what i could say is that he motivated american citizens to find a good president for themselves,

  39. 47 Kevin PE
    October 26, 2009 at 19:14

    I remember when then President Bush visited ground zero shortly after the towers came down. There were hundreds of fire fighters and other personnel cheering, I still recall one of them shouting out “go get them sir” to wild applause. I suppose most Americans and friends felt the same. What a turn around, now most want to forget the man even existed.
    Personally I believe he was just a face of an elite power driven dynasty and no match for the deep intrigue that is international politics. I think he was used along with a number of others and that agenda that is still unfolding. As to his motivational aspirations, let’s just say stand-up comedians are in for a lot of material.

    October 26, 2009 at 19:29

    With all the chaos that were started by him and his cohorts, it baffles me that the apologists think he has a point. He doesn’t and what a time to listen to him! The banking and economic crises are not yet over leave lone so much misadventures. He drove the Republican party to a shameful loss. This is not funny. Some people must be funny and deluded that we are enjoying or that.
    Finally the rest the world must be learning new lessons from the US. For example, when does a politician retire because I am not sure he is going to be seen as an evangelist?

  41. 50 Alan in Arizona
    October 26, 2009 at 20:06

    Hi David Price in the UK.

    I’ve been a Republican for most of my 50 years and a Liberal when I was in my early 20’s. I still can not fathom who voted for him or why. I voted against him in the Primaries and the Regular Elections. I would have preferred his brother on any given day!
    Now we have a strong leader in Barrack, but I fear his lack of experience will only appeal to those who really control the power and will keep us going down the wrong path. I didn’t vote for him for just that reason.
    Maybe as a motivational speaker, Bush will motivate more people to think for themselves!

  42. 51 Grant
    October 26, 2009 at 23:38

    Bush was a fine president who did what needed to be done against the whining of the deluded and naive. I would appreciate any input from him through motivational speaking.

  43. 52 Chuksagwu
    October 27, 2009 at 09:24

    GWB motivates me to confront what ever confronts me,he futher motivates me to kick what ever habits and impediments on my way to the top. But when it comes to leadership, i have better motivators!

  44. 53 P
    October 27, 2009 at 10:20

    Bush worked in his families oil businesses. Naturally he had a liking towards oil and must have envyed oil rich countries. This may have tempted him to exploit a weaker country that is oil rich while he was the President.

  45. 54 subra
    October 27, 2009 at 11:27

    All those pro-taliban and pro-al-qaeda undoubtedly hate Bush evidently because he put an end to their terrorist attacks in most countries, especially the West and the fanatics are glorifying a shoe thrower as a hero!!

  46. 55 tope
    October 27, 2009 at 12:30

    he inspires me to face evil headlong and not giving a hoot about what the whole world thinks!

  47. 56 Dennis Junior
    October 27, 2009 at 15:02

    He also motivates me, that understanding and having
    a workable knowledge of English smytax is also important….to avoid many

    ~Dennis Junior~

  48. 57 Nick,Ohio
    October 27, 2009 at 15:22

    George W. Bush can only speak to his disciples. No one else will ever listen to him with any serious intent.

    This is the same man who claimed to be the “CEO President” and then led the country and world into an economic swamp. His policies were only meant to benefit his supporters, ignoring anyone and everyone else.

    He never admitted to making any mistakes and as such, was obviously claiming to be infallible. He also claimed to never read newspapers and allegedly devoted a few hours of his day for a nap and video games. While in office, did he ever make one intelligent comment worthy of noting?

    He could not speak in public without making huge mistakes in not only his grammar, but also in his tone and appearance. His smirk was his trademark.

    I feel his quest with this tour is to do nothing but lower the collective intelligence of those who attend or listen or view on video.

    May he forever be enshrined in the annals of history as the biggest buffoon and the worst leader of the US. While it may now be time to move on, I agree that both he and his side-kicks need be thoroughly investigated and face some form of justice in The Hague’s World Court, even with them in absentia. What a dastardly crew of people, pretending to be religiously driven. People like that need to be prevented from ever holding such levels of importance.

    We had a President who produced a stain on a dress and one who followed by producing a stain on the world and the honor of the US.

    Thank God his reign is over.

  49. 59 username
    October 27, 2009 at 16:05

    to stand up to bullies who think abusing those who disagree is acceptable

  50. 60 David
    October 27, 2009 at 16:06

    Is it true Bush is geared to speak about motivation? It sounds fiction to e.

    If he is really serious and want to go ahead, I will suggest a topic and people may be motivated by his wisdom and choice:

    Let him talk about the road he will follow, going to the next world, when he finds a falked road without a road sign “This road goes to heaven and this one goes to hell”

    I bet he would take a gamble, and this will really motivate me.

    October 27, 2009 at 17:33

    He motivates me to look for Excellence in our leaders and stop the Dubbing down of who we want in the top jobs. Bush was the guy we all said “you could see yourself having a beer in a bar with” Go to any Bar in the States and tell me how many future Presidents you can see!

    I want Sully Sullenberger in the cockpit when I fly, I want Warren Buffett looking after my portfolio.

    I certanly don’t want bellow avarage people in charge of my freekin country, Bush and Sarah Palin being prime excamples.

    October 27, 2009 at 17:42

    I ment “dumbing down”…Classic Bushism from my computer “DOH”

  53. 63 Tom D Ford
    October 27, 2009 at 23:35

    Well he certainly is a motivator, he convinced a little over half of Americans to commit the War Crime of Invading Iraq, the same War Crime that Adolf Hitler committed when he invaded Poland, a War of Aggression.

    And you really ought to read the speech that Hitler gave to justify and build up support for invading Poland, he and Bush are on the same page for sure, their reasons and speeches are so similar.

    Yep, Bush is really inspiring all right, if you like evil men, if you like being inspired by the garbage of humanity, Bush is your man.

  54. 64 old-gorm
    October 28, 2009 at 00:07

    History will eventually concede that Mr. Bush stands head and shoulders
    above the man who succeeded him. Try to imagine Mr. Obama standing
    at Ground Zero on 9/11 and challenging the world. The concept is

  55. 66 paul8222
    October 28, 2009 at 20:12

    Perhaps OUP should enlarge their slang dictionary to take in GW’s gaffes( you could put Prince Philip’s in as well).

    People like this motivate me to extreme political apathy.

    What he might be cued to speak about eludes me.

    He might do well on his own ground; I gather Texans voted for him like lemmings

  56. 67 old-gorm
    October 29, 2009 at 17:31

    Stephen should recall Mr. McCain’s comment during the late lamented
    presidential campaign.

    Never get into a mud fight with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.

  57. 68 PJK2
    October 30, 2009 at 19:55

    scmehta, I don’t know what country you’ve been living in for the past decade, but I can’t imagine in my wildest dreams it’s the US.

    While I respect your right to a differing opinion, I can’t respect the idea that George W. Bush is in any way an honorable man, and certainly not a hero.

    He has caused the deaths of over 4,000 (and the count continues each day) young men and women, in addition to the total destruction of Iraq and the massacre of its innocent civilians.

    Although GWB said many, many times that there were WMD and Suddam was an imminent threat there’s little proof, if any, that these statements were true.

    We are the occupiers forcing our views and looting their homeland. The US is not the good guy in this situation.

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