Bush Says He Tried to Leave Presidency Better

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    Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton

    Former President George W. Bush says he tried to leave the presidency better than it was when he started, or at least equal to how he found it.

    Bush spoke to a sold-out crowd in East Texas late Tuesday as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series of the University of Texas in Tyler.

    The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports that he told his roughly 2,000 listeners that he tried to project optimism to the American people throughout his two terms, even as U.S. forces fought in two wars after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    Bush told the crowd: "Here's what you learn. You realize you're not it. You're a part of something bigger than yourself."