Bush on What He and Obama Discussed in Africa: 'What a Big Pain the Press Is'

July 7th, 2013 12:54 PM

Former President George W. Bush had a marvelous line during his interview aired on ABC's This Week Sunday.

Asked by Jonathan Karl what he and President Obama discussed in Africa last week when the cameras weren't rolling, Bush replied, "What a big pain the press is" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

JONATHAN KARL (voice-over): It was the rarest of road trips.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: There is no question that Africa is on the move.

KARL: A meeting of the presidents club thousands of miles from home.

FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Laura and I are thrilled to be back in Zambia.

KARL (voice-over): A commander in chief reunion, in Africa. President Obama and former President Bush traveled separately across the continent this week, but they met in Tanzania at a memorial for victims of the 1998 embassy bombing.

KARL (on camera): It was an extraordinary moment to watch two U.S. presidents, especially you two, together here in Africa. What did you talk about when the cameras weren't rolling?

BUSH: What a big pain the press is.


KARL: You probably agreed entirely on that.


Delicious. Absolutely delicious.