So we picked up seats. The only administration to have done so since Franklin Roosevelt. And 2006 was a little different story. In the book, I've talked about this a little bit. And people are kind of tired of me. And I understood that.
I mean the truth of the matter is after you've been on somebody's TV screen for six years they tend to get tired of you. And secondly, the Iraq war -- not you, but me.
BUSH: They love you.
But the Iraq war wasn't going well, plus our party had lost its way. We had sex scandals, we had bridges to nowhere. We had an opportunity to reform Social Security and Republicans balked.
And the people were tired of it. And so we got thumped, as I said. Same thing happened in 2010. The American people took a look, didn't like what -- didn't like what they were seeing and they came out to vote.
And I think that -- you know, even though I was on the losing end in 2006, it's a healthy process for people to show up and express their will. And things changed.
HANNITY: You've very open in this book. Your first chapter, you talk about your life, your personal life. And you tell the story about how your wife Laura asked you the question, can you remember the last time you ever had a drink?
HANNITY: And you answer, of course I can. And then?
BUSH: I couldn't.
BUSH: Drinking had become a habit. I have a habitual personality. You know I was -- smoked a lot. And then in order to get off cigarettes I had to go to Copenhagen. In order to get off Copenhagen I had to go to Beach Nut. In order to get off Beach Nut I had to go to cigars.
BUSH: And the same thing was happening, you know, with alcohol.
BUSH: It was all right before I didn't have any responsibilities. It was all right to be kind of carefree and drinking. Then all of a sudden I became a husband and a dad, and I realized that alcohol was becoming -- was competing for my affections.
And so when Laura said, can you tell me the day which you had a drink? This is after a period of time in which she had become concerned about my drinking. I began -- and her statement got me more concern. And I began to focus and the truth of the matter is I grew up and realize there are certain responsibilities in life that you have to assume.
And the -- and so the reason I tell that story is twofold. One, I want people to understand the person who made the decision to run for president, and secondly I hope someone reads that book, realizes that he or she can quit drinking.
HANNITY: And upon that decision, all future decisions were made including every one as president. You said it wouldn't have been happened but for that decision.
BUSH: Well, I wouldn't have been president. And I'm confident. Because I do tell a couple of stories in there about how alcohol loosened my tongue.
HANNITY: What was -- you tell one in particular about -- if you want to tell it. It was a -- you were at a dinner with your mom and dad. And you blurted out --
BUSH: And my wife. And I had been drinking. No question I was drunk. And I said to this beautiful woman sitting next to me, what is sex life after 50? Yes. And nobody laughed at the table. And --
BUSH: And, you know, needless to say my parents were mortified, and Laura was furious. My brothers and sister were kind of stared at their food. I woke up the next day with the remorses.
BUSH: And called the woman, apologized, and on my 50th birthday I got a note from her. She said, "Dear Governor, well?"
BUSH: The reason I tell the story is that, you know, I also put in there, you know, I had my daddy's eyes and my mother's mouth. And that alcohol would take that kind of bluntness and/or the quipster and turn it in to something that really was not attractive.
And I tell the story of myself to set up the case to the reader for me, for the reader to understand I needed to quit.
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