Washington, Dec 18 (ANI): President George W Bush has given another shock to people by saying that he really wants President-elect Barack Obama to succeed.
In an exclusive interview to FOX News, Bush acknowledged setting up with his staff a series of contingency plans for Obama in the event of an international crisis.
He said it was the "absolute right thing to do," considering there hadn't been a transfer of power during a war in a long time.
"This may come as a shock to people. But I really want President-elect Obama to succeed. I want him to be able to say that we prevented further attacks, he added.Bush said Obama's national security team, which includes current Department of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, has impressed him.
"Solid team," Bush said. "I can't thank them enough for continuing to serve beyond my presidency."
Asked about the persistent criticism he has faced regarding interrogation techniques and surveillance policies, Bush said he always operated within the law to make the country more secure.
"I know there's a lot of urban myths about certain decisions I had made," Bush said. "But when the truth comes out and people will say, 'Oh, I see what he did.'"
As for his post-White House years, Bush said he will probably take the route of other past presidents.
Bush said he would likely write a book and hit the speaking circuit. But he couldn't give too many details about his plans once he leaves Washington.
"Ask me after I've been home for a little bit," Bush said. (ANI)