President George W. Bush made his first appearance on The Ellen Show today to talk about his new book, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors.

President Bush has taken to painting during his years post-office, and decided to use his newfound talent to tell the stories of 98 veterans stories.

“Our veterans are an unique asset for our country. We need to not only honor them, but, to the extent they want help, help them transition from the military to civilian life. This book calls attention to what works and what doesn’t work. For example, dealing with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.”

All of the proceeds go to the Bush Center for the veterans program.

While the former President’s visit was to discuss the book, Ellen and President Bush did touch on politics and what’s going on in today’s world:

The two talked about Bush’s friendship with Michelle Obama. Also, Ellen made sure to bring up the poncho incident from the inauguration, and gave him a helpful gift for the next time he’s stuck out in the rain:


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