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Former President George W. Bush speaks for 1st time since leaving office




Former President George W. Bush spoke with NBC's Matt Lauer in an interview that aired on NBC last night. It's Bush's first one-on-one TV interview since leaving office.

The interview included two separate sessions, one recorded in the church where he started Bible study and married his wife Laura Bush. It was recorded last month, before the midterm elections.

You can watch the interview below, including Web extras such as Bush talking about almost losing Vice President Cheney's friendship for not pardoning "Scooter" Libby:

Some of the notable points from the interview:

Bush also talked about other issues including Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, the "Mission Accomplished" banner, telling FEMA's Michael Brown that he was doing a "heck of a job" and defended the Bush administration's use of waterboarding.

Bush will return to NBC on Wednesday for a follow-up interview on the Today Show.

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