Over the last week, excerpts of George W. Bush's Monday-night interview with NBC's Matt Lauer have shown a candid former president. But if a new excerpt obtained by the New York Post is any indication, the George W. Bush we may see tonight isn't going to hold much back, and it could get graphic.
According to the Post, Bush will recall a detailed story about what set him down the path to becoming pro-life. That story includes his mother, Barbara, preserving and showing a young George one of her miscarried fetuses. From the Post:
"She said to her teenage kid, 'Here's the fetus,' " the shockingly candid Bush told NBC's Matt Lauer, gesturing as if he were holding the jar during the TV chat, a DVD of which The Post exclusively obtained.
"There's no question that affected me, a philosophy that we should respect life," said the former president, who had to drive his distraught mother to the hospital at the time.
"I never expected to see the remains of the fetus, which she had saved in a jar to bring to the hospital," Bush writes in his new book, "Decision Points," in an excerpt Lauer read during the interview.
"There was a human life, a little brother or sister," Bush told the "Today" host during the sit-down to promote his tome, which hits stores tomorrow.
Bush said his mother gave him special permission to recount the private story in print.
In excerpts already released, Bush didn't back down from military action following 9/11, recalled his reaction to hearing about the terrorist attacks, and replied "damn right" to a question about whether he approved waterboarding.
The interview won't all be serious, however. He will also talk about what he's currently reading on his i-Pad, which includes the Bible:
The full interview airs tonight on NBC at 8 pm ET. Bush's new book Decision Points, which includes the fetus story, comes out today.