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Bush to Daley: "Thanks for Giving Me the Chance to Sell My Book"



    The President sat down at the Union League Club in Chicago to hock his book, "Decision Points." (Published Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010)

    President George W. Bush emerged from the wings of the Union League Club in Chicago Thursday morning to a standing ovation from the Chicago crowd.

    "Thanks for giving me a chance to sell the book," Bush, who's on tour to promote his book "Decision Points," said to the audience gathered at the Union League Club.

    The former commander-in-chief then took a seat on the stage next to Mayor Richard Daley, who embraced the former president as a friend.

    The two politicians are poles apart politically, but remain close. "They asked to be together," said the Union League's event organizer. "They're good friends."

    Bush praised his host's city -- "I wasn't pandering when I said Chicago is the best run city in America," he said -- then quickly addressed his former troubles with alcohol.

    "I want somebody who reads the book to say, 'I can stop drinking too,'" Bush said.

    Bush has been on a whirlwind tour selling his book. He sat down with Oprah Winfrey a few days ago and also spoke with NBC's Matt Lauer this week. 

    After his stop in Chicago, he heads to Ohio for a Veteran's day tribute at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.