Bush didn't specify what the 12 hardest decisions were but said Iraq is better off without Saddam Hussein in power. Bush was also full of jokes during his appearance. He joked that he would do more speeches to pay for his new house in Dallas. "I actually paid for a house last fall. I think I'm the only American to have bought a house in the fall of 2008," he quipped.
He also said his mother is doing well. Barbara Bush was released from a Houston hospital on Friday, nine days after undergoing heart surgery. "Clearly he can't live without her," Bush said of his father and former President George H W Bush. Bush seemed to enjoy himself even though the event started later than expected because of tight security. "I'll sit here all day," Bush said during a question-and-answer session. "I'm flattered people even want to hear me in the first place."
Image: A protester chants slogans outside the venue where former US President George W Bush was speaking to an invited audience of Calgary businessmen on March 17, 2009.Bush leaves a note for Obama