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Despite 2008 approval ratings of just 19% among Europeans - significantly lower even than his almost unprecedented ratings at home - the former president plans several speaking engagements in Europe and Asia over the course of the next year, according to his advisors, though they did not reveal which countries were involved. The appearances will be part of a tour involving at least 10 events at home and abroad,
At a two-hour lunch event on March 17, described as "a conversation with George W Bush", the 43rd president will address 1,500 invited guests - and emphatically no journalists - at the invitation of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
The Calgary fee is a secret, although the Canadian agency involved did reportedly pay Bill Clinton $150,000 for a similar engagement three years ago.
Even former presidents have only a relatively brief window of time in which to develop a lucrative reputation on the lecture circuit, said Wesley Neff, president of the Leigh Bureau, which represents the economists Paul Krugman and Nouriel Roubini, as well as Hillary Clinton's former chief strategist, Mark Penn.
The first president Bush followed a strategy of "make as much money as possible as quickly as possible," Neff said, but longevity on the circuit - especially in a slow economy - depends on offering a relevant message. "If [Bush] chooses to just tell war stories, I don't think there's going to be much demand."
The ex-president's success in the world of publishing seems equally uncertain at the moment. He is reportedly working on a book, but no deal has been announced - unlike in the case of Rice, who recently agreed a $2.5m deal for three memoirs, or Laura Bush, who got a $2m advance.
A political science class at Southern Methodist University received a surprise visit Tuesday from an expert on the topic: former President George W. Bush.
Bush popped in on professor Harold Stanley's introduction to American government and politics class Tuesday morning. Stanley said he knew Bush was coming, but he did not tell his students.
"He talked about how political leaders are often suspected of making decisions according to the latest opinion polls," Stanley said. "His point was that you can't do it that way. You have to do it according to your principles, and he hopes that is how he comes to be understood."
Courtney O’Callaghan, sophomore journalism and advertising double major, said, “Congratulations on your new library.” Bush responded, “It should be a cool place.”
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