Jimmy Kimmel Talks Trump With George W. Bush: ‘Were You Jealous of the Size of the Crowds at Trump’s Inauguration?’

Fresh off his (almost) completely successful stint as host of the 89th Academy Awards, Jimmy Kimmel landed a big interview on his own late night show, former President George W. Bush.

Sitting down with the comedian for a chummy 20-minute talk, the former president waxed about his own time in office, his second career as a painter, and UFOs. When it came to the orange-faced elephant in the room, Bush didn’t take the bait.

“Were you jealous of the size of the crowds at Trump’s inauguration?” said Kimmel, sparking a round of laughter from the former president. Kimmel then got personal, asking whether the attacks on Jeb Bush during the primary had left bad blood. Bush was deft.

“I’ve been in a number of campaigns,” he said “I’m pretty well used to all that stuff.”

The 43d President is, of course, no stranger to the bare-knuckled politics that felled his brother in the 2016 campaign. During his own primary against Arizona Senator John McCain in 2000, George W. Bush operatives famously spread rumors that, Bridget McCain, the Senator’s adopted daughter from Bangladesh, was in fact an illegitimate child and that his wife Cindy was a drug addict.

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