W. is on Facebook? 

"Thanks for tuning in for my Inaugural Address ... on Facebook."

With a hint of a grin and a familiar twinkle in his eye, former President George W. Bush greeted guests today who tuned in to watch his Facebook video. Just a week ago the word began circulating that he was on Facebook and many, not sure whether it was a hoax or the real thing, dropped by to check it out.

It was apparently the real thing. I guess this makes sense since everyone is on Facebook now.

Today’s video is vintage George Bush. Tanned and looking relaxed, he reassures viewers that he and Laura are happy, healthy, and that he is happy in retirement, especially living "in the promised land" ... Texas. He adds, with trademark Bush modesty and in a sincere tone, that serving as President was the honor of a lifetime and he will always be grateful for the opportunity he was given to represent the Nation that he loves. He then jokes that retirement isn't so bad either.

The former President noted that he began writing his book, Decision Points, the day after leaving office and gave it a plug by announcing it will be available in book stores in November. He also talked about his Presidential Center that is being built and asked for suggestions and advice, commenting, "I may be done with politics but I'm not done with policy." He ended with, "May God bless you.”

It was almost like a visit from him.

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