Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton on Thursday shared their advice about leading America from the White House.
“If you want to be president, realize it’s about the people, not about you,” Clinton, a Democrat, said during a Presidential Leadership Scholars event in Dallas.
“That’s what a lot of these people who ae real arrogant in office, they forget,” the nation’s 42nd president added.
“You want to be able to say, ‘People were better off when I quit. Kids had a better future. Things were coming together.’ You don’t want to say, ‘Look at all these people beat.’”
Bush, a Republican who was America’s 43rd leader, echoed Clinton’s remarks about being selfless in the Oval Office.
“He was humble in victory, which is very important in dealing with other people,” he said of his predecessor in Clinton.
“The decisions you make have a monumental effect on people,” Bush added. “[The] presidency is often defined by the unexpected. It makes the job interesting.”
Some Twitter users on Friday considered the pair’s commentary as veiled criticism of President Trump.
Other people on the social media praised the duo’s friendship despite their different political parties.
Bush and Clinton’s conversation lasted for three hours Thursday evening, covering topics including politics, society and the media.
Clinton on Thursday also posed between statues of George W. Bush and former President George H.W. Bush, his father, in a photo that has since gone viral.
Trump won the presidency last November after an at-times bitter election contest against 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who is also Bill Clinton’s wife.
The president has since repeatedly criticized Hillary Clinton and his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, for some of their decisions in public office.