George W. Bush appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday to promote his new art book, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors.
During the lengthy segment, Kimmel and Bush bounced around multiple topics, one of which was Kimmel's opening monologue from the Oscars, which Bush called "damn good." The host also made numerous references to President Donald Trump, most of which the former president simply laughed off, or deflected.
The following exchange is one on which many news pieces are homing in. Jimmy Kimmel was asking Bush about his pop culture awareness (of which he has very little), and the Oscars came up:
KIMMEL: "Do you know who won the Academy Award for Best Picture?"
BUSH: "Pass the envelope, please."
KIMMEL: "Did you see that moment with Warren Beatty?"
BUSH: "I watched the replay. I actually watched--I'm gonna pander--I thought your opening was damn good."
KIMMEL: "Thank you very much. I appreciate it...that's strange--you watched that."
BUSH: " I watched the opening, and I saw a replay of the faux pas."
Jimmy Kimmel's opening monologue at the Oscars ran approximately nine minutes, and he made a number of jokes at Trump's expense. The host implied that Trump is racist, he mentioned the president's remark about Meryl Streep being "underrated," and he noted that the Oscars were being watched in "more than 225 countries that now hate us."
Many of Kimmel's jokes were uninspired, or obvious. That being said, George W. Bush saying he enjoyed the monologue isn't the end of the world, despite what Trump's most ardent followers will say.
It's easy to get huffy when someone you like is being mocked, but Bush appeared to make a concerted effort to stay away from criticizing the current president throughout the segment. Moreover, it's critically important to pick your battles, and this is, without question, one of the most trivial battles one could choose to fight.
Here's Bush's full interview on Kimmel: