Proof that the world is insane

George W. Bush to become motivational speaker

Months after leaving office with a dismal 22 per cent approval rating, George W. Bush is embarking on a new career as a motivational speaker.

On Monday, the former US president – whose policies inspired millions of Americans to vote Democrat in the 2008 election- will headline at a popular Get Motivated programme, appearing at a seminar about, among other things, “How to master the art of effective leadership”.

Mr Bush’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq provoked widespread criticism, and his steering of the US economy drew censure. But he is likely to be paid around $100,000 (£61,000) for a 40-minute speech on his experiences as leader of the free world – so he may yet have the last laugh.

Touted as a “motivational mega-show [that] packs more inspirational firepower than a stick of dynamite,” the seminars, aimed at businessmen and women, have become hugely successful in the US and frequently feature high-profile speakers, including other former presidents.

Mr Bush’s wife, Laura, has also been booked to speak at three events, meaning between them the couple could earn $500,000 (£305,000) from their speeches.

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