Former President George W. Bush returns to Washington to address the African Summit, recalling progress on women's health and his ''forgettable'' dancing. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH , SAYING:
"It is an honor to be with you. I note, that this is called the first spouses event. Not the first lady's event. Because there are a few men in the audience whose wives are more famous and popular than they are. I am one of them."
Former President George W. Bush returns to Washington, DC.
It was a rare public appearance -- joining the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.
Although Bush left the international stage unpopular in many parts of the world, he maintains an exalted status in Africa thanks to the programs he started while in office.
His address focused on issues close to his heart -- Africa and women's health.
SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH , SAYING:
"Besides dancing with the women here is what I remember most. By the way it was forgettable dancing. The women were nervous at first, nervous to be screened. But then they became joyous. Joyous to know that people cared about them,. joyous to know that there government wanted them to be healthy. "
Bush's AIDS Relief program provided billions of dollars for drugs and treatment in Africa. He is credited with dramatically reducing AIDS deaths there.
He also started the Millennium Challenge Corporation, which assists countries with good governance.
It's a legacy that has continued under President Barack Obama.
But it's also an issue Bush believes is worth promoting and for the first time in a long time, it seemed that President George W Bush was glad to be back in the spotlight.
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