The former Presidents open up to TIME

Earlier this month in New Orleans, after announcing $90 million in hurricane-recovery grants, George Bush and Bill Clinton sat down for their first joint print interview, with TIME's Michael Duffy, who covered both Presidents when they were in office. The two men were in a good mood, referring and deferring to each other throughout the 30-minute session and recalling a joint adventure on the high seas. Here are some excerpts:

TIME Your partnership struck a chord with the American people this year. How come?

BUSH Some people don't expect that if you run against each other, you then could ever work...

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