A Brief History Of: The Post-Presidency

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For George W. Bush, the bucks start here. On March 17, before about 1,500 Calgary business leaders, Bush will give his first post--White House address and set the going rate for an audience with a former leader of the free world: a reported $150,000 per speech. That may seem like a lot for a man who left Washington with a record-low 22% approval rating. But it's far from exorbitant on the world's most lucrative lecture circuit--one of the perks that prompted John Updike to dismiss the presidency as "a way station en route to the blessed condition of being an ex-President."

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