On March 17th, former President George W. Bush will give a speech about his "eight momentous years in the Oval Office" and "the challenges facing the world in the 21st century" before the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. The event, Bush's first since leaving office, will draw a private audience of 1,500. Private audience, as in, don't expect bloody hands or flying shoes from this friendly bunch of Canadian business men and women.
Geoff Pradella, the group's vice-president of public and government affairs, said, "I imagine [the speech will] be a reflection on issues that arose during his time in office, and maybe drawing from that his perspectives on the way forward."
There's no word on how much Bush will be paid for the event, but it is a well known fact that comedians make a lot more money at corporate gigs than on the club circuit. If the President feels more comfortable taking his act outside the country, there are plenty of people in Europe that would love to see him show up over there. More likely, however, Bush will continue playing to closed audiences in friendly places like Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Utah.
TAGS: George W. Bush, Canada, Comedians, International Criminal Court
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