Two years after the 2008 Presidential Election, NBC’s Matt Lauer will interview former President George W. Bush. NBC will air a primetime interview with Bush Monday Nov. 8, with the former President sitting down for a live appearance on “Today” Wednesday Nov. 10.
Bush’s daughter, Jenna Hager, is a correspondent for “Today,” and conducted an interview for the program in April with former President Bill Clinton.
Since leaving office in early 2009, Bush has largely stayed out of the media spotlight. Now, it seems, he is finally ready to speak out. The appearances mark Bush’s first one-on-one television interviews with an American television network since leaving office.
Of course, the appearances are also tied to the release of his memoir, Decision Points, which will be available November 9.
Why choose NBC? The combination of a primetime network special and an appearance on the top broadcast morning show is sure to draw far more viewers than an appearance on any of the cable news channels, including the top-rated Fox News. When you are trying to sell a book, the size of the audience matters.
The press release is after the jump.