When Jimmy Kimmel asked former President George W. Bush if Will Ferrell’s famous impression of Bush on “Saturday Night Live” ever bothered him, Bush said simply “No.”
Bush was on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to promote his book of portraits he painted of veterans, and the host took the chance to ask him about ribbing of the president.
It turns out not only was he fine with Ferrell’s send-up, he tried to take credit for the writing of his character’s botched use of words on “SNL.”
Bush told Kimmel of his interaction with “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels:
“I had dinner with Lorne Michaels, the head of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and he said, ‘I put a great speechwriter on you, and he came up with “strategery.”‘ And I said, ‘Wait a minute, I said “strategery.”‘ And he said, ‘No, you didn’t say “strategery.”‘ I said ‘I damn sure said “strategery.”‘ He said, ‘We invented it.’ I said, ‘Well, let me ask you this – did he come up with “misunderestimate”?'”
Bush seemed to get a kick out of the dispute and his own reputation for misusing words, laughing after he told the story.
The former president also told Kimmel, “I love humor, and the best humor is when you make fun of yourself.”
“Well, tell that to the president,” Kimmel joked of Trump, getting another laugh out of Bush.
Watch George W. Bush on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” below: