Former President George W. Bush made a brief visit Wednesday to Utah, where he spoke at length about his eight years in office, the burdens of leadership and the need for the United States to stay engaged with the rest of the world.
In unscripted remarks that lasted about 90 minutes, Bush appeared relaxed and engaged as the keynote speaker at Zions Bank's trade and business conference at the Marriott City Creek in downtown Salt Lake City. He spoke about his experiences with world leaders and his belief that the U.S. should not turn away from its global leadership role.
"Everyone was pleasantly surprised to see his casual demeanor and his candidness," said Jeff Flamm, CEO of eyeQ, a Salt Lake City education products company. "He really expressed well his love of America and the freedom we enjoy. Then he expressed his belief that countries like Syria will accept democracy, but it may take decades."