TORONTO – Former President George W. Bush called former President Bill Clinton "his brother" and the two rarely disagreed in their first-ever appearance together on stage.
Bush said that he never liked it when previous administration officials criticized his government but said Clinton was respectful and never did.
Bush declined to criticize the Obama administration. Bush said there are "plenty of critics in America."
Toronto's convention center, a couple hundred protesters demonstrated outside. The organizers declined to say how much the men were paid for the event, called "A conversation with Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton." Ticket prices sold for around C$200.
Asked why he didn't stop the killing in the Rwanda genocide when he was president in 1994, Clinton said he had no excuse or defense.
"It's one of the two or three greatest regrets of my presidency," Clinton said.
Clinton said the U.S. could have saved 250,000 or 400,000 of the 800,000 people who died had he sent about 20,000 troops. Bush defended Clinton, saying 20,000 troops could not have been mobilized quickly.
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