Former President George W. Bush sat down with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., on Monday for a candid discussion on technology and politics. Without a doubt, Bush did a little "shameless" self-marketing and fulfilled "an obligation to the publisher to convince people to read the book."
"I've got 'Decision Points' on my iPad," the former president told the audience.
The interview was lighthearted and casual from the start, as Bush opened by telling the hoodie-sporting Zuckerberg that he's "no Jay Leno." When Bush wasn't pushing "Decision Points," he and Zuckerberg were able to find common ground on the difficulty of decision-making in their leadership roles.
"A lot of times when you're the president, your hand is forced," Bush said, referring to his actions during the 2008 financial crisis. "You gotta make a call."
"Whether it seems like there's a choice to other people or not, it often doesn't seem like there's a choice [to you]," Zuckerberg added.
Possibly the biggest laugh came when Bush urged the audience to "wave with all five fingers" if they ran into him in public. But he said it wouldn't bother him to see someone wave with fewer fingers, having experienced his share of criticism in the past.
The ex-world leader also touched on U.S. foreign aid and the importance of family, shared many anecdotes from his presidency, and advised the audience to attend a U2 concert.
He also added, "I'm trying to sell books!"
Follow Surge Desk on Twitter.