Impressed by Barack Obama, who will succeed his son as the next US President, George H W Bush today said the President-elect is a "strong guy" and would be able to tide over the "enormous problems" facing him.
"I think he's (Obama) a good, strong guy and I think he can take it," Bush senior, the 41st US head of state and father of the current President George W Bush, told the Fox News Sunday talk show.
Observing that the honeymoon for Obama is not going to last forever, Bush said: "I don't know how soon. He's facing such enormous problems that I don't know how long it will last. But I think he's a good, strong guy and I think he can take it." Bush senior would join next week his son, former President Bill Clinton, and President-elect Barack Obama for a White House luncheon.
When asked, if he had the opportunity to take Obama aside and talk to him from the heart, what is the key piece of advice he would want to give him, Bush said he would rather wish him success.
"Oh, I -- at this juncture, it really would be gratuitous for me to be giving advice to Barack Obama. It would be more to wish him well. I talked to him right after the election and did that then, assured him that he was my president.
"I don't really think at this age in my life I can contribute much to his well-being in terms of governing. But if I saw something I thought was wrong, I'd like to have the feeling I could bring it up with him just based on some experience in the past, war and peace, Middle East, Europe, Germany," he said.