Will Ferrell blasts 'thin skinned' President Trump to the New York Times and explains what was better about Bush


There are a few things that President Donald Trump may be able to learn from his predecessors, said former President George W. Bush in a March 2017 interview. One of those things is the ability to tease yourself.

"The best humor is when you make fun of yourself," President Bush told "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

President Bush was the subject of an unflattering impression by actor Will Ferrell for much of his presidency and post-White House life. The Republican president told Kimmel that the impression never really bothered him, and that he was able to joke around with those behind it.

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In a new interview in the New York Times, Ferrell referenced Bush's interview while he criticized President Donald Trump for being "thin skinned."

"[President Bush] said 'I loved it. That's part of the gig. You're going to get made fun of. That's freedom of speech,'" Ferrell said.

According to Ferrell, this means that President Bush looked more like the "adult in the room," in comparison to the current president.

"I get the narcissism, because I feel like every president has an element of that, whether they hide it or not. But the thin skin part? That's amazing. You're kind of like: 'Really? Can't you just go with it?'" Ferrell said.

Prior to his time in movies, Ferrell became famous as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live." President Trump has a long-standing feud with the television show.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel (R) review troops upon arriving at the Brussels Airport, in Brussels, Belgium, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel review troops upon arriving at the Brussels Airport, in Brussels, Belgium, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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U.S. President Donald Trump (2ndL) and first lady Melania Trump (R) pose with King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium at the Palace in Brussels, Belgium, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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U.S. President Donald Trump (R) walks with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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U.S. President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini before their meeting at the European Union headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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From L-R, Belgium's King Philippe, U.S. President Donald Trump, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Belgian's Prime Minister Charles Michel gather with NATO member leaders to pose for a family picture before the start of their summit in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
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