Former President George W. Bush has been busy settling into his post-White House life as a painter, but he still has a few things to say about politics.
In a recent interview with People magazine, he admitted he does have an issue with the current climate in the country.
Said Bush, "I don't like the racism and I don't like the name-calling and I don't like the people feeling alienated. Nobody likes that."
He further noted that the political climate in Washington, D.C. is "pretty ugly."
Nonetheless, he did express hope, commenting, "I'm optimistic about where we'll end up...We've been through these periods before and we've always had a way to come out of it. I'm more optimistic than some."
When asked if he planned to inject himself into the current political situation, he said that he does not, but mentioned, "However, at the Bush Center we are speaking up."
The center has a number of programs that aid immigration and support those choosing to make a life in the United States, notes the Huffington Post.
In a recent interview on NBC's Today show, Bush noted that he is in favor of an immigration policy "...that's welcoming and that upholds the law."