Nancy Pelosi wishes George W. Bush was still president

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has expressed nostalgia for former Republican President George W. Bush.

During an interview on ABC News' 'This Week' Sunday, she defended the Democrats' resistance to President Trump's proposals by saying, "I see everything as an opportunity. And I've never have seen so much willingness to help win. And winning means winning for the American people, that either we win or whoever wins understands the priorities of the American people."

She then misspeaks and says, "...they are not what President Bush..."

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When Pelosi realizes that she accidentally swapped his name with Trump's, she excuses her mistake and addresses Bush directly by saying, "So sorry, President Bush. I never thought I would pray for the day that you are president again."

During an interview in Texas about a week-and-a-half ago, she made similar remarks, noting, "Did we ever think we would see the day when we would say, 'Please bring back George W. Bush?' We really did work together."

In fact, a recent piece by The Atlantic states that "Pelosi is the most specific but not the first example of Democrats expressing surprising fondness for the 43rd president."

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At least some of the goodwill seems to stem from indications that Bush remains resistant to Trump, including his unwillingness to give the businessman an endorsement during the presidential race.

Meanwhile, an op-ed in The Week points out that, in contrast to Trump, Bush has consistently tried to help minority communities and refrained from speaking against all Muslims despite the 9/11 terrorist attack.

According to CNN, Trump has, in the past, accused Bush of not doing enough to protect the country from the attack.

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Over the past several months, I've painted the portraits of 98 wounded warriors I've gotten to know - remarkable men and women who were injured carrying out my orders. I think about them on #VeteransDay and every day. Their paintings and stories will be featured in PORTRAITS OF COURAGE - a book and special exhibit - next spring, and I am donating all my proceeds to @thebushcenter and our Military Service Initiative's work to honor and support them. Click link in bio for more info.

A wounded warrior and avid bicyclist, Captain Kevin Rosenblum had the chance to meet the 43rd President twice, once last year and again a few months ago, thanks to his mountain bike.

"I applied and I was lucky enough to get selected," said Rosenblum, who served in the U.S. Army from 2004 to 2009, including two tours of Iraq.

Rosenblum says through an organization known as Team Red White and Blue he heard about President Bush's unique bike ride at his ranch in Texas.

"He invites about half a dozen to 20 wounded post 9-11 veterans there to come ride for three days," said Rosenblum. "It's  100 kilometers over the three days."

The former President gets to lead the troops once again, only this time it's a peloton he's in front of all three days.

For the former Army Captain it was more than just an opportunity to ride with a former U.S. President.

"The biggest thing I took away from it is that it was completely non-partisan, non-political, the point of the ride is to support veterans and raise awareness for the invisible wounds of war," he said.

Rosenblum says he deployed shortly after being commissioned a 2nd Lt. and was wounded in a mortar attack.

"The mortar that hit most of us, hit right basically where we had been standing," Rosenblum recalled.

Thrilled to announce my latest passion project: Portraits of Courage, a collection of my oil paintings and the stories of 98 wounded warriors who have inspired me. Pre-order the book now (link in bio) and reserve tickets to the special exhibition at @thebushcenter. I'm donating all my profits to the Bush Center and our Military Service Initiative's work to honor and support our veterans and their families.
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