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Fmr President Bush Hosts 100km Bike Ride with Wounded Veterans

Shaun Botterill/Getty Images(BIG BEND, Texas) -- Next week in Texas, former President George W. Bush will host a 100-kilometer bike ride with 14 U.S. servicemen and women who were seriously wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dubbed the “Warrior 100K,” the race will take place in Big Bend, TX from April 25-27.

“I’ll be riding across the deserts of Texas with wounded warriors to show the unbelievable character of our men and women in uniform,” President Bush said in a statement. “It’s a 100-kilometer ride in the desert, and it’s not a leisurely ride; it’s a ride to herald people who were dealt a severe blow and said, ‘I’m not going to let it tear me down.’”

Bush is an avid mountain bike rider who put his Secret Service detail through some grueling workouts during his White House years and rode on his Texas ranch with cycling star Lance Armstrong. The former president took up mountain biking after running proved to be too tough on his knees. Described by some who have ridden with him as “aggressive” and at times “reckless,” Bush had a few biking accidents that left him with scrapes and bruises, including a fall in 2004 during a ride on his Texas ranch and a collision during a 2005 ride in Scotland that sent a Scottish police officer to the hospital.

Organizations like Challenged Athletes Foundation, Ride 2 Recovery, World T.E.A.M. Sports and the Wounded Warrior Project will be represented on the Warrior 100K ride, which is the inaugural event for the Social Enterprise initiative of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

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Who Are This Year's 'Most Admired' People?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton again top a poll ranking the "most admired" living persons, a list dominated by national politicians.

In the USA Today/Gallup poll, President Obama was the most admired man for the third year in a row, followed by former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Hillary Clinton was the most admired woman for the ninth year in a row, edging out Sarah Palin and Oprah Winfrey.

The rankings also included other figures in business, media and popular culture, including Bill Gates, Nelson Mandella, Glenn Beck, Queen Elizabeth, Angelina Jolie and Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Former President George W. Bush Talks to Oprah about Time in Office 

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CHICAGO) -- Former President George W. Bush stood firmly behind many controversial decisions made during his presidency in an interview with Oprah Winfrey Tuesday, defending his response to the Sept. 11 attacks and adding that the worst insult he received in his two terms in office came from rapper Kanye West.

Appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show to promote his new memoir Decision Points, Bush said he hopes to stay out of the public eye in the future and discussed everything from his struggles with alcohol to coping with the name-calling and criticism that dominated much of his eight years as president.

"I'm sure it hurt my daughters and wife," Bush said of the various names he was called during his eight years in the White House, including Nazi and Satan. "But it didn't hurt me."

"I knew what I was doing and I felt so strongly about some of the decisions I was making, I felt like history would understand them ultimately," he said. "If I had allowed critics to affect me during the presidency -- the name-calling -- I don't think I would have been doing my job as president."

Bush was widely criticized following Hurricane Katrina for the perception that his administration was slow to respond to the deadly 2005 Gulf Coast disaster because those who were killed and hurt by the storm were mostly minorities.

"It hurt," Bush said. "You can disagree with my politics but don't ever accuse me of being a racist."

West made headlines in the storm's aftermath when he said during a televised fundraiser, "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

"To accuse me of being a racist is disgusting. I feel strongly about it today just like I did then. You don't call a man a racist," he said. "I'm confident my heart is right on that issue."

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Bush Recalls His Lowest Points in New Memoir

Photo Courtesy - Random House [dot] com(NEW YORK) -- A new memoir from former President George W. Bush reveals some of the most crucial moments in his personal life and eight years in office, particularly his response to Hurricane Katrina.

In Decision Points, slated for release Tuesday, Bush recalls the images of the storm broadcast worldwide and how much the infamous photo of his looking out a window made him appear out of touch.

"The photo of my hovering over the damage suggested I was detached from the suffering on the ground," Bush wrote. "That wasn't how I felt. But once the public impression was formed, I couldn't change it."

He acknowledges the missteps during the 2005 catastrophe.

"I should have recognized the deficiencies sooner and intervened faster...the problem was not that I made the wrong decisions, it was that I took too long to decide."

He also reflected on his compliment -- "You're doing a heck of a job" -- to embattled FEMA Director Michael Brown.

He writes, "I never imagined those words would become an infamous entry in the political lexicon."

The statement would later be ridiculed despite his intention to give Brown a morale boost.

Despite the criticism he received following Hurricane Katrina, Bush writes, a comment from rapper Kanye West during a live Katrina telethon hit him the hardest.

"George Bush doesn't care about black people," West said.

Bush says he was "disgusted" and "deeply insulted."

In an interview on a Houston radio station, West compared Bush's situation to his own, in the wake of his crashing Taylor Swift's MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech in 2009.

"I definitely can understand the way he feels, to be accused of being a racist in any way, because the same thing happened to me, where I got accused of being a racist...with him, it was a lack of compassion of him not rushing, him not taking the time to rush down to New Orleans," West said. 

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