When speaking about the qualities of a strong leader, neither former president Bill Clinton nor George W. Bush mentioned the ability to tweet in the early hours of the morning.
Billionaire David Rubenstein during a scholastic leadership event in Dallas asked the pair what they believed to be the most important trait a president could possess — both 42 and 43 agreed humility was at the top of the list, CNN reported.
“I think it’s really important to know what you don’t and listen to people who do know what you don’t,” Bush said.
Clinton, who similarly opted against referencing the current President, agreed and warned against being “arrogant in office.”
“If you want to be President, realize it’s about the people, not about you,” he said. “You want to be able to say, ‘People were better off when I quit.’ … You don’t want to say ‘God, look at all the people I beat.’”
Clinton and Bush, who have become chummy in the years after their presidencies, also traded a few light-hearted jokes during the event.
“I told George once a year or so ago, I said I hope you’re not the last Republican president who’s not afraid of immigrants,” Clinton said, adding that working with Bush’s father was “one of the great gifts of his life.”
Bush followed up, saying he appreciated Clinton for remaining modest when the Democrat defeated his father in 1992 and for offering him his guidance during his own tenure in the Oval Office.
“I think it starts with Bill Clinton being a person who refused to lord his victory over Dad,” he said. “In other words, he was humble in victory, which is very important in dealing with other people.”