ABC News' Teddy Davis Reports: In an interview with C-SPAN, President George W. Bush said that he is concerned about the effect the news coverage of the Iraq war is having on his father, former President George H.W. Bush.
"I'm actually more concerned about him than I ever have been in my life because he's paying too much attention to the news," President Bush told C-SPAN's political editor Steve Scully in an interview to air on the cable channel later today.
The President suggested the news media is focusing too much on the bloodshed in Iraq.
"You know, I'm wise enough not to bash the media," he said. "I would hope, however, that they would take a good look at, for example, the rest of the country outside of Baghdad and Anbar province, where at least the reports I get are people are beginning to live a normal life," he said.
President Bush also told C-SPAN that he believes his father is one of history's most underrated presidents, along with presidents Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower.
On the 2008 presidential election campaign that is now in full swing, President Bush said he plans to lay low until a Republican nominee is chosen.
"Not to have a vice-president running for president, really puts a premium on me staying completely out of the race until the nominees are chosen and then help unify the party and do whatever the nominee wants me to do to help get him elected," he said.
The President also said he probably won't watch the debate over the Iraq war this week in the House of Representatives.
"I've got a lot to do, I'm not sure exactly what hours they'll be debating, but I've got a pretty full day tomorrow," Bush said. "I mean, it's not as if the world stops when the Congress does their duty."
President Bush also said, "I already know what the debate is. I hear a lot of opinions, and a lot of people don't believe we can succeed in Iraq and therefore, I presume, want to get out."