Springtime in central Texas doesn't get any better than this: The bluebonnets are in bloom across the 1,600 acres of Prairie Chapel Ranch, south of Dallas – a retreat for former President and first lady George W. and Laura Bush, where they once entertained world leaders.

"Well, this is just about heaven out here," said "CBS Evening News" anchor Norah O'Donnell.

"Yeah, it's beautiful, isn't it?" Mr. Bush said. "You know, we got unbelievably interesting views and beautiful trees. Some of these have been out here 200 years."

And though Mr. Bush has stepped back from the world stage, his trademark strut and salty humor are as strong as ever.

"It's like these interviews I used to do and they'd call in from New York: 'Ask the son-of-a-b**** about when he stopped – '"

"Darling, they're taping you," Laura helpfully interjected.

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