By Adele Hampton - 04/25/13 05:18 PM EDT
He added that, if reform is accomplished, “It will be in large part thanks to the hard work of George W. Bush."
Moments earlier, former President Clinton also credited Bush with his efforts on the immigration fight.
"I hope the Congress will follow President Obama's efforts to follow the precedent you set," Clinton said.
In a brief speech at the Southern Methodist University campus, Obama paid tribute to Bush in other ways, speaking of his “strength and resolve” in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and his work on fighting HIV and malaria.
But Obama spent a large portion of his speech talking about Bush’s likeable, easy-going personality adding, “to know the man is to like the man because he’s comfortable in his own skin."
“I like President Bush,” Obama said, adding that he is a “good man.”
It was a rare moment for Bush and Obama, who haven’t crossed paths much in the last four years. Obama has routinely criticized the policies of the Bush administration and tried to reverse course on much of his predecessor’s decisions. Obama, for example, put an end to two wars started by Bush in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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