The rise of the Tea Party movement is a sign of "democracy working," former President George W. Bush said of the conservative movement.

The Republican hailed the new movement, which rose in part as a reaction to his and congressional Republicans' policies earlier last decade.

"I see democracy working. People are expressing a level of frustration or concern and they're getting involved in the process. And the truth of the matter is democracy works in America," Bush said in an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity, set to air Tuesday night.

Bush cited the election of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in January of 2010 as an example in the change of the public tide.

"It's a good thing for the country," he said of the Tea Partiers. "It inspires me to know that our democracy still functions. What would be terrible is if people were frustrated and they didn't do anything."

While the Tea Party movement had been instrumental in unseating a number of Democrats this cycle, the conservatives involved in the movement had often focused their ire against Republicans tied to Bush policies in primaries this year. Many of the Tea Party voters expressed distaste, in particular, toward the Wall Street bailout program Bush engineered during the end of his time in office.

Between those conservatives' anger toward him, and President Obama's frequent barbs on the campaign trail, Bush has earned enmity from both sides of the aisle.

The former Republican president brushed off Obama's attacks, saying that he understood the attacks were just politics.

“I understand that tactic. It really doesn't bother me," he said. "One of the biggest sacrifices for running for president if you are fortunate enough to win is a loss of anonymity. And I know I'll forever be known. On the other hand, staying out of the limelight restores a certain sense of anonymity.”