How Will History Judge President George W. Bush?

In an interview timed to the release of his new memoir "Decision Points," former President George W. Bush reflected on some of the key moments in his presidency and defended his most controversial decisions.

Bush acknowledged some failures during his eight years in the White House, including mistakes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

"I should have touched down in Baton Rouge, met with the governor and walked out and said, 'I hear you. We understand and we're going to help the state and help the local governments with as much resources as needed," Bush said in an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer that aired Monday night.

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Bush says that he wrote his new memoir as a record for historians, but he declined to say how his time in office may be judged.

"I hope I'm judged a success, but I'm going to be dead, Matt, when they finally figure it out," Bush said.

Bush's approval rating dipped to a low of 23 percent in Oct. 2008, and as he prepared to leave office, 58 percent of Americans said he would go down in history as a below-average president. His approval rating also briefly reached an all time high of 92 percent following 9/11.

Our question to you today: How will history judge President George W. Bush?

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ABC's Michael Falcone and Gary Langer contributed to this report.

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