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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 09/18/2011

George W. Bush still goes to bed early

George W. Bush, with Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton at Tuesday’s conference on fighting cervical and breast cancer in developing nations. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)
Hey, just because he’s not the president anymore doesn’t mean anybody can tell him when to go bed — or to stay up later.

George W. Bush, famous for shunning the social whirl and retiring early most nights during his years in the White House, was back in town last week for a two-day world health summit, put on by his eponymous policy institute. He made it to a Tuesday night dinner party for participants at the Washington home of longtime supporters Wayne and Lea Berman, his former social secretary.

But at 8:45, he stood to address the room. “Nothing’s changed,” he announced. “It’s bedtime. Goodnight.” Haha! Well, sort of a joke, sort of not: He did stick around to say a few words, but indeed, didn’t linger much longer.

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