Monday at the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), 5,000 credit union professionals from around the country gathered to hear George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, discuss the current political, cultural and financial climate with Credit Union National Association President/CEO Jim Nussle.

Nussle, who served as Bush’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget from 2007 to 2009, interviewed the former President on a variety of topics including current relationships with China, Mexico and North Korea, lessons learned during his presidency, qualities needed to be an effective leader, and the importance of public service and meeting the needs of everyday Americans.

“Gaining insight from our past can help guide us moving forward,” said Nussle. “It was truly my pleasure to discuss the current state of the Nation and the power of collaboration and public service with President Bush as these principles are the core of the credit union philosophy. This has been a record setting GAC and CUNA is honored to host a high caliber speaker such as President Bush.”

The CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference runs from Feb. 25 – March 1 and is the largest credit union advocacy event of the year, sending thousands of credit union leaders to Washington D.C. to network, learn about the latest issues and hot topics in the credit union industry and meet with lawmakers to make a case for fair regulation and help them understand that our 110 million members matter. Learn more at