George W. Bush gives speech in SLC

Posted at 7:06 PM, May 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-29 21:06:40-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Former President George W. Bush was in Salt Lake City Wednesday to speak at a business conference.

The media was not invited to the event, but the nearly 900 guests in attendance seemed to enjoy what they heard. Bush was speaking at Zions Bank’s 12th Annual Trade and Business Conference.

Zions Bank did not disclose how much they paid to bring Bush to the conference, but he reportedly averages $110,000 per speech.

Bush’s speech focused on international trade and the responsibility of American business to support the economies of developing countries.

Daniel Royal was one of those in the audience, and he said the Q-and-A portion was his favorite part.

“It was different than what I expected,” he said. “I expected him to stand up and give a speech, but I enjoyed the question and answer to get a more personal feel from the president.”

Gov. Gary Herbert, R-Utah, said economic concerns are on Utah’s agenda, so he was glad the former president spoke on the subject.

“It kind of focuses on our agenda, which is grow the economy and make it a healthy economy for business in Utah, so we're just glad to have President Bush here,” he said.