The 43rd president and former first lady Laura Bush sat down with CBS in Dallas, where the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will open Thursday morning.
Having launched the War on Terror in the aftermath of 9/11, Mr. Bush answered the question: Do the Boston Marathon bombings suggest that America can never be safe from terrorism?
"I used to say that we had to be 100 percent right in order to protect the homeland, and the enemy only had to be right once," he said. "The good news is: The country is more aware of the threat, and communities are more aware of the threats. But it's awfully hard to protect the country."
Mr. Bush added that he's been "very impressed by the response, at all levels of government" in the aftermath of the bombings.