Former president George W. Bush makes the opening remarks at The 4% Project Conference at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 12, 2011 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

*Former president George W. Bush said he was eating in a restaurant with wife Laura Bush and two friends when he received President Obama’s telephone call to inform him of his decision to order the raid on bin Laden’s fortified compound in Pakistan.

Bush finally spoke out on the Al-Qaeda leader at a conference of hedge fund managers in Las Vegas, ABC news reported.  The former president said he hurried home to take Obama’s call.

“Obama simply said ‘Osama Bin Laden is dead,'” ABC’s source quoted Bush as saying.

After Obama detailed how the raid went down, Bush reportedly said he replied: “Good call.”

The former president reportedly told the hedge fund managers he was “not overjoyed” to hear that elite US commandos had taken out bin Laden in Pakistan, explaining that the covert strike had been carried out not “out of hatred but to exact judgment.”

“The guy is dead. That is good,” Bush said, according to an ABC news contributor who attended the event. “Osama’s death is a great victory in the war on terror. He was held up as a leader.”

Asked about the accuracy of the report, a spokesman for the former president, David Sherzer, told AFP: “Most of the quotes are not accurate. But the general tenor of the piece accurately reflects President Bush’s views.”