The 43rd president, George W. Bush is in the spotlight once again. President Obama, the first lady Michelle and former presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter were among those who gathered Thursday morning to dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. George W. Bush’s father and our 41st president, George H.W. Bush was also present. All political differences put aside, light jokes were made.
Brendan Miniter, senior editorial director at the Presidential Center said of our former president, “One of the instructions that he always gave throughout was that this museum is not a monument to him, but a monument to principles that brought him into public office. And that’s what inspired him, and that’s what still inspires him.”
The museum recalls all the controversies of the 43rd president’s eight years in power, including the Florida recount and subsequent Supreme Court decision in 2000 that put him in the White House, the decision to invade Iraq in March 2003, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the financial crisis in 2008. The facility also gives exhibit space to many other aspects of Bush’s presidency, from passages of the No Child Left Behind Act and the prescription drug benefit to his advocacy of comprehensive immigration reform and his initiative to combat HIV-AIDS in Africa. For more info visit: http://www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu