Frmr. Pres Bush Celebrates Dedication of Presidential Library
Four years after leaving office, former President George W. Bush celebrated the dedication of his presidential library and museum today before a crowd of 10-thousand people on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Laura Bush helped design the brick and limestone complex. The library has a unique design, inviting museum goers to face the same tough choices Bush had to make on 9/11, Iraq and Hurricane Katrina, through interactive exhibits with deadlines and ticking clocks. A new Washington Post- ABC News poll shows that Bush is more popular now than when he left office. His approval rating matches that of President Obama's.
In his speech, Bush said, "Franklin Roosevelt once described the dedication of a presidential library as an 'act of faith.' I dedicate this library with unshakable faith in this great country."
All five living presidents put partisan politics aside to honor the 43rd president, including President Obama, who, addressing Bush, said, "Mr. President, for your service, for your courage, for your sense of humor, and most of all, for your love of the country, thank you very much from all the citizens of the United States of America. God bless you and God bless the United States of America."
Presidents Carter and Clinton praised Bush for his fight against AIDS in Africa. George Bush Sr., in a wheelchair, gave just a 24 second speech, and then jokingly asked his son if it was "too long."
Bush ended his speech with his love for, and faith in, America, saying, "Whatever challenges come before us I will always believe our nation's best days lie ahead. God bless," President Bush concluded before he broke down in tears over the emotion of the moment.