Today is the dedication for the George W. Bush presidential library and museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. A guy who reads an upside down book to a classroom full of kids in Florida at the time of the 9/11 attacks is getting his very own library. His wife should be very pleased. Former First Lady Laura Bush was a librarian and is an advocate for literacy.
President Obama arrived last night and attended a Democratic fundraiser at the Aberly-Lebowitz home where he praised Bush out of respect for the office of the presidency. He said he believes that Bush had concern for all Americans, not just those who voted Republican. "I think that's true about him and I think that's true about most of us," President Obama said to Democrats. Yet, Obama made it clear that Democratic policies are better than Republican policies. President Bush's failed economic policies nearly bankrupted the entire nation, that is a fact. He also waged war on a nation that had no proven part in the 9/11 attacks. And tomorrow, all five living presidents will be in attendance to praise him.
President Bush has been unapologetic for his actions in office. When asked how he sleeps at night, he responded, "It's nice of 'em that can be concerned about my sleeping habits, but ... I'm rested. I know I'm rested."
Hopefully, this is the last of George W. Bush that Americans will have to hear about. His presidency is a scar on the face of the nation. Let him go back to doing nude portraits of himself in the bathroom and hopefully he and his entire family stay away from the political stage and let the nation get back to being the powerful and productive force it was before a Bush brought it to its knees.
He has a 43,620-square-foot museum to fill with his artwork. A well-rested man ought to be able to do that in no time.
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