George W. Bush Day
Some notes on a dedication ceremony

April 25, 2013, at SMU (The Bush Center)


Dallas, Texas – They’re streaming onto the grounds of Southern Methodist University, at 7:30 in the morning. They’re dressed in their Sunday best, too — even though it’s Thursday. They, we, have come for the dedication ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. That will begin at 10, but we were told to be here very early, to go through the security rigmarole. At the ceremony, five U.S. presidents will appear: the incumbent and the four living former ones.

People have traveled to Dallas from all over the world — but mainly they’ve traveled from somewhere in Texas, I think. Observing them, I get the impression they’ve been supporting the Bush family for a long time. Is this kind of a last hurrah? Well, Jeb — who became a Floridian, true — may run for president. And his son George P. is running for land commissioner here in Texas.

May 20, 2013    |     Volume LXV, No. 9

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  • Nobody knows how to make a pencil, or a health-care system.
  • And its critics can relax.
  • We should be optimistic about their future.
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