Obama to attend Bush library opening
April 3rd, 2013
09:46 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama to attend Bush library opening

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will be on hand for the opening of former President George W. Bush’s library later this month, one of the few times the two have united in person since Bush left office four years ago.

“President Obama and the First Lady look forward to participating in the formal opening of a library that will be dedicated to a President who led our country in difficult times at home and abroad,” said White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest Wednesday. “It’s difficult to fully comprehend what it’s like to serve as President of the United States unless you’ve done it – and President Obama has developed a good relationship with both President George W. Bush and President George H.W. Bush.”

The library, a sprawling facility on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, is slated to open April 25 after more than two years of construction. In addition to Obama, all the living former presidents will attend, according to spokespersons for each president.

Obama and Bush last united a year ago when the former president’s official portrait was unveiled at the White House. The two did not exactly appear close, and in his re-election campaign the president continued to lay blame on Bush for the tepid economic recovery.

Still, Earnest said Obama “has routinely expressed his deep appreciation for the 43rd President’s commitment to this country we love, and is looking forward to returning to Texas later this month.”

According to its website, the library will include a full size Oval Office, its own rose garden, and iconic items of the Bush presidency including the bullhorn the president used to address first responders in New York days after 9/11.


Filed under: George W. Bush • President Obama
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Our current President, Barack Hussein Obama, is a class act, and extremely intelligent also.

    April 3, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well Ok,
    Obama is acculamanting himself to what it feels like to be at 30 percent approval rating !! Ha, ha. I couldn't resist.

    April 3, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. john

    he's there to put his BLAME BUSH sign up.

    April 3, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. v_mag

    Ah, yes. Visiting with George Warcriminal Bush. If there's one thing I will never forgive Obama for, it is not pursuing war crimes charges against Bush. There is no excuse for that.

    April 3, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Ashfork

    It's a safe bet that Bush, has never read a book wider than his watch band. Still he has a library named after him. How ironic.

    April 3, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Canuck

    "a President who led our country in difficult times at home and abroad"

    Shouldn't that read "a President who led our country into difficult times at home and abroad"?

    April 3, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. steven

    When you enter the Bush library...remember to speak slowly and clearly. Use simple words and short sentences.

    April 3, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. GI Joe

    W should be working in a Prison Library somewhere. Not opening a shrine to himself. I'll never waste my time. He probably still has that "Mission Accomplished" sign to put up somewhere.

    April 3, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Wake up People!

    I'm with Dominican Mama. Our POTUS is a Class Act!!

    April 3, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "a President who led our country in difficult times at home and abroad"

    Shouldn't that read "a President who led our country into difficult times at home and abroad"?
    -------------------------------------------------
    I too thought it was a typo Canuck!

    April 3, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Besides "My Pet Goat" what other reading material will they have?
    Certainly NOT the memos warning him of an imminent attack on US soil circa Sept 11th, 2001.

    April 3, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "President Obama and the First Lady look forward to participating in the formal opening of a library that will be dedicated to a President who led our country in difficult times at home and abroad,” said White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest Wednesday.
    -------------------------------------------------
    This statement is so phony they had to send the deputy press secretary to release it. I can't see Jay Carney saying that with a straight face.

    April 3, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @Wake Up People!
    Babe, if I were the current President I'd STILL be cussing ole' Georgie out every which way till Sunday!
    Lord God the mess, the absolute mess that man left behind is still being uncovered.

    April 3, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. Catmandew

    Maybe Obama will bring the memo that says our consulate in Benghazi is under attack send help to put up there also.2 of our worst presidents in 1 building at the same time. Obama and W Bush wow a bunch of rich out of touch politicians getting together.

    April 3, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Thomas

    The library, a sprawling facility on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas .

    Imagen what a better world it would be if only GW Bush had gone to Art school !

    April 3, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. James Bond

    The most corrupt administration ever, america will never be the same, and when obama tried to get us back to some semblance of sanity, the rich declare class warfare, recognize it for what it is, then for gods sake, vote

    April 3, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    steven

    When you enter the Bush library...remember to speak slowly and clearly. Use simple words and short sentences.
    ----------

    Ah, yes...
    The Bush library.
    Mission Accomplished.
    Rah. Rah.

    April 3, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    CNN, you have a typo. Bush and library don't belong in the same sentence.

    Dominican mama 4 Obama – "My Pet Goat" – ROFLMAO!

    April 3, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Kenny

    Bush having his own library!! Really?? Oh, how did we "misunderestimated" him ;)

    April 3, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. James Bond

    Your at least half right, imagine how difficult it is to do a 180 on an economy our size, then add absolute obstructionism, and we are lucky to be where we are, a republican vote is a vote to return to sept. oct, nov. of 08, NOT a good time in america brought on by ideaology and policies still being promoted on the right.

    April 3, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The only mission that Dubya EVER successfully accomplished was in putting our country on financial, and moral life support and in so doing he placed the Republican Party in an adjacent room in ICU.
    The country WILL recover the many death blows that Dubyah and Dick adminstered it, the Republican Party on the other hand is still in an induced coma with little hope of recovery.
    Way to go Dubya!
    I can still hear the BOOS that greeted you on January 20th, 2009.
    They were deafening and well-deserved.

    April 3, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Library? San Francisco should have never scrapped their plan to name their sewer system the San Francisco George Bush Sewage Plant.

    April 3, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. Patrick in Wisconsin

    canuck, if you want to find the person who actually led us into difficult times, assuming you have amnesia, look at the namesake of the library...

    April 3, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Wake up People!

    @Canuck.

    Good one!!! Had to be a typo!!

    April 3, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. PaulCat

    Be careful Mr. President. We are just waiting for the republicans in congress to say something stupid.

    April 3, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
1 2