(CNN) – It's a rare event when five living U.S. presidents can share the same stage. They did exactly that Thursday when they gathered for the George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication ceremony in Dallas.
In their remarks, the presidents at times joked about life after the White House and poked fun at the man they were honoring. But mostly, they expressed gratitude for the 43rd president and praised the new library and museum, located on the campus of Southern Methodist University.
See some of the highlights after the jump.
(CNN) - President Bill Clinton delivered a few friendly jokes during his remarks at the George W. Bush Presidential Ceremony dedication ceremony in Dallas, with one of them poking fun at his successor's new hobby of painting.
"I probably shouldn't say this, but I'm going to anyway. Your mother showed me some of your landscapes and animal paintings, and I thought they were great. Really great. And I seriously considered calling you and asking you to do a portrait of me–until I saw the results of your sister's hacked e-mails," Clinton said. "Those bathroom sketches were wonderful, but at my age, I think I should keep my suit."
(CNN) – While former President George W. Bush says he wants his brother Jeb to run for president in 2016, their always-blunt mother said Thursday she feels differently.
“He's by far the best qualified man, but no. I really don't,” she said when asked if her son, the former Florida governor, will make a White House bid.
(CNN) – If former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush decides to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, he'll have one major supporter at his side.
Former President George W. Bush, who's stepping back into the spotlight as his presidential library opens this week, says he thinks his younger brother should throw his hat into the ring.
(CNN) – Former President George W. Bush, whose presidency was largely consumed by the terror attacks on Sept. 11 and the aftermath, weighed in on his thoughts about the recent violence in Boston.
"I was reminded that evil exists," Bush told CNN's chief national correspondent John King. "And that there are people in the world who are willing to kill innocent people to advance a cause."FULL STORY
Dallas (CNN) – George W. Bush is a proud new grandfather and fascinated by his unlikely new hobby: painting.
But some things haven't changed a bit: the trademark smirk when he is amused, a squinty glare when he doesn't appreciate the question - and a quick turn to humor when the conversation turns to "legacy," including the scars of Iraq or the cloud of Katrina.FULL STORY
(CNN) – His predecessor may be his political opposite, but President Barack Obama stressed Wednesday that George W. Bush remained steadfast in his love of country.
Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in Dallas on the eve of Bush's presidential library dedication, Obama said he was eagerly anticipating attending the event, which will bring together all five living U.S. presidents.
Dallas (CNN) - It's getting harder to remember life before September 11, 2001, but as soon as you walk through the door, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum aims to take you back there.
Bush was first elected on November 7, 2000, and sworn in on January 20, 2001, so the months before the 9/11 terrorist attack were but a brief moment in the Bush presidency.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Was George W. Bush's presidency a success or failure?
A new national poll suggests it depends on who's answering the question.
(CNN) - Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey will attend the George W. Bush Presidential Center opening in Dallas this week, Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the governor's office, confirmed Tuesday.
Christie will leave for Texas Wednesday afternoon to attend a dinner the night before the invitation-only dedication ceremony the next morning at Southern Methodist University.
Watch John King's interview with President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush Wednesday on Anderson Cooper 360° at 10 p.m., only on CNN.