February 22nd, 2008
01:50 PM ET
15 years ago

Site named for Bush's presidential library

(CNN) - Following a years-long campaign that began before President Bush even took his first oath of office, Southern Methodist University – the alma mater of First Lady Laura Bush - has been chosen as the future home of George W. Bush’s presidential library and policy center.

“I look forward to the day when both the general public and scholars come and explore the important and challenging issues our Nation has faced during my presidency — from economic and homeland security to fighting terrorism and promoting freedom and democracy,” President Bush wrote in a Friday letter to the university’s president, Gerald Turner.

The university had been hammering out the final details of the agreement for more than year. The facility will be located at a site near downtown Dallas.

–CNN’s Elaine Quijano and Rebecca Sinderbrand contributed to this report

Filed under: President Bush
soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. Dave

    I can't belive SMU would allow the beast to have anything on their campus! Bush was about as good a "christian" as Castro.

    February 22, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Tony

    The Bush Library, our nation's ultimate disgrace. I expect one wing with one book on his accomplishment. The sign in ledger opened to the first blank page.

    February 22, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Aggies love GWB

    Why not put it next to Papa's library at Texas A&M? That would be a fitting honor to the school that was once voted as university most likely to support GWB.

    February 22, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Frank, San Diego

    I bet they will have great books there. Don't forget to bring your box of 64.

    February 22, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Ken, Suitland MD

    Man, is this ever funny! A presidential library for a president who has trouble reading and thinking? His whole administration was based on anti-intellectualism.

    This could be the cheapest library ever! I would recommend the following:
    - a single-room brick-block building, with one interior wall painted white, located in the backwoods of Mississippi
    - 10-12 dilapidated metal chairs
    - one rotating floor fan
    - one old coin-operated gum-ball machine
    - a sign that says "Pee Outside"
    - a 1970's movie projector
    - an old film-copy of Deliverance
    - show the film over and over and over and over again
    This should make his library visitors happy, routing for the backwoods men during the show. Afterall, this represents the core of his remaining support.

    February 22, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Jane

    Is George Bush's presidential library an attempt to lessen his guilt over bombing libraries in Iraq that contained some of the earliest books of civilization, books thousands and thousands of years old which can never be replaced? The history that was destroyed is tragic

    February 22, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Klinger

    As if any of you could do any better....I'm not a Bush fan either but your negative comments are typical of uneducated CNN couch potatoes….ie…the typical Americans knowledge of US and World events is pathetic….

    Have any of you visited a Presidential Library and know what’s there….I highly doubt it…

    Go back to your hole and wait for the next episode of Jerry Springer to come on…

    February 22, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. kathleen, illinois

    AND, who is paying for that? Keep spending our money
    and make sure Cheney has enough company kickbacks
    from Haliburton and what is that other company endorsed
    by Cheney. How much does Cheney pocket? He must
    be a multimillionaire by now. And, Cheney is the first one
    I ever heard that the deficit could be lowered by people not
    depending on ENTITLEMENTS. Well, I think the country
    would be altogether shot. More forclosures, less money
    for stimuli the country, What a contradiction. I hope Republicans
    never get elected again for anything. In fact, some good Reps.
    should convert to Democratic Party or go Independent to separate
    themselves from that crooked party.

    February 22, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. kathleen, illinois

    Just don't build it on American soil, please.

    February 22, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Shannon, Charlottesville, Virginia

    Bush library–an oxymoron.

    February 22, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Walt, Belton,TX

    Is there room in an old warehouse somewhere?

    February 22, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Nando, Florida

    They should only have to Open once a month due to Lack of Interest!!

    February 22, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Katherine

    I 'm sure that the Bush Presidential Library will be in some undisclosed location.

    February 22, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Alicia Colorado Springs

    We'll name it “No president left behind”

    February 22, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. R,Calif

    Use the people who visit it for medical research.

    February 22, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Kristina

    Wouldn't having a library named after you, imply that you are actually literate?

    February 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Bob

    They should build in in Baghdad, so that the people there can always remember their glorious liberator.

    February 22, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  18. Fred T. Black

    They picke dthe wrong site, i would suggest Kirkut, Iraq.

    February 22, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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