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Library opening was an uplifting event

Shirley Woodrow
Glenwood Springs

I was not amused to see your cartoon in the Glenwood Post on April 27 regarding the George Bush Presidential Library.

It is obvious it is not understood that presidential libraries are built with private funds and when completed turned over to the government.

I have just returned from having accepted the invitation from President and Laura Bush to attend the dedication of the Presidential Library and Museum on the campus at SMU at Dallas, Texas. It was an extraordinary affair attended by about 10,000 invited guests including former staffers, foreign ambassadors and leaders, senators and congressman, first responders and state and local leaders.

Also with us were the adult children of presidents Johnson, Reagan, Ford and Nixon, and five living presidents and their wives including President Obama.

It brought collective tears to most of us to see Barbara Bush help President George H.W. Bush stand-up from his wheel chair to thank us all for coming to this library for the public with his son’s name on the building. President Clinton in his usual good sense of humor made everyone laugh, and President Carter acknowledged what an incredible impact President George W. Bush had made in Africa with his AIDs project.

All of us were there in an upbeat spirit to hear President George W. Bush acknowledge us for the achievements of the past six years in getting the Bush Center up and running. His authenticity brought tears to our eyes again as he thanked us all for our service to our fabulous country. Freedom and faith in our future was the focus in much of his emotional acknowledgment.

Many of us returned to the Bush Center that evening with thousands of families with children, as well as the students at SMU, at the Block Party held in the soccer field. Later that evening President George W. Bush and Laura joined us for the Lighting of Freedom Hall and the extraordinary fireworks display, much of it in red, white and blue. It was a grand celebration … the most enjoyable and uplifting event I have ever attended.


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