Former Presidents Offer Bipartisan Salute as Bush Center is Dedicated
A rare conclave of five presidents, bonded by pressures and crises others can only imagine, joined arms Thursday to dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential Center, making Dallas the nation’s political epicenter.
With gentle nods to rivalry and disagreements past and current, they celebrated the nation’s 43d commander-in-chief – the strength he projected, and the devotion he poured into the job. Amid a bright spring sunshine and under extraordinary security, they hailed bipartisanship and resolve.
The speeches and ceremony focused on areas of agreement, such as Bush’s effort to combat AIDS in Africa. Bush himself acknowledged the controversy of his tenure.
“The political winds blow left and right, the polls rise and fall, supporters come and go. But in the end, leaders are defined by the convictions they hold,” Bush said, adding that his guiding conviction, is that this country “must strive to expand the reach of freedom.”