WASHINGTON -- The dedication today of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University near Dallas brings together four past presidents, President Barack Obama and their spouses.
The cables -- MSNBC, CNN, FOX -- are giving extensive coverage to the opening and go live at 10 a.m. Chicago time. It's a library, museum and policy institute. Take a look at the $250 million structure. [BushCenter.org]
"I never thought about my critics," the two-term Bush tells NBC's Matt Lauer on the "Today Show" this morning as the former president and wife Laura walk through the center, which includes twisted beams from the World Trade Center. Bush interviews are running on all the morning shows.
The Iraq war is one of the most controversial chapters of the Bush presidency. Bush told CNN's John King in an interview, "History will ultimately judge the decisions that were made for Iraq and I'm just not going to be around to see the final verdict."
The presidential line-up at the ceremony:
President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama, President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush, President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalynn Carter
Heads of state attending:
- Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (NATO)
- President Mikheil Saakashvilli and Mrs. Sandra E. Roelofs (Georgia)
- President Josè Marìa Aznar (Spain)
- Prime Minister and Mrs. Ehud Olmert (Israel)
- Prime Minister and Mrs. John Howard (Australia)
- President Lee Myung-bak and Mrs. Yoon-ok Kim (Korea)
- Prime Minister Tony Blair and Mrs. Cherie Blair (United Kingdom)
- President John Kufuor (Ghana)
- President Francisco Flores Perèz and Mrs. Lourdes Maria Rodriguez de Flores (El Salvador)
- Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (Italy)
We're going to get our own center. Once the Bush library and museum opens, the next up will be for Obama somewhere--all but certain--in Chicago.