Thursday, April 25, 2013

George W Bush Presidential Center Dedication Ceremony

The George W. Bush Presidential Center held a dedication ceremony Thursday morning in Dallas.
The Bush Center is environment friendly and was awarded Platinum certification:

The George W. Bush Presidential Center announced today it has earned Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) program. The Bush Center is the first presidential library to achieve LEED Platinum certification under New Construction (v2009).“As we approach the Bush Center’s April 25 dedication, we are proud to be recognized for our emphasis on sustainable building design,” said Mark Langdale, President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. “The Bush Center and our ongoing work are a reflection of the principles that guided President and Mrs. Bush in their public service, including their longstanding commitment to conservation and caring for the land.”The LEED Green Building Certification System encourages the use of designs, materials and systems that are sustainable, energy efficient and reduce a facility’s impact on the environment and human health. The Bush Center features green roofing systems to reduce heating and cooling demands, solar panels for producing electricity and hot water, building materials sourced from the region to lower transportation impacts, and rainwater recycling that will meet 50 percent of the irrigation needs of the native Texas landscaping

You will notice names of steadfast allies in our war on terror HERE:

The following heads of government will be in attendance at the George W. Bush Presidential Center Dedication Ceremony.
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)
Despite the mostly respectful ceremony, given that three Democrats were charged with speaking about the former President, it all went well and supporters enjoyed the traditional type of celebration.  Military members sang and spoke the benediction.  Condi Rice introduced the dignitaries to the audience.  The Bush daughters were recognized by their dad as he delivered his remarks.  The cameras caught Jenna Bush Hager with tears streaming down her face as her dad spoke about his first grandchild.  
The goodwill lasted about as long as the ceremony.  Those in the journalism business were quick to pontificate about Democrats overcoming the huge hurdle of speaking kindly about the former president - you know, because they disagree with him so much.  Really?  Seems to me, the most ardent critic for his own benefit, Barack Obama, sure has carried forth with lots of Bush policies.  
President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush were acknowledged as the first parents of a former president at his dedication ceremony.  George W. Bush stated how happy he was that they were both able to be there.  George H.W. Bush delivered the shortest remarks, as he sat in his wheelchair.  Bill Clinton mentioned that his adopted mother, Barbara Bush, had warned him not to make too long of remarks. All acknowledged the work done in Africa and with HIV medicine distribution and also advancing the lives of women in repressive countries.  
The weather cooperated.  It was a beautiful day in Dallas for a dedication ceremony. It was nice that for a few moments most people were about to silence relentless criticism and outright lies against this good man.  We may not all agree with political policy but his basic human goodness was on full display.

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