Former President Bush Breaks Ground at SMU

November 16, 2010  

By Aida Ahmed
aahmed@smu.edu

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The highly anticipated groundbreaking of the George W. Bush Presidential Library went without complications.

The star-studded event featured speakers such as former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, SMU President Gerald Turner, former First Lady Laura Bush and various members of the Bush Foundation. Of course, the man of the hour was greeted with the warmest welcome and cheers, the former President George W. Bush.

On stage, Rice and Cheney both spoke of the Bush administration and how they admired the work President Bush did while in office. Rice mentioned his work to keep America a free market and Cheney spoke of his leadership during the attacks of Sept. 11.

The former first lady also took to the stage to spread her message of literacy and freedom for women across the world with her Women’s Institute that she will work on further in the Bush Library.

Representing SMU was the university’s president, Gerald Turner, who welcomed the Bushes on campus. On behalf of SMU students, student body President Jake Torres also extended a warm welcome to the Bush Library.

While protests continued hundreds of yards away from the big white tent, there were no negative vibes inside the ceremony. Over 2,500 guests, including a group of soldiers stationed in Fort Hood, SMU students and media from all over the world were in the audience as Bush and his close friends broke ground on the SMU campus.

And the Bush Foundation is wasting no time in meeting their 2013 goal for the library. Construction is scheduled to begin Wednesday.

The groundbreaking for the George W. Bush Library took place Tuesday morning with distinguished guests such as former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. (PHOTO BY AIDA AHMED / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

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