Dedication: a man and his library

Some national events stir more emotion than others. The dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library today was one of those for me.    The only thing that might have made it better would have been to be there in person. Regardless of your politics, it was an emotive event for a number of reasons. For one thing, I’ve had the pleasure of shaking the man’s hand and look him in the eye. And he has a way of looking into your eye like no man I’ve ever met. He recounted today in his remarks that his mother taught him to speak his mind. He does that with his voice and his eyes. Even while working a crowd, his time with you is intensely focused on you and only you. Thus, I feel like I know him, the man. The pomp and circumstance was ever-present, as it should be. The posting of the colors, the remarks by three ex-presidents and the current president, the music and pageantry, the national anthem, the benediction and withdrawal of the colors — each step marking poignant points in a stirring ceremony. But with all of that, the personal moments were incredible. First, the fact that parents were watching the dedication of their son’s library was a first in our history. Then “Bush 43” standing next to “Bush 41” with obvious love and admiration for the...

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