Bush Raises More Than $500 Million For Library

Former President George W. Bush achieved his goal of raising $500 million for his new library, museum and institute.

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Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush in the East Room of the White House in Washington May 31, 2012.

Former President George W. Bush has raised more than $500 million for his presidential library, museum and institute according to multiple sources close to Bush and confirmed by the George W. Bush Center.

“It was our goal to raise $500 million by the time the George W. Bush Presidential Center was dedicated, and we reached that goal,” said Mark Langdale, President of the George W. Bush Center. The sum is more than Bush took in for either of his presidential bids, where he had to wrestle with limitations on his fundraising from any one source.

The milestone makes Bush, who left office four years ago, the most successful fundraiser among former presidents at this stage in his post-White House life. Former President Bill Clinton’s fundraising got off to a slower pace once he left the White House but has significantly surpassed the Bush total largely due to his foundation’s humanitarian efforts.

Bush’s library and museum will be dedicated on April 25 in Dallas in a ceremony featuring all five living tenants of the White House and their spouses.

“Half of the money was spent to build the Bush Center itself, a portion of the funds go to a mandatory endowment to the Federal Government, which will be paid when we gift the George W. Bush Presidential Museum and Library to the American people on April 25th, and another portion of the funds will go to Southern Methodist University for a endowment that is intended to strengthen our relationship with their programs,” Langdale said in a statement to TIME. “The remainder of the funds, most of which is paid for over time in long term pledges, provides a strong financial foundation to build the George W. Bush Institute as a long standing contributor to advancing freedom and the principles that have guided President and Mrs. Bush in their service to their country.”

The foundation’s last publicly available financial report from 2011 shows the foundation raised upwards of $415 million. The precise audited sum will be reported when Bush’s foundation releases its 2012 report to the Internal Revenue Service in the coming months. The foundation has pledged to make the names of nearly all its donors available for review at the library — only the names of those who requested anonymity will be withheld.

 

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ajain31
ajain31

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/50-reasons-you-despised-george-w-bushs-presidency-reminder-day-his-presidential


50 Reasons We Despised George W. Bush's Presidency: A Reminder on the Day of His Presidential Library Dedication

Today President Obama and all four living ex-presidents attend the dedication of the $500 million George W. Bush Presidential Library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Many progressives will remember Bush as a contender for the "worst president ever," saying he more aptly deserves a multi-million-dollar prison cell for a litany of war crimes.

Amazingly, the Bush library seeks to ask visitors "What would you have done?" if you were in this president’s shoes. The ex-president’s defenders are betting that the public will reconsider their judgments after a hefty dose of historical amnesia. Bush has been absent from political debates in recent years, instead making millions in private speeches. Today, his popularity is even with Obama's; both have 47 percent approval rating.

Let’s look at 50 reasons, some large and some small, why W. inspired so much anger.

1. Bush stole the presidency in 2000. People may forget that Republicans in Florida purged more than 50,000 African-American voters before Election Day, and then went to the Supreme Court where the GOP-appointed majority stopped a recount that would have awarded the presidency to Vice-President Al Gore if all votes were counted. National news organizations verified that outcome long after Bush had been sworn in.

2. Bush’s lies started in that race. Bush ran for office claiming he was a “uniter, not a divider.” Even though he received fewer popular votes than Gore, he quickly claimed he had the mandate from the American public to push his right-wing agenda.  

3. Bush covered up his past. He was a party boy, the scion of a powerful political family who got away with being a deserter during the Vietnam War. He was reportedly AWOL for over a year from his assigned unit, the Texas Air National Guard, which other military outfits called the "Champagne Division.”

4. Bush loved the death penalty. As Texas governor from 1995-2000, he signed the most execution orders of any governor in U.S. history—152 people, including the mentally ill and women who were domestic abuse victims. He spared one man’s life, a serial killer.

5. Bush was a corporate shill from Day 1. Bush locked up the GOP nomination by raising more campaign money from corporate boardrooms than anyone at that time. He lunched with CEOs who would jet into Austin to "educate" him about their political wish lists.

6. Bush gutted global political progress. He pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol which set requirements for 38 nations to lower greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change, saying that abiding by the agreement would “harm our economy and hurt our workers.”

7. Bush embraced global isolationism. He withdrew from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, over Russia’s protest, taking the U.S. in a direction not seen since World War I. 

8. Bush ignored warnings about Osama bin Laden. He ignored the Aug. 6, 2001 White House intelligence briefing titled, “Bin Laden determined to strike in the U.S.” Meanwhile, his chief anti-terrorism advisor, Richard Clarke, and first Treasury Secretary, Paul O’Neill, testified in Congress that he was intent on invading Iraq within days of becoming president.

9. Bush ramped up war on drugs, not terrorists. The Bush administration had twice as many FBI agents assigned to the war on drugs than fighting terrorism before 9/11, and kept thousands in that role after the terror attacks. 

10. “My Pet Goat.” He kept reading a picture book to grade-schoolers for seven minutes after his top aides told him that the World Trade Centers had been attacked in 9/11. Then Air Force One flew away from Washington, D.C., vanishing for hours after the attack.

leonvang
leonvang

Hope to see the Pres reading My Pet Goat while the country was being attacked

saratabdu
saratabdu

@LoveLiberty قبحه الله ..ياليته يجمع في هده المكتبه تاريخه الاسود في قتل الابرياء في العراق وافغانستان وغزه..

Vijay Banga
Vijay Banga

Bush was hit by WTT and his priorities shifted dramatically or he could have proved something unfortunate indeed

JessicaSmith1
JessicaSmith1

Nobody goes to libraries anymore, why doesn't he take that 500 million and use it to pay back some of that national debt he racked up with China...how about that.

rainyrainyann
rainyrainyann

Who Cares ....Why not help the needy with that 500 million, our country has taken away benefits form the needy and I mean people who have worked all their lives not young women popping out babies right and left to scam our federal and state funds, who cares about a library when Americans are starving and jobless, due to the fact of America's greedy Politicians, taking from the mouths of hard working people!!!!! It's  a disgrace, The United States Of America's government is a DISGRACE!!!!! Washington politicians are A DISGRACE!!!!!!! Medicare ...Medicaid...Social Security...taxpayers who pay will not get the services they deserve...so who cares about  a 500 million dollar Library?????? Your are DISGUSTING........ America's Politicians!!!!

Jerry Pecks
Jerry Pecks

Who says republicans and money aren't bedmates?

AidaPayton
AidaPayton

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AidaPayton
AidaPayton

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AidaPayton
AidaPayton

Curtdockworth, Perry white. both of you just Jealous with president Bush that he raised 5 millions..While your favorite president don't lol

SamsungApple
SamsungApple

lol that dumb red neck bitch can't even read right 

reading backwards to kids much.


Jesus Hernandez
Jesus Hernandez

did it include money from the oil barrons in saudi arabia last name bin laden

Teuta Abazi
Teuta Abazi

Will you put in your library some albanians idiots after they have their newspapers here in USA that promote them with their ignorance. Considering literature on what their gov. tell you, you go 0.

Cathy Stogsdill Weddington
Cathy Stogsdill Weddington

These are PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARIES, but they are like a library/museum dedicated ONLY to that President's term(s) in office. Herbert Hoover Library Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Harry S. Truman Library Dwight D. Eisenhower Library John F. Kennedy Library Lyndon B. Johnson Library Richard Nixon Library Gerald R. Ford Library Jimmy Carter Library Ronald Reagan Library George H. W. Bush Library William J. Clinton Library George W. Bush Library

Mmusi Mogotlane
Mmusi Mogotlane

I usually reserve my honest opinion about people like this guy.

Diana Kircher
Diana Kircher

I never liked Bush however I do like money raised for libraries.

CherylKetchen
CherylKetchen

If the past U.S. presidents are so great at fundraising then how about getting some money for the poverty stricken people on this evil run world!

Who needs a library when there is the internet at your fingertips.  He is an egotystical maniac, like all the politicians are.  It's a digusting way to spend so much money when there are so many people in need of just clean water to drink on this earth.  And i hope the contributors feel so good about themselves knowing they only did for a nice big tax deduction.  One day its all going to end, and even the richest pigs on this planet will die and they will surely go to hell. 

My New Life in Asia
My New Life in Asia

Bush raising fund for a library? I wonder if he's ever read a book in his life. Well, now that he has a library it could be a good occasion to begin.

Lyle Ketchum
Lyle Ketchum

Good thing, ya know because so many Americans are just lined up at the local library's rather than buying kindles.

Ahmed M. Rakha
Ahmed M. Rakha

He would have better raised money for the country he destroyed.

Mikal Eskada
Mikal Eskada

I wonder how much is going in his pocket..my guess is 500 million

TheDers
TheDers

presidential libraries are awesome. 

jilli.brown
jilli.brown

Fools and their money are soon parted.

hummingbird
hummingbird

George W Bush spoke as if English was a foreign language for him. I hope he spends quality time at his own library.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Speaking fees are the real source of income for Presidents once they leave office.  The organization I work for paid both Bush and Clinton over a quarter of a million dollars to speak at one of our events in the past; each was for about 90 minutes of speaking time.  It was cool to see them both speak and meet them.

Now, as someone who's never actually visited a Presidential Library, what do they keep in them?  I assume their records from their time in office - is there anything else?

bobcn
bobcn

@Adams Mailman Pee Sheriff

Did you proudly pay for the room where they'll display the Navy P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft that was captured by the Chinese?  

China did eventually returned it after Shrub demanded that they give it back.  Several months later.  After they disassembled it, studied it, and then shipped it back in boxes.

Or will the museum ignore that part?

lpcondon
lpcondon

Yes we know.  It's just hard to think of Bush anywhere near a library.

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

@DonQuixotic We visited the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Grand Rapids a few years back. At the time, it held a temporary exhibition with photos, news-clippings and artifacts from 1865, when President Lincoln's funeral procession passed through. 

So, to answer your question based on my single data point DonQ, a Presidential Library appears to be a cross between a museum and a library.

FuzzyPotato
FuzzyPotato

@DonQuixotic Also related objects.  For example, the Reagan Library has the modified 747 that he used as Air Force One when he was in office.

jmac
jmac

@DonQuixotic  "what do they keep in them"   Bush has Saddam's pistol on display.  

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

I've only been to the Truman Library and that was pretty cool. It was mostly about his time in office but did cover his whole life.

If you care about or are interested in political history I would imagine any president's would be worth the time to visit.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Interesting contrast to the link I posted about HST.