Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The George W. Bush Presidential Library

This past weekend while my hometown was enduring yet another spring blizzard (we arrived home to 20 inches on the ground), Beloved and I were the guests of friends in the greater Dallas area. They took us to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

Beloved and I had never been to a Presidential Library and Museum before, so this was a special treat. Since my husband's retirement is now officially on the radar, we are thinking we would like to visit more of these libraries.

Before I begin my whirlwind of snapshots from this experience, I need to express appreciation to our hosts for not only opening up their home to us as house guests, but also for doing all the driving once we arrived.  Dallas is a maze of freeways criss-crossing at many levels along with a lot of road construction. Our friends are new residents so they make no claim to knowing it all, but they did an excellent job of figuring it out.

The admission to this library and museum is very reasonable, with a discount for seniors. There is parking across the street and that, too, was good.

I guess you could say that I was so mesmerized by the window displays of gold jewelry and other fine gifts from foreign dignitaries that I forgot to snap any pictures of them! However, I did capture this unique set of bedroom slippers featuring caricatures of President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan.

There were interactive displays. Here I am learning to use a teleprompter. 

I enjoyed getting a closer perspective of President Bush, and especially with hindsight on my side. Nobody is perfect; there are always valuable lessons to be learned from a study of history and a person's life.

Some of Laura Bush's gowns drew our attention. But her responsibilities went far beyond looking good beside the President...

We all know the hard work and sacrifices that go with being a homemaker. It boggles the mind to think about the countless details a First Lady addresses.

This is Beloved standing in a life-sized replica of the Oval Office. A professional photographer is there to take your picture at the desk of the President, but we did not do that.

Amid the fun displays there were also wonderful illustrations and interactive screens about the serious matters our nation's leaders face every day.

One room has a series of video screens replaying the various aspects of September 11th. I found that to be especially moving, especially as I thought about all that has happened since that terrible day in 2001.

It is good to have a President who knows God and seeks to follow His teachings. I am grieved that more Americans don't take a candidate's faith seriously as we move toward the elections later this year.

One of the last interactive features we saw was where the audience was given several key scenarios that President Bush had to face. The group we were with chose the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina.

We voted on which problem we wanted to work with, and majority ruled. Then at  our individual video consoles, we were bombarded with the adverse news of the event coming from multiple sources and the varying opinions of how people thought the President should respond. We had to choose via multiple choice options what we would do if we were the President. 

This was no easy task, not at all. The Commander in Chief needs our daily prayer support. 

Another tourist was good to take this picture of the four of us shortly before we exited through the gift shop. One of my Face Book friends saw this picture and joked that we "sure are short!"  

There is a lot of truth in that. I felt pretty short on intelligence, and even in some character, after going through this library and museum. There is much more going on in the White House than most of us will ever know -- circumstances and problems that require knowledge, wisdom, selflessness, and courage.

This was a couple of hours well-spent. I highly recommend visiting the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum the next time you are in Dallas, Texas.

P.S. You can buy tickets online or at the entrance. We went on a Saturday morning and had no problems getting in, but that may not always be the case if there are school or tour groups. 


  1. Nice job! I do recommend a visit to this library.

  2. Our grandson is attending SMU. We may get out there next year and will definitely visit the museum!! Thanks for the tour and information!

  3. We are a mere 5 hours from Dallas and go through there every time we go to our daughter's, so we need to plan a stop here. We have been to the Reagan library and it is fantastic. Looks like a lovely weekend!

  4. What a cool thing to do...thanks for sharing...have a beautiful day, friend.