Presidential Libraries have personalities as varied as the men they memorialize. I say that with all the authority of one who has visited 1.1 of them. (Because of the sequester, we were only in the lobby the Clinton Library, so it hardly counts--just enough to give me an impression of what it is. We did watch the video and see his limo.)
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is built on the campus of Texas A&M. Bush didn't go to school there--he just liked the attitude of the Aggies and the people of that part of Texas. We've been in Texas long enough to see how excited Texans get about college football, so I think I get it. You can look across the back lawn and see the stadium.
|Lobby and store at George Bush Library|
|Bush flew a plane like this in WWII|
There's an exhibit with displays of Gifts of State, which didn't photograph well for me except for this Mother of Pearl Inlay box. (The gifts belong to the country--not the President. I asked.)
The Berlin Wall came down during Bush's administration; this is a chunk of it. (As a semi-relevant aside, my first husband was in the Army and stationed in Germany. We went to Berlin, took a bus tour into East Berlin, passing through Checkpoint Charlie. It was 1969 and scary.)
|Graffiti on West Berlin side|
|This side was facing East Berlin|
|The Day The Wall Came Down, A Monument to Freedom|
by Veryl Goodnight
|Gulf War Situation Room|
|George in the President's Chair|
I asked one of the docents about the Library upstairs. It's not like a public library where you can browse the shelves. You have to have a specific research reason, fill out forms, get authorization. She said many of the 44 million documents aren't completely organized and are still stored haphazardly in boxes stacked all over the place.
Presidential Museums are like many museums. You can't possibly take it all in on one visit. Docents help point you to the really interesting parts and often share anecdotes that help you remember what you saw. They're trained to be non-political, but you're not going to find a Democrat volunteering at Bush's Pesidential Library!
More pictures here: George Bush Presidential Library