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George W. Bush Presidential Library

George W. Bush Presidential Library The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is located on the campus of Southern Methodist Un

The Library and Museum provides an unmatched resource for the study of the life and career of the nation’s 43rd President, while also promoting a better understanding of the Presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy. In the Museum, visitors can explore exhibits that examine the important issues and events of President George W. Bush's Administration, while immersing yourself in the Presidential decision-making process through unique interactive multimedia.

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Happy 98th birthday, President Jimmy Carter!
10/01/2022

Happy 98th birthday, President Jimmy Carter!

Teachers and caregivers, there’s still time to register your students for free, interactive webinar programs on the Cons...
09/12/2022

Teachers and caregivers, there’s still time to register your students for free, interactive webinar programs on the Constitution: https://civics.archives.gov/webinars

From our collection, in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburg...
09/08/2022

From our collection, in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, joined President and Mrs. George W. Bush at a dinner at Winfield House in London, England, on November 2, 2003. Hosted by Ambassador and Mrs. William Farish at the American ambassador's residence in London, the dinner was held in reciprocity of the state dinner hosted by Her Majesty The Queen the prior evening.
Photo from the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Collection, P35941- 23a.

How does the Constitution connect to our communities? Students will discover this and more during our special Constituti...
09/05/2022

How does the Constitution connect to our communities? Students will discover this and more during our special Constitution Day webinar programs-register today! https://civics.archives.gov/webinars

Join the National Archives for 2 weeks of live, interactive webinars for K–12 students around Constitution Day, Septembe...
08/25/2022

Join the National Archives for 2 weeks of live, interactive webinars for K–12 students around Constitution Day, September 12–23! https://civics.archives.gov/webinars

Teachers: This Presidents Day we’re opening registration for new K–12 civic education programs led by our educators loca...
02/25/2022

Teachers: This Presidents Day we’re opening registration for new K–12 civic education programs led by our educators located at National Archives sites and Presidential Libraries across the country! www.archives.gov/education/civic-education

“Investors aren't just Wall Street people, as far as I'm concerned. You've got the investor class. If you think about th...
02/16/2022

“Investors aren't just Wall Street people, as far as I'm concerned. You've got the investor class. If you think about that, that means only certain people are capable of investing. I disagree. I think every citizen -- every citizen -- has got the capacity to manage his or her own money. And if they don't, we'll help them understand how to, and the rules will be such that they can. And I believe the so-called investor class ought to be every American, regardless of his or her background.”
- President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush shares a laugh with Frank Partin and his daughter Amy during a Conversation on Strengthening Social Security at the Pease International Tradeport Airport, February 16, 2005. White House photo by Eric Draper.

“I’ve seen the determination of the people across Africa--and the compassion of the people of the United States of Ameri...
02/14/2022

“I’ve seen the determination of the people across Africa--and the compassion of the people of the United States of America. This compassion is at work through U.S. initiatives that improve education, reduce poverty, and fight disease. In , at the Accra Teacher Training Institute, students receive textbooks supplied through our country’s Education Initiative. In , mosquito nets are provided to children by the President’s Malaria Initiative. In , President Touré is using a Millenium Challenge Compact to build his country’s infrastructure, and to bring prosperity to Mali’s people. In South Africa, HIV-positive pregnant mothers keep their babies HIV free with support from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.”
- Mrs. Laura Bush, February 14, 2008

President and Mrs. Bush visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, prior to their February 2008 visit to Africa. The President and the First Lady spoke about administration partnership initiatives with nations concerning health, education, peacekeeping efforts, and economic development.

White House photo by Chris Greenberg.

02/04/2022

The George W. Bush Library and Museum will be closed today, Friday, February 4th, due to inclement weather. Stay warm and stay safe.

02/03/2022

The George W. Bush Library and Museum will be closed today, Thursday, February 3, due to inclement weather. Stay warm and stay safe.

“Signing this bill is the end of a long, long time of people sitting in rooms trying to hammer out differences.  It's a ...
01/08/2022

“Signing this bill is the end of a long, long time of people sitting in rooms trying to hammer out differences. It's a great symbol of what is possible in Washington when good people come together to do what's right. But it's just the beginning of change. And now it's up to you, the local citizens of our great land, the compassionate, decent citizens of America, to stand up and demand high standards, and to demand that no child -- not one single child in America -- is left behind.”
- President George W. Bush

Visiting Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Ohio, January 8, 2002 President George W. Bush signs into law historic, bi-partisan education legislation. On hand for the signing are Democratic Rep. George Miller of California (far left), Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts (center, left), Secretary of Education Rod Paige (center, behind President Bush), Republican Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, and Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire (not pictured). White House photo by Paul Morse.

“I am so honored to be at Horace Greeley. People say, why would you want to come to Horace Greeley? Because it's a cente...
01/07/2022

“I am so honored to be at Horace Greeley. People say, why would you want to come to Horace Greeley? Because it's a center of excellence. It's a place for this country to realize what is possible when you have a good principal, that's supported by the community, when you've got teachers who work hard and students willing to learn.”
- President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush is joined by Principal Carlos Azcoitia, left; teacher Rene Camler and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, right January 7, 2008, during a visit with students and staff at the Horace Greeley Elementary School in Chicago. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian.

20 years ago today, December 31, 2001:“It's going to be a great year because people are going to be able to find work ag...
12/31/2021

20 years ago today, December 31, 2001:

“It's going to be a great year because people are going to be able to find work again. It's going to be a great year because our military is going to do the job the Americans expect. It'll be a great year because at home we'll protect the American people. And it's going to be a great year primarily because Americans have taken a look inward, reassessed their values; have realized that some of the basics in life are that which is most important -- love of faith, love of family. And as a result, our communities have been stronger.”
- President George W. Bush, remarks to the press pool at the Coffee Station Cafe, December 31, 2001

President George W. Bush poses with employees and patrons of the Coffee Station Cafe in Crawford, TX in 2012.

President George W. Bush signs H.R. 7311, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, De...
12/23/2021

President George W. Bush signs H.R. 7311, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, December 23, 2008, in the Oval Office of the White House.

Named for English abolitionist William Wilberforce, who led the Parliamentary movement against the British slave trade in the early 19th century, this bill authorized appropriations for 2008-2011 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, enhancing measures to combat trafficking in persons. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian.

“This flame stands for the skill and dedication of friendly competition.  I'm honored to take part in the 2002 Olympic T...
12/22/2021

“This flame stands for the skill and dedication of friendly competition. I'm honored to take part in the 2002 Olympic Torch Relay, and I'm really proud to welcome the Olympic spirit to America this winter...I thank everyone who has worked so hard to make the Salt Lake City and the games a memorable site. I wish all our athletes Godspeed. I continue to pray the Lord's blessings for safety and security on our great land during the holiday season.”
- President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush speaks during the 2002 Olympic Torch Relay Ceremony on the South Lawn, Dec. 22 2001. "Each torch bearer's story is a lesson in citizenship and courage and compassion," said the President announcing the two torch runners, Liz Howell and Eric Jones. Both runners were profoundly affected by the Sept. 11 attacks. White House photo by Paul Morse.

“...I want to thank the soldiers who are there, and thank those who have sacrificed, and the families who are worried ab...
12/21/2021

“...I want to thank the soldiers who are there, and thank those who have sacrificed, and the families who are worried about them during this Christmas season, for their sacrifice. This is a very important and vital mission. I'm confident democracy will prevail in Iraq. I know a free Iraq will lead to a more peaceful world. So we ask for God's blessings on all who are involved in that vital mission.”
- President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush and Laura Bush talk with U.S. Army Sgt. Dale Beatty and family of Statesville, N.C. during a visit to the Fisher House at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 21, 2004. President Bush presented Sgt. Beatty the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. White House photo by Paul Morse.

“For nearly 80 years, in times of calm and in times of challenge, Americans have gathered for this ceremony. The simple ...
12/05/2021

“For nearly 80 years, in times of calm and in times of challenge, Americans have gathered for this ceremony. The simple story we remember during this season speaks to every generation. It is the story of a quiet birth in a little town, on the margins of an indifferent empire. Yet that single event set the direction of history and still changes millions of lives. For over two millennia, has carried the message that God is with us -- and, because He's with us, we can always live in hope.”
- President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush and Laura Bush attend the Pageant of Peace Tree Lighting on the Ellipse near the White House, December 5, 2002. White House photo by Paul Morse.

President George W. Bush meets with  President Olusegun Obasanjo in the Oval Office Dec. 02, 2004. "I think it is vital ...
12/02/2021

President George W. Bush meets with President Olusegun Obasanjo in the Oval Office Dec. 02, 2004. "I think it is vital that the continent of Africa be a place of freedom and democracy and prosperity and hope, where people can grow up and realize their dreams," President Bush said after the meeting. "It's a continent that has got vast potential, and the United States wants to help the people of realize that potential."

“In Veterans Day gatherings across America, we think first of those who fell and never lived to be called veterans. We r...
11/11/2021

“In Veterans Day gatherings across America, we think first of those who fell and never lived to be called veterans. We remember those whose fate is still undetermined. We look around us to all the veterans and retired members of the military with admiration and with respect.”
- President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush watches the posting of colors with Joe Burns, National President of Blinded Veterans of America, left, and Anthony Principi, Secretary of Veterans Affairs before giving remarks on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday November 11, 2002 White House photo by Paul Morse

“In Veterans Day gatherings across America, we think first of those who fell and never lived to be called veterans. We r...
11/10/2021

“In Veterans Day gatherings across America, we think first of those who fell and never lived to be called veterans. We remember those whose fate is still undetermined. We look around us to all the veterans and retired members of the military with admiration and with respect.”
- President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush makes remarks to American and British veterans (seated in background) in the East Room of the White House on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2002. White House photo by Paul Morse.

“The time of war is a time of sacrifice. I know the sacrifices you all make. But some have paid the ultimate price; real...
10/28/2021

“The time of war is a time of sacrifice. I know the sacrifices you all make. But some have paid the ultimate price; really good men and women have lost their lives in this struggle. We will pray for their families. And I make them this pledge: We will honor their sacrifice by completing the mission, by defeating the terrorists, and by laying the foundation of peace for generations to come.”
- President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush addresses military personnel and their families at Charleston Air Force Base in Charleston, South Carolina on October 28, 2006. White House photo by Paul Morse.

Joint Base Charleston

“We talked about the need to work together to help consolidate the gains. We talked about the need to -- for the United ...
10/26/2021

“We talked about the need to work together to help consolidate the gains. We talked about the need to -- for the United States to partner with the country to help on economic development. One of the things the President recognizes is the need for there to be investment in his country, so people can find work, and the stability that comes with economic development. And I appreciate your recognition of the opportunity to work together.”
- President George W. Bush, October 26, 2007

President George W. Bush welcomes President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo to the Oval Office, October 26, 2007. Among the topics the leaders discussed during the visit were the successes of the newly elected Kabila government and the remaining challenges to a secure and prosperous . White House photo by Eric Draper.

“This day, however, is one for recalling an heroic event in the history of our nation, and in the story of mankind. Here...
10/22/2021

“This day, however, is one for recalling an heroic event in the history of our nation, and in the story of mankind. Here at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, we remember one small machine, and we honor the giants who flew it.”
- President George W. Bush, 17 December, 2003, on 100th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ Flight

On December 17, 1903, the brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright, who are generally credited with inventing the world's first successful motor-operated airplane, made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft at Kill Devil Hills, . Their aircraft was named the Wright Flyer. While the flight lasted no more than 12 seconds, and travelled upwards of 200 feet, the significance of the motorized flight could not be denied, as it gave birth to the field of aviation. In 2003, President Bush visited Kill Devil Hills to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers flight.

“Today, our Nation follows the Wright brothers' example of innovation as we continue to explore the frontiers of air and space.” - President George W. Bush, Proclamation celebrating Wright Brothers Day, December 17, 2006

When President George W. Bush swore in General Colin Powell as Secretary of State in 2001, he said: “Today, America call...
10/18/2021

When President George W. Bush swore in General Colin Powell as Secretary of State in 2001, he said:

“Today, America calls on Colin Powell again. He is a leader who understands that America must work closely with our friends in times of calm if we want to be able to call on them in times of crisis. He understands that our nation is at its best when we project our strength and purpose with humility. I know of no better person to be the face and voice of American diplomacy than Colin Powell. His dignity and integrity will add to the strength and authority of America around the world."

General Colin L. Powell
April 5, 1937 -- October 18, 2021

President George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney swear in Secretary of State Colin Powell in the Oval Office Jan. 26, 2001. White House photo by Eric Draper.

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“For nearly 80 years, in times of calm and in times of challenge, Americans have gathered for this ceremony. The simple story we remember during this season speaks to every generation. It is the story of a quiet birth in a little town, on the margins of an indifferent empire. Yet that single event set the direction of history and still changes millions of lives. For over two millennia, has carried the message that God is with us -- and, because He's with us, we can always live in hope.”
- President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush and Laura Bush attend the Pageant of Peace Tree Lighting on the Ellipse near the White House, December 5, 2002. White House photo by Paul Morse.
President George W. Bush meets with President Olusegun Obasanjo in the Oval Office Dec. 02, 2004. "I think it is vital that the continent of Africa be a place of freedom and democracy and prosperity and hope, where people can grow up and realize their dreams," President Bush said after the meeting. "It's a continent that has got vast potential, and the United States wants to help the people of realize that potential."
“In Veterans Day gatherings across America, we think first of those who fell and never lived to be called veterans. We remember those whose fate is still undetermined. We look around us to all the veterans and retired members of the military with admiration and with respect.”
- President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush watches the posting of colors with Joe Burns, National President of Blinded Veterans of America, left, and Anthony Principi, Secretary of Veterans Affairs before giving remarks on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday November 11, 2002 White House photo by Paul Morse

“In Veterans Day gatherings across America, we think first of those who fell and never lived to be called veterans. We remember those whose fate is still undetermined. We look around us to all the veterans and retired members of the military with admiration and with respect.”
- President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush makes remarks to American and British veterans (seated in background) in the East Room of the White House on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2002. White House photo by Paul Morse.

“The time of war is a time of sacrifice. I know the sacrifices you all make. But some have paid the ultimate price; really good men and women have lost their lives in this struggle. We will pray for their families. And I make them this pledge: We will honor their sacrifice by completing the mission, by defeating the terrorists, and by laying the foundation of peace for generations to come.”
- President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush addresses military personnel and their families at Charleston Air Force Base in Charleston, South Carolina on October 28, 2006. White House photo by Paul Morse.

Joint Base Charleston
“We talked about the need to work together to help consolidate the gains. We talked about the need to -- for the United States to partner with the country to help on economic development. One of the things the President recognizes is the need for there to be investment in his country, so people can find work, and the stability that comes with economic development. And I appreciate your recognition of the opportunity to work together.”
- President George W. Bush, October 26, 2007

President George W. Bush welcomes President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo to the Oval Office, October 26, 2007. Among the topics the leaders discussed during the visit were the successes of the newly elected Kabila government and the remaining challenges to a secure and prosperous . White House photo by Eric Draper.

“This day, however, is one for recalling an heroic event in the history of our nation, and in the story of mankind. Here at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, we remember one small machine, and we honor the giants who flew it.”
- President George W. Bush, 17 December, 2003, on 100th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ Flight

On December 17, 1903, the brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright, who are generally credited with inventing the world's first successful motor-operated airplane, made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft at Kill Devil Hills, . Their aircraft was named the Wright Flyer. While the flight lasted no more than 12 seconds, and travelled upwards of 200 feet, the significance of the motorized flight could not be denied, as it gave birth to the field of aviation. In 2003, President Bush visited Kill Devil Hills to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers flight.

“Today, our Nation follows the Wright brothers' example of innovation as we continue to explore the frontiers of air and space.” - President George W. Bush, Proclamation celebrating Wright Brothers Day, December 17, 2006

When President George W. Bush swore in General Colin Powell as Secretary of State in 2001, he said:

“Today, America calls on Colin Powell again. He is a leader who understands that America must work closely with our friends in times of calm if we want to be able to call on them in times of crisis. He understands that our nation is at its best when we project our strength and purpose with humility. I know of no better person to be the face and voice of American diplomacy than Colin Powell. His dignity and integrity will add to the strength and authority of America around the world."

General Colin L. Powell
April 5, 1937 -- October 18, 2021

President George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney swear in Secretary of State Colin Powell in the Oval Office Jan. 26, 2001. White House photo by Eric Draper.

“Over the years, Congress has conferred the Gold Medal on many great figures in history--usually at a time when their struggles were over and won. Today Congress has chosen to do something different. It has conferred this honor on a figure whose work continues--and whose outcome remains uncertain. In so doing, America raises its voice in the call for religious liberty and basic human rights. These values forged our Republic. They sustained us through many trials. And they draw us by conviction and conscience to the people of and the man we honor today...One of the tragic anomalies of the past century is that in an era that has seen an unprecedented number of nations embrace individual freedom has also witnessed the stubborn endurance of religious repression. Americans cannot look to the plight of the religiously oppressed and close our eyes or turn away. And that is why I will continue to urge the leaders of China to welcome the Dalai Lama to China. They will find this good man to be a man of peace and reconciliation.”
--President George W. Bush, October 17, 2007

President George W. Bush attends a ceremony at the rotunda of the United States Capitol to award the Congressional Gold Medal to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, was born July 6, 1935, in northeastern Tibet. His monastic education began when he was 6 years old, and was awarded the highest degree in when he was 23. He was exiled after the crushing of Tibetan nationalism by China during the 1950s and has lived in India since that time. He has been a decades-long advocate of nonviolent resistance, and was awarded the Peace Prize in 1989. An author of numerous books, he has traveled to dozens of countries, and met with President Bush both during and after his presidency. White House photo by Chris Greenberg.

“On behalf of the American people, I'd like to congratulate the people of for the successful completion of a vote on their draft constitution. By all indications, the turnout was greater than the turnout from the last January election, which is good news. By all indications, the Sunnis participated in greater numbers in this election than last time. And that's good news. After all, the purpose of a is to make sure everybody is -- participates in the process.”
- President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush delivers a statement on elections after returning to the White House from Camp David, October 16, 2005. White House photo by Krisanne Johnson.

President George W. Bush, September 28, 2006:
“You know, the price of gasoline has been dropping, and that's good news for the American consumer, it's good news for the small business owners, it's good news for the farmers. But it's very important for us to remember that we still have an issue when it comes to dependence on foreign oil. And one way to become less dependent on foreign oil is for us to develop new ways to power our automobiles right here in America.”

President George W. Bush stresses the importance of developing and using alternative fuels while speaking on energy issues September 28, 2006, during a visit to the Hoover Public Safety Center in Hoover, . The city had just opened an alternative fueling station to provide (ethanol) and fuels for public agency vehicles. White House photo by Paul Morse.

The George W. Bush Library has opened thousands of previously unseen photos through Freedom of Information Act requests from the public. See all of the released photos from September 14, 2001, taken by White House photographers that day:

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