vrijdag 13 november 2009


Former President George W. Bush on Thursday outlined plans to establish a $300 million library, museum and research institute, taking a step back onto the national stage.
The George W. Bush Policy Institute—which would be the first think tank to be affiliated with a presidential library—will address issues that were priorities during Mr. Bush's presidency, such as education, global health, political freedom and economic growth, and seek to promote advances by offering practical solutions, the former president said.
In a speech at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where the center is slated to be built, Mr. Bush said the institute would undertake projects "designed to make an impact in the real world."
Since leaving office in January, Mr. Bush has made a few, mostly low-key public appearances, including with former President Bill Clinton, who has launched his own Global Initiative that focuses on economic development. The institute could give Mr. Bush a platform to re-insert his voice into the public debate.
Organizers aim to raise $300 million for the presidential center by the time of the groundbreaking next year, and are "more than halfway to that goal," said Mark Langdale, president of the George W. Bush Foundation, which is overseeing the effort.

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