DALLAS, TX -- The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, in Dallas, Tx. on the Southern Methodist University campus, brings the 2016 presidential race into sharp focus.
My husband, George, and I saw the Bush museum on Oct. 14. It's one of the most impressively designed museums we have ever seen, with audio, video, many interesting photos, interactive games on crucial decisions, nice artifacts, from Saddam Hussein's pistol to the White House china and Laura Bush's dresses (beautiful, incidentally).
There's even a stuffed lion and a statue of one of the Bush dogs. And you can have your photo taken in the oval office set, or take it yourself.
But -- and that's a huge 'but' -- it's also masterful propaganda. For all Bush's superficial charm as revealed in the videos on display, his was a failed presidency, from the war on Iraq with its torture, etc. to the huge tax cuts for the rich to 'No Child Left Behind,' to the 2008 big recession. And on and on.
Some of these situations are discussed in the museum but the counter arguments are ignored or rarely mentioned.
We remember it all, but the hoards of children and teens, even young adults entering this museum do not.
Will their history classes tell them the hard truth? Let's hope so.
Meanwhile, for all his failings, at least Bush was civil, calm, the total opposite of Donald Trump. Bush and his family have not endorsed Trump, and good for them. Trump makes them look good, in retrospect. As he would say, you know what I mean....
More on the museum: the restaurant is terrific though a bit expensive. And oddly, you need a credit card to exit the parking lot. That may keep out the undesirables, I suppose.
-- Elaine Hopkins