Obamas will attend dedication of George W. Bush Presidential Center


Dallas Morning News

DALLAS—President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, will attend the April 25 dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University, a White House official confirmed to The Dallas Morning News.

And a White House spokesman told TIME magazine on Tuesday that the Obamas “look forward to participating in the formal opening of a library that will be dedicated to a president who led our country in difficult times at home and abroad.”

“It’s difficult to fully comprehend what it’s like to serve as president of the United States unless you’ve done it — and President Obama has developed a good relationship with both President George W. Bush and President George H.W. Bush,” Josh Earnest, the spokesman, told TIME. ” He has routinely expressed his deep appreciation for the 43rd president’s commitment to this country we love, and is looking forward to returning to Texas later this month.”

The Bush Center’s dedication is expected to attract dignitaries — and thousands of others — from the across the country, but the select group of former White House inhabitants tops the list. That’s especially true since it’s become tradition for all living ex-presidents, along with the current commander in chief, to attend the opening of a presidential library.

George H.W. and Barbara Bush — George W. Bush’s parents — will attend. Bill and Hillary Clinton, who’ve become close to the Bushes in recent years, and Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, are also expected attend.

The event, which precedes the Bush Center’s public opening on May 1, would be the first time the five presidents have been together since the younger Bush invited them all to the White House a couple weeks before Obama’s inauguration.