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Time-lapse footage: Constructing the George W. Bush presidential library

posted at 12:56 pm on April 23, 2013 by

The visual history of a two-and-a-half year project in less than two minutes, via the Dallas Morning News:

The formal dedication is slated for Thursday, with all five living US presidents in attendance.  When Bush shakes Obama’s hand at the ceremony, our 43rd and 44th presidents will share something in common: A job approval rating of 47 percent.  While we’re on the subject of President Bush, be sure to read Ron Fournier’s stirring tribute to Bush’s abiding decency in National Journal.  A taste:

White House press secretary Ari Fleischer walked into the media cabin of Air Force One on May 24, 2002, and dropped identical envelopes in the laps of two reporters, myself and Steve Holland of Reuters. Inside each was a manila card – marked by a small presidential seal and, in a simple font, “THE PRESIDENT.” Handwritten in the tight script of President George W. Bush, both notes said essentially the same thing: “Thank you for the respect you showed for the office of the President, and, therefore, the respect you showed for our country.” What had we done? Not much, really. An hour earlier, at a rare outdoor news conference in Germany, Steve and I decided to abide by the U.S. media tradition of rising from our seats when the president entered our presence. The snickering German press corps remained seated. “What a contrast!” Bush wrote. “What class.”

He remembered names of the spouses and children of his staff, and insisted that hard work at the White House not be an excuse to let family life suffer. One steamy summer day in 1999, then-Gov. George W. Bush called me with an exclusive interview and interrupted my first question. “What’s all that noise in the background, Fournier?” he asked. “I’m at the pool with my kids, governor.” Bush replied, “Then what the hell are you doing answering your phone?” Damn good question, sir. We quickly ended the interview.

Bush’s policies aside, those who know him best have always been struck by his kindness, integrity and humanity.  Who among us wouldn’t be proud of such a legacy?

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very cool
thanks Guy!!

the new squirrel for the lsm on thursday, let’s bash Bush!

cmsinaz on April 23, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Same 2.5 minutes would have been 12-20 minutes in New York State or California.

ParisParamus on April 23, 2013 at 1:18 PM

From the number of people in that video it looks like W has created more jobs during the Obama administration than Obama has. No surprise there.

SoRight on April 23, 2013 at 1:23 PM

It was pretty neat to watch this every day.

Really cool in the time lapse vid.

cozmo on April 23, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Time-lapse footage: Constructing the Fail Monument

exciting.

Bush’s policies aside, those who know him best have always been struck by his kindness, integrity and humanity.

let’s ignore all that matters and focus on what a nice fellow he is!

sesquipedalian on April 23, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Coincidence(?): obama and his woman will be in Dallas on Wednesday for ANOTHER fundraiser, and some partying and will spend the night in the city, flying back Thursday … The George W. Bush presidential library will be dedicated on Thursday.

Pork-Chop on April 23, 2013 at 2:22 PM

I have a feeling Obama won’t settle for a mere half a billion dollar library after his reign. Such a term of consequence (of history, we’ll be reminded ad nauseum), such an ego, won’t stand for it. He’ll probably have himself etched on his own mountain, as god-kings deserve.

changer1701 on April 23, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Coincidence(?): obama and his woman will be in Dallas on Wednesday for ANOTHER fundraiser, and some partying and will spend the night in the city, flying back Thursday … The George W. Bush presidential library will be dedicated on Thursday.

Pork-Chop on April 23, 2013 at 2:22 PM

You mean his beard?

tom daschle concerned on April 23, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Obamandias

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Obamandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

tom daschle concerned on April 23, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Whoever was in charge of implementing the Bush Presidential Library should get some kudos. Have they ever had the forethought to do a time lapse of the building process? And also the interactive “Decisions” exhibit is genius. I can’t wait to finally see everything.

mrsmwp on April 23, 2013 at 2:41 PM

And it doesn’t look like a trailer home, unlike Clinton’s. President Bush’s looks like an actual library!

chelie on April 23, 2013 at 2:48 PM

CIA Operative in Benghazi: “Our consulate is being attacked here–where’s the President?”

Receptionist: “He’s on his way to Vegas to meet with important fundraisers. Would you like to leave a message?”

Steve Z on April 23, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Would’ve been cooler if it were a steel building. Being a structural steel detailer, it breaks my heart to see concrete buildings. Nothing for us but embed plates, stairs and rail. Hate ‘em. They do a lot of them in Texas for some reason. Regardless, it’s a good looking building.

Weight of Glory on April 23, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Look at all the pretty Blueskin they used, Henry Company must have been pleased. Still, 2 1/2 years to complete this?!? Man, bigger projects have been finished in less time. Was it a funding problem, or design-build issue?

JohnAGJ on April 23, 2013 at 4:59 PM

I’m sure the teachers at SMU are way thrilled, particularly the history, psych, and political science profs.

Erich66 on April 23, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Weight of Glory on April 23, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Concrete stays cooler, it matches the surrounding architecture and there is plenty of steel buildings just a couple miles away.

Besides, the previous president did steel. And it ain’t too bad either. I like the way it goes out over the river.

cozmo on April 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Was it a funding problem, or design-build issue?

JohnAGJ on April 23, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Bush haters, even plenty at Smoo.

cozmo on April 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM

cozmo on April 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Huh. I didn’t hear about anything like this delaying the project, but I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised. Sure hope the GC had a clause built into their contract to cover any delays beyond their control like this…

JohnAGJ on April 23, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Looks like I found the answer quick enough: Manhattan was the GC on this project. Not a bad outfit, they’ve done some good work in the DC Metro Area. Pretty sure they had a good contract protecting themselves for delays beyond their control based on past projects they’ve done.

JohnAGJ on April 23, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Too many Bush postings lately. One is one too many.

rickv404 on April 23, 2013 at 6:53 PM

JohnAGJ on April 23, 2013 at 6:19 PM

I may be remembering wrong, but it seems that every other month, a suit was threatened over EPA environmental impact, or traffic, or quality of life. There really isn’t a lot of room around smoo and the park cities like to keep it that way.

rickv404 on April 23, 2013 at 6:53 PM

You can always ignore it sweetie.

cozmo on April 23, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Too many Bush postings lately. One is one too many.

rickv404 on April 23, 2013 at 6:53 PM

I feel the same way about ricky404 comments.

hawkdriver on April 23, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Bush’s policies aside, those who know him best have always been struck by his kindness, integrity and humanity.

let’s ignore all that matters and focus on what a nice fellow he is!

sesquipedalian on April 23, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Do remember that when Obama has been out of office for a few years.

kim roy on April 23, 2013 at 8:32 PM

kim roy on April 23, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Lefty scumbags never do.

cozmo on April 23, 2013 at 8:39 PM

It was pretty neat to watch this every day.

Really cool in the time lapse vid.

cozmo on April 23, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Sounds like you live in the area. My son is an ’06 SMU grad and still lives and works on University Blvd. I’m jealous of his lifestyle, it’s such a cool area. We were in Plano for 8 years in the middle of 7 corporate relocations – I’m thinking of returning to North Texas after retirement in a couple years.

PatMac on April 23, 2013 at 8:41 PM

I have a feeling Obama won’t settle for a mere half a billion dollar library after his reign. Such a term of consequence (of history, we’ll be reminded ad nauseum), such an ego, won’t stand for it. He’ll probably have himself etched on his own mountain, as god-kings deserve.

changer1701 on April 23, 2013 at 2:24 PM

No he’s going to have an entire city erected in recognition of his reign and the msm will label any criticism as racist.

heretic on April 23, 2013 at 8:55 PM

BTW is code pink now going to set up a permanent encampment outside the GWB library?

heretic on April 23, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Not sure that Ron Fournier was very stirring about Bush…seemed to be mostly about Ron Fournier.

JeffersonFan on April 24, 2013 at 1:07 AM

I hope Obama has already began getting the permits required for construction of his library. I understand Kenyan building permits can be tough.

Sugar Land on April 24, 2013 at 10:12 AM