George W. Bush Presidential Library

  • Aired:  04/22/13
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The George W. Bush Library features 43,000 artifacts, 200 million e-mails and a presidential "Choose Your Own Adventure." (3:17)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

THANKS SO MUCH.

NATION, SUMMER IS COMING AND I

KNOW YOU'RE LOOKING FOR JUST THE

RIGHT VACATION.

WHAT WILL KIDS LIKE, THE BEACH,

THE MOUNTAINS?

THE ANSWER IS AS ALWAYS, THEIR

iPADS.

NOT ANYMORE, FOLKS, BECAUSE THIS

SUMMER YOU CAN SHOW YOUR KIDS

THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES AT THE

LIBRARY.

>> ON THURSDAY, THE BUSH FAMILY

DEDICATES THE GEORGE W. BUSH

PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY IN DALLAS.

IT OPENED TO THE PUBLIC MAY 1.

>> Stephen: THAT'S RIGHT, MAY

1, 10 YEARS TO THE DAY SINCE

GEORGE BUSH FAMOUSLY LANDED ON

THE DECK OF THE USS "ABRAHAM

LINCOLN" AND DECLARED MISSION

ACCOMPLISHED, WHICH MEANS THE

LIBRARY WILL BE FINISHED IN

ANOTHER EIGHT AND A HALF YEARS.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

NATION, I AM SO PUMPED!

BECAUSE THIS THING IS GOING TO

BE PACKED WITH BUSH-NOGRAPHY.

MORE THAN 43,000 ARTIFACTS AND

200 MILLION E-MAILS WILL BE ON

DISPLAY.

AND THOSE 200 MILLION E-MAILS

COULD HAVE ALMOST 18 NONREDACTED

WORDS.

BUT THAT'S NOT EVEN THE BEST

PART.

>> WOULD YOU HAVE INVADED IRAQ

IF YOU WERE PRESIDENT?

OR BAIL OUT WALL STREET?

FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

WANTS TO KNOW WHAT YOU WOULD

HAVE DONE.

IT'S PART OF A NEW INTERACTIVE

THEATER FEATURED IN THE GEORGE

W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND

MUSEUM.

>> Stephen: YES, THE LIBRARY

INCLUDES INTERACTIVE ROLE

PLAYING WHERE THE PRESIDENT

HANDS OVER THE REINS OF POWER

TO SOMEONE ELSE, JUST LIKE HE

DID WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

IT'S LIKE-- WHAT'S IT LIKE.

IT'S LIKE-- IT'S LIKE A

PRESIDENTIAL "CHOOSE YOUR OWN

ADVENTURE."

I MEAN, WOULD YOU DEPLOY FEDERAL

TROOPS AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA,

OR RELY ON LOCAL FORCES?

WOULD YOU BAIL OUT WALL STREET,

OR LET THE BANKS FAIL?

WOULD YOU INVADE IRAQ OR LEAVE

SADDAM HUSSEIN IN POWER?

IT REALLY GIVES YOU PERSPECTIVE.

LET'S SEE YOU SIFT THROUGH

MOUNTAINS OF INTELLIGENCE SAYING

SADDAM DIDN'T HAVE WEAPONS OF

MASS DESTRUCTION TO FINDS THE

ONE MEMO THAT IMPLIES THAT HE

MIGHT.

BUT, FOLKS, AS EXCITED AS

I AM, I MUST CONFESS THERE IS

SOMETHING THAT DEEPLY

DISAPPOINTED ME ABOUT THE BUSH

LIBRARY.

I AM NOT INVITED TO THURSDAY'S

DEDICATION.

>> AWWWW.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU.

AND I'M HURT.

ON MY INSIDE FEELING PART.

( LAUGHTER )

I MEAN, AT THE END OF THIS MAN'S

PRESIDENCY, EVEN AS MY FELLOW

CONSERVATIVES WERE ABANDONING

BUSH LIKE RATS ON A SINKING SHIP

ON A CRASH COURSE WITH CAT

ISLAND, I REMAINED FAITHFUL, AND

I'M SURE HE KNOWS THAT FROM THE

WARRANTLESS WIRETAPS HE

AUTHORIZED.

THAT'S OKAY, MR. PRESIDENT.

I FORGIVE YOU.

AND I WILL BE THERE ON DAY ONE,

AND SO SHOULD YOU, NATION.

YOU CAN BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE

NOW.

OF COURSE, SOME OF THEM WILL BE

FOR THE BUSH PRESIDENTIAL

LIBRARY.

AND SOME WILL BE FOR THE GORE

PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY.

( LAUGHTER )

BUT THE TICKET COUNTERS WILL

READ THEM ALL AS BUSH.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

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