George W. Bush Library -- A Case Of Selected Memory


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Sometimes with age, we remember things a bit differently than when they happened. Fortunately, we, as regular people don't have cameras and reporters all around us keeping track of every move we make like say, oh, a president of the US.

With time our memories become more selective and there's no one around, generally, to correct them. So if you talk about that first date you had with your now wife, you may not remember it was the blue halter top she was wearing and tell others it was a gingham dress. Or you may remember the time you put wet glue on the teacher's chair and she sat on it -- when actually it was the kid you sat next to in Spanish class who actually did it.

Thus, it should come as little surprise that despite numerous historian, millions of dollars in research and hundreds of thousands of pictures and video, there's bound to be a gaff or two in any biographical history of a woman or a man as famous as the POTUS. That's not to say that the honored individuals seek to lie or veer away from the truth. That would be dishonest. Frankly, it would be un-American. We are who we are, warts, moles and all.

Well you would think so, wouldn't you?

George W. Bush doesn't. Nor does his legacy guardians.

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It seems that instead of a visit to history when you tour the $250 million George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum housed on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, you're entering into a Disneyland exhibit. A trip to Fantasyland, hosted by a video from Goofy himself, GW.

Any resemblance to truth or reality in this facility is purely coincidental.

The "changes to history" (or as I call it, the 'white-wash' mystery) have been pointed out by the Democratic non-profit group, the Bridge Project. They've come up with a "fact-check" site of their own, dedicated just to the Bush Library, called The Bush Rewrite. It's really worth a visit -- before you go to the physical site in Texas, to better understand what GW himself promotes as "a place to lay out the facts."

Here's what a visit to the library will be missing:

The Bush Library is most notable for the myriad of infamous failures and powerful figures that it attempts to white wash from history. “Mission Accomplished,” the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, the politically charged U.S. Attorney firings, and the revelation of Valerie Plame’s status as a CIA agent are conspicuously absent, while Vice President Dick Cheney and political adviser Karl Rove aren’t afforded space remotely equal to their influence over the eight years that Bush occupied the Oval Office.

The Bridge Project report also indicates, as reported by HuffPo:

The Bush library has already been accused of glossing over Katrina, which killed 1,833 people and destroyed an estimated $81 billion in property. The library overlooks the Bush administration's delayed reaction and includes no pictures of the desperate crowds at the Louisiana Superdome or the New Orleans Morial Convention Center -- images that quickly spurred suggestions that race was a factor in the muted federal response.

Oh, and were you looking for any indication of how the economy did under GW? To learn that he destroyed it, taking a surplus and turning it into a record deficit? Sorry, somehow that's missing too.

Well, I guess I'll just go find another place to go to have a good time. I enjoy fiction, but why travel so far for lies, omissions and innuendos. If that's what I really wanted, I could turn on Fox News.