USA: George W Bush’s 500 million $ library

Bush and torture, cartoon

From Arianna Huffington’s blog in the USA::

Comedy writers all across America have been buoyed by news that President Bush is looking to raise half-a-billion dollars to build his legacy-burnishing presidential library.

The punchlines write themselves: What’s it going to house, 100,000 copies of The Pet Goat?

Will there be exhibits on waterboarding and the quaintness of the Geneva Conventions?

A room devoted to the nobility of the Hanging Chad? The Abu Ghraib Game Room?

But it’s no joke that the names of donors to the library don’t have to be made public.

Bush 43 may be a lame duck, but he still has two years left in which he can throw open the doors of the White House favor bank. Whatever happened to the concept of government transparency?

Bush on 9/11 after the reading of My Pet Goat: here.

2 thoughts on “USA: George W Bush’s 500 million $ library

  1. *Buying a legacy* at FLACK CENTRAL
    Posted by: “hapi22” robinsegg
    Tue Nov 28, 2006 7:57 am (PST)
    I may be wrong about this but I think this is how it goes with
    presidential libraries:

    First, the presidents and their “friends” raise the money to build them,
    BUT then the American taxpayers pay to run them.

    Rightwingers in this country went ballistic when President Clinton
    announced plans to build his $100 million dollar library (which then
    ballooned to $200 million) — they claimed Clinton was spending all that
    money to spin his legacy.

    What will those SAME rightwingers say now that Bush has made plans to
    build a presidential library expected to cost $500 million dollars?

    Bush will also have a permanent fund to pay rightwing writers and
    scholars to write articles and books that rewrite history and create his
    legend. Bush plans to call his think tank, peopled by rightwing writers
    and scholars, “Institute for Democracy” or some such thing, but I call
    it “Flack Central.”

    Furthermore, I think it is time for Congress to write a law placing a
    limit on how much tax money can be spent maintaining these presidential
    libraries. Pretty soon those libraries — each one of which has to be
    more grand than all the ones before — will start looking like those
    pyramids the Egyptian pharaohs built to burnish their reputations.

    I heard Arianna Huffington speaking about this issue on Keith
    Olbermann’s program last night and she made the excellent point that we
    NEED to know the names of the donors to Bush’s library, since Bush will
    be in power for another two years and well placed to REWARD magnanimous
    donors for their large contributions.

    WRITE to your Congressman and senators and urge them to pass legislation
    REQUIRING the publication of the donor list along with the amounts
    donated. Bush apparently plans to ask his big donors for $10-$20 million
    per donor. No one gives away that kind of money without expecting some
    perk or favor (or some right to drill or mine in Yellowstone Park, for
    instance) in exchange.


    *Buying a legacy*

    by Tim Grieve
    Nov. 27, 2006

    There are two ways to build a legacy as president. You can do such an
    amazing job in office that the world remembers you warmly long after
    you’re gone, or you can hire some people to rewrite history after the
    fact in the hopes that you’ll come off better later.

    George W. Bush seems to have chosen the latter path.

    According to the New York Daily News, the president and his people hope
    to raise $500 million to build a presidential library at Southern
    Methodist University in Dallas. “The legacy-polishing centerpiece is an
    institute, which several Bush insiders called the ‘Institute for
    Democracy,'” Thomas DeFrank writes. “Patterned after Stanford
    University’s Hoover Institution, Bush’s institute will hire conservative
    scholars and ‘give them money to write papers and books favorable to the
    president’s policies,’ one Bush insider said.”

    We thought Fox News was already doing that job for free.

    How will Bush raise $500 million — more than twice what he raised for
    his 2004 reelection run — when he’s not the most popular guy around and
    won’t be in the position to dole out favors down the line? DeFrank says
    that Team Bush hopes to get “megadonations” of $10 million or $20
    million each from “wealthy heiresses, Arab nations and captains of
    industry” who won’t be susceptible to the limits that apply to campaign
    contributions and who won’t have to have their names revealed to the

    Read this WITH LINKS at:


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