george w bush library

anonymous asked:

May I please ask which two US Presidents (past or present) would make the most hilariously Epic buddy comedy duo?

Definitely Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Every year, Clinton and Bush have a sit-down conversation at the Bush Center for the graduates of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program (sponsored by the Presidential Libraries of Bush 43, Clinton, Bush 41, and LBJ) and it’s almost always pretty great. It’s very clear that they not only have a lot of respect for each other but that they genuinely like each other and enjoy being around one another. It seems as if they even have some of their own little inside jokes and it’s just flat-out fun to watch them together. The conversations are also substantive and interesting to watch because they are two former, two-term Presidents from different parties with very different personalities and political backgrounds, but they have a similar understanding and belief in the Presidency as an institution and as a force for positive action if occupied by leaders who recognize the importance of the position and the dignity that should help guide whomever is occupying it.

The Clinton/Bush conversations at Presidential Leadership Scholars graduation events have taken place since each year since (I believe) 2014 and they are all available for viewing on the Bush Center’s YouTube channel:

Archives Month

Digitizing at Bush 43

October is American Archives Month! We’re celebrating the work of archivists and the importance of archives with a series of blog posts highlighting our “Archives Across America.” Today’s post comes from Elizabeth Lanier, an archivist at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Texas.

The George W. Bush Presidential Libraryand Museum holds 70 million pages of textual materials, in addition to vast quantities of audiovisual and electronic records.

While that is a large amount of material, only a portion has been made available to the public for research through the systematic processing of specific collections and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). FOIA requests are groupings of records from across the library’s holdings that have been processed in response to topical requests from an individual.

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The National Archives plays a critical role in the transition from one Presidential administration to another. Two big things are going on during the 75 days between the November election and Inauguration Day: assembling a new administration and winding down and packing up a Presidency that has been in office four or eight years.

Read about what our staff do in “Moving Out, Moving In” in the latest issue of Prologue, the National Archives magazine.

Want more history? You can subscribe to Prologue magazine here:


Richard Nixon’s staff moves furniture and materials into the Oval Office on January 20, 1969, as the Nixon administration takes office. (Nixon Library)

Dozens of pallets are loaded onto an airliner destined for the George W. Bush Presidential Materials Project in Dallas, Texas. (George W. Bush Library)

In preparation for the move of Nixon presidential materials, a conservator carefully packs jewelry so that it will not shift during its journey to the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California. (National Archives, photo by Angela Drews)

Boxes of records and memorabilia await transport to Little Rock, Arkansas, for eventual storage in the Clinton Presidential Library. (Clinton Library)

Former Presidents compare their libraries like other men compare their, well…I just wonder how LBJ would have handled that.

George W. Bush, at the LBJ Library’s Civil Rights Summit, April 10, 2014

Man, I have to admit that I sure am enjoying George W. Bush more-and-more as a former President – and not just because he is no longer President.

anonymous asked:

where can I read books online?? like do I have to download them (which I would prefer not to but am ok with) and also is there any way I can read books offline? is there an app or something?? thanks a bunch 😙💖

Hello! My understanding is that you can download the Wattpad app and read books that authors have put on there. Wattpad also has published classics which you can read because the app doesn’t require internet. There are also other apps on the iPhone or on Android where you can read free books, but I believe most of them are classics.

Also, I found the results below on this website. It also provides links for where to find textbooks, books relating to your interest, children’s books, poetry, and so forth.

  1. Classic Bookshelf: This site has put classic novels online, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.
  2. The Online Books Page: The University of Pennsylvania hosts this book search and database.
  3. Project Gutenberg: This famous site has over 27,000 free books online.
  4. Page by Page Books: Find books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells, as well as speeches from George W. Bush on this site.
  5. Classic Book Library: Genres here include historical fiction, history, science fiction, mystery, romance and children’s literature, but they’re all classics.
  6. Classic Reader: Here you can read Shakespeare, young adult fiction and more.
  7. Read Print: From George Orwell to Alexandre Dumas to George Eliot to Charles Darwin, this online library is stocked with the best classics.
  8. Planet eBook: Download free classic literature titles here, from Dostoevsky to D.H. Lawrence to Joseph Conrad.
  9. The Spectator Project: Montclair State University’s project features full-text, online versions of The Spectator and The Tatler.
  10. Bibliomania: This site has more than 2,000 classic texts, plus study guides and reference books.
  11. Online Library of Literature: Find full and unabridged texts of classic literature, including the Bronte sisters, Mark Twain and more.
  12. Bartleby: Bartleby has much more than just the classics, but its collection of anthologies and other important novels made it famous.
  13. has a huge selection of novels, including works by Lewis Carroll, Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, Flaubert, George Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.
  14. Free Classic Literature: Find British authors like Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, plus other authors like Jules Verne, Mark Twain, and more.

Good luck and enjoy reading!


Muhammad Ali, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion & Civil Rights Activist, 1/17/1942 - 6/03/2016

This year the FDR Library celebrates 75 years, and with that, 75 years of Presidential Libraries. In the lead up to June 30th we will be highlighting here all of our fellow Libraries. Check in each week for photos, documents and facts on the creation and history of each Library and a look ahead to what will be the newest Presidential Library, the Barack H. Obama Presidential Library.

We hope you will follow along with our journey around the country. Check back later this week for our first Library highlight - the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library.


Our own Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, will introduce President Carter tonight at the Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Texas.

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library is hosting the summit on April 8, 9, and 10.

You can watch the panel discussions and keynote address live on their website:

The keynote speakers include President Barack Obama and three former Presidents: Jimmy Carter will speak on April 8; Bill Clinton will speak on April 9; and George W. Bush will speak on the evening of April 10.

Learn more about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in our new Google Cultural Institute exhibit, which includes videos, letters, telegrams, meeting minutes, and high resolution photos. 

Image: LBJ signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Serial Number: A1030-17a Date: 08/06/1965. Credit: LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto.

The George W. Bush Museum Is Just as Infuriating as You Think It Is

George W. Bush is history’s greatest monster you’d like to have a beer with. He’s a fun-loving, DUI-acquiring, shit-kicking everyman like you—a self-defined cowboy who slurred his way through Yale and into his stolen role as the former Leader of the Free World.

Miles away from his much-maligned presidency, he currently exists as an affable, inoffensive talk show guest, the kind who takes relish in presenting Jay Leno, America’s Former Late Night Leader, with semi-competently rendered portraits of himself. In spite of this we have not forgotten, nor forgiven, his misdeeds. We (and by “we,” I mean “I,” because I’m the one writing this) still hate him with every fiber of our beings. We, however, aren’t docents at his presidential library and museum. In the interest of checking out his apologists’ fun spin on revisionist history, I decided to visit the museum, located, naturally, on the campus of Dallas’s Southern Methodist University.

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The first thing I witnessed, after walking by the “Freedom Registry,” was the sight of children on a field trip being shuffled through a metal detector. I have visited many presidential museums in my time, up to and including Richard Nixon’s. This, however, was the only one I had been to that required the frisking of its visitors. Nixon had enemies—a whole list of them, in fact. But in fairness, Bush’s enemies list is countries—his own included—long. I could understand the man’s paranoia.

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An exhibition of childlike paintings of world leaders, titled The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy, was where I began my tour. Portraits of Bush’s cronies, displayed among tchotchkes given in friendship, hung alongside glowing reviews of his character. Tony Blair was quoted as saying, “I’ve admired him as a president and I regard him as a friend. I have taken the view that Britain should stand shoulder-to-shoulder with America after September 11th… I am proud of the relationship we have had.”


We’re excited to participate in #AskAnArchivist on October 30! Archivists from our locations across the nation are ready to answer your questions at @usnatarchives on Twitter tomorrow.

We have archivists that concentrate on the history of the National Archives, work with audiovisual materials, declassify documents, textual reference, Presidential materials and more.

This is your chance to find out how archivists came to have these jobs, what they like or dislike, and what they do! No question is too serious or too silly–so find out about FOIA or learn about the invention of the Beach Cart.

The schedule is below, but feel free to tweet us questions ahead of time!


8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET

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Schedule for @usnatarchives

8:30-9 am EDT, Steve Greene

Steve Greene is an Archivist and the Special Media Holdings Coordinator for the Office of Presidential Libraries since 2010. Before that, Steve was the AV Archivist for the Nixon Presidential Library. Steve has worked with the Preservation, Processing and Reference Service on Stills, Sound Recordings and Moving Images at the Presidential Libraries for over 15 years.

9-9:30 am EDT, Amber Forrester

Amber Forrester is an Archivist in NARA’s National Declassification Center, where she has worked for four years. She spends her days working with NARA’s classified holdings and living the NDC motto: “Releasing all we can, protecting what we must.” Amber holds an MLS in Archives & Records Management from the University of Maryland and a BA in American Studies and History from Case Western Reserve University.

9:30-10 am EDT, Rebecca Collier

Rebecca Collier is a Supervisory Archivist of the Textual Reference Archives II Branch at the National Archives in College Park, MD. She has worked in reference at NARA for over 29 years. Her unit assists the public daily and responds to requests concerning many topics including diplomatic, labor, commerce, treasury, National Park Service, American Red Cross records as well as military unit records during the 20th Century (especially WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War) and various intelligence agencies. She has a Master of Arts in History from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Ohio Northern University.

10-10:30 am EDT, Jessie Kratz

As Historian of the National Archives, Jessie promotes the history and importance of the agency. She regularly writes articles and blog posts, and gives talks on Archives history. Before becoming Historian, Jessie worked at the Center for LegislativeArchives from 2000 to 2013 where she created publications and exhibits that highlighted Congress’s role in American history. Jessie has an M.A. from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

11-11:30 am EDT, Joseph Keefe

Joseph P. Keefe is an Archives Specialist and Reference Team Lead and Social Media co-coordinator with the National Archives Northeast Region-Boston and has worked for the National Archives for over 10 years. He began his National Archives career in the Federal Records Center where he worked in both research and the transfer of records into the facility. He moved to the archives in 2006 in his current position as an Archives Specialist. Joseph has a bachelor’s degree in History from Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts, and a MA in American History from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

1-2 pm EDT, Alan Walker

Alan is an archivist in Textual Processing at Archives II. He works with records of civilian Federal agencies, including those of the National Archives itself. He loves photography and worked with our photographic holdings in the Still Pictures unit here at the Archives for many years. Alan received his M.A. in History from George Mason University.

2-3 pm EDT, Christina Jones and Ketina Taylor

Ketina Taylor started with the National Archives in 2000 in the Still Picture Unit in College Park, Maryland.  In 2005, she was promoted to archivist and moved to the State Department Reference Team and eventually the Civilian Records Processing Team. In 2007, Ketina accepted a position for the future George W. Bush Library, and in 2012, she was transferred to the National Archives at Fort Worth.

3 pm EDT, Gerald Ford Presidential Library

Elizabeth Druga and Stacy Davis will be available to answer questions. Elizabeth Druga is an archives technician at the Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She works with textual and AV collections.

3:30 pm EDT, Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library

Jason Schulz, supervisory archivist; Meghan Lee-Parker, archivist; and Carla Braswell, archives technician, will be available to answer questions.

4:30 pm EDT (1:30 pm PDT) Sue Karren

Sue has been with the National Archives for 28 years and is now the director of the National Archives at Seattle. Previously she also worked in the Chicago and Washington, DC, offices and often says, “Come see what we’re saving for you!” Sue has a Master’s degree in 20th-century military history but after 25 years in Seattle thinks of herself as a Western history generalist.

Presidential Libraries

@FDRLibrary, 10-11 a.m. EDT

Bob Clark, the FDR Library’s Deputy Director and Supervisory Archivist will answer your questions.

@IkeLibrary, 10-11 a.m. CDT

Tim Rives, Deputy Director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, will be on hand with archivist Chris Abraham.

@LBJLibrary, noon to 5 pm EDT

Liza Talbot is a digital archivist at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, TX, where her reference responsibilities include questions about President Johnson and politics, speeches, and science. She also works to make the LBJ Library’s holdings–especially the spectacular photo, audio, and video collections–available on the web for everyone to use. Liza has a BA in History and English from Oberlin College and an MSIS in Archives and Digital Libraries and from the University of Texas, and she is very interested these days in Public History on the web; she created the LBJ Time Machine blog ( to experiment with telling stories in new ways.

@CarterLibrary, 8:30-10:30 am, 1:30-3 pm EDT

8:30-10:30 a.m. Ryan Rutkowski is an archivist at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. At the Carter Library, he processes records, responds to research requests, and assists the AV Archivist with her projects. In his eight years as an archivist (3 years with Carter), Ryan have developed skills in the areas of archives and records management, exhibit design, policy creation, and historical research and writing. Ryan received his MA in Public History from Loyola University Chicago.

11:30-12:30 Amanda Pellerin is an archivist at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library working mainly with the foreign relations materials in the collections. Amanda also has responsibilities in digital projects at the Carter Library including the ongoing processing of oral history collections. She has worked in the archival profession for 10 years (4 years with Carter) gaining experience in processing sensitive collections, donor relations, outreach initiatives, and policy development. She has a Masters in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University and Masters in Library and Information Sciences from Valdosta State University.

@WJCLibrary, 9 am-noon CDT

A group of archivists from the William J. Clinton Presidential Library will be available to answer questions: Brittany Gerke, Racheal Carter-Ragan, Jamie Metrailer, Kara Ellis, Kim Coryat, and Whitney Ross.

@bush41library, 10-11 am CDT

Michelle Bogart is a certified archivist with an MSIS in archives. She has worked in collecting and administrative archives and has been at the Bush Library for five years.

Image: An Archives staff member in the 1930sshows off the cellulose acetate used for the lamination of documents. (64-NA-464; National Archives Identifier 3493252)

Join us on Twitter for #AskAnArchivist! Archivists at National Archives locations around the country will be ready to take your questions. 

8 am ET @usnatarchives Tune in as young archivists talk about getting started in an archives career.

9 am ET @congressarchives Hear from archivists in the Center for Legislative Archives.

10 am ET @boston_archives Talk about Federal records in New England.

11 am ET @USNatArchives Ask your questions about Declassification.

11 am ET @FDRLibrary Talk about working in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

NOON ET @usnatarchives Special video chat!!! Ask archivist Alex Champion your questions and he’ll answer on video. 

Noon ET @CarterLibrary Ask questions about President Carter and his Library.

1 pm ET @USNatArchives Tune in as archivist Alan Walker takes over.

2 pm ET @TrumanLibrary @LBJLibrary @HooverPresLib @JFKLibrary Chat with archivists from these four Presidential libraries.

3 pm ET @Bush41Library Learn about the archives of the George H. W.  Bush Presidential Library.

4 pm ET @StLouisArchives Ask questions about military personnel data records.

5 pm ET @StLouisArchives Chat about Civilian Official Personnel Folders.

6 pm ET @NixonLibrary Talk to Carla Braswell about all things Nixon.

In the Museum: While addressing rescue and recovery workers atop a pile of debris on September 14, 2001, President George W. Bush heard a man in the crowd shout, “I can’t hear you!” President Bush used this bullhorn to respond, “I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!”

The bullhorn was on display in the 9/11 Museum from May to July 2014, on loan from the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas.

Happy #AskAnArchivist Day! And Happy #ArchivesMonth, too!

Join us on Twitter as archivists at National Archives locations around the country will be ready to take your questions.

8 am ET @usnatarchives Tune in as young archivists talk about getting started in an archives career.

9 am ET @congressarchives Hear from archivists in the Center for Legislative Archives.

10 am ET @boston_archives Talk about Federal records in New England.

11 am ET @USNatArchives Ask your questions about Declassification.

11 am ET @FDRLibrary Talk about working in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

NOON ET @usnatarchives Special video chat!!! Ask archivist Alex Champion your questions and he’ll answer on video.

Noon ET @CarterLibrary Ask questions about President Carter and his Library.

1 pm ET @USNatArchives Tune in as archivist Alan Walker takes over.

2 pm ET @TrumanLibrary @LBJLibrary @HooverPresLib @JFKLibrary Chat with archivists from these four Presidential libraries.

3 pm ET @Bush41Library Learn about the archives of the George H. W.  Bush Presidential Library.

4 pm ET @StLouisArchives Ask questions about military personnel data records.

5 pm ET @StLouisArchives Chat about Civilian Official Personnel Folders.

6 pm ET @NixonLibrary Talk to Carla Braswell about all things Nixon.