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While researching a book on presidential libraries in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, N.Y., Benjamin Hufbauer came across a Chicago Tribune editorial cartoon from December 1938 that crystallizes the problem with presidential libraries. The cartoon shows FDR dressed as Santa leaving a present in his own stocking, with a card that says: "Hyde Park Memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt. To be enlarged by public subscription and forever maintained at government expense. To be grander than Mt. Vernon and Monticello."
After settling on SMU to house his library, President Bush said Thursday he doesn't know yet whether donors to the multimillion-dollar project will be identified but he probably will accept money from foreign sources. Mr. Bush said at a news conference that some people "like to give and don't particularly want their names disclosed ... and so we'll take that into consideration."
Mr. Bush, asked whether the public has a right to know who is helping to finance his library, said: "You know, we're weighing, taking a look. Taking consideration, giving it serious consideration."
Some Southern Methodist University professors say they are relieved a partisan policy institute won't be identified as part of the school but remain concerned the relationship with the institute will harm the campus.
Ever since SMU became the lone finalist for the library 14 months ago, debate among professors has focused not on the library or museum, but rather the related institute "inspired by the principles of George W. Bush's administration," as described by a library search committee.
Good News For Fans of W. SMU will announce that it is the site of the George W. Bush Presidential Library Friday morning in a "major announcement." Two sources involved with the announcement confirmed the news Thursday afternoon to The Daily Campus - the first news outlet to report an announcement on the project was going to occur.
SMU officials have moved the public celebration of the announcement to Monday at 3 p.m. in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom. Friday morning's announcement will be a press conference for local and national media.
After more than a year of negotiations and delays, Southern Methodist University and the George W. Bush Library Foundation have reached substantial agreement on the terms for a presidential library and policy center on the campus, newly hired foundation president Mark Langdale said in a court deposition earlier this month.
Out of Reach – the forbidden bookshelf is a new thought-provoking event organised by Wellington City Libraries and the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA). A week-long series of readings, displays and a celebrity debate will focus on the theme of banned, restricted or sanitised children's books. Out of Reach runs from 23 February to 1 March.
A group of Methodists is stepping up efforts to force a church vote in July on whether Southern Methodist University has the right to lease out land for the George W. Bush Presidential Library and policy institute.
Rev. Andrew Weaver, an SMU alumnus who is spearheading a fight against the land deal from New York, said he hopes to force a vote at a regional meeting in Dallas in July and persuade delegates not to ratify the mission council action. His group so far has collected about 11,200 signatures on a petition, he said.
More here: Bush Library at SMU Still Protested.
Let’s just say that Mr. Bush should be less worried about the test scores of America’s children and more concerned about their imagination. How are we going to compete with China and India if our people can’t think outside the box (or outside the outhouse)? The Chronicle wants your creative designs, and you have two weeks to finish them. Entries must be postmarked by February 1.
A Press Release From Judicial Watch says the National Archives told U.S. District Court Judge James Robertson during a December 17, 2007 court hearing that a portion of Hillary Clinton's White House office records will be ready for release by the end of January 2008; after which it will notify President Clinton. Under the Presidential Records Act, President Clinton has upon notice thirty days to review the documents. The National Archives will also provide a status report of President Clinton's review by March 1, 2008. The records include Hillary Clinton's White House daily schedule.
Secrecy News reports that the National Archives is exploring new methods to accelerate the disclosure of records at Presidential libraries.
Archivists "decided to undertake an in-house study in the spring of 2007 to review ways to achieve faster processing of Presidential records," stated Emily Robison, acting director of the Clinton Presidential Library, in an October 2 declaration that was filed in a lawsuit brought against NARA by Judicial Watch.