‘W’ RIS­ING

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

For­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush will have a clear legacy whether his crit­ics like it or not. In­deed, the legacy of “43” has been ar­tic­u­lated and launched. Kind of like an air­craft car­rier.

“Dur­ing the first eight years of the 21st cen­tury, Amer­ica was tested time and again — at home and abroad,” says Mark Lang­dale, pres­i­dent of the Ge­orge Bush Foun­da­tion.

Mr. Bush con­cen­trated on a quar­tet of pow­er­ful, sim­ple mantras dur­ing those try­ing times, he says, and the group re­mains true to them as they plan the new Ge­orge W. Bush Pres­i­den­tial Cen­ter in Dal­las

“The cen­ter is com­mit­ted to ad­vanc­ing the four prin­ci­ples — free­dom, op­por­tu­nity, re­spon­si­bil­ity and com­pas­sion — that guided his pres­i­dency and re­main the fo­cus of his and Mrs. Bush’s on­go­ing work,” Mr. Lang­dale notes.

And while an ex­pand­ing cho­rus of Pres­i­dent Obama’s crit­ics now sug­gest he em­ploy “Bush­like blunt­ness” in the face of se­ri­ous global com­plex­i­ties, here’s the short take on the emerg­ing Bush legacy, ac­cord­ing to those who will present it to the pub­lic:

Mr. Bush “ral­lied Amer­ica” af­ter 9/11 and “lib­er­ated mil­lions of peo­ple around the world from tyranny and op­pres­sive regimes”

He also “in­spired new gen­er­a­tions of stu­dents to reach for higher ed­u­ca­tional achieve­ments,” “launched health ini­tia­tives in Africa that saved mil­lions” and “cham­pi­oned faith-based part­ner­ships to give hope by ad­dress­ing poverty and crime.”

Check things out www.george­bush­cen­ter.org.

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