George W. Bush Presidential Center

George W. Bush Presidential Center “The Center will be the focus of our attention, the place where we pursue our passions, and the forum for our public service for as long as we live.” - President George W. Bush November 12, 2009. www.bushcenter.org
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The George W. Bush Presidential Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, and the George W. Bush Institute. The Bush Institute, founded by President and Mrs. Bush in 2009, is a public policy center with the mission of advancing freedom by expanding opportunities for individuals at home and abroad. The work of the Bush Institute is inspired by the principles that guided the Bushes in public life. The Bush Center complex is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and also includes a 15-acre park, a full-service restaurant, Café 43, and a museum store.

Mission: Rooted in the guiding principles of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, the Bush Center engages communities in the United States and around the world by cultivating leaders and advancing policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges.

Statement by President George W. Bush:Laura and I are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed ...
06/02/2020
Statement by President George W. Bush | Bush Center

Statement by President George W. Bush:

Laura and I are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country. Yet we have resisted the urge to speak out, because this is not the time for us to lecture. It is time for us to listen. It is time for America to examine our tragic failures – and as we do, we will also see some of our redeeming strengths.

It remains a shocking failure that many African Americans, especially young African American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country. It is a strength when protesters, protected by responsible law enforcement, march for a better future. This tragedy — in a long series of similar tragedies — raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society? The only way to see ourselves in a true light is to listen to the voices of so many who are hurting and grieving. Those who set out to silence those voices do not understand the meaning of America — or how it becomes a better place.

America’s greatest challenge has long been to unite people of very different backgrounds into a single nation of justice and opportunity. The doctrine and habits of racial superiority, which once nearly split our country, still threaten our Union. The answers to American problems are found by living up to American ideals — to the fundamental truth that all human beings are created equal and endowed by God with certain rights. We have often underestimated how radical that quest really is, and how our cherished principles challenge systems of intended or assumed injustice. The heroes of America — from Frederick Douglass, to Harriet Tubman, to Abraham Lincoln, to Martin Luther King, Jr. — are heroes of unity. Their calling has never been for the fainthearted. They often revealed the nation’s disturbing bigotry and exploitation — stains on our character sometimes difficult for the American majority to examine. We can only see the reality of America's need by seeing it through the eyes of the threatened, oppressed, and disenfranchised.

That is exactly where we now stand. Many doubt the justice of our country, and with good reason. Black people see the repeated violation of their rights without an urgent and adequate response from American institutions. We know that lasting justice will only come by peaceful means. Looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress. But we also know that lasting peace in our communities requires truly equal justice. The rule of law ultimately depends on the fairness and legitimacy of the legal system. And achieving justice for all is the duty of all.

This will require a consistent, courageous, and creative effort. We serve our neighbors best when we try to understand their experience. We love our neighbors as ourselves when we treat them as equals, in both protection and compassion. There is a better way — the way of empathy, and shared commitment, and bold action, and a peace rooted in justice. I am confident that together, Americans will choose the better way.

https://www.bushcenter.org/about-the-center/newsroom/press-releases/2020/06/statement-by-president-george-w-bush.html

Laura and I are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country. Yet we have resisted

Go Further
05/27/2020

Go Further

The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) plays a key role in our Go Further partnership aimed to end AIDS and cervical cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa. Today marks the 17th anniversary since George W. Bush signed PEPFAR into law. PEPFAR has saved at least 18 million lives, including 15.7 million on treatment, 79.6 million tested, and 2.6 million babies born HIV-free to infected mothers. Tap the link below to read the new George W. Bush Presidential Center article on how PEPFAR has contributed to the development of healthcare systems that are now being adapted to support COVID-19 responses across Africa. #pepfaranniversary
https://www.bushcenter.org/publications/articles/2020/05/17th-anniversary-of-pepfar.html

"As we gather this Memorial Day, let us embrace our mission to ensure the memory of those who fell is honored by actions...
05/25/2020
Honoring Our All-volunteer Force | Bush Center

"As we gather this Memorial Day, let us embrace our mission to ensure the memory of those who fell is honored by actions of comfort and care to their families and opportunity to their comrades-in-arms." - Colonel Matthew Amidon https://www.bushcenter.org/publications/articles/2020/05/honoring-our-the-best-of-our-nation.html

This Memorial Day weekend as we continue to keep those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 and their families in our thoughts, let us also remember every m

Bill and Melinda Gates are known as the impatient optimists. Mark Suzman, CEO of the Gates Foundation, is leading the or...
05/22/2020
Mark Suzman - Leading the Gates Foundation Fight Against Coronavirus | The Strategerist

Bill and Melinda Gates are known as the impatient optimists. Mark Suzman, CEO of the Gates Foundation, is leading the organization as it goes all-in on helping find ways to fight the coronavirus — and he’s more than optimistic about the progress.

We chat with him on the latest episode of The Strategerist podcast. Listen now: https://the-strategerist.simplecast.com/episodes/mark-suzman-leading-the-gates-foundation-fight-against-coronavirus

Bill and Melinda Gates are known as the impatient optimists. Mark Suzman, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is leading the organization as it goes all-in on helping find ways to fight the coronavirus — and he’s more than optimistic about the progress.

05/21/2020
World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed stark differences across countries in the various approaches to managing the crisis. While many commentators have pointed out the weaknesses of democratic institutions and strengths of authoritarian systems in handling the pandemic, the jury is still out on which of these regimes is better at handling national crises.

In partnership with the George W. Bush Presidential Center, WAC will facilitate a discussion on how democracies and authoritarian regimes are handling the pandemic, and how global cooperation can be achieved by U.S. support for democracy and human rights worldwide.

America, at its best, is a compassionate country, one where individuals help their neighbors, organizations and corporat...
05/19/2020
America at Its Best -- The Catalyst, a Journal of Ideas from the George W. Bush Institute

America, at its best, is a compassionate country, one where individuals help their neighbors, organizations and corporations lend a hand, and communities come together when we need it most. The latest issue of the Bush Institute’s digital publication The Catalyst honors the helpers and heroes among us during these unprecedented times.

Read more from President George W. Bush, Mrs. Laura W. Bush, Best-Selling Author Bob Goff, Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Major League Baseball Pitcher Clayton Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, Dallas Pastors Bryan Carter and Jeff Warren, and more. https://www.bushcenter.org/catalyst/america-at-its-best/index.html

In the midst of uncertainty, kindness and courage remind us that better days lie ahead. Read the

Over the past few weeks, we’ve asked our audience around the nation to submit stories showcasing America at Its Best dur...
05/14/2020

Over the past few weeks, we’ve asked our audience around the nation to submit stories showcasing America at Its Best during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, we are proud to share stories we’ve received in anticipation of the May 19 release of our special edition Catalyst, “America at Its Best.”

“Seventh-grade teacher Tasha Marsh and her fourth-grade daughter Miranda, like many, have had a lot of free time on their hands during the quarantine. During their break from face-to-face classes at Tyler Classical Academy, the duo was inspired to write a children’s book together to help young kids understand social distancing. The proceeds from the book will be donated to ChildHelp, an organization dedicated to aiding children who are victims of child abuse.” – Taylor Miller of TylerPaper https://tylerpaper.com/news/local/mother-daughter-duo-write-a-book-together-to-help-children-understand-social-distancing-book-proceeds/article_1342915a-7e8b-11ea-9d51-337ee763f113.html

Be the first to receive the Catalyst when it comes out on May 19: http://forms.bushcenter.org/forms/the-catalyst-signup

Over the past few weeks, we’ve asked our audience around the nation to submit stories showcasing America at Its Best dur...
05/14/2020

Over the past few weeks, we’ve asked our audience around the nation to submit stories showcasing America at Its Best during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, we are proud to share stories we’ve received in anticipation of the May 19 release of our special edition Catalyst, “America at Its Best.”

“I'm part of a sewing group in our neighborhood and we've made more than 3,700 masks for nurses, doctors, EMS, firefighters, policeman, hospice workers, nursing home staff, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, grocery store workers, and others on the front lines. I made Chicago Bears masks while watching the NFL Draft on Friday night and tweeted about it, and the Chicago Bears retweeted my post. Some people working on the front lines saw the Bears RT and asked for masks, so I'm sending them Chicago Bears masks.” - Marguerite Murer Tortorello

Be the first to receive the Catalyst when it comes out on May 19: http://forms.bushcenter.org/forms/the-catalyst-signup

Over the past few weeks, we’ve asked our audience around the nation to submit stories showcasing America at Its Best dur...
05/13/2020

Over the past few weeks, we’ve asked our audience around the nation to submit stories showcasing America at Its Best during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, we are proud to share stories we’ve received in anticipation of the May 19 release of our special edition Catalyst, “America at Its Best.”

“I had to share with you what my good friend Carrie Fox and her 10-year-old daughter Sophia are doing to inspire “adventures in kindness” during this dark time. While families across the country search for creative and healthy ways to stay balanced and busy, they have written a new action/adventures book. “When we set out to create this book, we didn’t know exactly where our adventure would take us,” said Carrie Fox, co-author and mom of Sophia, 10. “But we knew we wanted to build a set of practical and fun ways that kids and their families could actively contribute good to our world.” The pair was already working on the book and is speeding up the release of some of its content now given how relevant it is to the present day COVID-19 crisis.” - Melissa DeLaney

Be the first to receive the Catalyst when it comes out on May 19: http://forms.bushcenter.org/forms/the-catalyst-signup

Over the past few weeks, we’ve asked our audience around the nation to submit stories showcasing America at Its Best dur...
05/13/2020

Over the past few weeks, we’ve asked our audience around the nation to submit stories showcasing America at Its Best during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, we are proud to share stories we’ve received in anticipation of the May 19 release of our special edition Catalyst, “America at Its Best.”

“I live with my spouse in Manhattan. We are both involved with an organization called God’s Love We Deliver. We are longtime donors and volunteers. God’s Love is a nonprofit organization committed to delivering food to people living with chronic illnesses. In fact they stayed open as an essential city agency with limited staff and expanded client base. It is truly remarkable to see volunteers from every walk of life coming together year round and during a pandemic to help others. It meant so much to sign up for extra volunteer shifts to support the mission. They truly live by the mantras: “Food Is Love” and “Food Is Medicine” – Peter Webb

Be the first to receive the Catalyst when it comes out on May 19: http://forms.bushcenter.org/forms/the-catalyst-signup

Don't miss our conversation with Clayton and Ellen Kershaw next Monday, May 18! Register to watch the exclusive behind-t...
05/13/2020

Don't miss our conversation with Clayton and Ellen Kershaw next Monday, May 18! Register to watch the exclusive behind-the-scenes video where we discuss Kershaw's Challenge, what gives them hope, and a little bit of Dodgers baseball. https://forms.bushcenter.org/kershaw2020

Over the past few weeks, we’ve asked our audience around the nation to submit stories showcasing America at Its Best dur...
05/12/2020

Over the past few weeks, we’ve asked our audience around the nation to submit stories showcasing America at Its Best during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, we are proud to share stories we’ve received in anticipation of the May 19 release of our special edition Catalyst, “America at Its Best.”

“We are two very small churches nestled in the natural beauty of Bosque County, TX. [I am] 66 years-old with underlying medical conditions, an Iraq and Afghanistan Vet, and am leading Zoom worship, with our church sending worship bulletins via email to everyone in the congregation. The scriptures are read by members of each church, and worship music and preaching is all captured live on the pages of each church. We even hosted drive-through communion on Palm Sunday. All of which is very amazing considering our size and limitations. ” – Rev. Kent Berry

Be the first to receive the Catalyst when it comes out on May 19: http://forms.bushcenter.org/forms/the-catalyst-signup

As CEO of AT&T Business, Anne Chow is leading an organization that is playing a big role in many of our daily lives.  An...
05/12/2020
‎The Strategerist: Anne Chow - Keeping People Connected on Apple Podcasts

As CEO of AT&T Business, Anne Chow is leading an organization that is playing a big role in many of our daily lives. And she is doing so from a place of optimism about what the world can accomplish when we work together.

We speak with Anne on the latest episode of the Strategerist podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/anne-chow-keeping-people-connected/id1450428537?i=1000474335208

‎Show The Strategerist, Ep Anne Chow - Keeping People Connected - May 12, 2020

Over the past few weeks, we’ve asked our audience around the nation to submit stories showcasing America at Its Best dur...
05/11/2020

Over the past few weeks, we’ve asked our audience around the nation to submit stories showcasing America at Its Best during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, we are proud to share stories we’ve received in anticipation of the May 19 release of our special edition Catalyst, “America at Its Best.”

The Alaska Coalition for Veterans and Military Families has been working to disseminate cloth face masks to active duty and National Guard service members, as well as first responders and their families. They call themselves the “JBER Mask Makers” — a group of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson spouses, soldiers and airmen, who learned to sew (or perfected their skill) to make the masks. Many of the military spouses working on the project have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, and they want to help the community during this crisis. In two weeks, the group provided about 3,000 masks to local communities.

Be the first to receive the Catalyst when it comes out on May 19: http://forms.bushcenter.org/forms/the-catalyst-signup

Over the past few weeks, we’ve asked our audience around the nation to submit stories showcasing America at Its Best dur...
05/11/2020

Over the past few weeks, we’ve asked our audience around the nation to submit stories showcasing America at Its Best during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, we are proud to share stories we’ve received in anticipation of the May 19 release of our special edition Catalyst, “America at Its Best.”

“In light of COVID-19, Workshops for Warriors pivoted all classroom instruction to teacher-led learning online, and has staggered monitored and scheduled lab times to safely give students the hands-on training they need to earn their credentials while practicing social distancing. WFW has also implemented strict safety precautions, including wearing face masks, constant disinfecting and handwashing, social distancing, and remote working. It is imperative that WFW responsibly continues to operate, and pushes on with serving our veterans and transitioning service members while building a vital pipeline to skilled, credentialed workers in manufacturing across America.” – Workshops for Warriors

Be the first to receive the Catalyst when it comes out on May 19: http://forms.bushcenter.org/forms/the-catalyst-signup

We’re excited to take you behind the scenes of the Strategerist podcast with a video broadcast of our interview with Ell...
05/08/2020

We’re excited to take you behind the scenes of the Strategerist podcast with a video broadcast of our interview with Ellen and Clayton Kershaw of Kershaw's Challenge - kicking off our special spring edition of The Catalyst, "America at Its Best!" Click here to register to watch on May 18: https://forms.bushcenter.org/kershaw2020.

Have questions you’d like answered? Leave them in the comments below.

Just because a veteran has left active duty military service doesn’t mean that they’ve given up their sense of duty.  As...
05/05/2020
William McNulty - Veterans with a New Mission | The Strategerist

Just because a veteran has left active duty military service doesn’t mean that they’ve given up their sense of duty. As communities struggle with the far-reaching effects of COVID-19, Team Rubicon volunteers are building field hospitals, delivering food to neighborhoods in need, and doing everything they can to help.

Team Rubicon USA co-founder William McNulty talks about how a mission to help Haiti after their earthquake turned into a global-reaching nonprofit. https://the-strategerist.simplecast.com/episodes/william-mcnulty-veterans-with-a-new-mission

Just because a veteran has left active duty military service doesn’t mean that they’ve given up their sense of duty. As communities struggle with the far-reaching effects of COVID-19, Team Rubicon volunteers are building field hospitals, delivering food to neighborhoods in need, and doing everyt...

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