History Rewritten at the W. Bush Library

Maureen Dowd: Both Obama, Bush are running from the Bush presidency

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted May 26, 2013 2:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – As Obama distances himself from the war on terror and the legacy of the W. Bush presidency, Maureen Dowd visits the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and finds that ... Bush is also trying to distance himself from the Bush presidency, she writes in the New York Times. Things you will see at the library: The Bush twins, Barney the dog, and a video of Saddam’s statue being pulled down—as narrated by Condi Rice. Things you won't see: That "Mission Accomplished" photo, or photos of bin Laden. "You could fill an entire other library with what's not in W.'s," she writes.

And yet, for all Obama's efforts to make sure his presidency isn't forever associated with drones and terrorism, she notes, his administration was the one that brought down bin Laden and has killed more top al-Qaeda operatives than Bush's did. "Browsing the library, you wonder if these two presidents are complete opposites after all, as you see how history was shaped by an arrogant, press-averse, father-fixated, history-obsessed, strangely introverted chief executive." Read the full column at the New York Times.

A woman wipes tears from her face as she and her sister watch a video in the exhibit dedicated 9/11 in the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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