The George W. Bush administration is planning a reunion in honor of the former president’s nascent policy institute, the New York Times reports. Condoleezza Rice, Karen Hughes, speechwriter Michael Gerson, and White House counsel Dan Bartlett will meet the former president next week in Dallas for dinner and a day of discussion about the goals of Bush’s project. Dick Cheney will not be present.
Bush’s post-presidency activity has included delivering speeches, book writing, and planning for his library as well as establishing the institute, which is on a fast track. It will sponsor activities and take in fellows this fall. “He’s mentioned to me the idea of bringing staff from new democracies to the institute, people maybe from Africa who’ve worked on the AIDS initiative there,” Hughes said. “I think it will be a very vibrant and exciting place.”