Bizarre Collection Headed to Bush Library
From cowboy hats to swords to classified files
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 28, 2009 2:29 PM CST
Dr. Jennifer M. Schulle is shown with a sampling of gifts to former President George W. Bush, Tuesday, July 7, 2009 in Lewisville, Texas.   (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)

(Newser) – George W. Bush’s $300 million presidential library will be filled with documents, including many classified files. In all, it’ll boast roughly 68 million pages of documents, 175 million e-mails, 3,845,912 photos, and more videos than any previous president's library. But it’ll also have a wide array of “museum objects”—known outside the realm of politics as “random crap.” Among the souvenirs the Washington Post mentions:

  • A pair of custom cowboy boots emblazoned with a giant “GWB” monogram
  • Diamond-and-sapphire jewelry given to Laura Bush by the king of Saudi Arabia
  • A mosaic of St. Peter’s Square given to Bush by Pope Benedict
  • A bat signed by all the living members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, circa 2001
  • The 9mm Glock Saddam Hussein had on him when US forces captured him
  • Gold and silver swords
  • A surfboard
  • Countless cowboy hats and saddles

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Jan 2, 2010 11:27 AM CST
DADD...If that is true it takes one to know one. Can't you think of anything else to say? Doesn't make sense at all.
Jan 2, 2010 11:23 AM CST
SHANNON....Obviously you don't know that EVERY first lady is given gifts from foreign leaders upon their meeting. One of Jackie Kennedy's gifts was a leopard skin full length coat. Just in case she didn't like it, in the pocket was a huge diamond bracelet. First Ladies are not supposed to keep these gifts but are to put them in their husbands libraries or in the Smithsonian where some of their gowns etc... are kept. I am sure that Michelle has already received many items. Remember the stupid gift Obama gave the Queen. It was tapes of all his speeches. Funny she can't even listen to them if she wanted to because we don't have the same electrical as England does. What a stupid president we have.
Jan 2, 2010 11:05 AM CST
EKD...what if his "oil buddies" help pay for something for Bush? We (the tax payers) paid for the Clintons to fly all the stolen furniture and everything else that was loaded on Air Force One when he left office to move to New York. Antique furniture filled the home they bought. Was that ever returned? That is something we will never know. Talking about stealing from the tax payers. Man-O-Man.