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1935 Footage of FDR Made Head of His Library 'Gasp'

White House visitor Fred Hill recorded president walking in 1935

(Newser) - For seven seconds, the footage shows an American president walking to a White House railing to wave at a crowd. But "when I saw [it] ... I gasped," says Paul Sparrow, director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, which has acquired the silent film of the... More »

Why Obama's Library Won't Have Original Documents

His library will be the first to forgo National Archives funding

(Newser) - President Obama's Chicago-based presidential library will differ in one big way from the 13 other presidential libraries that exist around the country. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Obama Foundation plans to foot the $675 million startup bill for the center through fundraising, forgoing financial support from the National Archives... More »

Obama Is Preserving CIA Torture Report

Meaning you might be able to read it in 2029

(Newser) - President Obama has ensured that the landmark Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture won't be shredded by future administrations—but the public won't be able to read it until 2029 at the earliest. Obama has decided to have the 6,700-page 2014 report preserved in his presidential... More »

Obama on Chicago Library Pick: It's Where I 'Became a Man'

Site will indeed be on the city's South Side

(Newser) - It's Chicago, as expected : President Obama has decided to build his presidential library on the South Side of the city, where his political career began. The Barack Obama Foundation announced early today that the library would be erected on park land that was proposed for the site by the... More »

Obama Settles on Library City

It's Chicago, but there may be prizes for NYC, Honolulu as well

(Newser) - Tough luck, Honolulu and New York: Chicago, the city where President Obama started his political career, has been chosen as the site of his presidential library and museum, sources tell the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune . Hawaii, where Obama grew up, and his alma mater Columbia University in... More »

33K Pages of Clinton Files Are Still Hidden —Why?

Withholding period ended in January 2013

(Newser) - It's been more than a year since the legal justification for secrecy expired on a collection of roughly 33,000 pages of documents from the Clinton presidency. But the files in question—which are held at the Clinton Presidential Library and are reportedly related in part to scandals such... More »

Bush Archives Now Open to Public

Library now taking Freedom of Information Act requests

(Newser) - The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is set to begin accepting Freedom of Information Act requests for records from Bush's presidency. The Dallas library will start taking requests today, which marks five years from the end of Bush's presidency. Access to the records is governed by... More »

George Washington's Presidential Library Opens

Includes dozens of Washington's own books

(Newser) - George Washington finally has his own presidential library . After years of planning and a $100 million fundraising campaign, George Washington's Mount Vernon estate has formally opened a new library dedicated to the study of America's first president and the Founding Fathers. A ceremony today dedicated the 45,000-square-foot... More »

George Washington Finally Gets a Presidential Library

It'll open at Mount Vernon in September

(Newser) - Pretty cool: George Washington is finally getting what so many other presidents already have —a presidential library. The 45,000-square-foot library, which will be erected at a cost of $106.4 million that was ponied up by 7,000 donors, is slated to open Sept. 27 at Mount Vernon... More »

History Rewritten at the W. Bush Library

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

(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... More »

Bush: I'm 'Very Comfortable' With Decision on Iraq

Describes relations with Cheney as 'cordial' on eve of library dedication

(Newser) - George W. Bush's library and museum get dedicated in Dallas tomorrow, and the former president has been making the interview rounds in advance. In one, he tells Diane Sawyer of ABC News that he is "very comfortable" with his decision to invade Iraq, even though no WMDs turned... More »

Now Obama Has to Start Raising Money for His Library

And he might need $500M

(Newser) - Big Democratic donors might not want to put away their checkbooks just yet. It's library time, Politico reports. Though he has yet to be sworn in for his second term, President Obama must soon start raising private money for his presidential library, and he'll likely need somewhere around... More »

Chicago, Honolulu Battle to Host Obama Library

White House hasn't given it 'a second' of thought

(Newser) - President Obama is far more concerned about a second term than his legacy—but two cities are duking it out to host his presidential library, Politico reports. Four groups at the University of Hawaii, in the state where Obama was born, are already hard at work on the matter, hoping... More »

Kennedy Leaves Cape Cod for the Last Time

(Newser) - Ted Kennedy's body is en route to Boston, where he will lie in repose at his slain brother's presidential library for 2 days of public visitation. The motorcade carrying the senator's body and members of his family departed the family compound on Cape Cod for the 70-mile trip to the... More »

Prodigal Dubya, Texas Slowly Get Reacquainted

(Newser) - Former President Bush is gradually reentering life as a private citizen in Texas, Newsweek reports, but he's doing it gingerly and on his own terms. While many Texans agree that Dubya's still the friendly, aw-shucks guy they sent to Washington eight years ago, he's definitely keeping clear of dissent. “... More »

Since Leaving Office, Bush Raises $1M a Day for Library

Dubya raises funds faster than predecessors

(Newser) - George W. Bush has amassed over $100 million in donations for the construction of a presidential library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Time reports, with most coming since he left office. Bush has tapped into his campaign donor network to hit the estimated $300 million cost for the project,... More »

Obamas Inherit Sweet Record Stash

White House album collection contains landmarks from Zeppelin, Stones, Beatles

(Newser) - President Obama’s new digs not only grant him access to chefs and a bowling alley, but an LP stash that includes Led Zeppelin IV and the Ramones’ Rocket to Russia, Rolling Stone reports. Banished to the basement during the Reagan years, the White House vinyl vault contains Obama favorites... More »

Bush Library Pays $35K for Domain Name Mistake

(Newser) - A Web company has profited off the George W. Bush Presidential Library to the tune of $35,000, the Dallas Morning News reports. The Internet firm that was contracted to develop the library’s website and had purchased in 2007 unknowingly let the domain license lapse, and... More »

Bush Library Donors Gain Access to Rice and Cheney

UK probe reveals meetings for dollars

(Newser) - An undercover probe has confirmed rumors that donors to President Bush's $200 million library are gaining access to his inner circle, the London Times reports. Bush lobbyist Stephen Payne offered an undercover reporter face-to-face meetings with Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice, among others, for payments of $600,000 to $750,... More »

Who's Funding Bush's Library?

Money coming in during presidency raises concerns over quid pro quo

(Newser) - President Bush's coy refusal to name the mystery donors helping to erect his $200 million presidential library is problematic, writes David Corn in Mother Jones' MoJo blog. Though the law doesn't require him to reveal names, his actions raise serious ethical questions. "What's problematic is the prospect of a... More »

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