The George W. Bush Institute’s “action oriented think tank” is co-producing a live audience, panel-format discussion, titled “Ideas in Action,” and is planned to air on PBS in February 2010. Source: The HuffingtonPost. See a video below.
the former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy under President
Bush and one-time moderator of CNN’s “Capital Gang Sunday,” will lead a
discussion on public policy issues in front of a live audience at
Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He will remain executive
director of the Institute.
first episode, a discussion on pay for performance in education,
includes one panelist from the George W. Bush Institute and panelists
from the Economic Policy Institute and the Progressive Policy Institute.
“The idea is to discuss a difficult issue with a balanced panel,” Glassman said.
Bush Institute has a special focus on education policy — along with
economic growth, global health, human freedom and a women’s initative
— but Glassman said the shows will tackle other topics as well. The
second episode, for instance, highlights the use of online tools by
dissident groups, such as those active in Iran.
In November 2009, President Bush announced the groundbreaking for his Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University, scheduled for late 2010. Here are a few of his comments:
As I tell Laura, we may be retired, but I’m not tired. I’ve given
speeches in eight states, six countries, and five Canadian provinces.
I’m writing a book that gives readers my perspective on my toughest
decisions, which will hit the shelves next fall. Most importantly,
Laura and I are working to build the Presidential Center here at SMU.
The Center will provide a platform for us to continue our public
service for the rest of our lives. Which I hope is a long time. The
Center will be housed in an elegant building designed by a first class
architect, Robert Stern. It will be landscaped by an innovative genius,
Michael Van Valkenburgh. Inside, visitors will find three components:
an archive, a museum, and a policy institute….
First, the Archive will preserve the documents and records of my
Presidency. There will be about four million photos, thousands of boxes
of documents, and hundreds of millions of e-mails – not one of them
Second, the museum will tell the story of my Presidency through the
most consequential decisions. We’ll use technology and innovative
design to make the exhibits interactive, educational, and relevant to
the future. Visitors will see the bullhorn I used on my first visit to
Ground Zero … the Oval Office … they will be able to romp in a Texas
We have selected four initial areas of focus: education, global health,
human freedom, and economic growth. Programming will start this spring
under the leadership of the Institute’s first Executive Director, an
innovative journalist, scholar, and ambassador, Jim Glassman…
Throughout my Presidency, Laura and I met with democratic activists,
defenders of religious freedom, and families of political prisoners.
The Bush Institute will continue this cause by supporting advocates of
freedom around the globe. As a first step we will assemble a Freedom
Collection, a repository of video histories and memoirs and documents
from democratic activists. The Freedom Collection will be online for
the world to see. Among the leaders who have agreed to participate are
former President Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic; President Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia; Mohsen Sazegara, the founder of Iran’s
Revolutionary Guard, who became an advocate for democratic change; Kang
Chol Wan, who spent ten years in a North Korean gulag and authored the
book, Aquariums of Pyongyang….
Read it all here.
I have a good idea of what President Obama’s
“Presidential Center” might feature: A collection of Chairman Mao’s
most probative thinking; a compendium of GLSEN’s roadmap to
keep American students safe; the memoirs of Barak Hussein Obama, the father of the current President, and his advocacy for communal land ownership, and government-forced confiscation of privately controlled land, and Obamas plans to make Valerie Jarrett the Dutchess of Chicago after he is officially crowned King of the U.S., rather than only thinking himself so. The focus will be the greening of agriculture and the growing of ACORNS. I can hardly wait to travel to Hawaii to visit this Presidential Center, and view the fake birth certificate, prominently displayed behind impentratable glass in the vast lobby with a video of Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. discretely flipping us the bird.