Thursday, January 18, 2007

Where in the world will the Bush Presidential Library be?

An online petition has been started by a group of Methodist ministers who object to the George W. Bush Presidential Library being located on the campus of Southern Methodist University. The ministers say "that the linking of his presidency with a university bearing the Methodist name is utterly inappropriate."

Bush said today "that he was `leaning heavily toward SMU' and was close to a decision" about where to locate his library.

At a faculty meeting yesterday, University President R. Gerald Turner said the benefits of the library include "increasing the school's visibility nationwide and spurring economic development in the city."

A site selection committee is also considering placing the library at either Baylor University in Waco, Texas or at the University of Dallas. A final decision and a recommendation to the president will be made in a few months.

The Presidential Library system is comprised of eleven Presidential Libraries and the Nixon
Presidential Materials.


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