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Bush library raises record $100 mn in 100 days

Supporters of George W Bush have raised a record USD 100 million in 100 days for a library that will house his official papers so that "history" can "judge" the former US president who is widely held responsible for deadly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Washington
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2009 09:44 PM IST

Supporters of George W Bush have raised a record USD 100 million in 100 days for a library that will house his official papers so that "history" can "judge" the former US president who is widely held responsible for deadly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

George W Bush Presidential Library Foundation president Mark Langdale said the centre which is coming up at Dallas, will not be used to "defend or promote something that he did in the past" but will offer a record to help future generations learn about what happened during a presidency, so they make better decisions." "History will judge," he said.

Interestingly, George W Bush Presidential Library Foundation is chaired by former Bush commerce secretary and and Texas 'oilman' Donald L Evans.

Bush has often said that historians will vindicate his presidency. And since he left office, he's been moving fast to give them the tools. Much of the money was collected in the 100 days or so since Bush left the White House, a pace much faster than that of his recent predecessors.

Longtime financial backers of the 43rd President have raised more than USD 100 million for a presidential library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas that will house his official papers, sources close to Bush told TIME.

"He's struck a very positive nerve among a lot of financial sources across the country," said J French Hill, a major Bush campaigner.

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