My wife and I just got back from visiting this library today. We have been to every Presidential museum & library with the exception of Herbert Hoover's and this one was by far the least interesting.
I'll start with the "best things. The video put together by the Bush twins talking about the president's sense of humor was hilarious! I sometimes forget how well "43" could laugh at himself and really mot take offense at the joke. The other personal, family touches were great also and totally make the president the kind of guy that you want to have a beer with! In the area between the exhibit halls is a fantastic video show that runs along the tops of the walls. Absolutely awesome!
What was disappointing is how some of the seminal moments in his presidency are either glossed over or totally ignored. While 9/11 and the days immediately after are thoroughly covered, light mention is made of the of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or how the economy took a nosedive. I realize that a few of us have the opportunity to rewrite history, but an honest look back on on your total performance is what a museum should have. LBJ's is surrounded by his Viet Nam debacle, Carter's deals extensively with the Iranian Hostage affair, Reagan has a substantial section on Iran Contra and Nixon's library let's you listen to the "tapes". This museum is all triumph and no challenges.
Also...where are all of the gifts from foreign dignitaries? There are 8 panels, representing the various regions of the world with about 6 gifts in each panel. By contract, "41", whom only served 4 years, had over a hundred displayed. Additionally, the museum is running an exhibit of Oscar de la Renta fashions? I realize that this was Laura's favorite designer, but it is ironic that a few of the pieces on display were worn by and belong to Hilary Clinton! This space could have better been used for more historically relevant information.
As a current resident of Texas... thank God for the LBJ and George H.W. Bush libraries and museums! Much better ways to spend a few hours
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