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IMG_4020My visit to this remarkable place was not brand new.  I had been here once in the past.  A year ago during the opening month, I was here with the pressing crowds.

This time the visit was much more enjoyable.  The lines had shrunk to our scheduled window printed on our tickets.  We wanted to catch a look at the additional wing of the George Bush Presidential Library.

On our first visit the crowds had packed the museum.  We skipped the Oval Office wing due to the very long lines.  This time we got to the museum close to the opening hour.

We skipped the opening sequence of pictures and videos.  43 traces his entry into the White House.  He shares the events that shaped his Presidency.

The next stop was the initial years leading the nation.  Laura’s focus on literacy and George’s past with baseball was fun.  We lingered here again as we did during our first trip.

IMG_4021When we rounded the corner determined to visit what we missed a year ago, our swift walk slowed to an eventual halt.  In the center of the display were some of the twisted I-beams retrieved from the rubble of the Twin Towers destroyed during the 9-11 attack on our country.  Pictures, videos and audio presentations swirled the deep feelings from that horrible day.

The words of President George Bush defined so much of his leadership and one our nation’s rare moments of unity.  Together we drew together as a nation.  Politics were quieted.

Yes, the haranguing between Washington D.C. professional biased parties drummed the cadence of a nation that would stand together against an external threat.  Our nation even gathered for prayer and services that called on the name of God.  Hymns were sung.

Evil people who launched a wicked lethal attack against innocent civilians had polluted the soil of our nation with their dastardly plans.  Terror had taken advantage of a free nation and free people.  There was no bravery or chivalry by these who stole, plotted and murdered.

My eyes scanned these old pieces of twisted steel.  I listened to President Bush speak to our nation and the world.  He spoke on our behalf and promised to do his duty to bring all of our nation’s strength to bear against the cowards who unleashed an ugly cowardly act of war on our country.

Always remember.  This picture of steel will be in my mind forever.  My spirit is stirred.

photo credit: brucefong photography

Dallas 2013 197I have been fascinated with visits to Presidential Libraries.  The history and the pride for our nation are found in these special archives.  They are tributes to the many lives that stood with a single man in order to give him the strength, encouragement and support to be the primary decision-maker for the greatest nation on earth.

Dallas 2013 170While the name of one man is engraved on the stonework at the entrance to these magnificent facilities, the faces of many family, friends and supporters are evident throughout the displays.  Special moments in history are captured in the memorabilia.  Modern film, computer graphics and audio clips help us relive those critical times.

Ever since President George W. Bush wrote a personal letter back to me, I have been eager to know more about him.  I watched him through two terms of leadership and how he weathered the onslaught of political criticism with grace.  His faith championed his spirit as a gentleman.Dallas 2013 176

No one who serves in that highest office of the land wants to be a wartime president.  Yet, history rarely gives that man the choice but instead imposes the circumstances of a hostile world on him.  9-11 was one of those horrible events for Dubya.

In his Library and Museum, there is a display of the twisted I-beams from the World Trade Center early on in the tour.  It is a sacred moment for visitors.  This location in the building gathers somber souls who relive that tragic day.  Videos are on a loop for people to capture the timeline of those days.

Dallas 2013 178Testimonies from people who were there are stirring to the listeners.  Stories of President Bush’s encouragement, leadership and direction for the nation gave us all hope, fortitude and national resolve.  I was glad that he was the one that God chose to lead us through those ugly times.

Openly and certainly, President Bush credits his faith in God for his greatest help as he led the nation.  This was not a courtesy that he spoke of to engender favor among Americans but a real faith that gave direction to his own soul.  Some aspects of Americana are deeply appreciated by the citizens of this great land, one being true faith in the One and Only True God.

Compassion and definitive actions marked this man’s presidency.  History tells the story accurately.  Real facts, real faith and real heart will forever be the commentary on the lives of George and Laura Bush.

photo credit: brucefong photography