The George W. Bush Library is to be dedicated on Thursday, an event that will be attended by all living Presidents. This has resulted in a flurry of re-assessments and many column inches on W's record and legacy.
First, on Presidential Libraries in general:
Presidential library - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaIn the United States, the presidential library system is a nationwide network of 13 libraries administered by the Office of Presidential Libraries, which is part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). These are repositories for preserving and making available the papers, records, collections and other historical materials of every President of the United States since Herbert Hoover.
Here's Mr. Bush's, which is in Dallas, TX: Home - The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
A WaPo piece on the dedication:
Bush library opening puts his presidency back in the spotlight - The Washington PostGeorge W. Bush will return to the spotlight this week for the dedication of his presidential library, an event likely to trigger fresh public debate about his eight fateful years in office. But he reemerges with a better public image than when he left Washington more than four years ago.
Since then, Bush has absented himself from both policy disputes and political battles. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll suggests that the passage of time and Bush’s relative invisibility have been beneficial to a chief executive who left office surrounded by controversy.
And an article looking at the revival in his approval rating in recent times and whether history will rehabilitate him:
A George W. Bush Comeback? - The Daily BeastOn the eve of the dedication of his presidential library, can George W. Bush be rehabilitated?
Such things have been known to happen.
Modern scholars, for instance, consistently rate Harry S. Truman in the first rank of American presidents. But when Truman left the White House in January 1953, he was one of the least respected chief executives in history—his nearly eight years in office beset by petty scandals, a lingering war in Korea and the indelible image of a ward-heeling haberdasher unworthy of the godlike legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Some other articles from this week:
George W. Bush legacy: It's not all bad. Slate Magazine
George W. Bush's higher approval ratings: The former president's legacy is looking more positive - and some Republicans aren't happy. - Slate Magazine
George W. Bush’s presidency, in 24 charts, WaPo Blogs