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George W., Laura Bush, Barack Obama Speak at African American Museum Dedication

It’s called civility.
The picture of “the hug” between President Bush and First Lady Michelle Obama
has gone viral around the world.

In 2003, a bipartisan bill sponsored by Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Senator Sam Brownback (R-Ks.) to create a National African American Museum of History and Culture was sent to President George W. Bush’s desk in the White House. The president insisted the museum should be located on the National Mall.

Thirteen years later President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, who worked with the museum, were speakers at the dedication and opening ceremony along with the first African American President of the United States, Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama.

From the Bush Center, here are the remarks by Mrs. Laura Bush and former President George W. Bush at Saturday’s dedication of the National African American Museum of History.

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