No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. Bush loyalists are busily at work planning to raise upwards of $500 million to build a presidential library for Poppy and Barr’s little precious on the SMU campus in Dallas, TX.
What’s remarkable is, spending a half trillion dollars on a library for a president who has accomplished so little.
The New York Daily News reports:
Eager to begin refurbishing his tattered legacy, the President hopes to raise $500 million to build his library and a think tank at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Bush lived in Dallas until he was elected governor of Texas in 1995.
Bush sources with direct knowledge of library plans told the Daily News that SMU and Bush fund-raisers hope to get half of the half billion from what they call “megadonations” of $10 million to $20 million a pop.
Bush loyalists have already identified wealthy heiresses, Arab nations and captains of industry as potential “mega” donors and are pressing for a formal site announcement – now expected early in the new year.
But planners believe hometown and Texas pride will outweigh any drag from Bush’s diminished political fortunes. “The money will be there,” a senior Bush adviser said. “The President is very popular in Dallas and the library will be great for the city and SMU.”
There’s another major inducement for potential donors: Their names aren’t required to be made public.
What on earth could possibly justify spending $500 million dollar on a presidential library for the incurious and unaccomplished George Bush and what would they put in it? A copy of The Pet Goat? An 8-by-10 of picture of Jeff Gannon? A chunk of the World Trade Center? The toppled statue of Saddam Hussein? Surely, all of these items could fit nicely in a singlewide mobile home, parked on a dusty road in Crawford, TX?