President Bush has repeatedly insisted that his think tank, or “Freedom Institute,” “won’t be used to promote a whitewashed perspective on his presidency.” Original plan, in fact, had his library and Freedom Institute as two separate buildings at Southern Methodist University. However, today the Dallas Morning News reports that they will actually be housed in the same building:
But in a White House interview this week, Laura Bush said the library design committee she chairs has moved away from its original plan.
She said the lone building will probably have separate wings and design elements to make the functions “distinct from each other.” [...]
“It will be cool-looking,” President Bush said.
This announcement reinforces concerns that the Freedom Institute will “celebrate” Bush, rather than promote “dispassionate inquiry.”
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