Called to Serve: The Bush School of Government and Public Service

By Charles F. Hermann; Sally Dee Wade | Go to book overview

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The President Needs
a Library

A Jump-Start for the Library Quest

George H. W. Bush won the election for president of the United States on November 8, 1988. As occurs for every president-elect his life became dominated by the decisions and challenges of preparing for his new administration. Despite the hectic demands, Bush found special time for his family, campaign leaders, and supporters. On the last day of November, he met in Washington with a major contributor and old friend, Michel T. Halbouty. A legend in the oil business, Halbouty achieved enormous success as a calculating wildcatter who ran his own company and wrote and spoke with zeal about the oil business— and his role in it.1 Over time in Texas, Bush and Halbouty had developed a strong friendship.

Toward the end of his conversation with Bush, Halbouty abruptly advanced an idea distant from the subjects they had been discussing. As Halbouty subsequently related: “It suddenly occurred to me to discuss his Presidential Library,”2 mentioning to his friend that after his time in office Bush would need to have one. Halbouty proposed his alma mater, Texas A&M University, as a great location. In what undoubtedly is an understatement, Halbouty noted that the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • 1 - The President Needs a Library 1
  • 2 - A New School on the Horizon 17
  • 3 - Trial and Error 32
  • 4 - Begin Again 52
  • 5 - A Change of Command 63
  • 6 - Gaining Momentum and Recognition 75
  • 7 - A Robust School in a New Decade 90
  • 8 - Continuing Education 115
  • 9 - What Are the Graduates Doing? 124
  • Postscript 171
  • Notes 179
  • Index 187
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