Compassionate conservative. September 11. The overthrow of Saddam Hussein. The Global War on Terror. Hurricane Katrina. No Child Left Behind.
How to showcase these and other defining moments of President Bush's tenure now falls to Dan Murphy and his design firm, the PRD Group, retained by Bush advisers as the "interpretive planner" for his library and museum at Southern Methodist University….
[Murphy] said, "We have a much bigger story about America and about the history of the presidency and about the American experience. ... We've got a great, great, great story"….
Benjamin Hufbauer, an assistant professor at the University of Louisville and author of Presidential Temples: How Memorials and Libraries Shape Public Memory, said he's concerned when a president directly crafts the presentation.
"You basically have a shrine to the president ... an extended campaign commercial," he said.
The Bush Library is sure to be the falsest, not to mention probably the campiest, institutional accomplishment of Movement Conservatism since the Creation Museum…