The museum uses everything from news clips to interactive screens
More than four years after leaving office, former President George W. Bush has a question for America: So what would you have done?
In a new brick-and-limestone museum, visitors to an interactive theater will be presented with the stark choices that confronted the nation's 43rd president: Invade Iraq or leave Saddam Hussein in power? Deploy federal troops after Hurricane Katrina or rely on local forces? Bail out Wall Street or let the banks fail?
The hypothetical exercise, which includes touch screens that let users watch videos of "advisers" before voting on whether they would make the same choices that Bush did, revisits the most consequential moments of his administration. In the process, the country is being asked to re-evaluate the two-term president who presided over some of the most tumultuous years in the nation's history.
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum has been set up on the campus of Southern Methodist University.The $250 million complex houses the 13th official presidential library, and the third in Texas, but it is the first of the iPad era.
The exhibits are filled with modern gadgetry and 25 different films and interactive videos. Many of the artifacts of the period are on display a butterfly ballot from Palm Beach County, Fla., a replica of Bush's Oval Office, the bullhorn he used at Ground Zero and a gnarled steel beam from the World Trade Center demolished on Sept. 11, 2001.
The museum's 14,000 square feet of exhibits present the presidency Bush intended (tax cuts, No Child Left Behind, faith-based social services) juxtaposed against the presidency he ended up having (terrorism and war).New York Times