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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarknt67 View Post
    you guys forgot his most infamous read:

    "The Pet Goat"
    Was that his choice on 9/11?

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    You wanna know how they are paying for this?

    Apparently, they are taking bribes.

    A lobbyist with close ties to the White House is offering access to key figures in George W Bush’s administration in return for six-figure donations to the private library being set up to commemorate Bush’s presidency.

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    Illuminati' cybersquatters make killing over Bush library

    John Byrne
    Published: Thursday December 11, 2008

    Damn those Internets.

    President Bush's presidential library lost their domains to cybersquatters and the company charged with developing the website was forced to pay $35,000 to get it back.

    The squatters, a North Carolina company called Illuminati Karate, leveraged the domain that the presidential library let expire into a sweet five-figure sum after an embarrassing report in a Dallas newspaper that they'd lost the domain.

    Illuminati's return on investment was a whopping 3500%. They paid just $10 for the domain.

    "Illuminati Karate paid less than $10 for the www.George domain name – and sold it back for $35,000 to the library's contracted Web developers, Yuma Solutions, who had accidentally let it expire," the Dallas News reported Thursday. "Illuminati Karate recognized what the library obviously knew as well – that anything else, like www.GWBPresidentialLibrary .com, would have been cumbersome and less than ideal."

    "It worked out very well," said Huger, lead Web developer for Illuminati Karate in Raleigh, N.C., told the paper.

    Mark Mills, owner of Yuma Solutions, could not be reached for comment. The company sold $1.25 in computers and support services to Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) presidential campaign this year.

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    Lol awesome!

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    Screw the stock market. How about "Domain ransoming". It's the wave of the future.

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    Mark Langdale, president of the George W. Bush Library Foundation

    First lady Laura Bush heads a design committee that has been working since last summer on conceptual plans for the library and its placement on the Southern Methodist University campus. And certain key decisions have been made.
    Mr. Langdale, who joined the foundation in February, declined to discuss details about how the complex will be designed or situated on the tract of land, on the eastern edge of SMU at Central Expressway. Those are matters under consideration by the design committee, he said. [source]
    "We're working on a conceptual design for the building," said Mark Langdale, president of the George W. Bush Foundation. The president will help develop the $300 million structure, which will include a library, museum and policy institute.

    Fundraising is just beginning, Langdale said. Once the project is finished in 2013, the National Archives and Records Administration will take over the operation of the library and museum, at federal expense. Construction will be paid for with private funds, and Bush is expected to be involved in organizing the fundraising drive.

    "He is enthusiastic about spending a lot of his time and effort working on the programs of the institute," Langdale said.

    Bush will maintain an office nearby in space acquired by the General Services Administration, which, under the Former Presidents Act, will pay for the office suite and staff to assist him for the rest of his life. [source]
    "It's our decision not to disclose who the donors are," foundation president Mark Langdale said recently, citing the preference of some donors to remain anonymous.
    So far, the Bush foundation has spent money primarily on consultants, the tax documents show. It paid $294,382 to a Houston firm for project management services, $237,202 to a Virginia firm for planning, and $132,972 to Robert A.M. Stern Architects, which was previously selected to design the library complex. Stern is dean of the Yale School of Architecture. [source]

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    Robert Stern: designing Dubya's library

    7 November 2008
    By Dan Stewart

    Architect and academic Robert Stern is to design a library for the outgoing president of the United States. The joke going around, of course, is that it must be a fairly small building. Dan Stewart found out

    Who is Robert Stern? There’s Professor Stern the teacher, who as dean of the Yale School of Architecture has educated a generation of architects. Bob Stern the modernist designer of the tallest tower in Pennsylvania. Robert AM Stern the brains behind Celebration, Florida, a faux-twenties town for the Walt Disney Corporation. And there’s Stern in his newest incarnation, the political architect, commissioned to design a commemorative library for outgoing president George W Bush.

    A man of many talents

    “The word is ‘eclectic’,” Stern says, speaking from his Manhattan office. “I’m very fond of the remark by the American writer F Scott Fitzgerald that any mind that isn’t capable of holding two contradictory ideas at the same time isn’t much of a mind.”

    Some might baulk at the idea of this hugely resourceful mind being associated with a president who might charitably be termed more of a doer than a thinker. But each US president has a library built in their honour to hold the documents and accounts of their administration, and Stern won the competition to design the Bush library last year.

    The 69 year old says that he had no qualms about accepting the commission: “It is a great honour to create an institution that will allow people to evaluate one of the most decisive eight years in this country’s history.” Documents on 9/11, the Iraq war and the collapse of the banking system will all be held at the library. “History will reveal things about this administration that will cause us to rethink our position on it,” says Stern.

    But when it comes to his thoughts on the Bush administration, Stern remains determinedly apolitical. “If I were asked to design a museum, would it mean I have to endorse every art object in that museum? My job is to provide the sounding board, design the venue for open discussion.”

    Simple splendour

    The joke about the presidential library is, inevitably, how few books it will contain given Bush’s much-mocked anti-intellectualism. But Stern, with no trace of irony, describes Bush as a “well-read president, maybe better read than most”.

    And will the president’s character inspire the architecture of his library? Stern pauses. “[Bush] is actually quite a simple guy in real life … So we wanted to make a simple building.” He concedes that this is something he is struggling with. “If the building is too simple, it will not look presidential. But we want to make it presidential without making it look as if you’re supposed to fall down dead in awe in front of it.”

    His decision to design the library has “raised eyebrows” in certain quarters, says Stern. But then he has surprised people throughout his working life: in the early nineties Stern accepted a commission to masterplan the town of Celebration, part of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

    Modern traditions

    Celebration aims to recreate an America that once was. It is an experiment in historic town planning rather like Prince Charles’ Poundbury. Stern says the town “goes way back deep into the American residential experience”, to a time when everyone owned a house with a porch, a well-tended lawn and a white picket fence.

    Such a time is not simply a figment of the collective cultural imagination. “You bet it existed,” he says, “but you can bet it didn’t look as good as Celebration. We spent eight years planning it, setting it out.”

    Volume housing, says Stern, is a problem 20th-century architecture failed to solve. “I admire the work of Foster and Rogers and that wave of British architecture, but in the world of town developments they have not yet demonstrated sensitivity to how people really live in a town.” He praises Prince Charles and Leon Krier for the work they have done at Poundbury, and marvels how they have opposed the “anti-establishment establishment” of the modernists. “Modernism has not been able to come up with a comparable form of architectural expression,” he says.

    Intelligent design

    It’s easy to put Stern in the traditionalist pigeonhole, but in fact he’s always experimenting with new ideas. “Many of my colleagues seem to be content to pursue building the same building virtually everywhere and stamping their own personal identity on it,” he says. “Clients in America want to have a building that connects back to tradition, but reflects something that is particular to them. I just build the most intelligent solution I can come up with.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasonik View Post
    A man of many talents

    “The word is ‘eclectic’,” Stern says, speaking from his Manhattan office. “I’m very fond of the remark by the American writer F Scott Fitzgerald that any mind that isn’t capable of holding two contradictory ideas at the same time isn’t much of a mind.”
    Oh really now.....

    Uh...shouldn't it be like sacrilige for you to design the library of THIS dope, er...I mean, President; Mr George Dubya (stay the course, non-flip-flopper) Bush???

    I guess the next question is, how much did they pay you disregard your "fond remark" whilst designing this structure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasonik View Post
    Simple splendour

    The joke about the presidential library is, inevitably, how few books it will contain given Bush’s much-mocked anti-intellectualism. But Stern, with no trace of irony, describes Bush as a “well-read president, maybe better read than most”.
    I for one think Stern should take the minimalist approach and downscale the design to a Presidential Bookshelf at his local library. Millions of $$$'s and tons of BS'ing would be saved.
    Last edited by TREPYE; June 19th, 2009 at 01:44 PM.

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    Bush jokes! Calling him a dope in chief! How original! How edgy!

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    Potential material here for late-night comedy. I see a "Top Ten attractions at the Bush Library" down the line.

    Let's face it. Bush is missed by comedians. Nothing like him since the salad days of Nixon, Ford, and Carter's weird backwoods family.

    All we got now is big ears, arugula, and mustard on red meet.

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    ^^ I was not joking, I was being dead-ass serious.

    Whether you associte it with a joke, thats a different story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post
    I see a "Top Ten attractions at the Bush Library" down the line.
    They're already here:

    The Alberto Gonzales Room - Where you can't remember any of the exhibits.

    The Hurricane Katrina Room - It's still under construction.

    The Texas Air National Guard Room - Where you don't have to even show up.

    The Walter Reed Hospital Room - Where they don't let you in.

    The Guantanamo Bay Room - Where they don't let you out.

    The Weapons of Mass Destruction Room - Nobody has been able to find it.

    The War in Iraq Room - After you complete your first tour, they can force you to go back for your second and third and fourth and fifth tours.

    The K-Street Project Gift Shop - Where you can buy an election, or, if no one cares, steal one.

    The Men's Room - Where you could meet a Republican Senator (or two).

    To be fair, the President has done some good things, and so the museum will have an electron microscope to help you locate them.

    When asked, President Bush said that he didn't care so much about the individual exhibits as long as his museum was better than his father'

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    Nice... gotta email my dad that list; he'll love it.

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    Default Robert A. M. Stern -- Preliminary Design for GWB Presidential Center

    on architecture in New York and beyond

    September 17th, 2009

    A rendering shows the main entrance of Robert A.M. Stern’s George W. Bush Presidential Center.
    “I’m not considered avant-garde because I’m not avant-garde,” Stern says,
    “but there is a parallel world out there – of excellence.”

    Earlier this month Robert A.M. Stern presented his preliminary design of the the Bush Library. Stern has just the right attributes to be his fellow Yale alum’s architect: conservativism’s DNA-inscribed commitment to tradition, and an inability to refuse any commission, no matter how unsavory. His building is the backward-gazing counterpart to the Polshek Partnership’s bridge-to-tomorrow Clinton Library.

    A muddled Bush Presidential Center is revealed in this model view.
    Stern’s design calls for red brick and limestone facing.

    The project will be built on the Campus of Dallas’s Southern Methodist University, where some faculty have objected to association with ”a pre-emptive war based on false premises” and “a legacy of massive violence, destruction, and death . . . in dismissal of broad international opinion.”

    The Center comes to SMU attached to the “Freedom Institute”, a conservative think tank the presence of which has further angered faculty. As reported in the New York Times Magazine, “Everything about the planned institute reminds them of what they detested about the Bush administration. It will proselytize rather than explore: a letter sent to universities bidding for the Bush center stipulated that the institute would, among other things, ‘further the domestic and international goals of the Bush administration.’ ” ...

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