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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Night Of Living Presidents, Minus One.

You have to wonder why this event couldn't have taken place when the current President of the United States, Barack Obama, was able to attend. After all, the event boasted all of the living presidents (Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and the two Bush presidents), except Barack Obama.

Couldn't the event, or the President's travel plans to South America, have been better scheduled so that all of the Presidents - past and present - could be in the same company honoring George H.W. Bush at the same time?

One one hand, it looks like your friends threw a party, but they didn't even bother to invite you.

Honoree George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara are surrounded by former Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, and George W. and Laura Bush, plus Kennedy Center board chair David and Alice Rubenstein.
On the other hand, one could make the case that on the day George H.W. Bush was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House with a Medal of Freedom Award, neither President Carter, Clinton, or the younger George Bush were in attendance.
 
More importantly than that, I suppose, was that the star studded Kennedy Center event raised more than $1.5 million for the Japanese tsunami/earthquake relief efforts.

In his Inaugural Address, President Bush - the evening's honoree - inspired Americans to be "a thousand points of light," by mentoring and volunteering in their communities.

President and Mrs. Obama also continue to champion the cause by reminding Americans to participate in the National Day of Service.

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