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President Obama Honors Predecessor Bush at Library Ceremony

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The dedication ceremony of George W. Bush's presidential center has ended after the nation's 43rd president gave a closing speech with tears welling in his eyes. 
 
A crowd of 10,000 watched as a military guard carried a line of flags off the stage, followed by the departure of all five presidents and their wives Thursday in Dallas. 
 
The ceremony was also attended by former members of the Bush administration, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, current and former world leaders including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the children of former presidents. 
 
Bush gave the last speech, noting his joy that his father, the 41st president, was able to attend the dedication.
 
He said, "41, it is awesome that you are here today."

Bush joked there was a time in his life that he "wasn't likely to be found in a library, much less found one."
 
He delivered several jokes Thursday during his speech at the dedication ceremony for his library and museum at the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas.
 
Bush joined President Barack Obama and the three other living presidents -- including his father, George H.W. Bush -- at the ceremony. Thousands of people attended.
 
Before Bush's speech, the U.S. Army Chorus played "Battle Hymn of the Republic." During the music, Obama was seen with his arm around former first lady Barbara Bush and chatting with her as the two sat next to each other.

President Barack Obama is honoring the presidency of George W. Bush, at the dedication of the Bush library in Dallas.
 
On a day when politics was set aside, the president described his Republican predecessor as a "good man" and as a leader who demonstrated strength, resolve and compassion.
 
Obama called the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center a "Texas-sized party" befitting the former president.
  
The president says, "It's impossible to truly understand the nature of the job until it's yours."

About 200 anti-war and immigration reform protesters gathered peacefully near the Dallas dedication site of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
 
The demonstrations were restricted Thursday morning to a zone cordoned off by barricades and separated from the center by a highway. (AP)

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