George W. Bush

Capital Tonight: Obama, Bush draw parallels between their accomplishments and LBJ’s

The country’s first black president was a featured speaker on the final day of the LBJ Civil Rights Summit. President Barack Obama gave the keynote address at the three-day event, commemorating the signing of the Civil Rights Act 50 years ago.

The President spoke candidly about President Lyndon Johnson’s struggles to create change in the country, and he drew several comparisons between his presidency and the legacy of LBJ.

In Thursday’s Capital Tonight, we heard how President Obama and former President George W. Bush view their time in office in light of LBJ’s accomplishments.

INCOME INEQUALITY

Segregation may be over, but the income gap between whites and nonwhites is still largely in place. We sat down with economist James Galbraith for a discussion on what income inequality looks like today and the steps lawmakers are taking to curb it.

PROGRESS & POLITICS

Voting laws in Texas were on the minds of many this week. Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson joined us to give his take on that issue. And our political strategists, Harold Cook and Ted Delisi, debated more of the political issues unique to Texas.

Abbott blasts Davis’ private meeting with Obama

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott is criticizing his democratic opponent’s private meeting with President Barack Obama today.

As was first reported here on Capital Roundup, Sen. Wendy Davis and President Obama met during his visit to the LBJ Library for the Civil Rights Summit. According to the campaign, “President Obama and Senator Davis briefly discussed the importance of the Voting Rights Act and its legacy in Texas.”

The Abbott campaign was quick to pounce on the closed-press nature of the discussion. Shortly after the President’s departure, the campaign manager Matt Hirsch released this statement:

“Sen. Davis stated last month that she would not shy away from President Obama’s visit to Texas, yet in another flip-flop, she instead decided to meet with him in secret – away from the public and refusing to mention what they discussed. We can only assume President Obama and Sen. Davis bonded over their shared support of ObamaCare and limiting Second Amendment rights. Texans want a governor who shares there values, not someone who wants to bring Obama’s big government agenda and failed liberal values to our great state.”

The White House has not commented on what the two talked about.

Capital Tonight: Week In Review

Reporter Roundtable

Paul Brown sat down with Reeve Hamilton from the Texas Tribune, Ryan Poppe from Texas Public Radio and Christy Hoppe from the Dallas Morning News to recap the weeks events in the Capitol, including the Lottery Commission and the Rainy Day Fund.

 

Helping Women Worldwide

Paul Brown spoke to Charity Wallace earlier this week at the Bush Library dedication.
Wallace serves as the director of the Women’s Initiative at the Bush Institute and was Chief of Staff for First Lady Laura Bush.

 

Capital Tonight: Former presidents reevaluate Bush legacy

The George W. Bush Presidential Center was officially dedicated Thursday morning on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Bush was joined by the other living presidents, along with a crowd of thousands, all there to pay tribute to the Bush years. 

  

Inside the Museum

While the public won’t be able to see the inside of the library until next week, the Capital Tonight team was able to get an early look.

  

West Memorial

After the dedication ceremony, President Obama and the First Lady traveled to Waco, where thousands gathered to pay tribute to the first responders killed in the West fertilizer plant explosion. 

Click the image below to see Thursday night’s full episode, including thoughts from Sen. Ted Cruz, Bush Center Director Alan Lowe and our Capital Commentators.

Bush Center Dedication Ceremony Photos

Our Capital Tonight crew will be updating this slideshow from the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, throughout the day.

Capital Tonight: George W. Bush museum leaves strong first impression

The Capital Tonight crew got an early look at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, along with several people who worked with the president during his term.

In Wednesday night’s show, former Bush advisor Karen Hughes, Wayne Slater of The Dallas Morning News and others shared their impressions of the main exhibit. 

 

While the museum’s main focus is on Bush’s time as president, his five years as Texas governor played a significant role in his political career. We spoke to two lawmakers who worked closely with him at the State Capitol: Sherri Greenberg and Kip Averitt. Click the logo below to see the full episode.

  

Preparations underway for George W. Bush Center dedication