President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has paid a historic visit to the George Walker Bush, Jr. Presidential Library and Museum at Southern Methodist University in Texas, United States of America, and later met the former U.S. President.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf visited the Presidential Library and Museum recently while in the U.S. for the United Nations General Assembly in New York.The permanent exhibit at the Library and Museum looks at the life and career of President George W. Bush. The exhibit brings the story of President and Mrs. Bush’s leadership to life for visitors by highlighting the principles they followed when making key decisions and by promoting an understanding of the presidency, American history, and public policy.At the Library, the President was taken on a guided tour by the Curator of facility, Ms. Amy Polley.Artifacts, documents, audiovisual, and interactive components capture the key decisions and events of the Presidency of George W. Bush. Visitors experience many facets of President Bush’s time in the White House, including the campaign and the 2000 election, key legislative moments from the presidency, and compassionate policy initiatives enacted during his Administration.During her Tete-a-tete with President Bush, President Sirleaf among other things recounted his role in the search for lasting peace in Liberia, the formation of a Transitional Government and the holding of free, fair and democratic elections in 2005 as well as his commitment to consolidate the fragile peace that is now being nurtured.President Sirleaf was accompanied to the Library and Museum by Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Jeremiah Sulonteh, and a host of government officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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