NYTimes Previews Dubya's Institute Speech
|George W. Bush has been seen this week trying out his Thursday afternoon speech on anyone he can find at SMU.|
Mr. Bush will announce the appointment of the first five of two dozen scholars to be affiliated with the institute, which has already scheduled a half-dozen conferences for next year, according to organizers. The former first lady, Laura Bush, will also speak at Thursday's event to discuss how women's issues will be injected into all the institute's program areas, including sponsorship of a conference on the education of women in Afghanistan.Update at 12:36 p.m.: More Dubya news today: He's chosen the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia to conduct a "comprehensive oral history of his presidency." Says Bush, "This oral history project will offer future generations a comprehensive look at what it was like to lead the country during some extraordinary challenges."
"The president has been working with these ideas for a long time now," said James K. Glassman, a former top State Department official now serving as the institute's founding executive director. "He wanted to do something very different from other former presidents, and that is to create a research institute that's independent, nonpartisan and scholarly and that will have an impact on the real world."
Update at 3 p.m.: The Washington Times provides the initial coverage of Bush's speech, during which he said, "As the world recovers, we will face a temptation to replace the risk-and-reward model of the private sector with the blunt instruments of government spending and control. History shows that the greater threat to prosperity is not too little government involvement, but too much."