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    George W. Bush: Behind the Scenes

    By Marsha Miller
    Published: May 1, 2013

    With the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on May 1, the public is invited to take a closer look inside the life and work of the 43rd president.

    But if you can’t make it to Dallas for a visit, a new book by the University of Texas Press, “Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush,” offers an extraordinary collection of images, many never before published, by former Chief White House Photographer Eric Draper.

    Part of the Focus on American History series with The University of Texas at Austin’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, “Front Row Seat” offers a compelling, behind-the-scenes view of the entire presidency of George W. Bush, from dramatic events to relaxed, intimate moments within the Bush family. (Some of Draper’s images are also part of the News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency exhibit at the Briscoe Center.)

    Bush presided over eight of the most dramatic years in recent history, from the 9/11 attacks early in his administration to the worldwide economic crisis of 2008. By his side, recording every event, was his personal White House photographer, Eric Draper. From a collection of nearly 1 million photographs, Draper has selected more than 100 images of the former president that portray both the public figure and the private man.

    Through Draper’s lens, we follow the president through moments of crisis, such as 9/11; emotional meetings with troops in war zones, wounded soldiers at home and Katrina survivors; and happy, relaxed times with his wife, Laura, daughters Barbara and Jenna, and parents, George and Barbara Bush. We also see Bush at work within his inner circle of trusted advisers, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

    Draper is the longest-serving chief White House photographer and the first to document two full terms. He covered George W. Bush for the entire eight years of his presidency and was named Special Assistant to the President. During his tenure, Draper directed the photographic and archival conversion of the White House Photo Office from film to digital. Prior to joining the White House, Draper was West Regional Enterprise Photographer for The Associated Press and had also worked as a staff photographer for The Seattle Times, Pasadena Star-News and The Albuquerque Tribune.

    For more information on the book, please visit the UT Press website.

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      Resim Kursu said on May 21, 2013 at 3:38 p.m.
      Very nice photos. Thanks for sharing them.
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      EYESWIDEOPENLONGHORN said on May 8, 2013 at 12:48 p.m.
      VERY NICE PICTURES TAKEN. EVERY PRESIDENT GETS A BEAUTIFUL LIBRARY FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH MADE SOME HUMANTARIAN GOOD DEEDS BY SUPPORTING PREVENTION OF THE SPREAD OF AIDS IN AFRICA AND THERE MIGHT OF BEEN A FEW OTHER GOOD DEEDS ALONG THE WAY. BUT THIS IS WHAT A LOT OF AMERICANS BELIEVE ABOUT THE BUSH AND CHANEY ADMINSTRATION DURING THEIR TENURE: BUT FORMER GEORGE BUSH PLACE AMERICA IN A VOLITA STATE POLITICAL AND DEBT WISE. PRESIDENT BUSH DID NOT SECURE OUR BORDERS OF AMERICA, HE CONSIDERED LETTING OTHER COUNTRIES DO SO SECURE OUR PORTS ABD BORDERS, NO OTHER COUNTRY WOULD DO THAT. WHAT WAS HE AND HOMELAND HE WAS GOV. OF TEAXAS AND COULD NOT EVEN SECURE TEXAS BORDER LET ALONE AMERICA BORDERS. SO IMMIGRANTS FLOOD ILLEAGLY IN TO TEXAS AND THE OTHER STATES. THEN HE DID NOT DEPORT ALL THE CRIMINAL BACK TO THEIR COUNTRIES DUE TO POOR FEDERAL HOMELAND SECURITIES AND STATE POLICIES WHICH WERE NOT ALWAYS CARRIES OUT. THEN HIS FRIEND GOV RICK PERRY SERVING 3 TERMS AS GOV OF TEXAS DID NOT SECURE TEXAS BORDERS AND TRIED THE BLAME THE CURRENT US PRESIDENT FOR UNSECURED BOARDERS......GO FIGURE!!! TOO MANY TUNNELS FOR DRUG SMUGGLING AND ILLEAGAL PERSON DRUG FROM MEXICO INTO TEXAS..... THE FEMA DEBACLE FOR KATRINA VICTIMS WAS SEEN ALL OVER THE WORLD. THEY WERE CALL ALIENS AND TREATED LIKE PEPLE OF THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES. THE STATE OF AFFAIRS DURNING THE BUSH & CHANEY ADMINSTRATION LEFT AMERICA IN SHAMBLES. THE ELUMINATING COST OF TWO WARS AT THE SAME TIME, BUT YET THE ADMINSTATION STILL CUT PROGRAM NEEDED FOR ITS PEOPLE IN IN AMERICA AND CHANEY INVESTMENT OF BODY BAGS FOR PROFIT FROM DEAD AMERICAN SOLDIERS THEY LIED ABOUT NO RECESSION IN AMERICA AMERICA;S HOUSING MARKET DEBACLE WAS DUE TO KARL ROVE ... HE REALLY SCREW AMERICANS ROYALY NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND WAS A NICE THOUGHT WITH NO PUSH OR REALNESS BEHIND IT .....LOST OF TEACHERS, SCHOOLS CLOSING, HEAD START IN JEOPARDY, DROP OUT RATES SORING. ALLOWING COLLEGS TO JACKUP THE COST OF TUTIONS, LESS GRANT MONIES FOR STUDENT LOANS. USA IN DEBT TO AT LEAST 9 COUNTRIES WE BORROW MONEY FROM AND STILL OWE, FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON HAD AMERICA IN THE BLACK AS FAR AS AMERICA DEBIT BEFORE HE LEFT OFFICE PRESIDENT BUSH & VP CHENEY KNEW IN ADABOUT FANNIE MAY & BANKING ISSUES & BAILOUT NEEDS. HALIBURT FRAUD DUE TO CHANEY MIS USE AND CONTRACT APPORIATIONS FOR WARS AND REBUILDING.
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