Saying he’s tired of dealing with the “whining liberal Methodist ministers” at Dallas’ Southern Methodist University, former president George W. Bush has decided to move his proposed presidential library elsewhere.
Bush has chosen to move his library about 370 miles south to Beeville, a town about 90 miles southeast of San Antonio and about 60 miles northwest of the Gulf Coast city Corpus Christi.
The former president had planned to build his library at SMU, his wife Laura’s alma mater. But there have been protests from Methodist clergy that it would send the wrong message to allow the polarizing president to have his library at SMU.
Facing potential lawsuits and protests, Bush has chosen to move his library to Beeville’s Coastal Bend College.
CBC is a two-year community college that was formerly known as Bee County College. While Bee County is predominantly Hispanic, the county does have a prominent Republican presence that Bush feels comfortable with.
“I considered other colleges like UTEP [University of Texas-El Paso], Lamar [a university in Beaumont] and UTA [University of Texas-Arlington], but none of them seemed very interested, either,” Bush said in an interview with Ponderings From Pluto. “The folks at CBC seemed thrilled at being the home location of a presidential library, so it seemed like a good fit.”
Construction on the George W. Bush Presidential Library will include his favorite books, various papers, artifacts and DVD recordings of his speeches along with a dartboard Bush had made from an image of the face of his late critic, columnist Molly Ivins.
“Some of the books haven’t even been colored in yet,” Bush joked.
Construction on the college is set to begin in late spring with completion done around Summer 2011.