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Following his Presidency, George and Barbara Bush moved back home to Houston, and they have since assisted countless civic and other organizations by raising millions of dollars for worthy causes. Perhaps most notably, President Bush served as chairman of the Board of Visitors of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center – one of Houston’s most respected institutions, and a cause the former President has supported for some three decades. He has also been actively involved in the Points of Light Foundation and the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships; and both he and Mrs. Bush continue to co-chair C-Change, an organization comprised of the nation's key cancer leaders from government, business, and nonprofit sectors. These cancer leaders share the vision of a future where cancer is prevented, detected early, and cured or is managed successfully as a chronic illness.

President Bush has also written two books: A World Transformed, co-authored with General Brent Scowcroft, on foreign policy during his administration; and All The Best, a collection of letters written throughout his life. He has visited 56 foreign countries, and most of the 50 states. On November 6, 1997, The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum was opened to the public. Along with the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, the Library is located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. It is the tenth Presidential Library in existence.

During 2005, at the request of President George W. Bush, former President Bush twice teamed up with his Oval Office successor, President William Jefferson Clinton, to help raise money and awareness, first, for the Dec. 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed nearly 300,000 lives; and later, for the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita which struck the U.S. Gulf coast in August and September of 2005. On December 30, 2005, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed former President Bush as a special envoy for the South Asian Earthquake Disaster. The appointment followed the devastating 7.6-magnitude earthquake that struck South Asia on October 8, 2005, killing more than 73,000 people in Pakistan and 1,300 in India.

President Bush has led a quiet, private life after leaving the White House, but his legacy is plainly visible on the American political scene. His eldest son, George W., was elected governor of Texas in 1994, while Jeb narrowly lost a bid for governor of Florida the same year. Both sons won in their respective states in 1998, and until George W. was elected president in 2000, the two brothers served as governors concurrently.

November 1997 saw somewhat of a revival of Bush’s public life when his presidential library was dedicated on the campus of Texas A&M University— just 90 miles from the Bush’s home in Houston. The $80 million facility, built completely with private funds, is home to the 40 million pages of Bush’s official papers and a library and museum that chronicles Bush’s life.

The hallmark of George Bush’s life, his children and friends say, is his devout commitment to his family. In remarks at the dedication of Bush’s library in 1997, son George said of his father: “The world knows George Bush as a master of personal diplomacy. We know him as the world’s greatest dad.” And that’s a title the senior Bush is proud to bear. “Now that my political days are over,” he said that day, “I can honestly say that the three most rewarding titles bestowed upon me are the three that I’ve got left: a husband, a father and a granddad.”

 


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