Obama honors predecessor Bush at library ceremony

Thursday - 4/25/2013, 5:28pm EDT

President Barack Obama laughs with former first lady Barbara Bush during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

DALLAS (AP) -- President Barack Obama is honoring the presidency of George W. Bush, at the dedication of the Bush library in Dallas.

On a day when politics was set aside, the president described his Republican predecessor as a "good man" and as a leader who demonstrated strength, resolve and compassion.

Obama called the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center a "Texas-sized party" befitting the former president.

All five living American presidents are gathered in Dallas for the dedication. Obama says that's a pretty exclusive club -- but it's more like a support group for the men who have held an incredibly difficult job.

The president says, "It's impossible to truly understand the nature of the job until it's yours."


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