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HOT DAY IN DALLAS

Presidential Library & Book Depository Site

sunny 75 °F

Living on the road, as John Steinbeck wrote, has its little challenges. Mine are far less than his were living as I do in the electronic age. A small problem developed in that I ran out of my heart medicine yesterday. Normally, it could be a panic. Two phone calls took care of the problem this morning. First a call to my Walmart Pharmacy in Estero, FL who had refills recorded there by my doctor. Then a call to the Walmart Pharmacy 3 miles away in Irving where I am staying. 'Yes, Mr. Fox. they said. Come in to verify your identity and we can fill your prescriptions". Of course, there are Walmart stores everywhere!

After solving that little problem I tackled the traffic situation and drove 'NASCAR style' to SMU and the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum. A beautiful brick building designed to blend with the university buildings, it was uniquely different from his father's in College Station. The warm southern greetings were extended by staff in the large lobby, and visitors were directed into a small theater to hear a 18 minute bio on George W. Bush's life & times. It was very well done displaying his warmth and that of his wife, First Lady Laura. His personal faith and deep moral principles were a theme used through out. The galleries conveyed his leadership in 'Creating Opportunity' for humankind, 'Leading on the Issues' of the day, 'Decision Points' made during his presidency, 'Responding to 9/11', 'Defending Freedom' or waging war against terrorism, and 'Acting with Compassion' in emergency response to natural disasters. The gallery entitled, 'Life in the White House', and a reconstruction of the Oval Office were impressive. Official gifts received during his presidency were displayed in glass cases throughout. A special exhibit on First Ladies' Gowns was a hi-lite for the women. (Not me!) I had lunch at the Cafe 43, a very nice facility in the building.

Personal opinions withheld, he was in office during a difficult period in our nation's history. His performance will give him above-average marks.

Visit #2 on this hot Dallas day was to the Texas Book Depository Memorial on Elm St. It was viewed by me as a tourist trap and operated by JFK.org. Parking was pricey, tickets to the 6th floor were pricey. Large picture boards with written captions showing the events of Nov. 22, 1963 and immediately afterward were on display. The Motorcade, the Shots fired from the corner window of the Depository, the Arrest, the Murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK's funeral, and the Warren Commission's findings were all covered. It was interesting to be where it all happened but most know the story-line. Didn't stay long. Fighting the traffic all the way back to the MH, I arrived safely.

Posted by dixter 17:21 Archived in USA Tagged bush & jfk gw

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