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Obama, former presidents rally around George W. Bush as library opens

Published on Apr 26, 2013 6:26 AM

DALLAS (REUTERS) - George W. Bush basked in warm praise from President Barack Obama and three fellow former United States (US) presidents on Thursday as Mr Bush's library was dedicated in a ceremony that emphasised his resolute response to terrorism while skirting controversies such as his decision to invade Iraq.

Mr Obama and fellow Democrats Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, along with Mr Bush's father, former President George HW Bush, came together on the campus of Southern Methodist University to honor one of their own.

At the end of the hour-long ceremony, Mr Bush - who has largely avoided public life since leaving Washington in January 2009 - choked back tears as he concluded his remarks.

Mr Obama captured the feeling of the day when he indicated that Mr Bush's political friends and foes both view the former president as genuine.

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