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by Jerome Weeks 11 Feb 2008

Dallas is supposed to be getting the George W. Bush Presidential Library. But Midland already has his childhood home. Ruth Pennebaker reports for the Texas Observer. The Midland I knew growing up is different from the one George W. Bush talks about. He recalls small-town values of neighborliness, a safe place where kids could ride their […]

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Bush family home in Midland, Texas. Photo from George W. Bush Childhood Family Home, Inc.

Dallas is supposed to be getting the George W. Bush Presidential Library. But Midland already has his childhood home. Ruth Pennebaker reports for the Texas Observer.

The Midland I knew growing up is different from the one George W. Bush talks about. He recalls small-town values of neighborliness, a safe place where kids could ride their bicycles all over town, and families gathered for impromptu picnics and barbecues. The Midland I recall was richer and edgier, and not nearly as wholesome, fueled by alcohol and boredom and empty horizons—more Larry McMurtry than Reader’s Digest.

No mention of whether the home originally contained a library, though.

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