Library Accomplished

  • Aired:  04/25/13
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Former President George W. Bush takes a break from his painting to help open the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (2:50)

>> Jon: HEY, WELCOME TO THE

"DAILY SHOW."

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

HERE'S OUR SHOW TONIGHT.

VALI NASR WILL BE JOINING US.

AUTHOR VALI NASR WILL BE JOINING

US.

BUT FIRST TONIGHT, IF I MAY,

HE'S BAAACD.

>> PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

STEPS BACK INTO THE SPOTLIGHT

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG

TIME TO DEDICATE HIS

PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY.

>> Jon: HA-HA-

STAY COOL, JOHNNY, BOY.

STAY COOL.

( LAUGHTER )

BECAUSE IT'S THE OPENING SER

MOPE OF THE BUSH LIBRARY.

IT'S BEEN FOUR AND A HALF YEARS

SINCE WE'VE SEEN PRESIDENT BUSH.

I IMAGINE LIKE MOST EXPRESIDENT

HE'S DEVOTING HIMSELF TO PUBLIC

SERVICE.

88-YEAR-OLD JIMMY CARTER

LITERALLY PULLING THE LAST

REMAINING GUINEA WORMS OUT OF

POOR CHILDREN'S FEET WITH HIS

HANDS.

LOOK, WHAT'S-- WHAT'S PRESIDENT

BUSH BEEN UP TO?

>>

>> I PAINT TWO OR THREE HOURS A

DAY.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

( CHEERS ).

>> Jon: SOMETIMES IT'ST

SEEMS ONLY A GALLON OF PAINT,

DROWN OUT THE SCREAMS OF THOSE

I'VE WRONGED.

( LAUGHTER )

PLUS, SOMETIMES THEY LET YOU USE

YOUR FINGERS.

( LAUGHTER )

>> I COULD LAY OUT 20 OF THE

PAINTINGS, AND YOU MIGHT LIKE

ONE.

>> YEAH.

>> AND SOMEBODY ELSE WOULD LIKE

ANOTHER.

>> BUT ARE YOU GETTING BETTER IS

THE QUESTION?

>> I THINK SO.

BUT, YOU KNOW, IT'S ALL IN THE

EYES OF THE BEHOLDER.

>> Jon: SURE, SO, IN OTHER

WORDS, ART HISTORY WILL BE THE

JUDGE.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

BUT I LOVE PRESIDENTIAL

LIBRARIES.

YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO

FIND IN THIS ONE?

>> THE GEORGE W. BUSH

PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

SITS ON 23 ACRES OF THE SOUTHERN

METHODIST UNIVERSITY CAMPUS.

INSIDE THE COMPLEX, A TREASURE

TROVE OF MORE THAN 43,000

ARTIFACTS FROM THE BUSH

PRESIDENCY.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Jon: BASICALLY THE HARD

ROCK CAFE OF CATASTROPHIC POLICY

DECISIONS.

( LAUGHTER )

NOW, I GUESS THIS IS-- AS GOOD A

TIME FOR BUSH TO OPEN UP A

LIBRARY AS ANY TIME.

>> AS TIME PASSES AND PASSIONS

COOL, MR. BUSH HAS FROAN MORE

POPULAR.

>> A PERFECT EXAMPLE FOR GEORGE

W. BUSH IS HIS FATHER GEORGE

HERBERT WALKER BUSH, WHO LOOKS

FAR BETTER 20 YEARS AFTER

LEAVING OFFICE.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

( LAUGHTER ).

BECAUSE HE'S BEING COMPARED TO

GEORGE W.

THAT'S WHY HE LOOKS BETTER.

I'M SURE-- LISTEN F-1 OF G.W.'S

KIDS BECOMES PRESIDENT IN 2032

AND SOMEHOW FOR SNOW REASON

INVADES THE MOON, I'M SURE WE'LL

LOOK BACK AT

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