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All five living presidents in Dallas for Bush library dedication

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All five presidents are in Dallas for the star-studded dedication ceremony at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. It's the first time in more than four years where all five living U.S. Presidents will be together in the same place.

President and Laura Bush talked about what the center means to them.

The President took time to thank some of those involved. He gave thanks to Mark Langdale of the Bush Center. President Bush first met Mr. Langdale after moving to Dallas in 1988.

"It really is a day to give thanks. So I will save most of my remarks for tomorrow but I do want to thank you all for being here," said President Bush. "I must confess Bob and Michael that the facility and the grounds have exceeded expectations."

Laura Bush said much the same thing Wednesday morning. They're both clearly very pleased with how it has all come together.  

"George said he did not want this to be a monument to himself. He said that from the very beginning," said former First Lady Laura Bush. "Because he thinks if it is based on one personality it becomes less and less relevant over time but if it's based on the principals we think are most important for our country it can stay relevant."

She also said the September 11th monument is very moving.

"I hope people really learn and re-learn the history of the first decade of our new century. I think people will be very moved by the 9/11 exhibit. And I think that's very important because we still live with the effects of 9/11," said Mrs. Bush.

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