New George W. Bush Presidential Center opens in Dallas.
(NBC News) Giving a broad-strokes defense of his eight years in the White House, former president George W. Bush celebrated the dedication of his Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas on Thursday.
"We expanded freedom at home by raising standards in schools and lowering taxes for everybody. We liberated nations from dictatorship and freed people from AIDS," he said.
And he added, alluding to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, "when our nation came under attack we made the tough decisions required to keep the American people safe," he said.
In the audience were the nation's three other former living presidents - George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter - as well as current commander in chief Barack Obama.
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