Today’s Dallas Morning News ran an editorial entitled “Full Disclosure,” with a sub-heading “Mr. Bush, allow a complete archive at library,” that calls for the President to repeal Executive Order 13233, which gives former Presidents and their designees or families in perpetuity the right to assert executive privilege to limit access to their papers. The editorial notes that “[a]rchivists across the country have called upon SMU to reject the library unless the Bush order is rescinded” and that “the university’s own history department has expressed opposition to his policy.” (I posted the SMU historians’ statement on Thursday).
I can’t imagine that Bush will repeal the Order, but it’s nice to see the Morning News weigh in on this. Its editorial of several weeks ago endorsing the Library ignored the debate about the Bush Institute, so it’s a relief to see that the paper’s editors are now better apprised of the contours of the debate.