This from yesterday’s Dallas Morning News. Among other things, this confirms my sense of how strong a negotiating position SMU is in — after saying this, how could Bush turn it down. We could make sure that the Institute is brought under standard academic procedures or pushed off campus entirely — but only if our administration or the faculty senate are willing to do so.
Bush says SMU ‘good fit’ for his library
Todd J. Gillman
Dallas Morning News
February 12, 2007
Calling Dallas “a fantastic Texas city,” President Bush said Monday that he hopes to see his library built there.
“We’ve still got work to do, but I’m leaning pretty far forward,” he said when asked about negotiations with Southern Methodist University.
Some faculty members and Methodist clergy object to the proposed archive, museum and policy institute, arguing it would provide a platform for conservative advocacy and amount to an endorsement of the Iraq war.