(WASHINGTON POST) DALLAS — Amid tight security and with all the pomp afforded to the nation’s highest office, presidents and dignitaries from around the world gathered here Thursday morning to dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

President Obama and all the living presidents were to join Bush on the campus of Southern Methodist University to mark the arrival of the 13th and newest presidential library. It was a rare gathering of one of the most exclusive clubs in the world and therefore a day for accolades, not controversies, as Bush’s predecessors and successor prepared to offer their own tributes to him.

The ceremonies were being held in a sun-splashed plaza outside the entrance to the library and museum, which are part of a 23-acre site that includes the Bush Institute, a think tank that carries on work of the former president. The complex is set on grounds that have re-created the native Texas landscape.

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