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5 presidents gather for Bush library dedication

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Five current and former Presidents are in Dallas for the dedication of the brand new George W. Bush Presidential Center. The library contains thousands of artifacts and displays from President Bush's eight years in office.

All living American presidents, past and present, gathered together to honor one of their own. The rare reunion came at the dedication of the new George W. Bush Presidential Center.

The center, on the SMU campus in Dallas, looks back on his eight years in office. The 911 attacks have a prominent place, with a beam from the World Trade Center, and the bullhorn President Bush used to rally first responders.

The center holds more than 43,000 artifacts. The exhibits here examine key events and issues during the Bush presidency, some of them controversial.

The displays acknowledge the fact that no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq and highlight the debate over interrogation techniques.

There's a full scale replica of the Oval Office. And the center portrays family life in the White House, including the president's beloved dog Barney.

The center opens to the public next week.

The Presidential Center holds more than 70 million pages of paper records, two hundred million emails and four million digital photos.

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