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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Take Two Academy students visit Bush presidential library

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  • Take Two Academy students received a presidential lesson Tuesday as students visited the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
    The museum, located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, displays information about the life and career of the 43rd president.
    "We wanted a 9/11 educational experience for them," says teacher Kevin Gill. "Some of the students weren't even born yet when it happened."
    Any Take Two student who met attendance and behavior requirements was allowed to go on the trip, regardless of their year in school.
    For many students, Bush is the first president they remember.
    "It was fun and educational. It showed George Bush really cared about America," explains eighth-grader Brittany Barr. "He really wanted to change America and make it better than it was. I didn't know anything about him, but it seems like it would be super hard to be president. It would be busy and hard to know what to do in a war."
    However, as hard as it might be, Barr isn't scared away from the office. She would like to be president someday and has already picked an issue to run on.
    "I could make America better. Doctor visits would be free," she says.
    Some of what the students know of the Bush presidency is from Internet memes. Senior Luke Walker mentioned the December 2008 incident in which an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at Bush during a press conference.
    The incident was not mentioned at the museum, but Walker wanted it to be for the humourous aspect.
    "I've seen videos where they changed the shoe to other things like a fish," Walker recalls. "I like it because Bush was really old, but still dodged it."
    From the exhibits, the former president came across as relatable, as both Walker and Barr said they would vote for Bush if they could.
    "He seemed genuinely Christian. He didn't just say he was Christian, but acted like it. I also like that he's from Texas," Walker explains. "I don't want to vote for a New York candidate over someone from Texas who is going to know more about Oklahoma issues."
    However, the students also found things with which they disagreed.
    "I didn't like that he was involved in oil and gas," Walker says. "It made me think he'd raise the prices, and it hurts the environment."
    Another trip is already being planned to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. The museum, located in the former Texas School Book Depository, chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The trip is planned for November, which will be the same month as the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination.
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