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George W. Bush Chooses UVa. For Oral History Project

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Professor Russell Riley, chair of the program, said the goal is to get officials to speak candidly in order to help future generations understand the Bush presidency.

"The 43rd presidency was, by any standard, among the most consequential of all in American history. We intend to hear directly from those who led the country during an exceptional time, to find out what the Bush presidency looked like from the inside--including both its successes and failures," Riley said.

The Miller Center started its oral history program in 1981 and has done projects focusing on Presidents Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton.

The Bush Sr. and Clinton projects are still in progress at the Charlottesville, Va. campus, along with an extensive look at the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

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