George W. Bush Chooses UVa. For Oral History Project

November 12, 2009 7:26 a.m.

Former President George W. Bush has chosen the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia to conduct a “comprehensive oral history of his presidency.”

The Miller Center and Bush’s foundation announced the George W. Bush Oral History Project this morning, saying the university’s scholars will do 100 interviews with the Bush Cabinet and outside advisers during the 5-year project.

“This oral history project will offer future generations a comprehensive look at what it was like to lead the country during some extraordinary challenges,” Bush said in a statement.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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