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George W. Bush gets a selfie assist from President Obama

The presidents came together for the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.


April Siese

Internet Culture

Published Sep 24, 2016   Updated Feb 28, 2020, 11:24 pm CST

One of the greatest visions of George W. Bush’s presidency has finally been realized. Bush signed off on the construction of the National Museum of African American History and Culture back in 2003. On Saturday, the museum held a grand opening celebration at its newly completed Washington, D.C., location.

Bush and President Obama gave speeches, as did D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser and civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who co-sponsored the legislation that made the museum a reality.

Moving musical performances from a 200-person strong local choir as well as Stevie Wonder ushered in a full weekend of celebration that includes the Freedom Sounds festival to be held on the Washington Monument grounds.

Oh, and President Obama helped his predecessor take a selfie.

The Washington Post has predicted that, of all the moving speeches, the visceral musical performances, and the important cultural and historic significance of the museum’s opening day, this is the footage Americans will be clamoring for.

If watching Bush fail to take a selfie only to have Obama snap a photo gets more people to this museum, then by all means, keep on snapping.

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*First Published: Sep 24, 2016, 6:19 pm CDT