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Former President Bush to speak at Lied Center on Nov. 16

Dole Insitute to award Bush its 2008 leadership prize

October 22, 2008, 3:00 p.m. Updated October 22, 2008, 6:14 p.m.


Former President George H.W. Bush is scheduled to appear at the Lied Center on Nov. 16.

The nation's 41st president will accept the 2008 Dole Leadership Prize from Kansas University's Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, the institute announced Wednesday.

Tickets for the event are free and available to the public, with details on availability to be announced later, said Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute.

"We're very excited," Lacy said. "I think it speaks volumes that we've had two former presidents come to the University of Kansas," referring to former president Bill Clinton, who gave the inaugural Dole Lecture in Allen Fieldhouse in 2004.

Other details, such as the time of the event, are still being worked out as well, Lacy said.

During the event, Bush will sit for an interview with Lacy, after which there will be time for questions from the audience.

Past recipients of the award include former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, former U.S. senators Howard Baker and George McGovern, Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa and U.S. Rep. John Lewis. The award comes with a $25,000 prize.

"We're thrilled to have former President George H.W. Bush come to KU to receive the Dole Leadership Prize," said KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway in a statement. "He provided leadership as president during a time of great change in the world, witnessing the fall of the Soviet Union and the challenges that followed."

Lacy said that Bush was chosen for the honor partly because of his years of public service in the U.S. Navy, as a U.S. congressman, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, as vice president of the United States and as president, Lacy said.

"We try to emphasize the importance of public service and being involved politically in your community," Lacy said. "President Bush 41 has done all these things that we encourage people to aspire to."


Confrontation 9 years, 6 months ago

McSame knows how to fly planes. He wrecked 5 of them.

JayhawkAlum03 9 years, 6 months ago

justthefacts, I don't know what the arrangement was that allowed Allen Fieldhouse to be used for the Bill Clinton appearance. I'd just like to see that they had the foresight to look into this again, realizing that a similar demand will likely exist.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 6 months ago

& the bozo was the first to respond, shocker!

Mkh 9 years, 6 months ago

Raider (Anonymous) says: "can you imagine the loonies that will be out protesting?"------------------------------------------------------I'll be there telling Daddy Bush where he can shove his "New World Order".

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 6 months ago

It must be tough being an ex-president who can't make a public appearance without needing to apologize for what an utter failure his son(s) have been.

Raider 9 years, 6 months ago

can you imagine the loonies that will be out protesting?

JayhawkAlum03 9 years, 6 months ago

A friend of mine really wanted to see Clinton when he was here. Because I had the day free when tickets were distributed, I sat/stood in line for about 5 hours that day to find myself to be the 2nd person in line when they ran out of tickets...and there were HUNDREDS of people behind me in line. I was very happy that they decided to move the event to Allen Fieldhouse. I would expect this level of demand to be the case for ANY former President that we will ever draw to Lawrence to speak. Considering that the Lied seats something like 2500, we're talking about only 2.5% of the city (including KU) getting to see the event live. I would guess there is a MUCH higher percentage of the city that is like me and would want the chance to be there for any president, regardless of politics or party lines and the Lied unfortunately makes this impossible.

justthefacts 9 years, 6 months ago you have/know a bigger (covered/warm) venue where it can be held (for free) in Lawrence???

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