• George W. Bush Presidential Center

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Liberty & Laughter: The Lighter Side of the White House

March 5, 2020 - October 4, 2020

Join us for a Conversation with Jay Leno March 10 — Click Here for Tickets

Jay Leno headlines a special edition of Engage at the Bush Center, presented by Highland Capital Management on March 10 to launch the new special exhibit, Liberty & Laughter: The Lighter Side of the White House. In a moderated conversation, Leno will show video clips and tell stories of interviewing past candidates and sitting presidents on The Tonight Show. President Bush 41’s former Chief of Staff Jean Becker serves as the “opening act,” sharing some humorous stories from Pearls of Wisdom, the new collection of Barbara Bush’s witticisms that Jean edited.

From March 5 to October 4, 2020, the George W. Bush Presidential Center's special exhibit glimpses behind-the-scenes into the lighter side of life in the White House. Entertaining first family anecdotes, interactive multimedia, and amusing artifacts unveil presidential pranks, inside jokes, and more. Revealing how humor has evolved from our Founding Fathers to the present day makes one thing readily apparent – laughter remains vital to a thriving democracy.