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What We're Reading | Sept. 12, 2014

September 12, 2014 3 minute Read by Brittney Bain
Earlier this week, President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton sat down for a discussion on decision-making and leadership while unveiling an unprecedented collaboration between their presidential centers, as well as the George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson presidential centers. The program, Presidential Leadership Scholars, is an executive-style education series that will connect participants with the best minds in leadership studies and study the insights of the former presidents and people who served with them. “We want people from all walks of life and different political persuasions,” President Bush said. “We want people who have shown the capacity to succeed. People who work hard, and who work with others in a good way.” And as President Clinton said, the program aims to show how to “have vigorous debate, serious disagreements, knock-down, drag-out fights, and somehow come to ultimately a resolution that enables the country to keep moving forward.” In other news, a recent Washington Post piece reports on the latest incarnation of the struggles to make sure both the United States and Mexico get their rightful share of water from the Rio Grande River. Water is essential to the economy of North America, but weather patterns over the last decade or more have presented challenges for the shared management of water by the two countries. The water from the Rio Grande specifically has been a continuing irritant in the bilateral relationship and, for neither country, is it a trivial issue. U.S. and Mexican officials reportedly continue to seek common ground on how to resolve the issue. It is another reminder of the intertwined reality of the continent and how the importance of thinking in terms of a continental approach to managing shared resources in ways that respect national sovereignty while enhancing the well-being of our fellow citizens.

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Brittney Bain
Brittney Bain

Brittney Bain serves as the Director of Communications for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Prior to joining the Bush Center, she worked on Capitol Hill where she served most recently as deputy press secretary for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary.  Bain interned in the White House Office of Communications during the George W. Bush Administration.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and her master’s degree from The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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