Top 18 Photos from 2018

The Bush Center Year in Photos

The George W. Bush Presidential Center takes a look back at some of our memorable moments captured in 2018.

February 28, 2018 / George W. Bush Presidential Center
Photo by Tom Fox for The Dallas Morning News

Mrs. Laura Bush stands in this year’s special exhibit, First Ladies: Style of Influence. The special exhibit examined how the role of the first lady has evolved over time, and how first ladies have used their position to advance diplomacy and other social, cultural, and political initiatives.

March 7, 2018 / George W. Bush Presidential Center
Photo by Grant Miller

Mrs. Laura Bush and Bush Center President and CEO Ken Hersh gave Mrs. Michelle Obama a special tour of the Bush Center’s special exhibit, First Ladies: Style of Influence.

March 29, 2018 / George W. Bush Presidential Center
Photo by Magaly Abbott

The Bush Center hosted Austin ISD, Granite School District, Chesterfield County Public Schools, and Fort Worth ISD in the first session of the School Leadership Initiative District Cohort. During a three day period, the four teams participated in team-building and coaching exercises and conversations with experts that gave them tools and resources to support their work.

April 18, 2018 / George W. Bush Presidential Center
Photo by Grant Miller

Mrs. Bush enjoys the first day of the Bush Center’s inaugural Forum on Leadership, a landmark annual gathering to develop, recognize, and celebrate leadership.

April 18, 2018 / George W. Bush Presidential Center
Photo by Paul Morse

President and Mrs. Bush show Priscilla Chan the Bush Center’s Native Texas Park before Chan's Forum on Leadership panel, “Preparing All Kids for an Unpredictable Future – The Promise of Lifelong Learning.”

April 19, 2018 / George W. Bush Presidential Center
Photo by Grant Miller

The public was invited to share their #MyChargetoKeep photos with the Bush Center, where their memories were brought to life in a mosaic recreation of President Bush’s painting A Charge to Keep.

April 19, 2018 / George W. Bush Presidential Center
Photo by Paul Morse

President Bush and Bono take a moment to pose for a photo at the Forum on Leadership before Bono was presented the George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership.

April 20, 2018 / Moody Coliseum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas
Photo by Grant Miller

Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and Bush Center President and CEO Ken Hersh concluded the Forum on Leadership with a conversation on the lessons Bezos has learned from leading one of the world’s fastest growing companies — and his visions for the future.

May 21, 2018 / Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, Texas
Photo by Grant Miller

President Bush and PGA Tour professional Jimmy Walker stop for a quick selfie at the 2018 Warrior Open at the AT&T Byron Nelson, presented by AT&T.

June 26, 2018 / George W. Bush Presidential Center
Photo by Grant Miller

At The Art & Leadership of Winston Churchill, a part of the Engage at the Bush Center, presented by Highland Capital Management series, President Bush debuted his paintings of Sir Winston Churchill. A panel discussed what made Churchill an effective leader and how those lessons can be applied to today’s issues.

July 6, 2018 / Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas
Photo by Grant Miller

President Bush celebrated his 72nd birthday with one of his favorite activities — mountain biking the trails of Prairie Chapel Ranch with the veterans of Team 43. After the ride, Sgt. First Class Michael “Rod” Rodriguez presented President Bush with a homemade birthday cake.

July 12, 2018 / Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas
Photo by Grant Miller

Each year, President Bush and President Clinton are reunited for the Presidential Leadership Scholars graduation ceremony. This year's event was held in Little Rock, Arkansas.

September 17, 2018 / Seoul, South Korea
Photo by Chris Walsh

The Liberty and Leadership Scholars — young men and women who are working to build democracy in their home country of Burma — traveled to Seoul, South Korea, where they learned about South Korea’s democratic transition and economic growth.

September 24, 2018 / George W. Bush Presidential Center
Photo by Grant Miller

Pierce Bush, Ellie LaBlond Sosa, Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Bush, Mrs. Bush, and President Bush enjoy a laugh during the first panel of Remembering Barbara Bush at Engage at the Bush Center, presented by Highland Capital Management. The grandchildren later took the stage to share their favorite memories of Mrs. Barbara Bush.

October 14, 2018 / AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
Photo by Andrew Kaufmann

The WE Lead Scholars from Afghanistan, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon took time out from classroom sessions to experience American culture in the form of a Dallas Cowboys football game.

November 11, 2018 / Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Photo by Freddy Ford

Sgt. First Class Michael Rodriguez, Mrs. Bush, President Bush, Sergeant Leslie Zimmerman, and Staff Sergeant Jack Schumacher stand for the National Anthem before President Bush performs the ceremonial coin toss at the Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles game on Veterans Day weekend. Earlier in the day, President and Mrs. Bush worked on a service project with the Travis Manion Foundation, then were honored for their work with veterans by former Vice President Joe Biden and the National Constitution Center.

November 15, 2018 / George W. Bush Presidential Center
Photo by Grant Miller

At the last module of the Stand-To Veteran Leadership program, scholar Chris Meek presented his personal leadership project, Eksobionics, which aims to give veterans who have lost mobility the chance to walk again.

December 3, 2018 / George W. Bush Presidential Center
Photo by Katie Kardell

After the passing of President George H. W. Bush, visitors came to the George W. Bush Presidential Museum and Library to pay their respects by leaving notes of condolence for the Bush family.

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