Mike Boone (pictured), partner in and founder of Dallas’ Haynes and Boone, experienced a first today: He shared a room with the current and four former presidents at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the Southern Methodist University campus.
“We couldn’t have had better day for this,” says Boone, who is chairman-elect of SMU’s board of governors and served as a member of the negotiating team that helped bring the Bush institution to the school.
While all statements by current and former presidents were “classy,” Boone singled out former President Bill Clinton’s as funny. Clinton has worked closely on philanthropic causes with both George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush since all the men have left the Oval Office — closely enough for some good-natured ribbing.
Clinton told the crowd he was “the black sheep of the Bush family.” Boone says Clinton waited a beat and then turned to former First Lady Barbara Bush and asked “Isn’t that right, mama?”
The new Bush library, which joins the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, will be a big draw for Dallas and the state, Boone says.
“It’s a jewel,” he adds.
— Miriam Rozen