Bush approval ratings rebound days before library opening

McClatchy Washington BureauApril 23, 2013 

Is President George W. Bush experiencing a comeback?

About 47 percent of people approve of how Bush handled his time in office, just slightly less than the 50 percent who disapprove, acccording to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. It's his highest approval rating since December 2005.

Bush’s approval was down -- way down -- at 23 percent in Post-ABC poll in October 2008 and just 33 percent in January 2009 when he left office.

Bush has retained a low profile since he left office more than four years ago. But there's been a flurry of news about the 43rd president this week in anticipation of the library opening.

The George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University will open this week.

The 226,560-square-foot center housing a library, museum, presidential archives, a public policy institute, a foundation and a park honors Bush's two terms in office, according to our colleagues at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will join his four living predecessors and their wives -- Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara; and former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn at the event Thursday.

The last time all five were together was in January 2009 in a meeting hosted by Bush at the White House.

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