George W. Bush Will Speak at SMU's Graduation, Will Be Awesome

George W. Bush helps break ground on his presidential library.
George W. Bush helps break ground on his presidential library.
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SMU announced on Tuesday that George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, is going to give its 2015 commencement address. It's G-Dub's second time to get the gig at the school -- he regaled grads as governor in 1999 -- a first for SMU.

Given Bush's track record as a public speaker during his presidency, all the bravado and malapropisms, there was a time when it would have been fun to mock SMU for its choice, but now, today, in 2015: He's perfect for it.

Sure, the jokes come quickly -- Bush couldn't spell PhD if you gave him the P and the H, etc. -- but Bush, especially after moving to Dallas, has remade himself as a solid, and often quite funny, public speaker. And, David Foster Wallace's 2005 speech at Kenyon College excepted, that's what matters at these things; tell a couple jokes, stay away from any hard truths about the world and make sure the hungover graduates and proud parents escape before anyone gets too bored.

Bush's self-deprecation at the dedication of his presidential library on the SMU in April 2013 showed how far the former prez has come since he was talking about new-cue-lar weapons.

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There was a time in his life, he said, "wasn't likely to be found in a library, much less found one."

Hell, the guy even made a dick joke during a 2014 speech at the LBJ Library at UT-Austin.

Unfair Park can only hope that an adjunct art professor post is next.


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