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The 7 best moments of George W. Bush’s presidency

Published: Thursday, July 30 2015 2:14 a.m. MDT

Former president George H.W. Bush, left, applauds with Laura Bush after former president George W. Bush's speech during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas.  (David J. Phillip, AP) Former president George H.W. Bush, left, applauds with Laura Bush after former president George W. Bush's speech during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. (David J. Phillip, AP)

From Sept. 11 to the recession, and from the capture of Saddam Hussein to the controversy surrounding the 2000 presidential election, there were plenty of key moments in U.S. history during President George W. Bush's eight years as commander in chief.

On Thursday, Bush was in the spotlight again as the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which chronicles his place in history, was dedicated in Dallas. The library sits on 15 acres on an urban park at Southern Methodist University and includes about 43,000 artifacts and more than 70 million pages of paper records, according to the Associated Press.

Five living presidents — Bush, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter — were on hand for the event.

To commemorate the event, The Washington Post looked back at seven top moments of Bush's presidency, noting that in a recent poll, 47 percent of Americans now approve of how Bush handled his eight years as president.

"I believe things happen for a reason, and I hope the long wait of the last five weeks will heighten a desire to move beyond the bitterness and partisanship of the recent past," Bush said, in response to the Supreme Court deciding Bush had won the controversial 2000 election.

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