The 1,400-square-foot house in Midland, Texas, the place former President George W. Bush spent a part of his childhood is into consideration to turn out to be a part of the nationwide park system, the National Park Service said.
The service mentioned it had began a “special resource study,” as directed by Congress in 2019, to look at the eligibility of the house on West Ohio Avenue “as a new unit of the national park system.”
The research will collect details about the home and the findings shall be reported to Congress, in response to the service.
The company additionally mentioned in an announcement final month that it could maintain a virtual meeting for the public on Jan. 26 to be taught extra about Mr. Bush’s former dwelling, which has already been become a museum.
The dwelling’s exact designation within the park system was not instantly clear and a Park Service press consultant couldn’t be reached on Saturday.
“Adding the George W. Bush childhood home is a must for the National Park Service,” mentioned Douglas Brinkley, a professor at Rice University in Houston and an writer and presidential historian who has written in regards to the Park Service’s preservation of properties of notable Americans.
Designations of the properties are supposed to protect the websites completely for the general public and to honor the native historical past round them, he mentioned.
The dwelling was a part of not solely Mr. Bush’s adolescence but additionally his father’s, former President George H.W. Bush.
The consideration so as to add the location to the park system comes as a few of George W. Bush’s former political rivals and critics have looked back with nostalgia on the extra thought-about and civil tone that ruled his presidency. The re-examination has occurred amid the division and violence sown by the present Republican president, Donald J. Trump.
“There is no doubt that George W. Bush’s reputation and, to a lesser extent, his father’s, have been greatly enhanced by Donald Trump,” mentioned Jeffrey A. Engel, director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
“Were it about his policies alone, history is going to put him on the lowest rungs,” Mr. Engel mentioned of the youthful Mr. Bush. “But people still really wish they had a president — and are looking forward to having a president — who isn’t a jerk.”
The elder Mr. Bush had moved to Midland initially of the oil growth to make his fortune within the business.
He purchased a vibrant blue home on East Maple Street for $7,500, with a mortgage from the Federal Housing Administration, wrote Herbert S. Parmet in his ebook “The Life of a Lone Star Yankee” in regards to the elder Mr. Bush.
“Their area became known as Easter Egg Row because all the houses were painted with vivid colors,” he wrote.
The household then moved to the home on West Ohio Avenue that’s below Park Service consideration and lived there from November 1951 till November 1955, and later moved on to Houston.
“Midland is really underappreciated as an influence on George W. Bush,” Mr. Engel mentioned.
These have been the years when the elder Mr. Bush was on the street, promoting oil components and leaving the kids with their mom, Barbara. Her robust persona and famously sharp tongue would affect the swagger and blunt speech of the youthful Mr. Bush.
“This is why he says he has his father’s eyes and his mother’s mouth,” Mr. Engel mentioned.
After leaving the White House in 2009, Mr. Bush and the previous first woman, Laura Bush, returned to Texas and within the years since have pushed for better treatment of wounded veterans and expanded school and community libraries, Mr. Brinkley mentioned.
Both have largely stayed out of politics, however Mr. Bush, who didn’t assist Mr. Trump’s candidacy, has spoken out towards the bigotry and white supremacy which were components of the present president’s tenure.
On Wednesday, Mr. Bush condemned the siege on Capitol Hill, which he mentioned “was undertaken by people whose passions have been inflamed by falsehoods and false hopes.”
Mr. Brinkley mentioned of Mr. Bush: “He’s never going to be seen as a top-tier American president due to the failure of the Iraq war, the tanking of the economy under his watch, his inaction during Katrina. The list is long.”
But Mr. Bush’s constant disavowal of Mr. Trump, he mentioned, “puts him on the winning side of history.”