Former President Bush, Rice Meet at SMU

Former administration officials plan the policy institute at his presidential library.

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Former President George W. Bush and around 20 members of his administration, including Condoleezza Rice, met at Southern Methodist University yesterday for an " informal strategy session" for the policy institute at Bush's presidential library at SMU, the Daily Campus reports. It was the first of many planning meetings, a spokesman said. According to the Dallas Morning News :

One person who attended the private session said it was clear that the Bushes favor an approach that would fuse academic research with real-world case studies.

Bush foundation officials, who will fund and operate the policy institute, have said they will focus on four core principles: democratic freedom, opportunity, responsibility and compassion.

Foundation officials say they hope to launch preliminary programs this year. They are in the early stages of a $300 million fundraising campaign to raise money for the library complex, which is set to open in 2013.