By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
Reagan's has an Air Force One. Bush's has a TBM Avenger like the one he flew in World War II. And in the bigger-is-better world of presidential libraries, only Hoover's is smaller than former President Clinton's. All of which has Clinton itching to expand his library and museum in Little Rock, Ark., to include more gee-whiz exhibits.
Benjamin Hufbauer, author of Presidential Temples: How Memorials and Libraries Shape Public Memory, thinks he knows what's driving Bubba: making his library bigger than successor George W. Bush's, now under construction in Dallas. "It's never too soon to start building up your presidential legacy into something even bigger," Hufbauer says. "Maybe with the expansion, they'll be close to equal."
Illustration by Ed Wexler for USN&WR.