See Phil Donahue and a Bunch of People in Masks Protest the Opening of the George W. Bush Library

Protestors line up to take a group photo with the new George W. Bush Presidential Library as the back drop.
Protestors assemble to take a group photo with the new George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum as the backdrop. They wore signs featuring the names of people killed as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Photographer Chris McGathey of our sister People Newspapers trekked to the east side of Central Expressway across from SMU this morning, to where Dallas Police were keeping protestors at a distance from the ceremony dedicating the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Here’s what he saw:

Former TV talk show host Phil Donahue leads a march with other protestors down the North Central Expressway service road.
Former TV talk show host Phil Donahue (the white-haired fellow) leads a march with other protestors down the North Central Expressway service road.
Julie Ross puts on mask during a protest as Dallas police and sheriffs look on during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
Julie Ross puts on a mask during the protest as Dallas police and sheriffs look on.
Protestors march down the North Central Expressway service road with the new George W. Bush Presidential Library in the background.
Protestors march down the North Central Expressway service road with the new George W. Bush Presidential Library visible in the background.
Bill Moyer of a group called Backbone Campaign addresses protestors.
Bill Moyer of a group called Backbone Campaign addresses the protestors.
Dallas police arrest a protestor during the dedication ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Library on Thursday. In all three people were arrested.
Dallas police arrest a protestor during the dedication ceremony. In all, three people were arrested.
Protestors march down the North Central Expressway service road with the new George W. Bush Presidential Library in the background.
Protestors march.
A group of protestors line up to have their say during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library on Thursday.
The protestors came with messages they wanted to deliver.

17 comments on “See Phil Donahue and a Bunch of People in Masks Protest the Opening of the George W. Bush Library

  1. I bet we support those people with government programs – get a job and join the real world

  2. I can tell you with certainty two of the people arrested are on government programs; they’re war veterans (Iraq 2003/Vietnam) and entitled to government-funded health care through the VA.

  3. Is the guy in picture number 6 making a failed attempt at Vancouvering? At least he came pre-dressed.

  4. We know the truth but we’ll O bama’s name out of it

    you leftists have no credibility

  5. Why are lumping in Vets of war with welfare freeloaders

    Veterans of War should NEVER be confused with the welfare crowd as you are doing

  6. In the long run, it is good that the world see Dallas as a diverse city. While Bush may be a hero to readers of D, it is not the case worldwide. That said, it might serve us well for people to at least think we support diversity and are open to protest. We will always have Robert Jeffress and now this lie brary to prove our right wingedness and mega bible thumping ability.

  7. “it might serve us well for people to at least think we support diversity and are open to protest.” – Certainly not the way the Hussein family regime supported diversity and was open to protest before President Bush and the Congress ended it with the Iraq war. The suicide bombers families miss the $25,000 rewards the families got from Saddam – who could ever forget President Bush screwing up that little perk.
    Of the three “axis of evil” countries, Iraq is the only one not nuking up so we need to hold President Bush accountable for that travesty as well.
    What else about Saddam do you miss?

  8. Phil Donahue was wonderful, encouraging, inspiring and a gentleman. He knows how to speak truth to power. Thank you, Phil, for your presence.

  9. If you would actually quit listening to fools and find out out the truth and actually begin to think for yourself you might actually find that myself along with most of the rest of the protesters are profession people…get a clue and grow up ~!!!!

  10. I participated in the protest (I’m pictured in the third image down) -my husband and I are self-employed and I stay home with two young children. But neither my employment status, nor my education background (I’m an SMU alum) have any bearing on my right to peacefully organize and protest.

    Like those who took off from work to attend the Bush Library Opening Ceremony, my fellow demonstrators & I took time off from work, school, and/or family to stand up for issues we so strongly support (democracy, human rights, accountability, justice & peace).

    Let no stereotype or personal prejudice hinder you from taking a critical view of the legacy of George W. Bush and so many policies further endorsed by Pres. Obama.

    Peace,
    Julie Ross

  11. I suppose you just conveniently forgot the part where Iraq wasn’t “nuking up” in the first place.

    Saddam Hussein not being in power is a good thing, but the cost was unbelievably high. I’m not simply talking about the economic cost but the fact that radical Islam is stronger than it’s ever been in Central Asia, largely due to our lack of military concentration on the region.

    And for someone who was supposedly wary of repressive dictators with nukes, Bush was awfully close to Pervez Musharraf.

  12. Well, yeah, the Dems suck at foreign policy, too. They’re not AS bad, but they’re bad.

  13. Julie….Thanks so much for getting out and being part of this for those of who couldn’t make it. Protesting is Dallas is a bit more of a challenge than doing so in a more liberal community. I think it is important that we keep patting ourselves on the back for the work we do and ingnore the name calling as a by product of the work to be done. It
    is also important to be part of the writing of history in whatever way we can. Never letting people forget the work of Bush/Cheney. Thanks again as a fellow Dallasite.

  14. If you will send me a list of who you would and would not like to receive enitlements, I will give it to Obama at the next Arab Communist/Socialist Meet Up.

    I’ll give it to him after the meeting as we go from house to house taking guns from people’s homes.