Everyone who was anyone in the Bush administration, some 1,000 alumni in all, will be on hand Thursday for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas.
Presidents past and current are scheduled to be there, a library spokeswoman told us: from Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton to President Obama.
Vice President Dick Cheney, looking healthy — even robust — these days after his heart transplant, will be on hand, as will most all the Cabinet people, including: secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, Defense Secretary Bob Gates, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, attorneys general John Ashcroft and Alberto “Fredo” Gonzales, Education secretaries Margaret Spellings and Rod Paige, Homeland Security secretaries Tom Ridge and Mike Chertoff, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, Interior Secretary Gale Norton, Commerce Secretary Don Evans, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson and Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta, the only Democratic Cabinet secretary in the Bush administration who, by the way, is retiring as vice chairman of p.r. giant Hill & Knowlton on May 31.
Former Defense secretary Don Rumsfeld, who Bush fired after the 2006 elections, is not on the attending list, the spokeswoman said, but that doesn’t mean he won’t show up.
White House staff will be there in droves, including counselors Karl Rove and Karen Hughes, National Security adviser Steve Hadley, White House chiefs of staff Andy Card and Josh Bolten, White House counsel Fred Fielding, communications director Dan Bartlett and press secretary Dana Perino, the spokeswoman said.