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President Barack Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton arrive on stage for the George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication ceremony in Dallas, Texas, on April 25, 2013. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton arrive on stage for the George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication ceremony in Dallas, Texas, on April 25, 2013. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (AP) — President Barack Obama is honoring the presidency of George W. Bush, at the dedication of the Bush library in Dallas.

On a day when politics was set aside, the president described his Republican predecessor as a “good man” and as a leader who demonstrated strength, resolve and compassion.

Obama called the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center a “Texas-sized party” befitting the former president.

All five living American presidents are gathered in Dallas for the dedication. Obama says that’s a pretty exclusive club — but it’s more like a support group for the men who have held an incredibly difficult job.

The president says, “It’s impossible to truly understand the nature of the job until it’s yours.”

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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