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How will history influence the legacy of former president George W. Bush?

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The Decision Points Theatre at the new Bush museum asks what you would have done differently if you were in former president's chair. (Photo: iStock)

Former president George W. Bush is in the news again today as all four living former presidents joined Barack Obama and other international dignitaries for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. The centre is located on a nine-hectare site on the campus of Southern Methodist University north of downtown Dallas.

In addition to housing an extensive library of material relating to Bush's presidency, and a museum highlighting its most pivotal moments, the centre also boasts the Decision Points Theatre.

Key moments and themes from Bush's presidency -- the harrowing, the controversial and the inspiring -- won't be far removed from the minds of guests visiting the exhibit, and the theatre's goal is to put you in the former president's chair at the time when he made some of his most crucial decisions. Screens lining the walls of the space present you with choices related to the financial bailout, the war in Iraq and the international focus on HIV/AIDS, and ask what you would have done.

There's at least some evidence that Americans are warming to Bush four years after he returned to his ranch in Texas. While Bush left office with an approval rating of 33 percent, that figure has climbed to 47 percent -- about equal to Obama's own approval rating, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released ahead of the library opening.

History has a way of re-framing the public's perception of public figures. Do you think history will be kind to Bush? What would you have done differently if you were in Bush's shoes when he was president?

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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