Former presidents Bush, Clinton team up for civility
Former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush are joining forces again — this time for civil discourse.
Democrat Clinton and Republican Bush have agreed to serve as honorary chairmen of The National Institute for Civil Discourse which opens Monday in Tucson, The Washington Post reports.
The privately-funded, nonpartisan facility at the University of Arizona will be a center for debate, research, education and policy about civility in public discourse, the Post says.
The shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and constituents at a political gathering in Tucson led to debate about the sometimes nasty tone of political discourse in the United States and calls for more civility.
Arizona University Provost Meredith Hay said that although the shootings were not linked to public discourse the incident “created a space for us to think about civil discourse.”
The Post says former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor and former Senate majority leader Thomas Daschle will serve as honorary co-chairmen of the center created in the aftermath of the shootings.
Six bystanders were killed, and 13 others were wounded when a gunman opened fire on the gathering outside a supermarket in January. Authorities said Giffords, who’s recovering at a Houston rehabilitation center, was the principal target.
Bush and Clinton joined forces in 2005 to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina. They also led an international effort to help the recovery from the 2004 tsunami that swept South Asia.
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Donna Carson (Clinton, Bush after viewing damage from Hurricane Ike in Galveston, Texas, Oct 2008)