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THIS LIBRARY NEEDS LOVE, TOO

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA

While former presidents and a star-studded cast of other dignitaries gathered in Dallas for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the first library opened by Bush, in Guantanamo, celebrated its 11th anniversary in January with considerably less pomp.

For Harland Dorrinson, who curates Bush's other library, the lack of attention stings.

"We're actually the first George W. Bush library, if anybody cares to know," Dorrinson said, adding that "no media whatsoever" covered the Guantanamo library's 11th anniversary.

"They say that millions of people are going to visit the George W. Bush Library in Dallas every year," he said. "On a good day, we're lucky if we see one or two CIA guys in between interrogations looking for a Tom Clancy novel."

While Dorrinson said he doesn't expect his library to get the kind of attention likely to be enjoyed by its fancier counterpart in Dallas "any time soon," he calls the absence of recognition "hurtful."

"It seems like there was a lot of excitement about this place when we opened in 2002," he said. "When was the last time you heard anyone in Washington even say the word 'Guantanamo?'"

That's a shame, he added, because the library at Guantanamo has a lot to offer that the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas doesn't: "If you go to their website, you see that they're closed some days. We're going to be open forever."

Andy Borowitz, newyorker.com ©Conde Nast

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