Dr. Appareddy Attends George W. Bush Presidential Center Dedication

Friday, May 10, 2013
Dr. VijayaLakshmi Appareddy and her husband Ramesh
Dr. VijayaLakshmi Appareddy and her husband Ramesh

Dr. VijayaLakshmi Appareddy and her husband Ramesh of Chattanooga were among the invited guests by President and Mrs. Bush to commemorate the completion of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Tx. President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama, President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush, President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalyn Carter attended the event.  

The invitation list also included Bush alumni who served as: full-time or part-time presidential appointees (between 2001 and 2008), full-time campaign staff (2000 or 2004) and volunteer White House advance. There were a handful of governors, congressmen and foreign dignitaries present.

Dr. Appareddy, who served as the vice chair of the President's Committee on Intellectual Disabilities between 2002 and 2006 said, "It was a rare opportunity to be among five presidents.  It was an honor to be among these distinguished invitees.  During an informal dinner President and Mrs. Bush mingled with his White House employees and thanked them for their contributions and said that history will be the judge.  He said that he felt very emotional throughout the dedication ceremonies but felt very happy at the dinner."

The Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Bush Institute is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Appareddy at the Bush Presidential Center dedication
Dr. Appareddy at the Bush Presidential Center dedication

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