(Dallas, TX) -- "Oh, happy days." That's how former President George W. Bush greeted the formal dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas. He said leaders are "defined by the convictions they hold" and said the U.S. must continue a mission of promoting freedom around the world. He added, "Freedom lights the path to peace." Bush cited 9-11, a signature event of his time in office. He said his administration "made the tough decisions required to keep the American people safe." Bush also heaped praise on the nation's armed services.
Bush was joined by President Obama and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Bush joked that, unlike other Presidents on stage, Obama is the only one who actually has a job. Bush praised the top men and women who served in his administration and singled out former Vice President Dick Cheney. Bush said he's proud to call Cheney a friend. First Lady Michelle Obama was also on hand for the dedication, along with former First Ladies Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton and Rosalynn Carter.