The staff photographer for President Bush took a million photos. The President kept all of them.
This week, the GWB Presidential library opens in Dallas. If someone wants to view a million photos of Bush, he can.
They cost millions a year to run. They are built by private donors. No one knows who. No one knows why.
The official justification of these libraries is historical research. Are the academic users mostly grad students, working hard on their Ph.D. dissertations, which will enable them to drive cabs to and from a presidential library? No one knows.
Are the academic users mostly untenured history professors who are trying to parlay their dissertations into five unread journal articles, which may get their contracts renewed, thereby avoiding community college teaching? No one knows.
What we do know is that taxpayers funded a full-time photographer who spent 8 years taking pictures of George W. Bush.