Obama praises Bush, 3 arrested at new presidential library

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with former President George W. Bush before speaking at the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with former President George W. Bush before speaking at the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images)
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Updated: 4/25/2013 3:32 pm

DALLAS (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday honored the presidency of the man who preceded him in office, George W. Bush, at the dedication of the Bush library in Dallas. 

On a day when politics were set aside, the president described his Republican predecessor as a "good man" and as a leader who demonstrated strength, resolve and compassion. 

All five living American presidents gathered in Dallas for the dedication. Obama said it is a pretty exclusive club — but it's more like a support group for the men who have held an incredibly difficult job.

Police, meanwhile, arrested at least three people during a protest march near the dedication site of the presidential center. 

The arrests came as about 200 people -- including former talk show host Phil Donahue -- marched and chanted near the campus of Dallas' Southern Methodist University. 

Some protesters wore signs listing the names of those who died in wars launched by the Bush administration. 

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