President Bush to join Purdue University President Daniels for lecture series event

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Former U.S. President George W. Bush will share the stage with Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, who served in the White House as Bush’s first budget director, for the final Presidential Lecture Series event of Daniels’ tenure at Purdue.

“A Conversation with George W. Bush,” scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Elliott Hall of Music, will feature a discussion of leadership in challenging times and the responsibilities of an informed citizenship.

Former First Lady Laura Bush and twin daughters Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager spoke at Purdue in October 2018 in connection with the series of campus events celebrating the university’s sesquicentennial, 150 Years of Giant Leaps.

Reserved-seating tickets for entry will be required, becoming available beginning Nov. 7 at

Individuals will be limited to two general admission tickets each. Tickets will be electronic only and are not transferable. Attendees should plan to bring a photo ID and their mobile ticket for entry. Due to anticipated audience size, guests should arrive early to navigate event parking and entry procedures prior to the lecture.

As the Bush administration’s first director of the Office of Management and Budget, Daniels was dubbed by Bush “The Blade” for his adherence to spending restraint. Upon Daniels’ departure in May 2003, Bush praised him as “a really good watchdog of the taxpayers’ money.” For his Indiana gubernatorial campaign, Daniels used the trademark slogan “My Man Mitch,” in reference to another nickname President Bush gave him while serving in his administration.

Daniels left the White House in mid-2003 to launch his successful campaign for Indiana governor, serving two terms. On his first day as governor, Daniels created Indiana’s first Office of Management and Budget.

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