Bush to speak at St. Louis Park synagogue

by Kyle Potter

Former U.S. President George W. Bush will speak Sept. 21 at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park, Minn., according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

The nation’s 43rd president is being brought in to speak at a fundraiser for the conservative synagogue, with a pricetag reportedly in the range of $100,000 and $150,000. Tickets start at $1,250 and attendence is limited to 250.

The subject matter of Bush’s visit isn’t quite clear, though Beth El President Gil Mann noted in a letter regarding the event that it will come shortly after the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Press won’t be allowed to cover the event, so, unfortunately, we here at the Minnesota Daily won’t be able to tell you much more. 

The St. Louis Park synagogue has a history of hosting big-name politicians, from former President Bill Clinton to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who spoke there in 2009. The decision to close Bush’s speech to the press may have been triggered by Rice’s visit, when more than 100 protestors showed up to denounce Rice’s alleged involvement in the U.S. military’s use of torture.