Former presidents Carter and Bush paid homage to Bill Clinton at the opening of his presidential library today. Along with the sitting president, George W. Bush, they hailed the Clinton center as a gift to Arkansas and the nation. They joined Clinton, his family and dignitaries from around the world at the dedication of the 165 million dollar structure. Thousands attended the outdoor ceremony and persevered through a steady, cold rain. Carter praised Clinton as a leader whose own story inspired others to go beyond their limitations. George Herbert Walker Bush, whom Clinton defeated in 1992, congratulated Clinton for building a "magnificent structure" that tells a "uniquely American story." Both Bush and Carter spoke of a special tie that binds all those who have lived in the White House a bond rooted in their devotion to their country. President George W Bush said the library portrayed a vivid era in American history. Bush told Clinton, "Mr. President, congratulations."