DALLAS (AP) – Former President George W. Bush is celebrating his 65th birthday with thousands of online best wishes.

Former first lady Laura Bush had sent emails through the Bush presidential center asking supporters to send personal birthday greetings to the ex-president, whose birthday was Wednesday.

George W. Bush Presidential Center spokeswoman Hannah Abney says that more than 12,500 birthday wishes have been received.

The Bushes moved back to Dallas after he left office in 2009. His presidential center is being built on the campus of Southern Methodist University and is set to open in 2013.

The George W. Bush Institute, which is part of the center, is already operating.

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