|Bush visits with soldiers and their families
[ 2007-05-21 10:41 ]
(May 25 ,2007)
THE PRESIDENT: First, I applaud the
bipartisan effort to get a emergency supplemental bill to my desk. The Speaker
and the Leader said they would get it done by Memorial Day recess, and they
have. And I appreciate that very much.
You know, this effort shows what can happen when people work together. We've
got a good bill that didn't have timetables or tell the military how to do its
job, but also sent a clear signal to the Iraqis that there's expectations here
in America, expectations that we -- about how to move forward. I look forward to
continuing to work with the Prime Minister and his government in meeting those
I also am honored to be here at this place of compassion and healing on
Memorial Day Weekend. It's a weekend which gives us a chance to honor those who
have served this country, whether it be in this war or in previous wars.
In being here, I also want to honor the healers here at Bethesda -- the
health care here is remarkable. They're dealing with some of the very tragic
injuries in this war. People come here without much hope and they leave, in many
cases, healed and ready to move on with their lives. So I thank the doctors and
I also thank the soldiers and their families who I met here, people who are
remarkably brave and courageous. I'm constantly amazed at the strength of
character of those who wear the uniform. To be the Commander-in-Chief of such
men and women is really an awesome honor.
And so, to our troops and their families, may God bless you. And may God
continue to bless our country.
Thank you all very much.