Speech by George W. Bush in Portland (Oregon)
The end of the day and the hour of the hour and the day of great crisis in American history. And so it is with my real privilege and it's a high honor to offer to the present United States its forty third a warm Oregon welcome to join. Will thank you all to thanks for coming. Please be seated. Will. Thanks for the warm welcome in the cool day. Seems the temperature is a little better here than it is in Crawford. I want to thank you all for coming and I am so honored that we have set a record of today a record fund raiser which indicates the depth of support here in Oregon for which I am most grateful. I want to thank you for what you have done. I want thank you what you're going to do which is to energize the grassroots all across this important
state to put up the sidelines and mail out the mailers But most importantly to remind people. That I have a vision that includes everybody. A vision that is hopeful and optimistic a vision that believes in the best of America. I want you to know that I'm getting ready for the coming campaign I'm loosening up but there's going to be ample time for politics because I've got a job to do. I got a lot on the agenda and I want you to know that I will continue to work hard to earn the confidence of every American by keeping this nation secure and strong and prosperous and free. Thank you. The old My main
regret for coming here is the fact that I'm not traveling with the first lady. She is a great first lady. I love her dearly. The Obama proud to call her wife and I'm already Messer but she's in San Antonio Texas today. She's honoring a friend of ours and she's working on a library of that but I'll be with her and on the ranch Friday night. Continuing our period of relaxation before we get back to the nation's capital. It's a great comfort to have her by my side. I'm also proud to call Gordon Smith a friend he's a great United States senator. The only. The owner I appreciate so much worker my friend Congressman Greg Walden as well. The owner
of this event here we're going to a different part of your beautiful state to talk about a healthy forest initiative a commonsense policy to do everything we can to stand out the forest bad so that we can prevent the catastrophic forest fires that seem to be occurring all over the West. I'm proud to have two commonsense conservatives with whom I can work to bring some sense to the forest policy of the United States of America OK. Thought my friend Mercer Reynolds from Cincinnati Ohio was with us today he's a national finance chairman for this campaign. I appreciate Bill McCormack who's the Oregon state chairman for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign. Sorry we're not using your restaurant thank you appreciate Kevin Mannix who is the chairman of the Republican Party here in the state of Oregon.
Of thought it was such an honor to be able to shake hands once again with a fine American a great orgone and Senator Mark Hatfield I appreciate you coming Senator. Thank you I want to thank so very much the leadership of the University of Portland for opening up this beautiful campus. But most of all I want to thank you all for coming out proud to have you as supporters. I'm proud that we're on the same team working hard to do what's right for America. See I ran for office to solve problems not to pass them on to future presidents and future generations of things. Thank you serving to
seize opportunities. And that's what we're doing. I believe you can tell your neighbor that this administration is meeting the test of our time. Terrorist declared war on the United States of America. And war is what they got. We've captured or killed many key leaders of the al Qaeda network and the rest have nowhere on their trail in Afghanistan and Iraq we gave ultimatums to Terra regimes those regimes chose defiance and those regimes are no more. Thanks to the United States of America and France 50 million people. And those two countries once lived under tyranny and today they live in freedom.
Thank you. The O2 and a half years ago our military was not receiving the resources it needed and morale was beginning to suffer. We increased the defense budget to prepare for the threats of a new era and today no one in the world can question the skill and the strength and the spirit of the United States military. Thank you Owen have years ago as Gordon mentioned we inherited an economy in recession. And then we had attacks on our country and scandals in corporate America as well as a war which affected all affected the
peoples confidence. But we acted. We took action. We passed tough new laws to hold corporate criminals to account and to get the economy going again I have twice led the United States Congress to pass historic tax relief for the American people. Thank you OK. Is what I believe and here's what I know that when Americans have more take home pay to span to save to invest the whole economy will grow and people are more likely to find a job. Thank you OK I also understand whose money we spend in Washington D.C. is not the government's money it's the people's money. The only returning more money to the people to help them raise their families. We're reducing taxes on
dividends and capital gains to encourage investment. We're giving small businesses incentives to expand and hire new people. With all these actions we are laying the foundations for greater prosperity and more jobs across America so that every single person in this country every person has a chance to realize the American dream. Thank you OK. Thank you and have years ago there was a lot of talk about education reform. There wasn't much action in Washington D.C. So I called for and the Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act with a solid bipartisan majority. We delivered the most dramatic education reform in a generation. We're bringing high standards and strong accountability measures to every public school in America. In return for federal dollars
we now expect every school to teach the basics of reading and math. This administration is finally challenging the soft bigotry of low expectations. Thank you. Thank you the days of excuse making are over. We now expect results in every classroom so that not one single child in America is left behind. Thank you OK. We reorganize the government and created the Department of Homeland Security to better safeguard our borders and ports and to protect the American people. We passed trade promotion authority to open new markets for organs farmers and ranchers and entrepreneur and manufacturers. We passed budget agreements that is helping to maintain maintain
much needed spending discipline and Washington D.C.. Thank you. Thanks on issue after issue this administration is acting on principle has kept its word and has made progress for the American people and the United States Congress shares in his credit. I've got a great relationship with Speaker Denny Hastert Majority Leader Bill Frist. Appreciate being able to work with them and as I mentioned Greg and Gordon will continue to work hard and try to change the tone in Washington D.C. to focus on results not petty politics. And those are the kind of people I have attracted to my administration I have assembled a great team of people to serve the American people. Thank you. Thank. People my
ministration are results oriented people. They ask the question what's best for the American people and they're doing a great job. There have been no finer vice president of the United States than Dick Cheney. Thank you. Mother may have a different opinion. In two and a half years we've come far 2 1/2 years we've done a lot but the work is only beginning. I have said great goals worthy of a great nation. First America is committed to expanding the realm of freedom and peace for our own security and for the benefit of the world. And second in our own country we
must work for a society of prosperity and compassion so that every citizen has a chance to work and to succeed and to realize the great promise of this country. It is clear that the future of freedom and peace depend on the actions of America. This nation is freedom's home and freedom's defender and we welcome we welcome this charge of history and we are keeping it. Our war on terror continues. The enemies of freedom are not idle and neither are we. This country will not rest. We will not tire we will not stop until this danger to civilization
is removed. Thank you. Thank you to our national interests involves more than eliminating aggressive threats to our safety. Our greatest security comes from the advance of human liberty. Because free nations do not support terror free nations do not attack their neighbors. And free nations do not threaten the world with weapons of mass terror. Americans believe that freedom is the deepest need and hope of every human heart. And we believe that freedom is the right of every person and we believe that freedom is the future of every nation. Thank you.
Thank you Eric also understands that unprecedented influence brings tremendous responsibilities. We duties in the world when we see disease and starvation and hopeless poverty. We will not turn away the gun out of Africa. This great strong and compassionate nation is bringing the healing power of medicine to millions of men and women and children now suffering with AIDS. This great land America is leading the world in the incredibly important work of human rescue. Thank you. The old we face challenges at home as well and our actions will prove that we are to those challenges.
I understand there's a lot of people hurt in the state of Oregon got employment rate is too high. I will continue to try to create the conditions necessary for job creation so long as anybody's looking for work. The old we have a duty as well to keep our commitment to America's seniors by strengthening and modernizing Medicare. The Congress took historic action to improve the lives of older Americans for the first time for the first time since the creation of Medicare the House and the Senate have passed reforms to make the system work better. To give our seniors more choices and to provide coverage of prescription drugs.
Oh everybody. The neighbors we've been talking looking for strange faces around when we're out there at the schoolyard. Loss of a will so that we can say to our seniors of today and those of us who are going to be seniors tomorrow we have kept our commitment in Washington D.C. Thank you and for the sake of our health care system. We need to cut down on the frivolous lawsuits which increase the cost of medicine. Thank the people who have been harmed by a bad doctor deserve their day in court. Yet the system should not reward lawyers who are fishing for
rich settlements because frivolous lawsuits drive up the cost of health care. They affect the federal budget medical liability reform therefore is a national issue that requires a national solution. The House of Representatives had passed a good piece of legislation. The bill is stuck in the United States Senate. The Senate must act on behalf of the people. They must understand that no one has ever been healed of my a frivolous or Joc lawsuit. Thank you. The old warden has it weighed in and stick it in the Senate. I have a responsibility as your president to make sure the judicial system runs well. And I have met their duty. I have nominated super men and women for the federal courts.
People who will interpret the law not legislate from the bench. Thank you OK. Yet some members of the United States Senate are trying to keep my nominees off the bench by blocking up or down votes. Every judicial nominee deserves a fair hearing and an up or down vote on the Senate floor. It is time for some of the members of the United States Senate to stop playing politics with American justice. Thank you OK. So the Congress needs to complete work on a comprehensive energy plan. We had a good bill passed the House bill passed the Senate.
They need to come together and get an energy plan an energy bill to my desk as soon as possible energy bill which will encourage the modernization of the electricity the infrastructure of America. THANK THE that I have proposed such a plan. We need an energy bill that will encourage energy efficiency and promote conservation. An energy bill which will encourage the use of technologies to help us explore for energy in environmentally sensitive sensitive ways for the sake of economic security for the sake of national security. This nation must become less dependent on foreign sources of energy. Thank you. Thank you thank you our strong and prosperous nation must also be a compassionate
nation. I will continue to advance our agenda of compassionate conservatism which means we will apply the best and most innovative ideas to the task of helping our fellow citizens who hurt our fellow citizens in need. There are still millions of men and women in our country who want to end their dependence on government and to become independent. Through work. We must build on the success of welfare reform to bring work and dignity into the lives of more of our fellow citizens. Congress should complete the Citizen Service Act to encourage more Americans to serve their communities and their country. Both Houses should finally reach agreement on my faith based initiative to support the armies of compassion that are mattering our children
are caring for the homeless that offer hope to the addicted. This nation of ours should not be fearful of fate. We ought to welcome faith and help solve many of the nation's seemingly intractable problems. Thank you thank you. A compassionate society must promote opportunity for all including the independence and dignity that come from ownership. My administration will constantly strive to promote an ownership society all across America. We want more people owning a home. We have a minority homeownership gap in America. I have laid before Congress a plan to solve it. We want people owning their own health care plan. We want people owning and managing their own
retirement accounts. And we want more people owning a small business because you see we understand that when a person owns something he or she has a vital stake in the future of the United States of America. Thank you. The the in a compassionate society people respect one another and they take responsibility for the decisions they make. You know it seems like to me I'm confident that it seems like I am confident that we're changing the culture of America from one that is said if it feels good just go ahead and do it. And if you've got a problem blame somebody else. Do a culture in which each of us understands that we are responsible for the decisions we make in life. If you are fortunate enough to be a mom or a dad you're responsible for loving your child with all your heart and all your soul. To
him. Thank your concerned about the quality of the education in your community you're responsible for doing something about it. If you're a CEO in America you're responsible for telling the truth to your shareholders and your employees. Thank you and in this new responsibility society each of us are responsible for loving our neighbor just like we'd like to be loved ourself. We can see the culture of service and responsibility growing around us particularly after September the 11th 2001. Surely after September the 11th I started what's called the USA Freedom Corps to encourage Americans to extend a compassionate hand to somebody who hurts.
And the response has been terrific. Our faith based groups and our charities are vibrant and strong. These people understand it's important to serve something greater than yourself in life. After all that's what policemen and firefighters and people who wear our nation's uniform remind us on a daily basis our children once again believe in heroes because they see them every day in America. In these challenging times the world has seen the resolve and the courage of America. I've been privileged to see the compassion and the character of the American people. All the tests of the last two and a half years have come to the right nation.
We're strong country and we use that strength to defend the peace. When optimistic country confident in ourselves and ideals are bigger than ourselves abroad we seek to lift whole nations by spreading freedom. At home we seek to lift up lives by spreading opportunity to every corner of this country. This is the work that history has set before us. We welcome and we know that for our country and for our cause the best days lie ahead. May God bless you all. Thank you.
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