Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2001

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: June 21, 2001

Videotaped Remarks in a Tribute to Tommy G. Thompson,
June 21, 2001

Well, thank you all very much. I’m honored to join so many good friends. And I’m pleased to help pay tribute to a great Governor, a great Cabinet Secretary, and a good man, my friend Tommy Thompson.

Tonight we salute Tommy Thompson for his 14 years as Wisconsin’s Governor. For almost a decade and a half, Tommy was a pioneer. From school choice to health care, Tommy was always on the cutting edge, looking for new ideas even while holding to timeless principles.

Perhaps his greatest legacies were in changing the way the government treats the poor and empowering thousands of people by replacing their welfare checks with paychecks. Not long ago, welfare reform was just a dream. Today, thanks in large part to Tommy Thompson, welfare reform is the law.

Tommy Thompson is one of the finest public servants in America. His commitment is matched by his courage, and his diligence is equaled by his devotion. These days, Tommy is bringing his commonsense leadership and results-oriented approach to the Department of Health and Human Services. He is leading the way as our administration works to promote the health and welfare of all Americans through greater research, new technologies, and sound science. I’m honored to have this good man as a part of my team.

So Tommy, thanks for who you are and what you do. You have made a difference in the lives of so many people in Wisconsin, just as you are now making a difference in the lives of so many Americans.

Thank you very much, and God bless.

Note: The President’s remarks were videotaped at approximately 4:30 p.m. on June 19 in the Library at the White House for a tribute to Tommy Thompson at the Metropolitan Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce in Milwaukee, WI, on June 21. The transcript was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on June 21. A tape was not available for verification of the content of these remarks.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Videotaped Remarks in a Tribute to Tommy G. Thompson, June 21, 2001," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2001 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, June 22, 2001 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2001), 37:954 Original Sources, accessed September 20, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CKEUP22ZFYHGVUD.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Videotaped Remarks in a Tribute to Tommy G. Thompson, June 21, 2001." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2001, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, June 22, 2001 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2001), 37:954, Original Sources. 20 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CKEUP22ZFYHGVUD.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Videotaped Remarks in a Tribute to Tommy G. Thompson, June 21, 2001' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2001. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, June 22, 2001 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2001), 37:954. Original Sources, retrieved 20 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CKEUP22ZFYHGVUD.