Week Ending Friday, June 30, 2006

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: June 27, 2006

Remarks Following a Meeting With the National Endowment for Democracy Award Recipients,
June 27, 2006

It has been my honor to welcome four amazing individuals to the Oval Office. These four folks are from the continent of Africa. They’re here to receive the National Endowment for Democracy’s award, which is anaward to honor courage and fortitude and strength in promoting freedom.

And we have had an amazing discussion. My spirits are enriched by talking to freedom lovers and freedom fighters. We’ve got a man from the Sudan who talked eloquently about free press. We had a doctor from Zimbabwe who talked about the human condition and the need for the United States to make sure we stay engaged with the democracy movements and help people who are hungry.

I talked to two really unusual ladies, one from the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is very concerned about free elections, and she wants to make sure people in the rural part of her country are represented in free elections.

And then we had an amazing discussion with a lady from Sierra Leone but who’s working in Liberia. And one of the most amazing stories is when she recounted the fact that she was escaping Liberia in the mid-
1990s and had to get on a fishing boat to escape the authorities who wanted to bring—to do her harm because she expressed her desire for people to be free.

Again, I want to thank all of you for doing what you have done. I’m proud to be in your company. I’m proud to have you here in the Oval Office. I thank you for being witness to this universal fact: that liberty is universal in its application; that people everywhere desire to be free; that freedom is not just—belongs to the American citizens, freedom belongs to everybody. And you’re courageous in your fight and your desire to spread the concept of freedom.

Congratulations on winning a very important award. Congratulations on being so courageous. Thank you all for coming.

Note: The President spoke at 2:22 p.m. in the Oval Office at the White House. In his remarks, he referred to National Endowment for Democracy’s 2006 Democracy Award recipients Alfred Taban, Reginald Matchaba-Hove, Immaculee Birhaheka, and Zainab Hawa Bangura.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Remarks Following a Meeting With the National Endowment for Democracy Award Recipients, June 27, 2006," Week Ending Friday, June 30, 2006 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, June 30, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:1233-1234 Original Sources, accessed May 27, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4L8KR2FI77UYTQQ.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Remarks Following a Meeting With the National Endowment for Democracy Award Recipients, June 27, 2006." Week Ending Friday, June 30, 2006, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, June 30, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:1233-1234, Original Sources. 27 May. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4L8KR2FI77UYTQQ.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Remarks Following a Meeting With the National Endowment for Democracy Award Recipients, June 27, 2006' in Week Ending Friday, June 30, 2006. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, June 30, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:1233-1234. Original Sources, retrieved 27 May 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4L8KR2FI77UYTQQ.