Week Ending Friday, May 9, 2008

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: May 6, 2008

Remarks on Signing a Bill To Award the Congressional Gold Medal to Aung San Suu Kyi,
May 6, 2008

I just signed a bill passed by the leaders of the Senate and the House—who have joined me—to honor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi the—with the Congressional Gold Medal.

This is a fitting tribute to a courageous woman who speaks for freedom for all the people of Burma and who speaks in such a way that she’s a powerful voice in contrast to the junta that currently rules the country.

Burma’s been hit by a terrible natural disaster. Laura and I and Members of the Senate and the House here express our heartfelt sympathy to the people of Burma. The United States has made an initial aid contribution, but we want to do a lot more. We’re prepared to move U.S. Navy assets to help find those who’ve lost their lives, to help find the missing, to help stabilize the situation. But in order to do so, the military junta must allow our disaster assessment teams into the country.

So our message is to the military rulers: Let the United States come and help you help the people. Our hearts go out to the people of Burma. We want to help them deal with this terrible disaster. And at the same time, of course, we want them to live in a free society.

I want to thank you for your leadership. Thank you for your determination to send a message that America stands with this courageous woman. Thank you.

Note: The President spoke at 8:49 a.m. in the Oval Office at the White House. In his remarks, he referred to Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma. H.R. 4286, approved May 6, was assigned Public Law No. 110-209.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Remarks on Signing a Bill to Award the Congressional Gold Medal to Aung San Suu Kyi, May 6, 2008," Week Ending Friday, May 9, 2008 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 9, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:660-661 Original Sources, accessed May 23, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5T4DS1FYWDHNBFX.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Remarks on Signing a Bill to Award the Congressional Gold Medal to Aung San Suu Kyi, May 6, 2008." Week Ending Friday, May 9, 2008, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 9, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:660-661, Original Sources. 23 May. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5T4DS1FYWDHNBFX.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Remarks on Signing a Bill to Award the Congressional Gold Medal to Aung San Suu Kyi, May 6, 2008' in Week Ending Friday, May 9, 2008. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 9, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:660-661. Original Sources, retrieved 23 May 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5T4DS1FYWDHNBFX.