Week Ending Friday, July 11, 2008

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: July 4, 2008

Statement on the Death of Senator Jesse Helms,
July 4, 2008

Laura and I are deeply saddened by the passing of our good friend and a great American, Senator Jesse Helms. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Dot, and all the members of the Helms family.

Throughout his long public career, Senator Jesse Helms was a tireless advocate for the people of North Carolina, a stalwart defender of limited government and free enterprise, a fearless defender of a culture of life, and an unwavering champion of those struggling for liberty. Under his leadership, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was a powerful force for freedom. And today, from Central America to Central Europe and beyond, people remember, in the dark days when the forces of tyranny seemed on the rise, Jesse Helms took their side.

Jesse Helms was a kind, decent, and humble man and a passionate defender of what he called "the miracle of America." So it is fitting that this great patriot left us on the Fourth of July. He was once asked if he had any ambitions beyond the United States Senate. He replied, "The only thing I am running for is the Kingdom of Heaven." Today, Jesse Helms has finished the race, and we pray he finds comfort in the arms of the loving God he strove to serve throughout his life.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Statement on the Death of Senator Jesse Helms, July 4, 2008," Week Ending Friday, July 11, 2008 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, July 11, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:962 Original Sources, accessed May 23, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5T8HAR7B69WUCGR.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Statement on the Death of Senator Jesse Helms, July 4, 2008." Week Ending Friday, July 11, 2008, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, July 11, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:962, Original Sources. 23 May. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5T8HAR7B69WUCGR.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Statement on the Death of Senator Jesse Helms, July 4, 2008' in Week Ending Friday, July 11, 2008. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, July 11, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:962. Original Sources, retrieved 23 May 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=5T8HAR7B69WUCGR.