Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2001

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: February 23, 2001

Exchange With Reporters Prior to Discussions With Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom at Camp David, Maryland,
February 23, 2001

Q. How is it going so far?

President Bush. Pretty darn good.

Winston Churchill

Q. How was lunch? Is it true that Churchill once came to this cabin?

President Bush. That’s exactly right.

Meeting With Prime Minister Blair

Q. How goes the get-acquainted session?

President Bush. Good, John [John Roberts, CBS News], thank you. Ambassador Johndroe was telling us where to go.

Winston Churchill

Q. Sir, can you tell us the historical significance of where you’re standing?

President Bush. This is where Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the first visitor to Camp David, stayed. It’s a huge honor for Laura and me to welcome the current Prime Minister and his wife. And we’re about to have a press availability to answer all these difficult questions that you’re throwing at us, John. I promised the Prime Minister that you in particular would behave well during the press conference—and Fournier [Ron Fournier, Associated Press].

All right, we’re actually now going to go for a walk of a couple miles.

Q. Mr. Prime Minister, where’s your coat?

Prime Minister Blair. It’s around somewhere, but actually it’s a lot warmer than Canada.

President Bush. You shouldn’t have noticed that.

Note: The exchange began at 3:23 p.m. on the porch of Holly Lodge. In his remarks, the President referred to Prime Minister Blair’s wife, Cherie, and Assistant Press Secretary Gordon Johndroe. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. A tape was not available for verification of the content of this exchange.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Exchange With Reporters Prior to Discussions With Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom at Camp David, Maryland, February 23, 2001," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2001 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 2, 2001 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2001), 37:873 Original Sources, accessed May 27, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=BXDQC35WMSAUNXU.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Exchange With Reporters Prior to Discussions With Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom at Camp David, Maryland, February 23, 2001." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2001, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 2, 2001 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2001), 37:873, Original Sources. 27 May. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=BXDQC35WMSAUNXU.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Exchange With Reporters Prior to Discussions With Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom at Camp David, Maryland, February 23, 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, March 2, 2001 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2001), 37:873. Original Sources, retrieved 27 May 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=BXDQC35WMSAUNXU.