Week Ending Friday, February 2, 2007

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: January 30, 2007

Remarks Following Breakfast With Small-Business Leaders in Peoria, Illinois,
January 30, 2007

I’m here in Peoria for a couple of reasons. One, I’m looking forward to going to a great American company, Caterpillar, and talking about the importance of opening up markets for U.S. products, because when Caterpillar sells its products overseas, it helps people find work here in Peoria. But equally importantly, I’m here with some business entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs.

Here are my impressions. One, the business sector, small-business sector of the heartland is strong. And it’s really strong because of low taxes. But it’s also strong because of—the entrepreneurial spirit is strong. You can’t have a good business unless you have somebody willing to lead that business.

Secondly, I am very impressed by the civic spirit of the people here. People understand that when you live in a community, you have an obligation to help that community realize its full potential. I’m real proud of the Reverend, who has taken a tough neighborhood here in Peoria and helped revitalize that neighborhood by utilizing his skills, his talent, and a power higher than himself.

The Congressman told me that when I came back to Peoria, I’d find a community that’s vibrant and strong and optimistic, and people around this table are vibrant and strong and optimistic. And I can’t thank you enough for sharing your concerns, talking about your hopes, and I can’t thank you enough for working hard to really make America the great country that it is.

So God bless, and thanks for your time.

Note: The President spoke at 9:12 a.m. at the Sterling Family Restaurant. In his remarks, he referred to Rev. Timothy E. Criss, pastor, City of Refuge Worship Center, Peoria, IL. The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of these remarks.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Remarks Following Breakfast With Small-Business Leaders in Peoria, Illinois, January 30, 2007," Week Ending Friday, February 2, 2007 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, February 2, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:93-94 Original Sources, accessed July 18, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=P49T6Y261EUAESA.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Remarks Following Breakfast With Small-Business Leaders in Peoria, Illinois, January 30, 2007." Week Ending Friday, February 2, 2007, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, February 2, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:93-94, Original Sources. 18 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=P49T6Y261EUAESA.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Remarks Following Breakfast With Small-Business Leaders in Peoria, Illinois, January 30, 2007' in Week Ending Friday, February 2, 2007. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, February 2, 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), 43:93-94. Original Sources, retrieved 18 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=P49T6Y261EUAESA.