Week Ending Friday, March 24, 2006

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: March 21, 2006

Remarks Following a Meeting With Iraq and Afghanistan Nongovernmental Organizations,
March 21, 2006

I want to thank you all for coming. Laura and I have really enjoyed our visit.

We’re talking today to people who have decided to try to help improve the lives of folks in Afghanistan and Iraq. And I just marvel at the fact that Americans from around our country have heard a call to help somebody realize the benefits of freedom. And you know, governments can help, and we will help. And obviously, we’ve got a brave military trying to secure freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq. But one of the real powerful parts of developing civil societies in these two countries is the fact that fellow citizens are willing to interface with citizens in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We’ve heard stories about Afghan women education programs and Iraqi Fulbright programs and programs to help hospitals and programs to welcome intellectuals—all aimed at helping these societies that were once brutalized by tyrants realize the great benefits and blessings of liberty. And we’ve got—I’m sure a lot of our citizens don’t realize this, but there are thousands of—I would call them social entrepreneurs, who are figuring out ways to help improve the human condition in these two liberated countries.

And I want to thank you all very much. It’s heartening to hear your stories, and it makes me—give me—once again gives me great reason to be proud of our country and the people who live here. So thank you all for coming. God bless your work.

Note: The President spoke at 2:56 p.m. in the Roosevelt Room at the White House.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Remarks Following a Meeting With Iraq and Afghanistan Nongovernmental Organizations, March 21, 2006," Week Ending Friday, March 24, 2006 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 24, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:530 Original Sources, accessed July 20, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QNGAHDW9ARPS7VA.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Remarks Following a Meeting With Iraq and Afghanistan Nongovernmental Organizations, March 21, 2006." Week Ending Friday, March 24, 2006, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 24, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:530, Original Sources. 20 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QNGAHDW9ARPS7VA.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Remarks Following a Meeting With Iraq and Afghanistan Nongovernmental Organizations, March 21, 2006' in Week Ending Friday, March 24, 2006. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, March 24, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:530. Original Sources, retrieved 20 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=QNGAHDW9ARPS7VA.