Week Ending Friday, November 24, 2006

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: November 20, 2006

Remarks Prior to a Meeting With Business Leaders in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam,
November 20, 2006

Thank you all very much for—thank you very much for joining me and the Secretary of State. I find it really interesting that my first meeting in Ho Chi Minh City is at the stock exchange, and I’m meeting with entrepreneurs, people who have taken a look at the markets in Vietnam and have decided that this is a good place to invest.

I want to thank you all for coming to share some of your stories with me. I’m very interested in hearing what the opportunities are like and the obstacles you face and how, perhaps, the United States can help foster the market economy that is growing here.

I must tell you, I am, first of all, unbelievably grateful for the welcome that Laura and I have been received with here in Ho Chi Minh City—I’ve never seen as many people line the streets with such a friendly attitude. Secondly, when I read about the recent economic history of Vietnam, I am amazed at the size of the growth and the fact that are people are beginning to realize dreams. I recognize that some of you here at the table were born in Vietnam, came to the United States in the midseventies, and have decided to return. And I’m really interested in hearing what that has been like and the contrast in lifestyles and why you made the decisions you made.

And I do want to hear from you all.

Note: The President spoke at 9:15 a.m. at the Ho Chi Minh City Securities Trading Center.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Remarks Prior to a Meeting With Business Leaders in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, November 20, 2006," Week Ending Friday, November 24, 2006 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 24, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:2077 Original Sources, accessed May 27, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=RL32QUC2255QQM3.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Remarks Prior to a Meeting With Business Leaders in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, November 20, 2006." Week Ending Friday, November 24, 2006, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 24, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:2077, Original Sources. 27 May. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=RL32QUC2255QQM3.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Remarks Prior to a Meeting With Business Leaders in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, November 20, 2006' in Week Ending Friday, November 24, 2006. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 24, 2006 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), 42:2077. Original Sources, retrieved 27 May 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=RL32QUC2255QQM3.