Week Ending Friday, February 1, 2008

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: January 29, 2008

Remarks Prior to a Meeting With the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Combatant Commanders,
January 29, 2008

Mr. Secretary, thank you very much. Mr. Chairman, we’re glad you’re here. The Vice President and I welcome you all. One of the highlights of my year is to meet with combatant commanders and the Joint Chiefs. We’ll have a visit here in the Cabinet Room, talking about the war on terror and the ideological struggle that we’re engaged in. We’ll talk about our common desire to protect America and how best to do so. And then we’re going to have dinner with your spouses, and Laura and I are really looking forward to having you upstairs.

I love our military, and the reason I do is because the character of those who wear our uniform, whether they be the general or the private, is remarkable. We’re a nation that has produced people who are willing to volunteer in the face of danger—thank goodness. And as a result, we are a nation in the lead in helping defend this world against extremists who murder the innocent to achieve an ideological objective.

And our military is compassionate as well. I’m looking forward to the stories from our commanders who will share with us the great compassion of our soldiers, whether it’s to provide relief from a disaster or to help some child recognize the beauty of going to school.

And so I want to thank you for coming and thank you for serving, and I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

Note: The President spoke at 5:11 p.m. in the Cabinet Room at the White House.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Remarks Prior to a Meeting With the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Combatant Commanders, January 29, 2008," Week Ending Friday, February 1, 2008 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, February 1, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:130 Original Sources, accessed February 26, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=T51I1M5LRTQZVJ1.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Remarks Prior to a Meeting With the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Combatant Commanders, January 29, 2008." Week Ending Friday, February 1, 2008, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, February 1, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:130, Original Sources. 26 Feb. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=T51I1M5LRTQZVJ1.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Remarks Prior to a Meeting With the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Combatant Commanders, January 29, 2008' in Week Ending Friday, February 1, 2008. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, February 1, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:130. Original Sources, retrieved 26 February 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=T51I1M5LRTQZVJ1.