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Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Groundbreaking Ceremony (Bethesda, MD)
As Delivered by Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon R. England, Bethesda, Maryland, Thursday, July 03, 2008

Introduction of President George W. Bush

Mr. President, distinguished guests all … and our most distinguished guests, the wounded warriors and their families … welcome.

This is a special day for me … and an especially great honor … first—to represent the Secretary of Defense … and, second—to introduce the President of the United States … And, I always enjoy any opportunity to be with the magnificent men and women who serve our country. 

President Bush has consistently demonstrated his commitment to freedom … and to ensuring that those who have earned this freedom for us … are guaranteed the very best care and benefits.

President Bush, I know that you and your gracious wife, Laura, have made countless trips to Walter Reed, here at Bethesda, and to other medical facilities around the country.  You’ve spent hours at the bedside of our wounded warriors… providing strong encouragement, and comfort, to them and to their families during their difficult times. 

Over the last nearly eight years, you have shown time and time again that you are a man of great compassion.  And, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Coastguardsmen, and Marines know that their Commander-in-Chief cares deeply … and very personally … for their health, safety, and well-being.  No one has been a greater champion for the men and women of our armed forces. 

 Ladies and gentlemen, it is my great privilege and honor to introduce our Commander-in-Chief, my boss’s boss, and a great American — President George W. Bush.