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It’s not hard to imagine what fruits our And no question, Liberia has gone through
compassion will yield 60 years from today. very difficult times; but no question, there’s
We can see it in the faces of Afghan girls a bright future for Liberia. Liberia’s needs
going to school for the first time. We can the help of the United States and other na-
see them in the proud eyes of Latin Amer- tions to help make sure children are edu-
ican workers providing for themselves and cated, to make sure babies are not dying be-
for their families. We see them in the joy cause of malaria, to make sure there’s an in-
of new African mothers whose babies are frastructure so that small businesses can
protected from malaria and HIV. We see flourish, to make sure the port is open for
them in the outpouring of thanks throughout business. We have been helpful, and we want
the developing world. I’m just so sorry that to be helpful in the future. And I’m confident
not every American could have been with in saying to the American people that by
Laura and me and see what we saw in our helping this President and Liberia, we really
trip to Africa last year. Schoolchildren sang help ourselves in many ways.
songs about America’s generosity. One shop- And so I—it’s been a joy to know you. It’s
owner, I think who was in Liberia, Madam been a great experience working with you,
President, painted his stall in our Nation’s and I congratulate you on your strong leader-
colors. Tens of thousands of people lined the ship. Welcome.
roadsides during our visit, cheering and wav- President Johnson Sirleaf. Thank you,
ing American flags in gratitude to the Amer- Mr. President. I come on behalf of the Libe-
ican people. rian people to thank you for the support
I’m honored to be the President of such we’ve received from you, the administration,
a nation filled with people of such generosity from Congress, from the American people.
and goodness. I’m proud to join with all of It has enabled us to turn the corner from
you in ushering in a new era of development. being what was called a failed state several
This is an historic commitment that we all years ago to today what we hope will becom-
can be proud of, one that will secure a bright ing to be one of the emerging democracies.
future for our partners in the developing We’ve been able to put our economic and
world, one that will make America a better financial house in order, tackle our debt,
place. God bless you. begin to rebuild our infrastructure, put our
children back into school——
NOTE: The President spoke at 1:22 p.m. at the President Bush. That’s right.
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade President Johnson Sirleaf. ——bring
Center. In his remarks, he referred to President some water and electricity to a country that
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, who introduced hasn’t had it fo