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global economic uncertainty would be pre- zens that simply want a more hopeful day.
cisely the wrong time to reject such proven And, Mr. President, it gives me great comfort
methods for creating prosperity and hope. to know that you’re the person with whom
Despite the ups and downs that our mar- we can work.
kets have experienced in recent months, the I’m impressed by the fact that you want
American people have reason for optimism to take a strong stand against corruption.
in our Nation’s economic future. Throughout There’s nothing more discouraging than to
our history, we have seen that when Ameri- have the government of a people steal their
cans are given the freedom to apply their tal- money.
ents and imagination, prosperity and success And so we stand with you. It’s—you got
follow closely behind. For over two centuries, a hard job. I understand that. But you bring
that principle has allowed our economy to the right spirit to the job. And so I want to
overcome every obstacle it has faced. And welcome you to the White House, and thank
we can all be confident that it will do so you for your conversation.
again. President Lugo. First of all, thank you
Thank you for listening. very much for the invitation. It is a commit-
ment and a joy to be able to reinforce our
NOTE: The address was recorded at 7:50 a.m. on historic relationship with the United States.
October 24 in the Cabinet Room at the White Many people have asked, ‘‘Why now?’’
House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on October 25. And I think that it’s particularly important
The transcript was made available by the Office to visit President Bush in his last days in the
of the Press Secretary on October 24 but was em- White House because we think it’s very im-
bargoed for release until the broadcast. In his ad- portant to impress upon the world the impor-
dress, the President referred to Chairman Mario
Draghi of the Financial Stability Forum; and Sec-
tance of democratic institutions.
retary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Na- President Bush. Thank you.
tions. The Office of the Press Secretary also re- President Lugo. And also because we be-
leased a Spanish language transcript of this ad- lieve that we, as individual people, pass. We
dress. have written that our personal history is not
as important as the history of our respective
Remarks Following a Meeting With In Paraguay, I have entered politics in
President Fernando Armindo Lugo order to change the history of our country.
Mendez of Paraguay We have not come into politics in order to
October 27, 2008 get into the smokeless industry that is to steal
from the people of the country. We came
President Bush. Bienvenidos, Senor in as Christians, because our Christian duty
Presidente, a la Casa Blanca. I am honored