Remarks at the Department of Transportation by ProQuest

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I know that a lot of folks in our country think about transportation a lot, particularly this time of year. People are getting ready to move around for Thanksgiving, and with Christmas not very far behind. And a lot of our citizens are nervous about travel. They're not nervous about their safety, but they're nervous about what the experience will be like: the long delays, lost bags, overbooking of flights.

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									                                                                      Administration of George W. Bush, 2008 / Nov. 18                                                               1429

                                                                      service, she will be presented the Citizens                     retary. She has been an outstanding member
                                                                      Medal as well and is probably wondering why                     of the Cabinet; she is a strong leader. I saw
                                                                      she was not notified. [Laughter]                                her leadership, as did the country, firsthand
                                                                         Each of today’s honorees understands that                    when Minnesota’s I–35 bridge collapsed. The
                                                                      encouraging individual creativity and free-                     Secretary coordinated a swift and an effective
                                                                      dom of expression through the arts and schol-                   Federal response. Swift was important for
                                                                      arship strengthens and enhances our great                       the people in Minneapolis. Effective is al-
                                                                      country. And so I want to thank them for                        ways important when it comes to reminding
                                                                      their service. I congratulate them. And now                     our citizens that the Government can re-
                                                                      I ask the military aide to read the medal cita-                 spond in a way that will make them proud.
                                                                      tions.                                                             I appreciate the fact that she launched a
                                                                      [At this point, Lt. Cmdr. Clay Beers, USN,                      thorough review of bridge safety across our
                                                                      Navy Aide to the President, read the cita-                      country and worked with the Congress to get
                                                                      tions, and the President presented the med-                     the monies necessary to rebuild that bridge.
                                                                      als.]                                                           The bridge reopened months ahead of sched-
                                                                                                                                      ule, thanks in large part to the organization,
                                                                        President Bush. Once again, Laura and                         determination of our Secretary and the peo-
                                                                      I thank you for coming. I hope you have                         ple who work for her.
                                                                      found this eve—this day as joyous as we have.
                                                                                                                                         Madam Secretary, you did your job. That’s
                                                                      Congratulations. God bless.
                                                                                                                                      what I expected when I asked you to serve,
                                                                      NOTE: The President spoke at 1:35 p.m. in the                   and I really want to thank you for your serv-
                                                                      East Room at the White House. The transcript                    ice.
                                                                      released by the Office of the Press Secretary also                 I’m proud to be here, as well, with the
                                                                      included the remarks of the First Lady and the                  Deputy Secretary, Tom Barrett; thank you—
                                                                      presentation ceremony of the National Medals of                 as well as the former Deputy Secretary, and
                                                                      Arts and National Humanities Medals.                            at one time Acting Secretary, Maria Cino.
                                                                                                                                         I know that a lot of folks in our country
                                                                      Remarks at the Department of                                    think about transportation a lot, particularly
                                                                      Transportation                                                  this time of year. People are getting ready
                                                                                                                                      to move around for Thanksgiving, and with
                                                                      November 18, 2008                                               Christmas not very far behind. And a lot of
                                                                         Thank you. Please be seated. Madam Sec-                      our citizens are nervous about travel. They’re
                                                                      retary, thank you for the kind introduction.                    not nervous about their safety, but they’re
                                                                      Thank you for the reception. I am honored                       nervous about what the experience will be
                                                                      to be with the men and women who work                           like: the long delays, lost bags, overbooking
                                                                      here at the U.S. Department of Transpor-                        of flights. One way to look at it is they’re
                                                                      tation. I appreciate you giving me a chance                     saying, ‘‘Will traveling home for the holidays
                                                                      to come by and visit with you today. I want                     be ‘It’s A Wonderful Life,’ or will it be ‘The
                                                                      to thank you very much for the great job you                    Nightmare Before Christmas’?’’ [Laugh
								
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