President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush depart the White House South Lawn via Marine One en route Andrews Air Force Base Thursday, March 8, 2007. The President and Mrs. Bush are traveling to Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico from March 8 - 14, 2007. White House photo by Joyce Boghosian
President Bush on Wednesday said, "I've asked two of America's fine public servants, Senator Dole and Secretary Shalala, to chair a commission that will analyze our health care both at the Defense Department and at the Veterans Department, to ensure that not only our soldiers but their families have got complete confidence in the government's upholding its responsibility to treat those who have been wounded. ... And I'm confident that this commission will bring forth the truth. And as I assured the chairmen, I am confident that there will be a quick response to any problems that you may find." Fact Sheet: Taking Care of America's Returning Wounded Warriors In Focus: Veterans
President Bush on Tuesday said, "As we work to improve conditions at Walter Reed, we are also taking steps to find out whether similar problems exist at other military and veterans hospitals. The best way to do so in a constructive way, in a way that will bring forth the truth, is to create a bipartisan Presidential Commission. ... We have an obligation, we have a moral obligation to provide the best possible care and treatment to the men and women who have served our country. They deserve it, and they're going to get it." Fact Sheet: Pursuing a Strategy for Success in Iraq Fact Sheet: Taking Care of America's Returning Wounded Warriors In Focus: Veterans
President Bush on Saturday said, "The heart of a community like Enterprise, Alabama, is the school. And today I have walked through devastation that's hard to describe. Our thoughts, of course, go out to the students who perished. We thank God for the hundreds who lived. I want the folks of Enterprise to know that to the extent the government can, our federal government can, in working with the state, we'll help rebuild the school system, this high school. We can never replace lives, and we can't heal hearts, except through prayer."
President and Mrs. Bush will travel to Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico from March 8-14, 2007. This trip will underscore the
commitment of the United States to the Western Hemisphere and will highlight our common agenda to advance freedom, prosperity, and social justice and
deliver the benefits of democracy in the areas of health, education, and economic opportunity.
Success in Iraq remains critical to our national security and to success in the War on Terror. Our goal is a democratic Iraq that upholds the rule of law, respects the rights of its people, provides them security, and is an ally in the war on terror.
Rebuilding the Gulf Coast
Hurricane Katrina was the most destructive natural disaster in U.S. history. The Federal government will continue to provide assistance and guidance,
but the people of the Gulf Coast and their elected leaders must drive the effort to rebuild their lives and their communities.
Reauthorizing NCLB is one of the President's top priorities. NCLB is helping to raise student achievement and make a real difference in our Nation's schools. We must build on the law's success without watering down standards or rolling back accountability.