Quote of the Day:
President Bush: I've had a grand experience in dealing with President Karzai. He and I have known each other for a long time. We -- I can remember when I was informed that our special forces rescued President Karzai during the liberation of Afghanistan. He was stuck out there wondering whether he was going to make it --
President Karzai: Top of the mountain.
President Bush: We sent some good troops in and pulled him out. And he has served his country then, and he's served his country now as the President. And I admire your leadership and your determination to succeed. And I want to welcome you here. I want to let you know that the United States is committed to the people of Afghanistan. We will stand by your side, and do the hard work necessary to achieve our objective. And our objective is for you to become a thriving democracy, and to deny al Qaeda and other extremists a safe haven or a base from which to launch their murderous attacks.
President Karzai: Life is better. Of course we have challenges, and the challenges will continue to face us as we move ahead. The success is already there, the picture will be completed.
You will be leaving office, Mr. President, together with the Vice President, in a few months from today, but I would like you to remember as you leave office that Afghanistan will remember you tremendously, in a nice way, with affection, and you are there in our memory, in a golden place. Come and visit us so we can show it to you in a manner that we do traditionally in Afghanistan.
It's an honor to have associated with you, to have had your friendship, and to have had your support, and to have had your patience with me -- (laughter.)
Photo of the Day:
President George W. Bush meets with Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai at the White House in Washington September 26, 2008.
President George W. Bush (C) participates in a tour alongside the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court John Roberts (L), G. Wayne Clough (2nd L), secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Cristian Samper (2nd R), director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and J. Daniel Rogers (R), curator of Archaeology, of the newly renovated Sant Ocean Hall, including a full size model of a North Atlantic Right Whale, prior to Bush speaking on the US Ocean Action Plan at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, September 26, 2008.
President Bush looks up at a life-size replica of Congressman Murtha.
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President George W. Bush is applauded by Smithsonian Institute Secretary Wayne Clough prior to making remarks on U.S. Ocean Action Plan at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington September 26, 2008.
President Bush: My favorite exhibit was the 24-foot giant squid. The squid was brought all the way from Spain as a joint operation between the Navy and the Air Force -- (laughter) -- appropriately called "Operation Calamari." (Laughter.) I do want to thank our military for bringing the deal here, it is -- (laughter) -- it's worth looking at it. (Laughter.) Admiral, I don't know if you had anything to do with it, but it's -- if you did, it must have been a heck of an operation. (Laughter.)
"Will you pass this along to the dose thread? I just talked with my granddaughter. Her husband just found out he has a blood clot in his knee. He went to Birmingham to see my dr. down there and he ordered a lot of tests to be done here and the results sent to him. He is 26 today. Let me tell you, I can not take any more bad news from this family. I am up to my head in stress. Thanks."
Prayers sent for your granddaughter's husband, for his family and for you, MB.
President George W. Bush smiles after delivering his remarks on U.S. Ocean Action Plan Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
President George W. Bush thanks President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan for his participation in a video teleconference with U.S. Provincial Reconstruction team leaders, National Guard Agriculture Development team representatives and Afghan governors Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen and Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte are seen at right. White House photo by Eric Draper
President Bush, center, and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, left, shaks hands during a video teleconference with U.S. Provincial Reconstruction team leaders, National Guard Agriculture Development team representatives, and Afghan governors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, Sept. 26, 2008 in Washington. On the right is Sec. of Defense Robert Gates.
Prime Minister Brown: America and Britain have always stood together as one in times of difficulty and challenge. And I said to President Bush this afternoon that facing this global turbulence, Britain supports the financial plan. And whatever the details of it, it's the right thing to do to take us through these difficult circumstances.