For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 3, 2001
President Bush Visits Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
View the President's Remarks
THE PRESIDENT: You know, when they come it reminds us of the responsibilities that we have in life. And Vivienne is lucky to have a mother and dad who will love her all the time. And she doesn't know it, yet, but she's learning pretty quickly. She's less than 24 hours old.
We also have a responsibility to make sure education systems provide excellence for every child. We have a responsibility -- and Congress needs to bring me a bill that will help the patients who come to these hospitals maintain a reasonable insurance, and a bill that doesn't help lawyers.
We have a responsibility to encourage love all throughout our communities. That's why the faith-based initiative is so important. A lot of babies are born sometimes where the -- some babies are born where people just don't love them like they should. And as a society, we've got to make up for that love.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet with service organizations all across -- representing people from all across the country, committed to finding a million mentors to love children.
The good news for this little baby is she's got a mom and dad who know their responsibilities. It's a great 4th of July gift. Congratulations.
Q Mr. President, do you know when you'll actually make a decision on stem cell research funding?
THE PRESIDENT: In a while.