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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 27, 2006
President Bush Goes on Run with Staff Sergeant Christian Bagge
The South Lawn
4:02 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: I first met Christian when I went to Walter Reed -- or Brooke Army in San Antonio, Texas. And he said, "I want to run with you." He was in bed -- he had lost both legs. I looked at him, like, you know, there's an optimistic person. But I could tell in his eyes that he meant it. And after a lot of hard work and a lot of compassionate care, this fine man is here on the South Lawn running with the President. And he ran the President into the ground, I might add. (Laughter.)
It's an amazing sight for me to be running with a guy who, last time I saw him, was in bed wondering whether or not -- I was wondering whether or not he'd ever get out of bed. There was no doubt in his mind that he would.
Thank you for your service.
STAFF SERGEANT BAGGE: Your welcome, Mr. President.
THE PRESIDENT: Good man. God bless you.
STAFF SERGEANT BAGGE: It's a privilege.
THE PRESIDENT: We're not through running yet. Get out of the way. (Laughter.)
END 4:03 P.M. EDT