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 Home > News & Policies > March 2007

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 9, 2007

President Bush Participates in a Community Roundtable in Brazil
Meninos do Morumbi
São Paulo, Brazil

     Fact sheet President's Trip to Latin America

4:41 P.M. (Local)

THE PRESIDENT: Well, first I'd like to thank Flavio for his hospitality. Laura and I are so thrilled to be in Brazil. We love your beautiful country. But I also love the fact that there are people who are deeply concerned about the plight of the least of us. And I am very proud of my country's contribution to helping social entrepreneurs, who are helping people help others. I believe you can change society one heart at a time, that's what I believe. But I know in order to do so, it requires people who are willing to make sacrifice.


President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush participate Friday, March 9, 2007, in a community roundtable at Meninos do Morumbi. Founded in 1996 by professional musician Flavio Pimenta, the organization teaches musical skills to the young people of Sao Paulo as an alternative to the culture of drugs and crime. White House photo by Eric Draper Flavio runs a place of love and compassion, all aimed at being a part of that social fabric that helps heal the broken heart and provides hope for the future.

And so I thank you all for joining Laura and me. I'm really looking forward to hearing about what you have done, how others can help. But the main reason I'm here is to thank you. We're all members of God's family. And when one of us hurts, we also hurt. And there are a lot of hurting people in the world, a lot of hurting people in Brazil. And the people in the United States care.

So I'm honored to be with you. I look forward to the roundtable. Flavio, I guess this is your place, so you start, right?

END 4:43 P.M. (Local)