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 Home > News & Policies > March 2007

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 12, 2007

President Bush Visits Labradores Mayas
Iximché, Guatemala

     Fact sheet President's Trip to Latin America

10:43 A.M. (Local)

THE PRESIDENT: (In progress) Mrs. Bush and I have been looking forward to meeting you, because you represent people who dream, people who work hard, and people who make wonderful products.

And there's two things I want to share: one, that USAID, which is funded through the generosity of the American people, is helping people like you all throughout the region to realize your dreams. Because we believe in the dignity of every person. We want people to realize their God-given potential. You have proven that if given a chance, you and hundreds of others can succeed, and that's what we want.


President George W. Bush wearing a Hupile, a handmade, traditional jacket, lends a hand loading crates of lettuce Monday, March 12, 2007, during a visit to the Labradores Mayas Packing Station in Chirijuyu, Guatemala. The jacket was presented to him earlier in the day by the director of the Dr. Richard Carroll Library in Santa Cruz Balanya.  White House photo by Paul MorseSecondly, free trade is important for a lot of people. It's important for our country, it's a gateway. It creates jobs in America just like it creates jobs here. And so we thank you for your wonderful hospitality. We loved being with your families.

Gracias. Que Dios les bendiga.

END 10:45 A.M. (Local)