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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 11, 2007
President Bush Participates in Roundtable on Free Market Democracy
American University in Bulgaria
Eleiff Center for Education and Culture
2:57 P.M. (Local)
THE PRESIDENT: Well, listen, thank you all for introducing yourselves. I want to thank you very much, Olga, for giving me a chance to visit with these students.
First of all, I'm looking forward to hearing about your stories and your dreams. There's no question that education is what's going to help change the world, and certainly change your personal lives. But it also has the opportunity to change regions in the world. And I am excited that all of you have had a chance to go to higher education and that you aspire beyond your current education to achieve new things, new dreams -- Michigan State Law School -- I mean, Michigan Law School, excuse me; or mathematics. It's uplifting for me to be with you.
America strongly supports education initiatives at home and abroad. I think the best thing we can do is invite students to come to our country. You'll see what America is really like when you come. But you don't have to, you know, just come to American to study -- you can study all over the world, and then go back to your countries and become productive citizens and apply what you've learned and help your countries grow. Because the potential in this part of the world is wide open. We still have to do a little political work in some places, but it's wide open. And we wish you all the very best. I'm honored to be with you.
Stanko, why don't you share some thoughts with us.
STANKO STANKOV: Well, I have to -- I mean, I agree with the point about education. There are many challenges here in the region, especially after Bulgaria now entered European Union. And this period of transition I think is going to be best dealt with by having a good education and having competent people who can stand up to the challenge and just face the proper way.
THE PRESIDENT: So, Stanko, what was your major?
STANKO STANKOV: My major was business administration.
THE PRESIDENT: So what are you going to do?
STANKO STANKOV: Oh, first I'm going to do some work here in Bulgaria, because I need some work experience before I apply to a grad school in the United States -- that's where I hope to apply. And after I do this work for two or three years, I'm going to go probably to the states and study, do my masters there. And after that, well, we'll see.
THE PRESIDENT: And have you found a job?
STANKO STANKOV: Yes, I'm being interviewed still. Tomorrow I have a very important interview. (Laughter.) My next job interview. (Laughter.)
THE PRESIDENT: Well, if the interviewer is listening -- (laughter) -- Stanko is looking for a little work. (Laughter.) It'll make your mother happy when you find a job, won't it?
STANKO STANKOV: Yes, she will be happy.
THE PRESIDENT: That's good. Well, thank you very much, Stanko. Thank you, all.
END 3:00 P.M. (Local)