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

President Bush Welcomes German Chancellor Merkel
Bush Ranch
Crawford, Texas

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4:32 P.M. CST

PRESIDENT BUSH: Laura and I are thrilled to welcome the Chancellor and Professor Sauer here to our place. In Texas when you invite somebody to your home it's an expression of warmth and respect, and that's how I feel about Chancellor Merkel. And so, Madam Chancellor, welcome. We're looking forward to having constructive talks as well as a chance to relax and visit.


President George W. Bush waves as he drives German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mrs. Laura Bush and Merkel’s husband, Dr. Joachim Sauer, following the Merkel’s arrival to the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas, Friday, Nov. 9, 2007. White House photo by Shealah Craighead CHANCELLOR MERKEL: (As translated.) I would like to say a very warm thanks to you, George, for issuing this invitation to us. Already a first glance of the area shows us that this is, indeed, a wonderful place to be and a wonderful atmosphere. And we have a number of issues that I think we will have now time to discuss later on. I'm' very grateful that we can do this in such a pleasant, such a wonderful atmosphere, and that we can see each other here again. And I must say that I'm, again, very grateful to you, Mr. President, for the fact that we can have this exchange of views and to you, Laura, as well. Thank you.

END 4:33 P.M. CST
President George W. Bush listens as German Chancellor Angela Merkel thanks President Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush for their weekend invitation to her and her husband, Dr. Joachim Sauer, to the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas, Friday, Nov. 9, 2007. White House photo by Shealah Craighead
President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush welcome German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Dr. Joachim Sauer as they arrive via helicopter to the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas, Friday, Nov. 9, 2007. White House photo by Eric Draper
President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush welcome German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband, Dr.Joachim Sauer, to the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas, Friday, Nov. 9, 2007. White House photo by Shealah Craighead