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For Immediate Release
Office of the First Lady
April 4, 2008

Mrs. Bush's Remarks After a Visit to Stavropoleos Church
Stavropoleos Church
Bucharest, Romania

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9:44 A.M. (Local)

MRS. BUSH: Just give me a chance to thank everyone here. We've been in Romania. We've really thanked President Basescu and Maria Basescu for being such wonderful hosts for President Bush and me, and for NATO. I think they've had a very successful NATO meeting, and the spouses of all the leaders had a very good time too. We're going to go off to one more event and get to see the Romanian gymnasts, which I think will be a lot of fun.

Mrs. Laura Bush smiles during her visit Friday, April 4, 2008, to Stavropoleos Church in Bucharest, Romania. The church, built in 1724, is an artistic monument displaying a well-balanced blend of Byzantine-oriental and Western-baroque elements. White House photo by Shealah Craighead But I especially want to take this opportunity to thank the Fathers and the Sisters who are here at this beautiful church. Thank you for saving all of these magnificent items of Christianity for all of us who are Christians to be able to venerate.

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Thank you all, thanks so much, and thanks to everyone in Romania for putting up with the closed streets and all the other things they had to put up while all the leaders were here. Thank you for your hospitality.

END 9:45 A.M. (Local)


Mrs. Laura Bush listens Friday, April 4, 2008, as Dr. Petre Radu Guran explains the finer details of the Stavropoleos Church in Bucharest. Dr. Guran, an expert in Byzantine Culture and Society, is a senior researcher at the Institute for South-East European Studies at the Romanian Academy of Sciences. White House photo by Shealah Craighead
Mrs. Laura Bush and Sisters of the Stavropoleos Monastery in Bucharest, follow Dr. Petre Radu Guran as he leads them across the church courtyard Friday, April 4, 2008. In 2003, the U.S. Embassy donated $27,000 for the restoration of the courtyard under the auspices of a special U.S. Department of State program entitled, “Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. White House photo by Shealah Craighead
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