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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
October 3, 2008

President Bush Visits Department of the Treasury
Outside Department of Treasury

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2:38 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: I just had the honor of talking to Treasury Department employees. I thanked them for their hard work over the past six weeks in dealing with a serious financial crisis.

I do want to thank the Secretary, too. Mr. Secretary, you and your team have worked incredibly hard. You've worked with the Congress; you've worked with the financial markets, both domestically and internationally. I know that your people are exhausted in there, and I really appreciate the fact that I'll be signing a piece of legislation that will be a part of solving this crisis, an important part of solving the crisis.

President George W. Bush shakes hands with Secretary Hank Paulson of the U.S. Department of Treasury after visiting the department Friday, Oct. 3, 2008. Said the President upon his departure, "Mr. Secretary, you and your team have worked incredibly hard. You've worked with the Congress; you've worked with the financial markets, both domestically and internationally. I know that your people are exhausted in there, and I really appreciate the fact that I'll be signing a piece of legislation that will be a part of solving this crisis, an important part of solving the crisis." White House photo by Eric Draper And so I just went up to thank people. Sometimes people in government never get thanked enough for all the hours they keep. And I got a lot of confidence in you, Mr. Secretary, and your team. And I thank you for giving me a chance to come by, and looking forward to -- looking forward to getting this plan in place. I just told the people in the Rose Garden that, you know, it's complicated and we're going to make sure that whatever we do is done in a deliberate fashion and one that will be effective and be mindful of the taxpayers.

Thank you, Mr. Secretary. Appreciate serving with you. Thank you all.

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