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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 15, 2001

Remarks by President Bush
in An Exchange of Toasts
with President Kwasniewski
at State Dinner
Presidential Palace
Warsaw, Poland

8:50 P.M. (Local)

     PRESIDENT BUSH:   Mr. President, and Madam Kwasniewski; Mr. Prime Minister and Madam Buzek; distinguished guests, many of whom sacrificed for freedom.  Laura and I are grateful for this great day.  It's been a great day in Poland -- and for this good company.  You've made us feel most welcome.      I bring with me the affectionate greetings of the American people. Poland has a special place in our hearts, not just in places like Panamaria, Texas, or Warsaw, Alabama, or Poloski, Tennessee.  Americans understand that we owe a lot to Poland.  It has even been claimed that the old Polish game -- an old Polish game was the earliest inspiration for baseball.  (Laughter.)  If that's true, I owe more than most.  (Laughter.)      Today our friendship is based upon a shared heritage and a hope for the future.  When my father came to Warsaw in 1989, he declared that the Cold War that began in Poland could end in Poland.  Poles won their freedom with courage and determination.  Americans from President Reagan to President Bush to President Clinton walked alongside you.  Hope became reality.  And Poland knows that when that happened, the world turned right side up.      Poland became a mature democracy.  Long a friend to America, we now proudly call you ally.  Yours is a moving story, and only you will ever know how difficult it was to write.      Mr. President, the United States greatly admires the leadership you have demonstrated these past six years.  You understand that building a better future sometimes entails coming to grips with the past, even if that past is uncomfortable to some.  America understands the value of reconciliation, of overcoming old divisions.  History looks well upon such leadership.      Mr. Prime Minister, the United States is deeply appreciative of your service to your country and to the cause of freedom.  You understand that building a better future requires hard choices.  The reformer is rarely rewarded and often criticized, but then moves ahead with reform, nonetheless.  History is kind to this type of leader, as well.      This week I've spoken to many leaders from across Europe about the challenges of unity and open commerce and peace.  I am here today because America is convinced that we can meet those challenges in partnership with a strong and free Poland.  We know we can count on Poland to remain true to its best traditions of tolerance, compromise, and determination that have brought you so far and so fast.      We know we can count on Poland to keep reaching out to its neighbors, showing them the way and helping them help themselves.  We know we can count on Poland to continue its reforms.  And Poland can count on America. We are in Europe to stay, because we know the danger of retreating behind the false security of an ocean.      Together, our countries know what faith, commitment and integrity can build.  Our partnership is going to last a long time, always mindful of where we have been; always moving forward to build the future we know we want, the future we know we can achieve.      My toast is for a free Poland, its leadership, and the courageous souls who made it happen.  God bless.  (Applause.)

                                                                   END                                                   8:55 P.M. (Local)

Message Sent       To:_____________________________________________________________           Margaret M. Suntum/WHO/EOP@EOP             Karen L. Barbuschak/OA/EOP@EOP           Debra D. Bird/WHO/EOP@EOP           William C. Haymes/OA/EOP@EOP            Natalie S. Wozniak/NSC/EOP@EOP            Pubs_Backup           Pamela P. Carpenter/WHO/EOP@EOP           Pubs_Distribution            Gregory J. North/WHO/EOP@EOP           Mary Ellen Countryman/NSC/EOP@EOP           Ellen E. Eckert/WHO/EOP@EOP           Karen L. Barbuschak/OA/EOP@EOP           Gordon D. Johndroe/WHO/EOP@EOP           Scott McClellan/WHO/EOP@EOP           Lawrence A. Fleischer/WHO/EOP@EOP           Anne Womack/WHO/EOP@EOP            Michael J. Sullivan/WHO/EOP@EOP           Vickie A. McQuade/WHO/EOP@EOP           Janice H. Vranich/WHO/EOP@EOP           Andrew H. Card/WHO/EOP@EOP           Rachael L. Sunbarger/WHO/EOP@EOP           Margaret M. LaMontagne/OPD/EOP@EOP           Brian D. Montgomery/WHO/EOP@EOP           Harriet Miers/WHO/EOP@EOP           Kenneth B. Mehlman/WHO/EOP@EOP           Mitchell Daniels/OMB/EOP@EOP           Tucker A. Eskew/WHO/EOP@EOP           Claire E. Buchan/WHO/EOP@EOP           Joseph W. Hagin/WHO/EOP@EOP           Karl C. Rove/WHO/EOP@EOP           Joshua B. Bolten/WHO/EOP@EOP           Condoleezza Rice/NSC/EOP@EOP           Stephen J. Hadley/NSC/EOP@EOP           Karen Hughes/WHO/EOP@EOP           Alberto R. Gonzales/WHO/EOP@EOP           Nicholas E. Calio/WHO/EOP@EOP           Lawrence B. Lindsey/OPD/EOP@EOP           Hector F. Irastorza/WHO/EOP@EOP           Mary J. Matalin/OVP/EOP@EOP           Noelia Rodriguez/WHO/EOP@EOP           Daniel J. Bartlett/WHO/EOP@EOP           John M. Bridgeland/OPD/EOP@EOP           John Gardner/WHO/EOP@EOP           Lezlee J. Westine/WHO/EOP@EOP           Tim Goeglein/WHO/EOP@EOP           Neil H. Zimmerman/WHO/EOP@EOP           Kenneth B. Mehlman/WHO/EOP@EOP           John Gardner/WHO/EOP@EOP           Alicia P. Clark/WHO/EOP@EOP           Erin E. Healy/WHO/EOP@EOP           Tucker A. Eskew/WHO/EOP@EOP           Wendy L. Nipper/WHO/EOP@EOP           Jeanie S. Mamo/WHO/EOP@EOP           Scott Stanzel/WHO/EOP@EOP           Christopher J. Orr/WHO/EOP@EOP           Kenneth A. Lisaius/WHO/EOP@EOP           Colleen Litkenhaus/WHO/EOP@EOP           William T. Griffin/WHO/EOP@EOP           Matthew E. Smith/WHO/EOP@EOP           Deborah K. Hair/WHO/EOP@EOP           Michael J. Gerson/WHO/EOP@EOP           Josephine B. Robinson/WHO/EOP@EOP           Natalie S. Wozniak/NSC/EOP@EOP           Nicolle Devenish/WHO/EOP@EOP           James M. Reynolds/WHO/EOP@EOP           Curtis R. Jablonka/WHO/EOP@EOP           Susan D. Lindahl/WHO/EOP@EOP           Susan L. Hazard/WHO/EOP@EOP           Natalie Monique Garcia/NSC/EOP@EOP           Cyril Jones/WHO/EOP@EOP           Brian Bravo/WHO/EOP@EOP           Michael A. Sharp/WHO/EOP@EOP           Sam Dickens/WHO/EOP@EOP           Robert T. Pratt Jr/WHO/EOP@EOP           Melissa L. McAdoo/WHO/EOP@EOP           Amy C. Coonts/WHO/EOP@EOP            Taylor S. Gross/WHO/EOP@EOP           Kevin S. Moran/NSC/EOP@EOP           Kristen Silverberg/WHO/EOP@EOP           Chris B. Nagel/WHO/EOP@EOP           Joel D. Kaplan/WHO/EOP@EOP           Mercedes M. Viana/WHO/EOP@EOP           Cathy Alix/WHO/EOP@EOP            Jennifer K. Millerwise/WHO/EOP@EOP           Brian V. McCormack/OVP/EOP@EOP           Kate R. Whitman/WHO/EOP@EOP           Ross M. Kyle/WHO/EOP@EOP           Carol J. Thompson/WHO/EOP@EOP           Eric H. Otto/OPD/EOP@EOP           Denise G. Gitsham/WHO/EOP@EOP           Alexian T. Wines/NSC/EOP@EOP           James E. Carter/OPD/EOP@EOP           Nathaniel C. Ryun/WHO/EOP@EOP

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