For Immediate Release
Office of Mrs. Bush
October 17, 2002
Remarks by Mrs. Bush for Bob Riley for Governor Event
Thank you all very much.
I'm so pleased to be here. And I want to thank all of you for
being here today to support a great Member of Congress who will make an
even greater Governor of Alabama-Bob Riley. I also want to recognize
the Congresswoman from Alabama's 1st District-Jo Bonner.
It has often been said that you can look to a person's future by
looking at his past. We know Bob Riley will make a great Governor
because he has made a great Congressman. In fact, Bob has been more
than just a Congressman.he's a leader. He is a leader who not only
does things right.he does the right thing. And he will bring character
and conviction, integrity and initiative to the governor's office in
Six years ago, Bob Riley went to Congress. He did so not because
he wanted to be something, but rather because he wanted to do
something. And he has done something for the people of his district
and his country on important issues. In Congress he has fought to
support our military, our jobs, our farms, our most important, our
These are issues that are important to all Americans. These are
issues that are especially important to women in America. We hear a
lot about women's issues in politics. But I believe that all issues
are women's issues. After all, what do we care about? We care about
education for our children, jobs for our families, and safe communities
for all of us.
Working with Members of Congress like Bob Riley, President Bush is
making progress on these important issues.
Let me focus on just one issue-one that is closest to my
heart-where my husband and Congressman Riley are working together to
make a difference for our nation and our future. And an issue where
Bob can continue to make an important impact here in Alabama as
Governor. And that is education.
Both my husband and Congressman Riley understand that every child
deserves the good start that can come only from a good education.
Last January, President Bush signed into law historic education
reform legislation. The No Child Left Behind Act is based on four
High standards and accountability.
Improving teacher quality.
Promoting parental involvement.
And encouraging the best reading instruction in our nation's public
This new law means dollars for schools and it makes sense for
children, teachers, and parents.
The No Child Left Behind Act is based on the principle of trusting
local people to make the right decisions for the children of their
towns and states.
And Bob Riley helped my husband pass the bill into law. For years
to come, school children across Alabama and across America will benefit
from the hard work of Congressman Riley on this important issue. They
will benefit because the new law says that when we spend money, we
expect results. And expecting results means that we will confront
schools that do not teach and will not change.
Congressman Riley wants to bring this same spirit of hope and
change to the governor's office in Montgomery. As he has often said,
"I decided to run for governor because I know Alabama can do better and
deserves better." And Congressman Riley's "Plan for Change," will give
the people of Alabama just that-something better. A lot better. Most
important, it will give them better public schools. Congressman
Riley's plan will focus on flexibility for districts and strong support
for teachers and parents. And that's good news for Alabama's students,
teachers, and parents.
Simply put, Bob Riley is a leader.in the Congress, in his
community, and in his family. And now more than ever, the people of
Alabama need that leadership.
The people of Alabama deserve a Governor who will make them proud.
The people of Alabama deserve a Governor who will do what's best for
them and seek the best from them. The people of Alabama deserve a
Governor named Bob Riley.
Thank you for supporting him. God bless you all. And may God
continue to bless America.