For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
February 28, 2005
Remarks by the President in a Toast at State Dinner for National Governors Association
8:06 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: It's always a pleasure to host the nation's
governors here in Washington. Laura and I are proud to have you here
for our first state dinner of my second term. (Applause.)
It's a joyous occasion, even made more so by the -- by the fact
that I learned that the Blancos -- Governor Blanco and her husband are
celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary tonight. (Applause.)
Ever since a former governor of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson, lived
in this house, many of our Presidents have first served as governors.
And there's a reason why. The experience of running a state
government, of pulling together a capable team, of setting an agenda
and working with an elected legislative body, is critical to the
success of any administration.
My six years as governor of Texas have been invaluable to me as I
carry out my duties as the presidency [sic]. And because I know
firsthand how -- the valuable experience governors get, I've asked a
lot to serve in my Cabinet. I had six governors in my first Cabinet.
I am pleased that Mike Johans -- Johans -- (laughter) -- and Mike
Leavitt -- (laughter) -- have agreed to serve in my second term. I'm
proud you guys are here. (Applause.)
When our founders devised our federal system two centuries ago,
they recognized, in Jefferson's words, that "our country is too large
to have all its affairs directed by a single government." The
President and the governors are partners in our great enterprise, and
that means we share great responsibilities. Together, we'll work to
secure our homeland, protect our environment, to strengthen our
economy. Together, we will work to ensure that every child gets a good
education and good health care. And together, we'll work to make sure
that we care for those in our society who hurt and who need help. I'm
proud of our work together during the last four years. I look forward
to working with you for the next four years.
I want to ask you to join me in a toast to our partners -- the
governors and the administration -- in building a more perfect union.
To the governors of the United States.
(A toast is given.)
END 8:09 P.M. EST