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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 22, 2005

President Meets with Seniors at Senior Center in New Mexico
Bear Canyon Senior Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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President's Remarks
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8:18 A.M. MST

THE PRESIDENT: Listen, thank you all for letting the Senator and I come by. We're thrilled to be -- I'm thrilled to be back in New Mexico. You know, it's right across the border from right where I was raised. But I'm here today to talk about Social Security. I know it's of concern to you; it's of concern to me, as well.

President George W. Bush and Senator Pete Domenici, R-NM., visit with breakfast guests at Bear Canyon Senior Center, Tuesday, March 22, 2005, in Albuquerque. The two visited with more than 30 seniors who were on hand to hear the president’s proposals for Social Security reform.  White House photo by Eric Draper My message to people that are getting their Social Security check is pretty simple, and it's this: The government is going to keep its promise. You don't have to worry about it. I know there are some conflicting messages out there, but it's just not the truth. The truth is you're going to get your checks. The question is whether or not your grandchildren are going to get their checks. (Laughter.) And that's what the Senator and I are here to talk about, because we want to make sure that not only is the safety net solid for you, but that there is a safety net for your children.

People oftentimes ask me, did Franklin Roosevelt did the right thing with Social Security. And my answer is, absolutely. My predecessor, Franklin Roosevelt, did the right thing in setting up the Social Security system. And now we've got to make sure the Social Security system works for generations. And that's why we're in town -- that's why I'm in town; Pete is in town because he lives here. (Laughter.)

But thanks for letting us come by. It's great to see you.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: It's great to see you.

THE PRESIDENT: How were the eggs?


AUDIENCE MEMBER: We have the best cook.


SENATOR DOMENICI: We don't get to eat, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: No, that's right, we've got to go work. (Laughter.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Can I shake your hand?

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, sir, you can. Thanks for letting us come by.

END 8:20 A.M. MST

President George W. Bush greets Millie Martinez, right, and Ida Gonzalez at Bear Canyon Senior Center in Albuquerque, Tuesday, March 22, 2005, as he took his Conversation for Strengthening Social Security into New Mexico. The president reassured the approximately 30 breakfast guests that those born before 1950 will be unaffected by proposed reforms to the program.   White House photo by Eric Draper

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