The White House
President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
February 16, 2008

President Bush Presented Grand Cross of the National Order of Benin
Cadjehoun International Airport
Cotonou, Benin

  Presidential Remarks

      Africa Trip 2008

8:28 A.M. (Local)

PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. President, thank you. Laura and I are honored to be with you -- and the First Lady. I gratefully accept this on behalf of the American people. I stand here by your side as a friend, a believer in your vision and a partner in your willingness to confront the disease and poverty and -- that affect mankind.

We would not be standing here if you and your government was not committed to your people. You mentioned some of the dollar money we're spending with you, but those dollars come with great compassion from the American people. We care when we see suffering. We believe we're all children of God. And so it's a great honor to accept this award, and the American people send their blessings. (Applause.)

END 8:40 A.M. (Local)

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