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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
October 24, 2008

President Bush Participates in Briefings at the National Security Agency
National Security Agency - Operations Building
Fort Meade, Maryland

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12:50 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: I want to thank General Alexander for his hospitality to me and the Vice President and Director McConnell. We have been here at NSA, which is on the front line of protecting the American people. Every time I come out here I'm impressed by the caliber of people who work here, the amount of energy that goes into their jobs, and their deep desire to find an enemy and bring them to justice before they hurt us again.

President George W. Bush delivers a statement to the press at the end of his visit Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, to the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Md. With him are Vice President Dick Cheney, Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, Director of the NSA, and Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell. White House photo by Eric Draper Ever since 9/11, the people in this building have done what the country expects them to do, and that is to work as hard as necessary to help protect the United States of America. The work here at the NSA is absolutely vital, and I wish all our citizens could meet the folks that work here and realize how smart they are, how capable they are, and how enthusiastic they are in doing their duty.

So, General, thank you for your hospitality. We've enjoyed coming out here, and appreciate the efforts you're putting into protecting the homeland.

Thank you all very much.

END 12:51 P.M. EDT