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President Visits Arab Community in the U.S. Midwest - 2003-04-28


President George W. Bush visited the Midwest U.S. state of Michigan, home of thousands of Arab and Iraqi-Americans. George Dwyer reports on the presidential message.

PRESIDENT GEORE W. BUSH
“Day by day, hour by hour, life in Iraq is getting better for the citizens.”

The President addressed a mostly friendly crowd in Dearborn at an event celebrating “Renewal in Iraq.”

Back on April 9th, the people of Dearborn, Michigan gratefully cheered the downfall of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

NATURAL SOUND – “Thank you Mr. Bush!”

But today, some of those same Iraqi Americans are expressing concerns about the Bush administration's policies on Iraq’s future; about the continued U.S. military presence in Iraq; and about the role the U.S. will play in determining Iraq’s future.

The President came to Dearborn to address those concerns.

PRESIDENT BUSH
“America has no intention of imposing our form of government or our culture, yet we will insure that all Iraqis have a voice in the new government and all citizens have their rights protected.”

The President also pledged to help Iraq find those responsible for looting and vandalizing its National Museum.

PRESIDENT BUSH
“Like many of you here we deplore the actions of the citizens who ravished that museum, and we will work with the Iraqi citizens to find out who they were and to bring them to justice.”

NARRATOR In closing, the President praised the people of Dearborn for their support of a democratic future for Iraq.

PRESIDENT BUSH
“Like so many generations of immigrants, Iraqi Americans have embraced and enriched this great country without ever forgetting the land of your birth. Liberation for Iraq has been a long time coming, but you never lost faith. You knew the great sorrow of Iraq, you also new the great promise of Iraq, and you shared the hope of the Iraqi people.”

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