President Bush, center, accompanied by first lady Laura Bush, speaks to members of military support organizations gathered on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
President George W. Bush met with military support organizations today on the White House lawn.
The White House reported:
THE PRESIDENT: …It’s important people hear from you. It’s important people hear your voice. And I want to thank you for organizing. I want to thank you not only for the grassroots support of our families, I want to thank you for going up to Capitol Hill. And here’s a message I hope you deliver: The Commander-in-Chief wants to succeed — (applause) — and the Commander-in-Chief takes seriously the recommendations of our military commanders. General Petraeus came back to the United States to deliver the recommendations he made to me. Inherent in his recommendations is, one, his belief we’re succeeding, his belief we will succeed, and I ask the United States Congress to support the troop levels and the strategies I have embraced. (Applause.)
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AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA!
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. When the history books are finally written about this chapter in the war against extremists and radicals, they will recognize certain truths: one, that we recognize that if we were to retreat from the Middle East the enemy would not be content to remain where they are, but they would follow us here. We recognize that the best way to protect our homeland is to defeat an enemy overseas so we do not have to face them here on the streets of America. And we recognize that liberty is powerful, that liberty will yield the peace that we want for generations to come; that will recognize that this generation of Americans did the hard work now, so that future generations could live in security and peace.
The Weekly Standard Blog has more on the event this morning.
UPDATE: The White House has video of this patriotic event posted.