As he noted in his State of the Union address, the President will be hosting the North American Leaders' Summit on April 21-22 in New Orleans. This fourth meeting of North American leaders since 2005 will continue our work on Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) initiatives. It will also serve as an opportunity for the three leaders to discuss hemispheric and global issues of importance to North America.
America is economically stronger when we participate fully in the worldwide economy. When 95% of the potential customers for American products live outside the U.S., America must reject policies that would result in economic isolationism.
The U.S. economy is structurally strong, but we are experiencing a period of economic challenge. Concern over the housing market has shaken the broader economy, but the
President believes the government can respect the principles of the free market, while also taking sensible, focused action to help responsible homeowners weather a rough
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President George W. Bush smiles in response to a reporter's question at a joint news conference Tuesday, April 22, 2008, with Mexico's President Felipe Calderon and Canadas Prime Minster Stephen Harper on the last day of the 2008 North American Leaders' Summit in New Orleans. White House photo by Chris Greenberg
President Bush on Wednesday said, "Dr. DeBakey has an impressive resume, but his truest legacy is not inscribed on a medal or etched into stone. It is written on the human heart. His legacy is the unlost hours with family and friends who are still with us because of his healing touch. His legacy is grandparents who lived to see their grandchildren. His legacy is holding the fragile and sacred gift of human life in his hands -- and returning it unbroken."
President Bush on Tuesday said, "So there are some hurdles, but this city has come a long way -- to the point where I felt very comfortable hosting the international conference with the President of Mexico and the Prime Minister of Canada. And I will tell you that not only did the leaders feel welcomed in New Orleans and feel comfortable in New Orleans and feel relaxed in New Orleans, but so did the delegations they brought with them. New Orleans is a great city to host a meeting or host a convention; they know what they're doing down here. The city is recovered, it's on its feet and it's bouncing back and it is an honor to be back here." In Focus: North American Leaders' Summit In Focus: Gulf Coast Recovery
President Bush on Tuesday said, "One of the things -- people ask, well, does it make sense for Mexico, Canada and the United States to meet? Absolutely, it makes sense. We're neighbors. A prosperous neighborhood is in our interests, a secure neighborhood is in our interests, and we share common values. So I'm not surprised we've had good meetings -- plus we like each other. It's easy to work with leaders who are straightforward and honest, tell you what's on their mind, and who care deeply about the people of their countries and who are problem solvers. That's how I have found this meeting and the previous meetings we've held." Joint Statement by President Bush, President Calderon, Prime Minister Harper In Focus: North American Leaders' Summit