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Former president George W.
Bush in Midland Texas.
Let's listen in law.
I've got to thank the governor and the attorney general for joining us.
In all other state officials.
I thank represented top -- for joining us and -- game.
I thank the -- congressman from this district Michael Connelly for flying now from Washington.
And I thank my friend that gatlin boys west Texas race.
-- him to appreciate Rodney -- And and Lee -- it's awfully kind of these entertainers to happen.
Keep you busy while we were winging our way home.
Today was a great day for America and a good man.
Took the oath of office and we all our for our prayers for his success.
There is also a great day for the of the bush family.
We -- back in the state of Texas and we are here this day.
And yeah I tell people these days have been wrong.
But the years -- sure.
It just seemed like yesterday that you -- -- with the sendoff from this plaza.
To Washington DC.
What has changed is the weather.
They have said that -- -- on great terms.
And now we're back in what a trip it has been -- We saw some the most trying days in America's history.
And some of the very best of our citizens.
This guy like -- and -- an elementary school.
Spent the night and bucking -- palace.
This changes -- a product got to go all over the world.
-- this -- high school graduate.
We came face to face -- gains.
-- And a son in law.
Was a joyous experience.
But his -- there was nothing compares texas' since.
The tonight I have the privilege of saying six words.
That I have been -- -- -- for awhile.
It is good to be helped.
May have -- a brings back a lot of memories.
-- won't have straight street that was picked up more than a half century ago there's -- little house.
It was bought by George and Barbara Bush.
It's incredible to think that that little house on Ohio street.
With the home to residents of the United States.
Governor of the state of Florida.
They told me to have.
Becoming a -- museum.
Bush boyhood home -- never quite figured out editing called the George H.
Bush home that George W got to let him.
But mother who just left us along with -- had -- head west.
If there were in Washington today for the inauguration.
Flew down -- an airplane with us.
She -- when she heard about image and you.
Better go clean your -- I will always.
For the unconditional.
Love of my parents.
There is no doubt.
-- that unconditional love.
-- gave me the I guess you'd -- courage.
To run for president of the United States.
And to my mother and father I can't tell you how much other.
And Midland is also the side of the most important meeting in my life.
Far more meaningful than any meeting in the Oval Office.
And have been and O'Neill's backyard.
Had a barbecue.
-- -- at home -- can't hometown girl named Laura Welch I fell in love with her -- today.
I convinced her to marry me a couple of months later and I have felt blessed.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And history will show that she was a friend.
It was First Lady.
A lot of other sources of strength during my eight years.
I am blessed with a -- fans.
-- -- traveling with us today and -- Kennedy brought such joy and happiness of the White House and I loved him dearly as well.
My Brothers and -- off three of my Brothers were born here and Midland Texas by the way.
They were great crowds during this experience.
I was blessed with a fantastic administration.
I want to thank.
My friend Dick Cheney is a great vice president.
And those who served and I can't some of them.
Honor me -- find out -- airplane today Margaret Spellings secretary of education Alberto Gonzales attorney general.
I want to thank.
We have a staff of people.
I was truly blessed to have people.
Work with me.
People who came to Washington DC.
Not to serve George Bush.
Not deserve a political power.
But they came to.
Because they wanted to serve the United States of America and they did a fabulous.
-- -- job and I believe me forever right.
I am grateful.
Prayers at the American people.
I have been sustain.
By an almighty god during eight years your friends.
And have a sustained -- my buddies and not tell people all the time great thing about -- friends they were friends before politics.
They were friends -- in politics.
-- my friends after politics.
-- didn't care what happened here in politics.
Products a lot of -- -- we have support.
In a place we call home and really him.
As a reminder of my feelings toward.
Now my friends.
People I grew up where I had four meetings in the oval office of the great state of Texas -- -- there from day one.
And the message is clear.
-- I may have left taxes.
Never left us and we thank.
The values are and I learned here in west Texas have guided us throughout our lives and it guided us during our time in Washington.
This is the place where people treat each other -- decency and respect.
We're neighbors look -- neighbors.
And we're character.
Counts an awful lot.
West Texas a place of tremendous optimism and you've got a note even during some of the most difficult days of my presidency.
I was always optimistic about our future.
I had great faith in the American people.
And faith in some fundamental truths.
Every day act.
Followed a set -- clear principles.
Principles that I learned from my family principles I've learned from a growing up -- here in west Texas and and throughout the state.
Must be responsible for the actions taken -- Our nation thrives when government trust people -- decisions about their own money and their lives.
The strong have an obligation to defend the week.
Is a universal gift.
Of an almighty god.
And America should use its influence.
To be a force for good world.
Do it all.
I -- -- those convictions.
And we took on big issues.
I always felt it was important to tackle the tough issues today and not try to pass him on the future presidents.
And future generations.
I never took an opinion -- tell me what to think.
And -- coming home with my head held -- -- a sense of accomplishment.
The standards and achievements in public schools and achievement gap between white students and minority students is closed for the good of the United States of America.
Seniors -- have a prescription drug benefit in Medicare.
We cut taxes for everybody who pays taxes in the United States of America.
We -- prior -- armies of compassion.
-- -- citizens all across our country we save millions from HIV aids and malaria.
We -- good judges like Sam Alito and -- -- job.
And after our nation was attacked on September 11 2001.
A day that changed me forever.
We took defied terrorist world.
We -- threatening regime in Afghanistan and Iraq.
And liberated fifty million people from the -- We work to expand freedom and human liberty.
As the alternative to tyranny and terror.
No matter what you're not -- you agreed with my decisions -- not.
One thing -- agree -- Is that we have not been attacked in the last seven years.
There's a tribute to all.
Who toil day and night to keep -- safe.
The men and women who Wear our nation's uniform.
Our greatest -- stand before troops.
And meet their families.
Go to Walter Reed.
And have a soldier look you in the face -- Mr.
President I'd do it all over again.
Let me get -- to get -- -- go back and defend the United States.
There is nothing I will miss more.
And be in the commander in chief of such an unbelievable group of men and women.
But there were some good days.
-- listen to update us.
And every day it was an honor to be your president.
I gave it all.
Some fans what I did wasn't popular.
That's okay always do what I thought was right.
In my last.
Commencement speeches president.
I went to Texas a and M university.
I think popularity.
Is as fleeting as the Texas win.
Are sturdy as heroes.
History will be the judge my decisions but when I walked out of the Oval Office this morning.
I left with the same values.
That I took to Washington eight years ago.
When I get home -- look in America.
I'm not gonna regret what I see and good maybe.
-- -- -- Now we're back home -- a few things to figure out like.
What exactly we're gonna do it.
Fortunately got a place to live -- delegated that decision to Laura -- -- a -- place in Dallas I think.
I haven't seen -- My call that -- First faith based initiative of the post presence.
-- come up with ideas have been learning about what -- predecessor my predecessors have done after leaving office Theodore Roosevelt took a safari to Africa explored Amazon.
Dwight Eisenhower -- to places on phone calls.
The president number 41.
Society was gonna jump out of an airplane.
My dad is America's only skydiving former president.
And that's a title he's going to keep.
Tomorrow -- plan on having a relaxing morning.
-- -- We'll get up.
And we'll make oracle -- In the newspaper calls from friends read books he did those go fishing and take -- law.
By that time I figured to -- -- in the morning.
What happens when -- attacked a personality.
-- -- I was excited about it cooking again.
It's kind of she told me -- decided that anymore and along.
Taking out the trash.
It's my new domestic agenda.
We're not spent some time catching up with our family -- wanting what you -- some interest -- -- the first former president.
To be able to share.
The post presidency.
With both my parents.
Got some -- ideas.
I plan on keeping busy and so does Laura.
We may be retired.
But we're not tired out.
We'll write a book.
I want people to be able to understand what it was like.
In the Oval Office when I had to make some of the tough decisions.
That I was called upon to make.
You know history kids to.
Take a little time.
People just remember what happened and they haven't objective camp.
What took place.
And I'd like to -- apartment and real history.
This administration come to -- And a few speeches it.
But it presidential center.
-- alma mater southern Methodist university in Dallas.
A place to promote the ideals of freedom.
And personal responsibility.
You know there hadn't been one of these places built.
In the heartland of America.
I'm glad to be put my right here.
I want you to know.
That I will for ever be optimistic about our country.
You see I was privileged.
Privilege to see that character.
And the courage.
Of the American people.
-- -- -- -- To have to see what I have seen.
You know I'll never forget -- -- -- Kansas got destroyed by a tornado.
And these people should nothing's gonna keep us -- I went back a year later to get the high school graduation speech.
And -- -- pick themselves up and rebuild their community -- told a story the other night.
When I gave my farewell address in the east room of the White House.
Better gotten an amendment -- -- publisher right quick if you didn't your story one of the things that it was spent time meeting with the families of the fallen.
-- Washington know that the comforter in chief.
Was always the person you've got comfort in those meetings.
The strength of good families of our troops just -- Their love of their children.
Summit this guy he said I want to join the military to honor my son.
Former president George W.
Bush -- -- know -- ceremonial welcoming ceremony in Midland Texas.
After flying back from.
A long day here on the capitol watching the 44 president of the United States he's -- -- -- will react and get some reaction to all of the day's events with our panel on the fox all --
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