July 4th, 2007
11:47 AM ET
4 years ago

Bush highlights Iraq at troop rally

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Bush returned to the White House Wednesday morning after addressing troops and families at a West Virginia Air National Guard hangar.

Mr. Bush traveled by Marine One to Martinsburg, where he shook hands with soldiers of the 167th Airlift Wing. Discussing the war in Iraq, Mr. Bush told the crowd, “Victory in this struggle will require more patience, more courage, and more sacrifice. And we've lost some good men and women in this fight. And so, on this Fourth of July, we pause to remember the fallen and the grieving families they have left behind. We hold them in our hearts, we lift them up in our prayers, and we pledge to honor their memory by finishing the work for which they have given their life.”

A White House spokesman said the President will spend the rest of the day with friends and family, including his parents and daughters. They will mark the Fourth, and also have an early celebration for the President’s 61st birthday, two days away.

– CNN Political Desk Managing Director Steve Brusk


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  1. Mike, Corpus Christi Texas

    Just same old propaganda rephrased differently.

    "Victory in this struggle will require more patience, more courage, and more sacrifice." Please MrBush, give us all a break already! We've heard it before! Same old hat! Of course you're going to continue "Your War" because after all, you stared it!

    "I'm also not very analytical. You know I don't spend a lot of time thinking about myself, about why I do things." GWB-aboard Air Force One, 6-4-2003.

    July 4, 2007 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    "We hold them in our hearts, we lift them up in our prayers, and we pledge to honor their memory by finishing the work for which they have given their life.”

    Bush is so full of it, it's a wonder he hasn't blown up by now! Another of his speils in an effort to make his citizens believe the Iraq War has validity.

    Honour their memory by finishing the work for which they have given their lives !!! He doesn't know what the word Honour means or he would have honoured the majority of his citizens' pleas (you know the ones who put him in office) and pleaded for him to END THE WAR.

    Bush is the greatest marketing campaign GRAVOL ever had!

    I can't imagine how any American who Respects their Nation can foster any Respect or Loyalty for this man. Or how any American could condemn Bill Clinton and find a positive comment for Bush!!!

    July 4, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |