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House Proceeding 01-22-09 on Jan 22nd, 2009 :: 1:21:00 to 1:31:10
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Mike Pence

1:20:56 to 1:21:16( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: that's wha i would say to him, mr. speaker. with that, mr. speaker, i would like to yield to congressman mike pence for sh time as he may consume. mr. pence: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i would ask, mr. speaker, for unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. so ordered.

Mike Pence

1:21:00 to 1:31:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mike Pence

Mike Pence

1:21:17 to 1:21:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: mr. pence: thank you, mr. speaker. and it is very humbling to follow wordof such eloquence and passion, but i'll do my best. in a few minutes. the old book says, if you owe debts, pay debts. if honor, then honor, if

Mike Pence

1:21:39 to 1:21:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: respect, then respect. and when i heard that the gentleman from arizona had organized a modest tribute to the 43rd president of the united states today on the house floor, i felt this was such a moment to pay a debt of honor and gratitude to a man

Mike Pence

1:22:00 to 1:22:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: with whom i did not always agree. and as i would sometimes joke at home, he almost always noticed. the time as a freshman i opposed thpresident's signature legislation no child left behind, the time that i and other republicans opposed

Mike Pence

1:22:23 to 1:22:44( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: other signature bills like the medicare prescription drug entitlement. this was a president who would let you know when he had a difference of opinion. but always respect flee -- respectfully and never spitefully.

Mike Pence

1:22:45 to 1:23:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: so i stand here today not as an apoll gist for -- anpologist for george w. bush, fighting against big government spending during the bush years, but i come here today among other cherished colleagues like the

Mike Pence

1:23:07 to 1:23:27( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: gentleman from iowa simply to say that i truly believe that this nation owes a debt of gratitude to george w. bush. i am struck and i suspect i will quote with atrish ution that the gentleman from arizona's remissive about

Mike Pence

1:23:28 to 1:23:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: popularity being the pocket change of history. it is a wonderful line. because it is my judgment as mr. franks just suggested that when the fullness of time arrives and the american people are able to see the contribution of this good and decent man in the context of

Mike Pence

1:23:49 to 1:24:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: history they will know that george w. bush served this nation with integrity and with courage and was in effect the kind of president that america needed during such a time as this.

Mike Pence

1:24:11 to 1:24:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: and i say that having -- and i told the president not long ago thatt was one of the greatest privileges of my life that the first eight years of my career in public service would coincide with his eight years in thehite house. i sensed a little emotion in his eyes when i said that and the bear hug that followed gave

Mike Pence

1:24:32 to 1:24:52( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: evidence of it. but, again, it wasn't because i always agreed with this president. it was because i saw when it mattered most, george w. bush did what he thought was right. regardless of what the polls said, regardless of what may have been in his personal interest.

Mike Pence

1:24:53 to 1:25:13( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: and i want to cite two specific examples and then close with a word about the fundamental character of the presidency and what character means to the office. the two occasions that will always be burned into my mind, because i lived them, i was

Mike Pence

1:25:14 to 1:25:34( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: here that day and in those days were in effect a day in september in 2001 and another day in the latter days of 2006 and early 2007. in september, 2001, i scarcely

Mike Pence

1:25:35 to 1:25:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: need to say to you, mr. speaker, and anyone looking in about the service this president rendered to america. in what at least matched her darkest hour as the buildings fell, and the smoke was still rising from the pentagon, as i

Mike Pence

1:25:58 to 1:26:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: had made my way home to hug my small children and had worked my way back into this closed city for official meetings, as i crossed that bridge, the two marine one helicopters blew past me maybe 50eet off the deck and our president went back to the

Mike Pence

1:26:22 to 1:26:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: white house that day. shoulders back, he stood tall. a few days later he would literally stand amidst the rubble of september 11 and ground zero and drape his arm over a firefighter and speak into a bullhorn words that

Mike Pence

1:26:44 to 1:27:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: would echo american resilience around the world, and the nation was no longer afraid. i won't add any more to that because seems to me in that moment when my great-grandchildren ok back at these times, more than any other aspect of grge w.

Mike Pence

1:27:05 to 1:27:26( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: bush's career, he will be judged in that moment and he will not be found wanting. you talk about approval ratings. i think it was following that moment that a man who left office as one of the least popular presidents in our history was for a time the most popular president in american history.

Mike Pence

1:27:27 to 1:27:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: but i can assure you having spoken to him privately, none of that mattered to him. didn't matter that he was popular. didn't matter that he was unpopular. he did what he thought was right tore the american people and he did it -- for the american people and he did it for the american people. i was called over to the white house i believe it was in early

Mike Pence

1:27:49 to 1:28:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: 2007, his party had just experienced devastating losses in the hid term elections and a few of us that survived was invited over to the white house for a meeting with the president. everyone who was anyone in this town thought that the president would announce a retreat from iraq. the president called myself and

Mike Pence

1:28:12 to 1:28:34( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: about 15 other members into the cabinet room, members of the foreign affairs committee and armed services and said i counseled with this general i am going to put in charge. his ne is petraeus. says he has a new idea how we can put things back together in iraq. and he said i'm going to give him what he's asking for and

Mike Pence

1:28:35 to 1:28:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: i'm going to put him in charge and because, he said words i'll never forget, i decided i don't want to lose. as i told the president personally a year later, i believe in the fullness of time when the history of this time is written that will go down as one of the most courageous decisions by an american

Mike Pence

1:28:58 to 1:29:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: president in a time of war. all public opinions suggested, all the polling, rather, that was out suggested that a majority of americans wanted to get out regaless of the cost, forget about the sacrifices that have been made but this president decided not to lose. and he looked for a way to make it work and he went to the american people.

Mike Pence

1:29:20 to 1:29:40( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: and as is undeniable today, the surge worked. i believe the gentleman from iowa recently mentioned that more people have di in accidents in iraq since last summer than have died in combat-related violence. is it still a dangerous place? certainly. are the challenging days ahead? of course.

Mike Pence

1:29:41 to 1:30:02( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: is there a lethal enemy there and in the region? yes. but it's not what it was in 2006. and that's because of the character anthe resilience of this man. so on those two occasions we saw character. and i believe that even though i disagreed with the president on the bailout last fall and again today on the floor, i

Mike Pence

1:30:03 to 1:30:26( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: disagreed with the spending record, in those moments the character that's shown through was a service to the nation and my family was safer as a result. last thought. it's been a long time since the 1990's. and people forget how embarrassed the american people

Mike Pence

1:30:27 to 1:30:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: were by what happened in the oval office by the pdecessor of this president. and i have no desire to revisit the sorted and lurid tales that were displayed before our children during the last administration. but to me the essence of the presidency is character. and george w. bush showed the

Mike Pence

1:30:50 to 1:31:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mike Pence: courage of his convictions in defending this country and he also showed through his integrity in office what it means to provide good and decent government and to be an example to the american ople and to our families and to our children.

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