Time with the President

Yesterday, I attended the White House Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Conference in preparation for starting a new community service organization. This conference was inspirational – climaxing with President Bush speaking to values behind the government’s financial investment in grass root community service organizations.

The following quotes from his talk capture the values behind his faith-based initiatives: 

  • “We ought to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.”
  • “Compassion puts hope in people’s hearts.”
  • “Government should never fund faith, but should fund those who are serving others faithfully.”
  • “To who much is given much is required. We are to make a difference around the world.”
  • “We want to empower people to live lives of love and compassion.”
  • “A life almost destroyed by hate is restored by love and compassion.”

The President’s entire speech is posted on the White House website.

It was exciting to be with the President. He came across like a little boy – constantly shrugging his shoulders as if he were communicating – “Yep. Hi. I’m here. Isn’t this fun.” This is the second President I have seen in person. President Clinton was the first. I think I’m going to set a goal to personally see each President over the course of my life.


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