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President Bush Discusses War on Terror in Arkansas

Aired June 3, 2002 - 13:08   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: Right now, we want to take you to Little Rock, Arkansas, where the president of the United States is being greeted there by a welcoming committee before his remarks on welfare reform this afternoon.

Right now, he is talking to these organizers here about the war on terror as well as some security lapses discovered between the CIA and the FBI. Let's listen in for just a bit.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Our goal is peace. We never have sought revenge. This great country seeks justice, and we want you to be living in a world that is peaceful, so when you grow up, you can feel freedom and be free.

But also at home we have a chance to show out of evil can come some incredible good. People say to me, "What can I do to join this great country in the war on terror?" And my answer is, "Love a neighbor like you'd like to be loved yourself." If you want to fight evil, do some good.

(APPLAUSE)

If you want to fight evil, help somebody who needs some help. And those acts can be great acts or they can be small acts, but they all add up. Our society can be saved one heart and one soul, one conscience at a time. And I recognize, while one person can't do everything, one person can do something to make a difference in somebody's life.

(APPLAUSE)

You've seen how people have taken a look at their own lives and at their own soul since 9/11. You've seen moms and dads recognize their most important job, if they happen to have a child, is to love their children and remind them they love them. That's part of a compassionate society.

There are people all across this country who hear a call to help somebody. It's not a government-issued call. Really, when you think about it, it's a call of conscience and a call of heart. All the president can say, "If you want to help, please help." And I do that all the time. We've got the USA Freedom Corps, Peace Corps, ways to help -- and AmeriCorps.

And today we've got with us Brenda Ross (ph), who's a USA Freedom Corps honoree, full-time AmeriCorps VISTA (ph) volunteer. She works in making sure people who need food get food. She's working in Boys and Girls Clubs.

I don't know where Brenda is.

But anyway, she is one of the soldiers in the armies of compassion.

LIN: President Bush talking about the soldiers of compassion, part of the American endeavor, extension of the war on terror to do more for one another after 9/11. Don't forget, President Bush talking about welfare reform there in Little Rock, Arkansas this afternoon in the 2:00 hour Eastern time. So, stay tuned for that.

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