Published July 22, 2004
The following is a transcript of the remarks made by President Bush, Sept. 11 commission Chairman Thomas Kean and panel Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton following their discussion of the report:
BUSH: It's been my honor to welcome Chairman Kean, Vice Chairman Hamilton to the Oval Office.
We just had a good discussion about the 9/11 commission report.
I want to thank these two gentlemen for serving their country so well and so admirably. They've done a really good job of learning about our country, learning about what went wrong prior to September 11th, and making very solid, sound recommendations about how to move forward.
I assured them that where government needs to act, we will.
I want to thank the commission members as well. These people worked really hard, long hours. They took time out of their private lives to serve America and have left their mark in a very constructive and positive way.
These two men bring a commonsense approach to how to move forward. They recognize what I recognize, and America recognizes, that there's still a threat and that we in government have an obligation to do everything in our power to safeguard the American people.
And the report that they are about to present to me puts out some very constructive recommendations. And I look forward to studying their recommendations and look forward to working with responsible parties within my administration to move forward on those recommendations.
As well, we look forward to working with the Congress on the implementation of ways to do our duty. And the most important duty we have is the security of our fellow countrymen.
So thank you, gentlemen, for your service. Proud you're here. You did a wonderful job.
HAMILTON: Thank you, Mr. President.
KEAN: Mr. President, we'd like to present you a copy of our report. I thank you very much for giving me the honor of serving.
And I thank you also on behalf of the commission for unprecedented access to documents and cooperation from your administration. We were able to see things that no commission or no member of Congress has ever seen in doing our work. And we thank you for allowing us to do that.
BUSH: Thank you, Tom. Good job.
Thanks, Lee. Appreciate it.
Thank you all.