Thursday, June 22, 2006

Bush in Budapest

As the fiftieth anniversary of the Hungarian rebellion against Soviet domination approaches (historical review here), President Bush went to the capital, Budapest, to reflect.

President George W. Bush speaks from Gellert Hill in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, June 22, 2006. "Fifty years ago, you could watch history being written from this hill. In 1956, the Hungarian people suffered under a communist dictatorship and domination by a foreign power," said President Bush. "That fall, the Hungarian people had decided they had had enough and demanded change." White House photo by Paul Morse

From the White House transcript:
The lesson of the Hungarian experience is clear: Liberty can be delayed, but it cannot be denied. The desire for liberty is universal, because it is written by our Creator into the hearts of every man, woman, and child on this Earth. And as people across the world step forward to claim their own freedom, they will take inspiration from your example, and draw hope from your success.

President George W. Bush and Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany walk through the Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary, June 22, 2006. White House photo by Paul Morse

More photos here.

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