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State Dining Room
7:30 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Laura and I are honored to have you here. Welcome. This is really one of the dinners that we look forward to the most. And we welcome the governors and the spouses. We welcome governors without their spouses. (Laughter.)
I appreciate members of my Cabinet for joining us. I also thank very much Governor Napolitano, who is the Chairman of the Governor's Association -- National Governor's Association, and Tim Pawlenty, the Vice Chairman of the Governor's Association, for joining us.
I thank the former governors who are in my Cabinet who have joined us: Secretaries Kempthorne, Johanns, and Leavitt. There's life after being a governor. (Laughter.)
I'm looking forward to our meetings tomorrow. It's a really good chance to talk about important issues for the country. I'm -- I believe that governors add a lot to the -- to the worth of our nation. And I believe if we work together, we can do a lot of good things. I'm looking forward to talking about the issue of homeland security. We need to protect our country. I'm looking forward to talking about education, and health care, and good, sound immigration policy. I'm looking forward to reminding me and you that when we work together, we can do big things, that we have an obligation to serve all the people.
And so tonight is a night to -- a festive night. Our friend, Ronan Tynan, is going to entertain you. I'm looking forward to it. I hope you are, as well.
And before I call up Janet, I'd like to offer a toast to the nation's governors.
(A toast is offered.)
END 7:32 P.M. EST