Wednesday, May 11, 2005
President Bush in Tbilisi, Georgia
President Bush & Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili
My Way News: "TBILISI, Georgia (AP) - President Bush, before a cheering crowd of tens of thousands of people, said Tuesday that the former Soviet republic of Georgia is proving to the world that determined people can rise up and claim their freedom from oppressive rulers.
'Your courage is inspiring democratic reformers and sending a message that echoes across the world: Freedom will be the future of every nation and every people on Earth,' Bush said in speech from the Freedom Square that symbolizes the city's democratic pursuits. 'You gathered here armed with nothing but roses and the power of your convictions and you claimed your liberty. And because you acted, Georgia is today both sovereign and free and a beacon of liberty for this region and the world.'
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said it was by far the largest gathering in the country since its independence, and it was certainly one of the largest Bush has ever addressed. Saakashvili, who led the Rose Revolution in 2003 that overthrew a corrupt government, praised Bush as "a leader who has contributed as much to the cause of freedom as any man of our time. ... We welcome a freedom fighter."
"You stood with us during our revolution and you stand with us today," Saakashvili said. "On behalf of my nation I would like to say, 'Thank you.'"