Speaking at the dedication ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Library on Thursday, former President Jimmy Carter offered Bush warm thanks and congratulations for his tenure as the nation’s commander-in-chief. Carter praised Bush’s commitment to peace in obscure global hotspots and added that Bush’s commitment to help the “most needy people on earth” earned his admiration.
Carter began the speech by noting that he asked Bush to focus on the civil conflict in Sudan in the opening days of his presidency. He noted that Bush made good on his word to focus on securing peace in that conflict.
Cater turned to Bush’s focus on reducing poverty and combating disease in the developing world during his tenure in the White House.
“He increased the development insistence to Africa, from the time he went in office until he left, from 1.4 billion dollars to more than 9 billion dollars,” Carter said. “He established the PEPFAR program – there were 50,000 HIV sufferers in Africa being treated when he came in office. When he left office, for a year, 2 million.”
“Let me say that I’m filled with admiration for you and deep gratitude for you about the great contributions you’ve made to the most needy people on earth,” Carter concluded.
Watch the speech below via C-SPAN 3:
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