Friday, December 12, 2008

COM: Touched . . . deeply touched

Bush to speak at Texas A&M commencement
President to offer advice on seeking employment in current fiscal climate
The Associated Press, updated 6:51 a.m. CT, Fri., Dec. 12, 2008

WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush is delivering the final commencement speech of his presidency at Texas A&M University.

Rather than focus on policy, as he did in a speech this week, Bush planned to give some advice to the 3,700 graduates who will be receiving degrees Friday and seeking employment in the worst economic climate since the Great Depression.

White House press secretary Dana Perino said the president would talk about "how he thinks that they can have good and healthy and productive lives as American citizens graduating from Texas A&M University."

Bush also will talk about some of the people he has met during his eight years as president "and hold them up as examples of what these graduates could aspire to be," Perino said.

Bush has given 22 commencement speeches as president.

Besides providing the setting for his final presidential address to a graduating class, Texas A&M also has special meaning for Bush and his family. The College Station campus is the home of the presidential library of his father, former President George H.W. Bush.

In a speech this week to cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., Bush defended his policy of pre-emptive military action and said the country must stay on the offensive to protect its people.

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