Mrs. Laura Bush speaks with faculty and students from Afghan universities and international schools, Sunday, June 8, 2008, during an unannounced visit to Kabul. Attending the meeting were representatives from Kabul University, American University of Afghanistan, International School of Kabul and the Women's Teacher Training Institute.
On June 8, 2008, First Lady Laura Bush made a surprize visit to Afghanistan. It was her third visit to Afghanistan. She visited with our troops at the Bagram Air Base, and during her day-long visit made stops in the Bamyan province and Kabul as well as Bagram Air Base.
"From overseeing hospitals to responding to [improvised explosive devices], your efforts are critical to our mission in Afghanistan," Bush said. "On behalf of President Bush and a grateful nation, thank you very much for your service to the United States of America. Every day, you risk your lives to protect the freedom that we hold so dear." Bush spoke to a crowd of several hundred in a large hangar and shared a few observations about the signs of progress that she had seen in Afghanistan throughout the day. "As you go about your daily duties, you are brining opportunity and security to the people of Afghanistan," she said.
In Bamyan, Mrs. Bush visited a Police Training facility, an orphanage, and a road construction project. She took her tour with Governor Sarabi, who is Afghanistan's only female governor. "All of these encouraging stories and all of these terrific things I saw today have been made possible by your efforts, and the efforts of the U.S. military," Bush said. Bush then met with members of a New Zealand-led provincial reconstruction team, who greeted her with a traditional war dance, complete with spears and war paint. "I can only imagine what the Secret Service thought, but their performance truly highlights the international makeup of security forces here in Afghanistan."
In Kabul, Mrs. Bush met with students from Kabul University, the Women's Teacher Training Institute, the American University of Afghanistan, and the International School of Kabul.
Thank you Mrs. Bush for a glimpse into the progess in Afghanistan that the media don't bother to report on. I am so proud of what we have accomplished there.