Remarks in Dinner Toast
Museo de Contemporaneo
March 22, 2002
8:00 P.M. (Local)
Presidente, Martha, Gobernador, distinguished guests, Laura and I thank you
for this dinner. And thank you for inviting us to Monterrey, a city that is
home to so much of Mexico's industry and enterprise, and a city that embodies
Mexico's prosperous future.
Monterrey has hosted a number of U.S. Presidents over the years, mi Papa, President
Clinton, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. When Presidents Camacho y Roosevelt
met here in April of 1943, they affirmed our two nation's World War II alliance
and agreed to closer economic cooperation. Today, we meet with a similar purpose.
We affirm our shared struggle against terror, and we work to promote the great
alternatives to terror, prosperity and freedom and hope.
President Fox, I deeply appreciate your friendship and counsel, especially since
September the 11th. And the people of the United States are grateful for your
visit to Ground Zero in New York to honor the victims. And the world appreciates
Mexico's support for the international coalition against terrorism. The terrorists
have declared war on civilization itself, and the civilized world will defeat
It wasn't all that long ago that Laura and I used to live right next door to
Mexico. During that time, I saw the steady emergence of a more confident and
more hopeful nation. I saw the strong and growing ties of culture and trade
and kinship between our countries. Mr. President, your election symbolized these
changes and has reinforced them. You're a true patriot with a compelling vision
for a stronger and more prosperous Mexico.
I tell the people of my country that a strong and prosperous Mexico is good
for the United States. We're working well together, and I am confident our important
work is just the beginning. We will build on the success of the North American
Free Trade Agreement, to expand the benefits of trade and markets to all of
We can build on our political cooperation to make real progress on drug trafficking,
environmental protection. And we will build a border that is more open and more
secure. And we will confront the issue of migration in a spirit of mutual respect.
The Mexican proverb tells us, Tenemos mal los momentos, es cuando se conocen
al los amigos. (Applause.)
Senor Presidente, the United States knows who our friends are, and your enduring
friendship allows me -- causes me to say muchas gracias. Today, we have a relationship
of unprecedented closeness and cooperation. By continuing to work together,
we can improve the lives of the people in our two nations, in our hemisphere
and in our world.
Mr. President, I offer a toast to you, your gracious wife, and the great friendship
between our two countries.