Former President George W. Bush to speak to The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan May 28 2009

BENTON HARBOR, MICH. — Former President George W. Bush will be the final speaker in The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan’s 2008-2009 Speaker Series. He will speak May 28. This is only the second Bush address to a domestic audience since he left office in January. The member-only meeting will be at Lake Michigan College’s Mendel Center for Arts and Technology, Benton Township, Mich.

Bush was the 43rd President of the United States. He served two terms, from 2001 to 2009, during a momentous period in American history.

The most significant event in his tenure came on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks killed nearly 3000 people on American soil. President Bush devised a comprehensive strategy to protect the American people that led to reformation of the intelligence community and the establishment of new institutions including the Department of Homeland Security. His policies, while controversial at times, built global coalitions to remove violent regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, liberating more than 50 million people from tyranny. During the remainder of his presidency, the United States was not attacked again.

Working with leaders in Congress and elsewhere, President Bush implemented the No Child Left Behind Act that raised standards and accountability in public education, added a prescription drug benefit to Medicare that helped more than 40 million people, implemented free trade agreements with more than a dozen nations and designated more ocean area habitats for environmental protection than any predecessor. Also during his presidency, Bush launched historic efforts to fight HIV/AIDS and malaria in Africa and strengthened relations with India, China and Japan.

The Club is very honored that President Bush will make his second domestic post-presidency speech to its membership. The members look forward to his candid insights on his eight years in the White House and his experiences with other world leaders that continue to shape global events today.

Attendance at the Speakers Series is limited to The Economic Club members only. Because of expected record-setting attendance, no dinners will be served at this meeting. Tickets, however, are required to attend. Upton Hall members may request tickets online at www.TheEconClub.com or by phone at (269) 982-6010 until noon, May 25. Please visit www.TheEconClub.com for information about memberships or to add your name to the waiting list for the 2009-2010 series.

EDITOR:
You and your staff are invited to cover the meeting using pen and paper only.

No recording devices will be permitted, including, but not limited to, television cameras, recording microphones and tape recorders.

You may take still photos (no flash) during the first three minutes of President Bush’s main presentation.

President Bush will not take questions from the floor. Questions will be chosen from those submitted in advance. Pre-submit your questions for President Bush to EconClub@perryballard.com or Perry Ballard Incorporated, P.O. Box 240,
St. Joseph, MI 49085.  Questions must be received by May 20 to be considered.

We have appreciated our local media’s respect for our guests’ wishes in the past and know that you will graciously honor his as well.

We have reserved a table for the press to attend and would appreciate notification if you plan to send a representative, and the name of that person or persons.

To make press reservations for the May 28 George W. Bush meeting
please call (269) 982-6010 by noon, May 25, 2009.
Doors Open: 6 p.m.  No dinner will be served.  Speaker introduction: 7:25 p.m.

Upton Hall
Mendel Center for the Arts & Technology
Lake Michigan College
2755 East Napier Avenue (I-94 Exit 30)
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
(Please park on north side, accessible from Yore Ave., and use the Grand Upton Hall entrance.)