Bush To Reassure Public Tomorrow A.M.
President Bush, who has said little publicly during this week's prolonged market dive, will make a statement about the crisis Friday morning in the Rose Garden, the White House said late today.
Press secretary Dana M. Perino said Bush will "assure the American people that they should be confident that economic officials are aggressively taking every action to stabilize our financial system."
Bush will say that his administration has "the necessary tools to address the problem," and that Treasury is "moving quickly to use new tools to improve liquidity, which is the root cause of this problem," Perino said.
"Americans should be confident that every effort is being taken to stabilize our markets," Perino said.
After his Rose Garden statement Friday morning, Bush is scheduled to travel to Florida and South Carolina for most of the day. He will attend a pair of closed GOP fundraisers, meet with a group of Cuban-American leaders, and participate in a photo opportunity with the 2008 Little League Softball World Series Champions, according to his official schedule.
On Saturday back at the White House, Bush is likely to make another public statement after meeting with G7 finance ministers, administration officials said.
-- Dan Eggen
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