2006 Presidential speech in Hoover
The President began his five-minute speech in front of an invited audience at 12:06 PM. He opened by noting the recent dip in gasoline prices, but stressed that it was important to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. Standing in front of the E85 ethanol-based fuel pumps used by the Hoover Police Department, he recognized Hoover "for being innovative and progressive and for having a good football team," noting the presence of Mayor Tony Petelos and Officer Reggie Parker, who told the president he prefers E85 to gasoline. Bush also referred to research being done on alternative fuels at Auburn University. He closed by saying that Alabama, as an ethanol producer, and the nation's economy and environment all stand to benefit from the government's efforts to encourage the production and use of ethanol-based fuels.
Bush arrived at Birmingham International Airport aboard Air Force One at about 10:30 AM, greeted by Bob and Patsy Riley, Mayor Bernard Kincaid, Jefferson County Commissioner Bettye Fine Collins and other officials. While still at the airport, he presented a Volunteer Service Award to Calera's Heather Shufelt.
Bush later gave a 40 minute address, mostly in support of the military's ongoing "War on Terror" during a fundraiser for Governor's re-election campaign at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex. During the speech he attacked the Democratic Party, saying that "Five years after 9/11, the worst attack on American homeland in our history, the Democrats offer nothing but criticism, obstructionism and endless second guessing." During the speech he also praised Riley, as well as candidate for Lieutenant Governor Luther Strange and other prominent Republicans in attendance.
The President's plane departed the airport at about 2:45 PM.
- Kent, Dawn (September 29, 2006) "Whirlwind trip gets cheers from base." Birmingham News.