Text: Remarks by Education Secretary Chao to the Republican National Convention
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Wednesday, September 1, 2004; 9:29 PM
CHAO: Well, thank you, Mitch.
This is where I grew up and where my family still lives. And so I want to say a special hello also to my parents, my sisters, and my brothers-in-law who are here, also, with me.
It wasn't the Mayflower. It wasn't the Love Boat. But it brought us to this magical country and reunited our family so it was beautiful to me.
At first, the American language and culture were difficult obstacles for us to overcome. And one evening, shortly after moving into a small one-bedroom apartment in Queens, we were surprised by the doorbell.
Nobody knew us, so we wondered "Who could be at our door?" And when we opened the door, we were startled by the sight of a mob of people in disguise, pushing bags in our faces while chanting something that we couldn't understand.
We thought we were being held up. Terrified, we emptied our cupboards and gave them all of our food.
But I am not alone. President Bush has appointed a record number of Asian-Pacific Americans to the highest levels of his administration.
CHAO: And he has opened doors of opportunity to millions of other Americans, as well, by ensuring that quality education is available to everyone so that all Americans have the skills they need to compete in the 21st century work force.
And now he has challenged Congress to provide more support for America's community colleges, which train workers for high-growth fields.
Thanks to President Bush's tax relief, the economy is expanding, creating more than 1.5 million new jobs in the last eleven months.
CHAO: You know, for 400 years, people have come to America seeking freedom and opportunity. And many, like me, still remember the early days of struggle and promise on American soil.
This is the language we speak in America. This is America's promise of opportunity. Our ability to put the talents of a nation to work depends on the re-election of our president, President George W. Bush.