Achieving the American Dream
“This visit is about what is fundamentally good and right about our country,” President Bush said in his speech. “It’s about determination, it’s about leadership, and it’s about decency.”
“The story of Sam Walton,” President Bush said, “is an illustration of the American dream. His success is our success.”
On the day of the ceremony, Angie Rose, now an executive assistant with Walmart in Bentonville, was working in loss prevention.
As a member of security, Angie helped prepare the headquarters for President Bush’s visit. Federal security teams swept the buildings with bomb-sniffing dogs, Angie recalls. Men were stationed on the roof to keep an eye out for threats.
Angie also had the privilege to watch Mr. Sam receive the award.
“I was never so proud to work for Walmart, for a company that had that opportunity to actually have the president come and honor Mr. Sam,” she says.
Committed to Community
President Bush praised Mr. Sam’s business success and his commitment to community.
“Of course, Mr. Sam’s a great businessman, but along with making a good profit he helps make good citizens of his people by encouraging them to help one another.”
As his voice cracked with emotion at one point, the president went on to say, “This nation honors him today as the outstanding example of American initiative and achievement.”