“Our first priority for today and in the coming days is to ensure the safety and well-being of those living in the Gulf Coast Region,” said Bush, who drew a long standing ovation as she walked onto the stage.
“To all of those living in the Gulf states, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you,” she said as Hurricane Gustav lashed New Orleans.
“When such events occur, we are reminded that first, we are all Americans — and that our shared American ideals will always transcend political parties and partisanship.”
Republican presumptive nominee John McCain ordered the suspension of most of the political activities on the convention’s opening day as a mark of respect to Gulf Coast communities feeling Gustav’s wrath.
His wife, who stood side-by-side on stage with Bush, who she hopes to succeed as first lady, called on delegates to help hurricane victims.
“I would ask that each one of us commit to join together to aid those in need as quickly as possible,” she said.
“As John has been saying for the last several days, this is a time when we take off our Republican hats and put on our American hats.”
Very interesting… helping one another, especially in times of crisis is what our country is all about. It’s obvious that these women are focused on what really matters at this time.