Bush urges volunteerism as way to fight terrorism
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (CNN) -- A day after he outlined his vision for America in his State of the Union address, President Bush took his message on the road Wednesday and urged Americans to get involved in their communities as a way of fighting terrorism.
On the first leg of a two-day trip that will include stops in North Carolina, Florida and Georgia, Bush promoted the new USA Freedom Corps volunteer organization he announced in his address to Congress on Tuesday night.
In North Carolina, Bush said the September 11 attacks provoked in a new spirit of responsibility, a part of which is to perform community service.
"If people want to fight terror, do something kind for a neighbor, join the USA Freedom Corps, love somebody, mentor a child, stand up to evil with acts of goodness and kindness," Bush said.
"Not only will our country be better, but we will show the world that values -- universal values -- must be respected and must be adhered to."
In his State of the Union speech, Bush not only announced the creation of USA Freedom Corps, which includes community service programs related to homeland defense, but also he also pledged to expand existing volunteer programs such as AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps.
"At home you fight evil with acts of kindness," Bush said. "History has called us to action, and action we will take," he said.
The president those who want to get involved can get more information at www.usafreedomcorps.gov, or by calling 1-877-USA-CORPS.
In a speech Wednesday evening in Daytona Beach, Florida, Bush further echoed themes from his State of the Union address -- fighting terrorism and the recession while lauding the military and Americans' spirit.
"We have a chance to change this culture for the better," the president said. "We have a chance ... to turn the evil deeds and the evil acts into incredible, long-term good for the nation."
Bush is expected to make the final stop of his two-day tour of the Southeast on Thursday in Atlanta, Georgia.
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