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President to take his message on the road

President Bush will begin a tour of three states Wednesday in a follow-up to his State of the Union address.
President Bush will begin a tour of three states Wednesday in a follow-up to his State of the Union address.  

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush is scheduled Wednesday to begin a two-day, three-state tour in the Southeast to promote education, security and health initiatives announced during his State of the Union address.

Bush's first stop will be Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The president will travel later Wednesday to Daytona Beach, Florida, and is expected Thursday in Atlanta, Georgia.

After arriving in North Carolina, Bush is set to talk with local emergency workers and to give a speech on homeland security. He also is expected to detail his program to help people who don’t have health insurance. The plan involves tax credits for families and more money for state programs, according to The Associated Press.

On Thursday, Bush’s scheduled theme is volunteerism. He is scheduled to talk to members of senior volunteer programs, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Later he is expected to tour the Volusia County Fire Services Training Center.

During his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Bush promoted a new initiative, the USA Freedom Corps, created to enhance the nation’s participation in public service. One area of service, Bush said, is teaching in public schools.

"We must upgrade our teacher colleges and teacher training and launch a major recruiting drive with a great goal for America: a quality teacher in every classroom," he said.

In his final stop, the president is expected to visit Atlanta's historic Booker T. Washington High, which opened in 1924 as the city’s first black high school.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., singer Lena Horne and Dr. Louis Sullivan, president of the Morehouse School of Medicine and former U.S. secretary of health and human services in the administration of Bush’s father, all attended the school, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.




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