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Bush asks American to 'stand with me'

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush poked fun at his own quirks Thursday during his address to the 2004 GOP national convention.

"In the last four years, you and I have come to know each other. Even when we don't agree, at least you know what I believe and where I stand," Bush said. "You may have noticed I have a few flaws, too. People sometimes have to correct my English I knew I had a problem when (Calif. GOP Gov.) Arnold Schwarzenegger started doing it."

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"Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called 'walking.' And, now and then, I come across as a little too blunt and for that we can all thank the white-haired lady sitting right up there," Bush said, gesturing to his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush.

But Bush also attempted to set a tone of historical importance for the delegates at the convention and the billions of people watching his speech around the globe. "This moment in the life of our country will be remembered. Generations will know if we kept our faith and kept our word," Bush said.

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"Generations will know if we seized this moment, and used it to build a future of safety and peace. The freedom of many, and the future security of our nation, now depend on us. And tonight, my fellow Americans, I ask you to stand with me," Bush said.

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