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Bush addresses Urban League in
Detroit, courts black vote for '04

FOREST CASEY/Daily
Ann Arbor resident Becky Freligh and Margaret Stewart of Orinda, Calif. browse the
Ann Arbor Art Fair booth containing works by emerging artists in the School of Art
and Design on Friday.
Inside: Coverage of the Ann Arbor art fairs. Page 3.

By Justin Miller
Daily Staff Reporter
The Detroit chapter of the Urban
League played host to President Bush
last Friday, where he spoke of helping
blacks better their communities. The
visit came on the heels of an address
by Democratic presidential hopeful
John Kerry to the same audience the
day before.
"The thing I like about the National
Urban League is you believe in the
future of the African American com-
munity. You've got this great faith that
the future is going to be better, and I
share that," Bush said.
The president spoke about his
administration's record, focusing on
minority entrepreneurs, home own-
ership and education, all of which
culminated in Bush reaching out to

black voters - 92 percent of whom
voted for former vice president Al
Gore in 2000.
Bush began his talk with a reference
to a second-term agenda, the "owner-
ship society." The society aims to
increase economic wealth and to give
people greater control of their health
care, education and saving interests.
Bush said the society would "create an
environment where people have a
chance to realize their dreams by own-
ing their own business."
These new business communities

would need viable places for people
to live, which Bush seeks to help
provide with down payment coun-
seling and tax credits.
"Progress for African Americans
and all Americans depends on more
citizens living the dream of owning
their own home. There's nothing better
than somebody saying, 'Welcome to
my house,' " Bush said.
He added that more families went
on to own their own homes during his
time in office than ever before. In June
See BUSH, Page 2

"The thing I like about the National Urban
League is you believe in the future of the
African American community.
- President George W. Bush

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