[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: GEORGE W. BUSH (2001, Book I)]
[March 6, 2001]
[Pages 196-197]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

[[Page 196]]

Exchange With Reporters Following a Meeting With Mayor
Richard M. Daley in Chicago, Illinois
March 6, 2001

President's Visit to Chicago

    Q. Why don't you tell us what's on the conversation table?
    Mayor Daley. [Inaudible]--a wonderful book on Chicago, the great 
past, present, and future of this city. So I'm very honored and pleased 
to be here at luncheon with the President.
    The President. I just got a lesson in Chicago politics. [Laughter]
    Q. What is that lesson, Mr. President?
    The President. [Inaudible]--for the second time in 6 months. 
    Mayor Daley. I told him we both have great brothers. [Laughter]
    The President. That if you run for President, make sure you get the 
mayor on your side. [Laughter]
    I respect Mayor Daley. I don't know if you remember, but every time 
I came to Illinois I always made a point of saying that I wish the mayor 
were on my side, because he'll make a huge difference for people he 
backs. More importantly, he's made a huge difference for the people of 
this city. He's one of the Nation's really good mayors.
    We had a long-ranging discussion, and I came just to introduce 
myself so he got to know me. And he now knows he can pick up the phone 
and call the White House anytime he needs to.
    Q. Can you give us a bit of insight into what you all talked about?
    The President. We talked about just about everything. We talked 
politics, of course, and we talked about issues that face Chicago. He 
gave me a lot of good advice--want to pay attention to the big-city 
mayors. And I told him we've got a lot in common. We're both problem 
solvers, the kind of people that when we identify a problem, we try to 
work hard to solve it. And that's what the mayor's reputation has been. 
I also thanked him for the good work he's done on education reform here 
in Chicago.

Tax Relief Legislation

    Q. How about selling him on the budget and tax cuts?
    The President. We didn't spend a lot of time on the budget. I'm 
going to spend a little more time downstairs on the budget. The mayor 
gave me some interesting advice on tax relief that--as you know, he 
made--well, he can speak for himself, but he talked about the earned-
income tax credit and the need for the good citizens of this city who 
are eligible for the EITC to go out and find it.

Vice President Dick Cheney

    Q. How's the Vice President?
    The President. I haven't talked to him. I talked to him late 
yesterday afternoon. He sounded great. He told me he'd be back to work 
    Q. Should he cut back on workload?
    The President. No, he shouldn't.
    Q. Why not? Is the job----
    The President. Well, because he's needed. This country needs his 
wisdom and judgment. And he's the kind of man who listens carefully to 
his body, and he is not going to put himself in a position where he gets 
very sick. Anytime there's any doubt as to whether or not he needs to 
see a doctor, he'll see a doctor. And he's plenty strong and plenty 
capable of carrying the workload that he's been working in the past.
    Keep in mind, I'm not his doctor. It's going to be up to his doctor 
and his wife and his family to make the 
decision. But I don't think he needs to cut back on his work.

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    Q. What advice did you offer--[inaudible]?
    Q. [Inaudible]--job of Vice President, with all it currently 
entails, too stressful for him?
    The President. Not at all.
    Ann [Ann Compton, ABC News], good to see you.

Note: The exchange began at 1:45 p.m. in the Executive Conference Room 
at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. A tape was not available for 
verification of the content of this exchange.