June 16, 2008
Statement By the First Lady During a Visit to the Charles Dickens House and Museum
10:08 A.M. (Local)
MRS. BUSH: One of the reasons I really wanted to come to the Charles Dickens house is because I think it's so important for us as English-speaking people to be aware of what our literature is, and certainly Charles Dickens is very well known and very popular and studied in the United States.
And then this year, because Ford Theatre is closed for renovation and to add a very nice visitors center next door, they came and produced a part of the play at the White House for our Christmas party that we had for our -- the children's Christmas party that the President has traditionally every year at the White House.
So I think it's really important for all of us to continue to read literature. There are a lot of studies now that show a lot of Americans are what is called alliterate -- they can read but they don't. They work on a computer or they watch television. And it will be a huge loss for all of us if we don't read our literature, because that's how our ideas and our values are transmitted from generation to generation.
So I especially wanted to pay my respects to the work of Charles Dickens by visiting here.
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