Mr. Bush, who is in Beijing to watch four days of competition, told them he “wasn’t exactly sure what to say to you, except to start with, God, I love our country and I love what we stand for. “
“And I love being with you,” he said, as the athletes applauded.
“It’s got to be really exciting — thinking about marching in that stadium and representing our country. So I guess all I’ve got to say is, go forth, give it all you’ve got, and may God bless you,” he said.
The president also added: “We want you to win as many golds as you possibly can.”