President George W. Bush met with the Hoover Institution Board of Overseers on Monday, February 27, the first day of the overseers' annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Stephen J. Hadley, assistant to the president for national security affairs, also addressed the group. The meetings were held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House on Monday afternoon.
Earlier in the day, noted Middle East studies professor Fouad Ajami discussed the situation in Iraq and the steps its leaders and citizen can and should take in a talk to overseers and guests.
Ajami said he believes that the time has finally arrived and that the foundation is moving into place—after several rounds of elections in that country—for Iraqis to build what he called a "national unifying government."
His talk was titled "Changing Araby: American Power and the Battle for Arab Reform." He is professor and director of the Middle East Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced Studies.
Before dinner, Allan B. Hubbard, assistant to the president for economic policy and director of the National Economic Council, spoke. Overseers and guests attending the dinner also heard Edward P. Lazear, the new chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and a Hoover Institution senior fellow.