Bush Sr. lauds Obama's ADA proclamation

Former President George H.W. Bush applauded President Obama on Friday for taking the time to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Bush, in a statement distributed to reporters by the Obama White House, hailed the landmark legislation that he signed into law.

Bush said "there is no place in our society for prejudice of any kind, yet it was not that long ago when Americans with disabilities were often not given equal rights and opportunities."

"Whether the cause was ignorance or indifference, it was not acceptable," Bush said. "We can all take pride in how much the ADA has accomplished, which is evident every time you attend a sporting event, ride the subway or go to work. Yet there is always more to be done, which is why it’s good not only to celebrate our successes, but to look forward at what still must be done. As long as we never forget that every life is a miracle and each person has something to contribute, we will finish the job.”

Obama is planning to sign a proclamation Friday afternoon and announce that the U.S. will sign the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will introduce the president at the East Room ceremony.