Obama, today, overturning Bush’s 2001 order that limited funding for stem cell research:

In recent years, when it comes to stem cell research, rather than furthering discovery, our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values,

In this case, I believe the two are not inconsistent. As a person of faith, I believe we are called to care for each other and work to ease human suffering. I believe we have been given the capacity and will to pursue this research — and the humanity and conscience to do so responsibly.

Bush, 2001, issuing said order that limited stem cell research:

My position on these issues is shaped by deeply held beliefs. I’m a strong supporter of science and technology, and believe they have the potential for incredible good — to improve lives, to save life, to conquer disease.

Research offers hope that millions of our loved ones may be cured of a disease and rid of their suffering. I have friends whose children suffer from juvenile diabetes. Nancy Reagan has written me about President Reagan’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. My own family has confronted the tragedy of childhood leukemia. And like all Americans, I have great hope for cures.

I also believe human life is a sacred gift from our creator. I worry about a culture that devalues life, and believe as your president I have an important obligation to foster and encourage respect for life in America and throughout the world.

And while we’re all hopeful about the potential of this research, no one can be certain that the science will live up to the hope it has generated.

Obama: “I believe” 3 times; Bush: “My position… I have friends… I also believe”

Obama: “rather than furthering discovery”; Bush: “no one can be certain that the science will live up to the hope”

Obama: “our government has forced”; Bush: “I have an important obligation”

read Bush’s 2001 address on stem cell researchread today’s memorandum signed by President Obama