President Bush gave U.S. Olympians a rousing White House send-off to next month's games in Beijing, urging them Monday to compete swifter, higher and stronger but also be mindful they will be ambassadors of liberty to the people of China and elsewhere.

Bush is attending the opening ceremonies on Aug. 8 and the first few days of the Games. Standing in the Rose Garden with about two dozen athletes, Bush said he is fired up to watch some of the competition.

"I can't wait to salute our athletes, and I can't wait to share in the joy of your triumphs," he said.