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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iv] Monday, December 1, 2003 Volume 39_Number 48 Pages 1677 1717 Contents WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. 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[[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings; Meetings With Foreign Leaders Arizona Bush-Cheney reception in Phoenix--1704 Los Olivos Senior Center in Phoenix--1698 Colorado Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs--1687 Troops at Fort Carson--1684 Iraq Air Force One, remarks aboard--1710 Troops at a Thanksgiving dinner in Baghdad--1709 Medicare reform legislation--1687 Nevada Bush-Cheney luncheon in Las Vegas--1694 Spring Valley Hospital in Las Vegas--1688 Radio address--1679 Thanksgiving turkey presentation ceremony--1680 United Kingdom, arrival from--1678 Bill Signings Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2004, statement--1680 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 Remarks--1681 Statement--1683 Communications to Congress Japan-U.S. Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, message transmitting--1688 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters aboard Air Force One--1710 Letters and Messages Eid al-Fitr, message--1687 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Iraqi Governing Council--1709 Proclamations National Family Week--1678 Thanksgiving Day--1677 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings 40th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy--1677 House of Representatives passage of Medicare reform legislation-- 1680 Overseas force posture, ongoing review--1704 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1716 Checklist of White House press releases--1716 Digest of other White House announcements--1714 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1715 Editor's Note: The President was at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, TX, on November 28, the closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in this issue will be printed next week. [[Page iv]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 1677]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1677] Monday, December 1, 2003 Volume 39_Number 48 Pages 1677 1717 Week Ending Friday, November 28, 2003 Statement on the 40th Anniversary of the Death of President John F. Kennedy November 21, 2003 This weekend the American people turn our thoughts to images of 40 years ago and to the good and graceful life that ended on November 22, 1963. John F. Kennedy has been gone nearly as long as he lived, yet the memory of him still brings pride to our Nation and a feeling of loss that defies the passing of years. We remember a man who welcomed great responsibilities and had a gift for awakening the idealism and sense of duty in others. We remember a leader who called our Nation to high purpose and saw America through grave dangers with calm, discernment, and personal courage. We recall, with much affection and respect, the charming and dignified manner that became familiar to us all in the years of President Kennedy's service. On this day especially, we think of a young father whose wife and family faced sorrow with dignity and a courage of their own. America still misses our 35th President, and Laura and I join our fellow citizens in honoring the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1677-1678] Monday, December 1, 2003 Volume 39_Number 48 Pages 1677 1717 Week Ending Friday, November 28, 2003 Proclamation 7738--Thanksgiving Day, 2003 November 21, 2003 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Each year on Thanksgiving, we gather with family and friends to thank God for the many blessings He has given us, and we ask God to continue to guide and watch over our country. Almost 400 years ago, after surviving their first winter at Plymouth, the Pilgrims celebrated a harvest feast to give thanks. George Washington proclaimed the first National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789, and Abraham Lincoln revived the tradition during the Civil War. Since that time, our citizens have paused to express thanks for the bounty of blessings we enjoy and to spend time with family and friends. In want or in plenty, in times of challenge or times of calm, we always have reasons to be thankful. America is a land of abundance, prosperity, and hope. We must never take for granted the things that make our country great: a firm foundation of freedom, justice, and equality; a belief in democracy and the rule of law; and our fundamental rights to gather, speak, and worship freely. These liberties do not come without cost. Throughout history, many have sacrificed to preserve our freedoms and to defend peace around the world. Today, the brave men and women of our military continue this noble tradition. These heroes and their loved ones have the gratitude of our Nation. On this day, we also remember those less fortunate among us. They are our neighbors and our fellow citizens, and we are committed to reaching out to them and to all of those in need in our communities. This Thanksgiving, we again give thanks for all of our blessings and for the freedoms we enjoy every day. Our Founders thanked the Almighty and humbly sought His wisdom and blessing. May we always live by that same trust, and may God continue to watch over and bless the United States of America. Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 27, 2003, as a National Day of [[Page 1678]] Thanksgiving. I encourage Americans to gather in their homes, places of worship, and community centers to share the spirit of understanding and prayer and to reinforce ties of family and community. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty- eighth. George W. Bush [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 10:46 a.m., November 24, 2003] Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on November 25. The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language version of this proclamation. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1678] Monday, December 1, 2003 Volume 39_Number 48 Pages 1677 1717 Week Ending Friday, November 28, 2003 Remarks on Arrival From the United Kingdom November 21, 2003 Good evening. Laura and I have just returned from Great Britain, where we had a fantastic trip. Her Majesty the Queen was a great host. Of course, we spent some time today in Tony Blair's constituency, which was not only a lot of fun, but it was a chance to continue our dialog about how to fight and defeat terror. We've got a special relationship with Great Britain. That relationship was reaffirmed during the last 3 days. Back here at home, I'm pleased that the Congress passed the Healthy Forests Initiative, which will help us maintain our national treasure, our forests, again providing a commonsense strategy and making sure that the fire hazards that we've seen over the last couple of summers are mitigated as best as possible. Secondly, I was pleased that House of Representatives passed an energy bill. This Nation needs an energy bill. It needs an energy plan. A minority of Senators are holding it up. For the sake of our national security and economic security, the Senate has got to pass this bill. And finally, as you know, the Medicare legislation is--will be debated tonight in the House of Representatives and eventually in the Senate. It is an important time for Members of the U.S. Congress to honor our obligations to our seniors by providing a modern Medicare system, a system that includes prescription drugs and choices for our seniors. I urge the House and the Senate to pass this good piece of legislation. We're glad to be home. It's good to see you all. Good night. Thank you.
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