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Monday, December 1, 2003
 
Volume 39_Number 48
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 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.

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Monday, December 1, 2003
 
Volume 39_Number 48
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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 
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Monday, December 1, 2003
 
Volume 39_Number 48
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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

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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.


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Volume 39_Number 48
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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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