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Monday, September 1, 2003
Volume 39--Number 35
Pages 1105-1126


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Addresses and Remarks

    Minnesota, Bush-Cheney luncheon in St. Paul--1106
         American Legion National Convention in St. Louis--1110
         Dinner for Senator Christopher S. ``Kit'' Bond in St. Louis--
    Radio address--1105

 Communications to Congress

    Federal employees, letter transmitting an alternative plan for 
        locality pay increases--1121
    Federal expenditures for climate change programs and activities, 
        letter transmitting report--1123

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Assistance for Voluntary Population Planning, memorandum--1124
    Export-Import Bank Support for U.S. Exports to Iraq, memorandum--

Letters and Messages

    40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s ``I Have a Dream'' 
        speech, message--1122


    Family Day--1123
    To Extend Duty-Free Treatment for Certain Agricultural Products of 
    Women's Equality Day--1115

Statements by the President

    Death of John J. Rhodes--1106
    India, terrorist bombings in Mumbai--1106
    Report of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board--1114

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1126
    Checklist of White House press releases--1125
    Digest of other White House announcements--1124
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1125


Editor's Note: The President was at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, TX, on 
August 29, 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, September 1, 2003
Volume 39--Number 35
Pages 1105-1126
Week Ending Friday, August 29, 2003
The President's Radio Address

August 23, 2003

    Good morning. Earlier this week, terrorists struck the United 
Nations headquarters in Baghdad. The U.N. personnel and Iraqi citizens 
killed in the bombings were engaged in a purely humanitarian mission. 
Men and women in the building were working on reconstruction, medical 
care for Iraqis, and the distribution of food. Among the dead was Sergio 
Vieira de Mello, the U.N. Representative for Iraq, a good man serving an 
important cause.
    On the same day, a terrorist in Jerusalem murdered 20 innocent 
people riding a bus, including 5 Americans. The killer had concealed 
under his clothing a bomb filled with metal fragments, designed to kill 
and injure the greatest number of people possible. Among the 110 people 
hurt were 40 children.
    These two bombings reveal once again the nature of the terrorists 
and why they must be defeated. In their malicious view of the world, no 
one is innocent. Relief workers and infants alike are targeted for 
murder. Terrorism may use religion as a disguise, but terrorism violates 
every religion and every standard of decency and morality.
    The terrorists have declared war on every free nation and all our 
citizens. Their goals are clear. They want more governments to resemble 
the oppressive Taliban that once ruled Afghanistan. Terrorists commit 
atrocities because they want the civilized world to flinch and retreat 
so they can impose their totalitarian vision. There will be no flinching 
in this war on terror, and there will be no retreat.
    From Afghanistan to Iraq to the Philippines and elsewhere, we are 
waging a campaign against the terrorists and their allies wherever they 
gather, wherever they plan, and wherever they act. This campaign 
requires sacrifice, determination, and resolve, and we will see it 
through. Iraq is an essential front in this war. Now we're fighting 
terrorists and remnants of that regime who have everything to lose from 
the advance of freedom in the heart of the Middle East.
    In most of Iraq, there is steady movement toward reconstruction and 
a stable, self-governing society. This progress makes the remaining 
terrorists even more desperate and willing to lash out against symbols 
of order and hope like coalition forces and U.N. personnel. The world 
will not be intimidated. A violent few will not determine the future of 
Iraq, and there will be no return to the days of Saddam Hussein's 
torture chambers and mass graves.
    Working with Iraqis, coalition forces are on the offensive against 
these killers. Aided by increasing flow of intelligence from ordinary 
Iraqis, we are stepping up raids, seizing enemy weapons, and capturing 
enemy leaders. The United States, the United Nations, and the civilized 
world will continue to stand with the people of Iraq as they reclaim 
their nation and their future.
    We're determined as well not to let murderers decide the future of 
the Middle East. A Palestinian state will never be built on a foundation 
of violence. The hopes of that state and the security of Israel both 
depend on an unrelenting campaign against terror, waged by all parties 
in the region. In the Middle East, true peace has deadly enemies. Yet 
America will be a consistent friend of every leader who works for peace 
by actively opposing violence.
    All nations of the world face a challenge and a choice. In continued 
acts of murder and destruction, terrorists are testing our will, hoping 
we will weaken and withdraw. Yet across the world, they are finding that 
our will cannot be shaken. Whatever the hardships, we will persevere. We 
will continue this war on terror until all the killers are brought to 
justice, and we will prevail.
    Thank you for listening.

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Note: The address was recorded at 10:30 a.m. on August 22 in Bend, OR, 
for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on August 23. The transcript was made 
available by the Office of the Press Secretary on August 22 but was 
embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office of the Press 
Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this address.

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Week Ending Friday, August 29, 2003
Statement on the Terrorist Bombings in Mumbai, India

August 25, 2003

    I strongly condemn the bombings in Mumbai, India, which killed 
dozens of innocent people and injured many more. Acts of terror are 
intended to sow fear and chaos among free peoples. I hope that the 
perpetrators of these murders will be identified quickly and brought to 
    On behalf of all Americans, I send condolences to all affected by 
today's tragedy and to the Government and people of India.

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Week Ending Friday, August 29, 2003
Statement on the Death of
John J. Rhodes

August 25, 2003

    John Rhodes was a statesman and a leader in the United States 
Congress. He was admired by Republicans and Democrats alike for his 30 
years of tireless work for the people he represented and the country he 
loved. Laura joins me in sending our thoughts and prayers to his wife, 
Elizabeth, and the entire Rhodes family.

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Week Ending Friday, August 29, 2003
Remarks at a Bush-Cheney Luncheon in St. Paul, Minnesota

August 26, 2003

    Thanks for the warm welcome. I appreciate such a huge response for 
our invitation to come for a little light meal. [Laughter] It's an honor 
to be back in the beautiful State of Minnesota and two such vibrant 
cities. The temperature differential is nice too, I might add. 
    I came up from Crawford today. What I really want to do is thank you 
for your support and your friendship and to let you know that today 
we're laying the groundwork for what is going to be a great national 
victory in November of 2004.
    I appreciate the fact that you have contributed, but I want you to 
know I'm going to count on you to contribute more. I need you to tell 
your neighbors, and for those of you who go to coffee shops, you be 
telling them in the coffee shops that this President and this 
administration will continue to work for a positive and hopeful vision 
for every single American.

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