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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Cabinet meeting--1024
    Death of Bob Hope--983
    Maryland, departure from Andrews Air Force Base--983
    Medicare, 38th anniversary--1015
    Pennsylvania, National Urban League Conference in Pittsburgh--984
    Radio address--983

 Bill Signings

    Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003 and the accompanying 
        Executive order, statement--990

 Communications to Congress

    Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003 and the accompanying 
        Executive order, letter--993
    Clean Diamond Trade Act, implementing
        Letter on waiver certification--1002
        Letter transmitting Executive order--1001
    Emergency Response Fund, letter on the reallocation of funds 
        previously transferred--1023
    Iraq, national emergency
        Letter on continuation--1023
        Letter transmitting report--1023

 Communications to Congress--Continued

    Sierra Leone and Liberia, letter transmitting report on national 

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Waiving Prohibition on United States Military Assistance to Parties 
        to the Rome Statute Establishing the International Criminal 
        Court, memorandum--1003

 Executive Orders

    Blocking Property of the Government of Burma and Prohibiting Certain 
    Delegation of Certain Congressional Reporting Functions--1019
    Homeland Security Information Sharing--998
    Implementing the Clean Diamond Trade Act--999

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Cabinet Room--1024
    News conferences
         July 29 with Prime Minister Sharon of Israel--995
        July 30--1003
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Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Israel, Prime Minister Sharon--995


    Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Iraq--1022


    Death of Bob Hope--984

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Earth Observation Summit--1019

Statements by the President--Continued

    International initiative to help developing countries stop illegal 
    Senate filibuster of judicial nominees--1025

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1028
    Checklist of White House press releases--1028
    Digest of other White House announcements--1026
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1027

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Week Ending Friday, August 1, 2003
The President's Radio Address

July 26, 2003

    Good morning. This weekend marks the 13th anniversary of the 
Americans With Disability Act, one of the great compassionate acts of 
American Government. Since becoming law, the ADA has helped to improve 
the quality of life for more than 50 million Americans with physical and 
mental disabilities. As a result, it is easier today for people with 
disabilities to find a job, to enter public buildings, and to live more 
independently in their communities. These are all welcome changes in 
American life.
    Many citizens have dedicated themselves to serving the interests of 
persons with disabilities, and some of them are here with me at the 
White House. I am joined by members of the President's Committee on 
Mental Retardation. The men and women on this committee include people 
with disabilities as well as parents, teachers, health care workers, and 
advocates. They recently voted to change the committee's name to the 
President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, and I 
was pleased to sign an Executive order instituting that change.
    There is much more we can do to assure that Americans with 
disabilities are treated with dignity and respect. In 2001, I announced 
the New Freedom Initiative to further promote the full participation of 
people with disabilities in all areas of society. As part of the New 
Freedom Initiative, we're giving States funding to help people with 
disabilities commute to work or purchase equipment that allows them to 
work from home. We are promoting homeownership for people with 
disabilities and educating builders about the need for more accessible 
rental housing.
    We are working with Congress to provide record levels of funding for 
special education programs and to make sure the money is used to provide 
the most help to the most children. And we are making Government web 
sites more accessible to people with disabilities so that they can more 
easily find information about services and programs of the Federal 
Government. We're also focused on providing better care to people with 
mental illness. I'm committed to making sure people get the treatment 
and support they need and don't fall through the cracks.
    My administration continues to work with States to ensure full 
implementation of the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision. That decision 
rightly mandates that individuals with disabilities who can receive 
support and treatment in a community setting should be given an 
opportunity to live close to their families and friends whenever 
    People with disabilities now have more freedom to do productive work 
and live independent lives. We're making good progress toward ensuring 
that persons with disabilities know the American Dream is meant for 
them. With changes in old ways of thinking, the development of new 
technologies, and the Federal Government's firm commitment to equality, 
more and more people with disabilities continue to become full 
participants in the American life.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 2 p.m. on July 25 in the Cabinet Room 
at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on July 26. The 
transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
July 25 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office of 
the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this 

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Remarks on Departure From Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland

July 28, 2003

Death of Bob Hope

    Today America lost a great citizen. We mourn the passing of Bob 
Hope. Bob Hope made us laugh, and he lifted our spirits. Bob

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Hope served our Nation when he went to battlefields to entertain 
thousands of troops from different generations. We extend our prayers to 
his family. And we mourn the loss of a good man. May God bless his soul.
    Thank you all.

Note: The President spoke at 9:50 a.m. prior to boarding Air Force One. 
A tape was not available for verification of the content of these 

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Week Ending Friday, August 1, 2003
Proclamation 7694--Death of Bob Hope

 July 28, 2003

 By the President of the United States

 of America

 A Proclamation

    Today, America mourns the loss of one of its great treasures. A 
gifted comedian who entertained audiences for decades with his unique 
talents, Bob Hope brought joy and laughter to our Nation. By tirelessly 
entertaining America's troops, he demonstrated his extraordinary love of 
country and devotion to the men and women who have served in our 

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