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lights. Are you ready? Now will you join me in the countdown? Five, 
four, three, two, one.

Note: The President spoke at 5:56 p.m. on the Ellipse during the annual 
Christmas Pageant of Peace. In his remarks, he referred to John 
Betchkal, president, Christmas Pageant of Peace; Peter Nostrand, 
chairman, Christmas Pageant of Peace, and his wife, Nancy; Dr. Robert H. 
Schuller, minister, Reformed Church in America; and Nichole Mastracchio 
and Clara Pitts, members, Brownie Troop 5179, Chantilly, VA.

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Week Ending Friday, December 3, 2004
Proclamation 7851--National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, 

 December 2, 2004

 By the President of the United States

 of America

 A Proclamation

    As a Nation, we have made great strides in reducing the deadly cost 
of impaired driving, but driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs 
still shatters too many lives and

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robs too many people of their potential. During National Drunk and 
Drugged Driving Prevention Month, we continue our work to end impaired 
driving and urge all Americans to be responsible and safe drivers this 
holiday season and throughout the year.
    My Administration is committed to saving lives and preventing 
injuries resulting from alcohol- and drug-impaired driving. The NHTSA 
sponsors public education programs such as the ``You Drink & Drive. You 
Lose.'' campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk and 
drugged driving, and works with State and local law enforcement agencies 
as they conduct sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. In 
addition, the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign has invested 
millions of dollars to educate Americans about the threat posed by 
illegal drugs and drugged driving. We are also increasing resources for 
State enforcement and education programs. My Administration awarded 
$80.6 million in grants this year to States that have lowered the legal 
threshold for impaired driving to .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC). 
As of this year, all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have adopted this legal definition of 
impaired driving.
    Individuals across our country can help prevent drunk and drugged 
driving by encouraging responsible actions, identifying sober designated 
drivers, and educating young people about safe, substance-free driving 
behavior. Working together, all Americans can make our roads safer and 
save lives by preventing drunk and drugged driving.
    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 December 2004 as National 
Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of 
December, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the 
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-
                                                George W. Bush

 [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., December 3, 

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on 
December 6.

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Week Ending Friday, December 3, 2004
Remarks on the Nomination of Bernard B. Kerik To Be Secretary of 
Homeland Security

December 3, 2004

    The President. Good morning. I'm proud to announce my nomination of 
Commissioner Bernard Kerik as the Secretary of Homeland Security.
    Bernie Kerik is one of the most accomplished and effective leaders 
of law enforcement in America. In his career, he has served as an 
enlisted military police officer in Korea, a jail warden in New Jersey, 
a beat cop in Manhattan, New York City corrections commissioner, and as 
New York's 40th police commissioner, an office once held by Teddy 
Roosevelt. In every position, he has demonstrated a deep commitment to 
justice, a heart for the innocent, and a record of great success.
    I'm grateful he's agreed to bring his lifetime of security 
experience and skill to one of the most important positions in the 
Federal Government. Bernie is a dedicated, innovative reformer who 
insists on getting results. As the head of New York City jails, he cut 
inmate violence by more than 90 percent. As Mayor Rudy Giuliani's police 
commissioner, he had great success in reducing crime in New York City. 
His broad, practical, hands-on experience makes Bernie superbly 
qualified to lead the Department of Homeland Security.
    When confirmed by the Senate, Bernie Kerik will build on the 
historic accomplishments of Secretary Tom Ridge. As the Department's 
first leader, Tom oversaw the large reorganization--the largest 
reorganization of the Government in nearly a half-century. He met urgent 
challenges with patience and purpose, and because of his service, our 
country is safer.
    Tom also carried out his duties with skill and honesty and decency. 
He's been my friend for more than 20 years. He is one of the great 
public servants of our generation. Tom Ridge has our Nation's gratitude; 

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got my gratitude; and I wish he and Michele all the best.

    My nominee to succeed Secretary Ridge has the background and the 
passion that are needed to protect our citizens. As police commissioner 
on September the 11th, 2001, Bernie Kerik arrived at the World Trade 
Center minutes after the first plane hit. He was there when the Twin 
Towers collapsed. He knew the faces of the rescuers who rushed toward 
danger. He attended the funeral of the officers who didn't come back. 
Bernie Kerik understands the duties that came to America on September 
the 11th. The resolve he felt that morning will guide him every day on 
his job. And every first-responder defending our homeland will have a 
faithful ally in Bernie Kerik.

    As he prepares for new responsibility, Bernie Kerik has the love and 
support of his family, his wife, Hala; his children, Joseph, Celine, and 
Angelina and Lisa. He will always be inspired by his father and hero, 
Donald Kerik, Sr., and his caring stepmother, Clara. Bernard Kerik has 
devoted his life to protecting his fellow citizens, and his example has 
led many others to take up that calling. He loves his country. He has 
gained the trust and admiration of millions. I call on the Senate to 
promptly confirm his nomination as the Secretary of Homeland Security.

    Thank you for serving, Bernie, and congratulations.

    Secretary-Designate Kerik. Mr. President, thank you.

    The President. Yes, sir.

[At this point, Secretary-Designate Kerik made brief remarks.]

    The President. Good job. Thank you, sir.

Note: The President spoke at 9:54 a.m. in the Roosevelt Room at the 
White House. In his remarks, he referred to Rudolph W. Giuliani, former 
mayor of New York City; and Michele Ridge, wife of Homeland Security 
Secretary Tom Ridge. The transcript released by the Office of the Press 
Secretary also included the remarks of Secretary-Designate Kerik.

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Week Ending Friday, December 3, 2004
Remarks on Signing the Individuals with Disabilities Education 
Improvement Act of 2004

December 3, 2004

    Thanks for coming. Good morning. I'm proud to be standing up here 
with friends from both sides of the political aisle who worked together 
to reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. It's a 
really good piece of legislation. It took a lot of hard work, and it 
shows what is possible in our Nation's Capital.
    I want to thank Mike Castle for being the sponsor of the bill. I 
appreciate your hard work, Mike. I also appreciate being here with 
Senator Ted Kennedy, who has been a long-time advocate for the IDEA 
legislation. I appreciate you bringing your sister. Welcome. I want to 
thank Senator Mike Enzi from Wyoming and Senator Pat Roberts from 
Kansas, Senator Sessions from Alabama, Senator Lamar Alexander from 
Tennessee, and Congressman Ric Keller for being here as well. Thanks for 
your good work and your stalwart support.
    I appreciate Gene Hickok. Dr. Hickok here is the Deputy Secretary of 
the U.S. Department of Education. I want to thank Doug Huntt, who is the 
commissioner of the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, for 
agreeing to serve on the President's Commission on Excellence in Special 
Education. I want to thank you for your work on that, Dr. Huntt.
    I appreciate Kyle Stevenson being up here today. Kyle, thank you for 
coming. I first got to meet Kyle at the--[laughter]--White House tee-
ball game. He's a pretty good player. Thanks for coming. Stephanie, I 
appreciate you being here. It's good to see you again. I want to thank 
Isabelle June Bailey for being here. Isabelle June, thank you for being 
here. We're so proud you're here. Thank you for joining us. [Laughter] 
She's up here with her mom, Carolyn, and her dad and two brothers, Alex 
and Ben, are with us today as well. Thank you all for coming.
    America's schools educate over 6 million children with disabilities. 
In the past, those students were too often just shuffled through the 
system with little expectation that they could make significant progress 
or succeed

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like their fellow classmates. Children with disabilities deserve high 
hopes, high expectations, and extra help.
    In the bill I sign today, we're raising expectations for the 
students. We're giving schools and parents the tools they need to meet 
them. We're applying the reforms of the No Child Left Behind Act to the 
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act so schools are 
accountable for teaching every single child. All our students deserve 
excellent teachers, so this law ensures that students with disabilities 
will have special education teachers with the skills and training to 
teach special education and their subject area.
    Some students with disabilities will need intensive, individualized 
help. So this law, for the first time, will support tutoring programs to 
help children in schools that need improvement. When schools are so busy 
trying to deal with unnecessary and costly lawsuits, they have less time 
to spend with students. So we're creating opportunities for parents and 
teachers to resolve problems early. We're making the system less 
litigious so it can focus on the children and their parents.
    The people who care most about the students are, of course, the 
teachers and especially the parents, who know their needs and know their 
names. So we're giving more flexibility and control over the students' 
education to parents and teachers and principals. We'll make sure that 
parents and schools can change a student's educational program to better 
meet their needs, without having to attend unnecessary meetings or 
complete unnecessary paperwork. We trust the local folks to meet high 
standards for all our kids, and this bill gives them the freedom and 
flexibility to meet our goals.
    All students in America can learn. That's what all of us up here 
believe. All of us understand we have an obligation to make sure no 
child is left behind in America. So I'm honored to sign the Individuals 
with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, and once again 
thank the Members for being here.

Note: The President spoke at 10:20 a.m. in Room 350 of the Dwight D. 
Eisenhower Executive Office Building. In his remarks, he referred to 
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder, Special Olympics. At the time of 
publication, H.R. 1350, approved December 3, had not been received by 
the Office of the Federal Register for assignment of a Public Law 

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Week Ending Friday, December 3, 2004
Statement on Signing the Individuals with Disabilities Education 
Improvement Act of 2004

December 3, 2004

    Today, I have signed into law H.R. 1350, the ``Individuals with 
Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.'' The Act strengthens 
the ability of the Federal Government to assist States in the education 
of children with disabilities.
    The executive branch shall construe provisions of the Act that 
require taking account of race, culture, gender, age, region, 
socioeconomics, ideology, secularity, and partisan politics, including 
sections 612, 616, 618, 637, 663, 664, and 681 of the Individuals with 
Disabilities Education Act, as enacted by section 101 of the Act, and 
section 177(b)(3) of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, as 
enacted by section 201(a)(2) of the Act, in a manner consistent with the 
First Amendment and the requirement of the Due Process Clause of the 
Fifth Amendment to the Constitution to afford equal protection of the 
    The executive branch shall construe section 615(e)(2)(G) of the 
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as enacted by section 101 
of the Act, as establishing a duty for a State to follow the specified 
statutory exclusionary rule only when that duty is a condition of a 
Federal grant or contract accepted by or under the authority of that 
State, as is consistent with the principles governing Federal-State 
relations enunciated by the Supreme Court of the United States in Printz 
v. United States.
                                                George W. Bush
 The White House,
 December 3, 2004.

Note: At the time of publication, H.R. 1350, approved December 3, had 
not been received by the Office of the Federal Register for assignment 
of a Public Law number.

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