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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, December 6, 2004 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 <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-vii] Pages 2869 2907 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Appointments and Nominations; Bill Signings; Meetings With Foreign Leaders; Resignations and Retirements Canada Dinner hosted by Prime Minister Paul Martin of Canada in Gatineau--2885 Halifax, remarks--2886 National Christmas Tree, lighting--2894 Radio address--2869 Appointments and Nominations Agriculture Department, Secretary, remarks--2893 Commerce Department, Secretary, remarks--2870 Homeland Security Department, Secretary, remarks--2896 Bill Signings Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 Remarks--2897 Statement--2898 Veterans Health Programs Improvement Act of 2004, statement--2886 Communications to Congress Alternative plan for the locality pay increase for civilian Federal employees, letter transmitting--2877 National emergency declared in earlier Executive orders relating to Iraq, letter reporting on the issuance of an Executive order modifying the scope--2878 Communications to Federal Agencies Improving Spectrum Management for the 21st Century, memorandum--2875 Presidential Determination on Waiver of Conditions on Obligation and Expenditure of Funds for Planning, Design, and Construction of a Chemical Weapons Destruction Facility in Russia, memorandum-- 2874 Waiving Prohibition on United States Military Assistance with Respect to Burundi, Guyana, and Liberia, memorandum--2874 Executive Orders Designation of Additional Officers for the Department of Homeland Security Order of Succession--2871 Establishing the Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals--2872 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) [[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Executive Orders--Continued Modifying the Protection Granted to the Development Fund for Iraq and Certain Property in Which Iraq Has an Interest and Protecting the Central Bank of Iraq--2873 2004 Amendments to the Manual for Courts-Martial, United States-- 2899 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--2892 News conference with Prime Minister Paul Martin of Canada, November 30--2879 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Canada, Prime Minister Martin--2879, 2885, 2886 Nigeria, President Obasanjo--2892 Proclamations National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month--2895 World AIDS Day--2891 Resignations and Retirements Agriculture Department, Secretary, remarks--2893 Commerce Department, Secretary, remarks--2870 Health and Human Services Department, Secretary, statement--2899 Homeland Security Department, Secretary Remarks--2896 Statement--2885 State Department, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, statement-- 2899 White House Office, Director, National Economic Council, statement-- 2871 Statements by the President See Bill Signings; Resignations and Retirements Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--2906 Checklist of White House press releases--2906 Digest of other White House announcements--2904 Nominations submitted to the Senate--2905 [[Page v]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 2869]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2869-2870] Pages 2869 2907 Week Ending Friday, December 3, 2004 The President's Radio Address November 27, 2004 Good morning. As Americans gather to celebrate this week, we show our gratitude for the many blessings in our lives. We are grateful for our friends and families who fill our lives with purpose and love. We're grateful for our beautiful country and for the prosperity we enjoy. We're grateful for the chance to live, work, and worship in freedom. And in this Thanksgiving week, we offer thanks and praise to the provider of all these gifts, Almighty God. We also recognize our duty to share our blessings with the least among us. Throughout the holiday season, schools, churches, synagogues, and other generous organizations gather food and clothing for their neighbors in need. Many young people give part of their holiday to volunteer at homeless shelters or food pantries. On Thanksgiving and on every day of the year, America is a more hopeful nation because of the volunteers who serve the weak and the vulnerable. The Thanksgiving tradition of compassion and humility dates back to the earliest days of our society. And through the years, our deepest gratitude has often been inspired by the most difficult times. Almost four centuries ago, the pilgrims set aside time to thank God after suffering through a bitter winter. George Washington held Thanksgiving during a trying stay at Valley Forge. And President Lincoln revived the Thanksgiving tradition in the midst of a civil war. The past year has brought many challenges to our Nation, and Americans have met every one with energy, optimism, and faith. After lifting our economy from a recession, manufacturers and entrepreneurs are creating jobs again. Volunteers from across the country came together to help hurricane victims rebuild. And when the children of Beslan, Russia, suffered a brutal terrorist attack, the world saw America's generous heart in an outpouring of compassion and relief. The greatest challenges of our time have come to the men and women who protect our Nation. We're fortunate to have dedicated firefighters and police officers to keep our streets safe. We're grateful for the homeland security and intelligence personnel who spend long hours on faithful watch. And we give thanks to the men and women of our military who are serving with courage and skill and making our entire Nation proud. Like generations before them, today's Armed Forces have liberated captive peoples and shown compassion for the suffering and delivered hope to the oppressed. In the past year, they have fought the terrorists abroad so that we do not have to face those enemies here at home. They've captured a brutal dictator, aided last month's historic election in Afghanistan, and helped set Iraq on the path to democracy. Our progress in the war on terror has made our country safer, yet it has also brought new burdens to our military families. Many service men and women have endured long deployments and painful separations from home. Families have faced the challenge of raising children while praying for a loved one's safe return. America is grateful to all our military families, and the families mourning a terrible loss this Thanksgiving can know that America will honor their sacrifices forever. As Commander in Chief, I've been honored to thank our troops at bases around the world, and I've been inspired by the efforts of private citizens to express their own gratitude. This month, I met Shauna Fleming, a 15-year-old from California who coordinated the mailing of a million thank you letters to military personnel. In October, I met Ken Porwoll, a World War II veteran who has devoted years of his retirement to volunteering at a VA medical center in Minneapolis. And we've seen the generosity of [[Page 2870]] so many organizations like Give2theTroops, a group started in a basement by a mother and son that has sent thousands of care packages to troops in the field. Thanksgiving reminds us that America's true strength is the compassion and decency of our people. I thank all those who volunteer this season, and Laura and I wish every American a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend. Thank you for listening. Note: The address was recorded at 8:30 a.m. on November 26 at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, TX, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on November 27. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on November 26 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this address. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2870-2871] Pages 2869 2907 Week Ending Friday, December 3, 2004 Remarks on the Nomination of Carlos M. Gutierrez To Be Secretary of Commerce November 29, 2004 The President. Thank you all. I am proud to announce my nomination of Carlos Gutierrez to be America's next Secretary of Commerce. Carlos Gutierrez is one of America's most respected business leaders. He is a great American success story. As CEO of the Kellogg Company, he has been an effective, visionary executive. He understands the world of business from the first rung on the ladder to the very top. He knows exactly what it takes to help American businesses grow and create jobs. I look forward to having his creativity and expertise in my Cabinet.
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