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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iv] Monday, December 8, 2003 Volume 39_Number 49 Pages 1719 1764 Contents 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 [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings; Meetings With Foreign Leaders Maryland Bush-Cheney luncheon in Baltimore--1752 Home Depot, discussion with employers and employees in Halethorpe--1756 Michigan Bush-Cheney luncheon in Dearborn--1719 Dynamic Metal Treating, Inc., discussion with employers and employees in Canton--1724 National Christmas tree lighting--1748 New Jersey, Bush-Cheney reception in Whippany--1728 Pennsylvania, Bush-Cheney luncheon in Pittsburgh--1735 Radio address--1719 2003 NASCAR drivers, remarks honoring--1740 Appointments and Nominations President's Personal Envoy on Iraqi Debt Resolution, statement--1760 Bill Signings Adoption Promotion Act of 2003, remarks--1734 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2004, statement-- 1732 Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003, remarks--1746 Bill Signings--Continued Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003, remarks--1741 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, statement--1744 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--1744 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Jordan, King Abdullah II--1744 Proclamations To Provide for the Termination of Action Taken With Regard to Imports of Certain Steel Products--1750 World AIDS Day--1733 Statements by the President See also Appointments and Nominations; Bill Signings Proclamation To Provide for the Termination of Action Taken With Regard to Imports of Certain Steel Products--1749 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1763 Checklist of White House press releases--1762 Digest of other White House announcements--1761 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1762 [[Page iv]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 1719]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1719] Monday, December 8, 2003 Volume 39_Number 49 Pages 1719 1764 Week Ending Friday, December 5, 2003 The President's Radio Address November 29, 2003 Good morning. On Thursday, I was honored to travel to Iraq to spend Thanksgiving with some of the finest men and women serving in our military. My message to the troops was clear: Your country is thankful for your service; we are proud of you; and America stands with you in all that you are doing to defend America. I'm pleased to report back from the frontlines that our troops are strong. Morale is high, and our military is confident we will prevail. Many members of our Armed Forces, Guard, and Reserve observed Thanksgiving in places far from home. In Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere, our military is confronting the terrorist enemy so we don't meet that enemy in our own country. They're serving the cause of freedom. They're helping millions of people in newly liberated countries to build lives of dignity and hope. They are protecting the lives and security of the American people. All of us can be grateful to live in a country that has produced such brave men and women who stand between us and the dangers of the world. This holiday weekend is also a time when many proud military families are also feeling separation and worry. Long deployments in dangerous places have added hardships in military communities across the country. Many parents are dealing with the burdens of raising families while praying for the safe return of a loved one. Our whole Nation respects and appreciates the commitment and sacrifice of our military families. Americans are also thinking of the military families that must face this holiday with sorrow of recent loss. It is the nature of terrorism that a small number of people can inflict such terrible grief. Every person who dies in the line of duty commands the special gratitude of the American people. And the military families that mourn can know this: Our Nation will not forget their loved ones and the sacrifice they made to protect us all. The courage of our soldiers and their families show the spirit of this country in great adversity. And many citizens are showing their appreciation by helping military families here at home. Members of the VFW have started an Adopt-A-Unit program, so veterans and their families can support military units in Iraq and Afghanistan. Volunteers from a group called Rebuilding Together have repaired homes for military families while their spouses are deployed. Citizens interested in finding volunteer opportunities to support our military should visit the USA Freedom Corps web site at usafreedomcorps.gov. Our Nation owes a debt of gratitude to every member of the United States military and to their families. It was a privilege to offer that gratitude in person to some of our troops serving in Iraq. May God bless them all, and may He continue to bless the United States of America. Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for listening. Note: The address was recorded at 9:55 a.m. on November 28 at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, TX, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on November 29. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on November 28 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 1719-1723] Monday, December 8, 2003 Volume 39_Number 49 Pages 1719 1764 Week Ending Friday, December 5, 2003 Remarks at a Bush-Cheney Luncheon in Dearborn, Michigan December 1, 2003 Thank you all very much. Thanks for coming. I appreciate you joining our campaign. You know what this means? It means we're laying the foundation for what is going to be [[Page 1720]] a victory in Michigan and a nationwide victory in '04. I want to thank you for your help, and I want to thank you for your support. I'm getting ready, and I'm loosening up. [Laughter] But the political season will come in its own time. There will be plenty of time for politics, plenty of time for all the balloon drops and political speeches. See, I've got a job to do. I've got a job to do for everybody who lives in this country. So when you go to your coffee shops and your community centers, you tell them, ``The politics will come, but right now the President is working hard to make sure America is secure and strong and prosperous and free.'' Laura sends her best. I know, you wish she were here instead of me. I understand. [Laughter] She's a fabulous First Lady. I really am a lucky man that she agreed to marry me, and the country, I think, is lucky that she is the First Lady. I appreciate State campaign chair Candice Miller. I thank her for her introduction. I thank her for her service to this State. I look forward to working with her to carry Michigan. I want to thank Michael, Michael Kojaian, for his leadership as the State finance chairman for Bush-Cheney. I'm honored that Michael has taken on this responsibility. I want to thank the Members of the United States Congress other than Candice Miller who have shown up today, Congressmen Upton, Camp, Knollenberg, Smith, Rogers, and McCotter. I'm honored they are here. I want to thank you all for coming. I appreciate Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land for joining us today, as well as Attorney General Mike Cox. I know the speaker is here, Rick Johnson. Mr. Speaker, thank you for coming. And I appreciate all the members of the house and the State senate who have joined us. Go back to your districts and work hard--[laughter]--for Bush-Cheney '04. I want to thank Betsy DeVos and Sharon Wise for taking a leadership position. I want to thank my friend Mercer Reynolds, who is the national finance chairman. Mostly I want to thank the activists who are here. You see, you win a campaign not only by helping to raise money; you win a campaign by putting up the signs and licking the envelopes and making the phone calls to turn out the vote. I want to thank you for what you're going to do as we come down the stretch in 2004. And as you do so, I want you to remind people that during the last 3 years, our Nation has acted decisively to confront great challenges. You see, I came to this office to solve problems, not to pass them on to future Presidents and future generations. I came to seize opportunities instead of letting them slip away. My administration is meeting the tests of our time. Terrorists declared war on the United States of America, and war is what they got. We've captured or killed many of the key leaders of the Al Qaida network, and the rest of them know we're on their trail. In Afghanistan and Iraq, we gave ultimatums to terror regimes. Those regimes chose defiance, and those regimes are no more. Fifty million people in those two countries once lived under tyranny, and today they live in freedom. Three years ago, our military was not receiving the resources it needed, and morale was beginning to suffer. So we increased the defense budgets to prepare for the threat of a new era. And today, no one in the world can question the skill, the strength, and the spirit of the United States military. Three years ago, the economy was in trouble and a recession was just beginning. And then our country was attacked, and we had corporate scandals and war--all affected the people's confidence. But we acted. We acted. We passed tough new laws to hold corporate criminals to account. And I have twice led the United States Congress to pass historic tax relief for the American people. When Americans have more take-home pay to spend, to save, or invest, the whole economy grows, and someone is more likely to find a job. So we're returning more money to the people to help them raise their families, reduce taxes on dividends and capital gains to encourage investment, giving small businesses incentives to expand and to hire new people. With all these actions--with all these actions, we're laying the foundation for greater prosperity and more jobs across America so that every single citizen has a chance to realize the American Dream.
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