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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings; Meetings With Foreign Leaders
        Bush-Cheney luncheon in Baltimore--1752
        Home Depot, discussion with employers and employees in 
        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--
    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, 

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--1744

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Jordan, King Abdullah II--1744


    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

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Volume 39_Number 49
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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 
    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 
    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 
    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.

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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

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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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