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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, August 9, 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-iii] Pages 1395 1500 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings Intelligence reform--1423 Iowa, Davenport--1435 Michigan Grand Rapids, remarks--1395 Saginaw, remarks--1471 Minnesota Conservation Reserve Program in Le Sueur--1442 Mankato, remarks--1445 New Hampshire, Stratham--1488 Ohio Cambridge, remarks--1410 Canton, remarks--1403 Columbus, discussion--1454 International Children's Games and Cultural Festival in Cleveland--1401 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh--1417 Radio address--1402 Texas, Knights of Columbus Convention in Dallas--1430 Addresses and Remarks--Continued UNITY: Journalists of Color Convention and a question-and-answer session--1477 West Virginia, Cabela's Retail Store in Triadelphia--1417 Bill Signings Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2005 Remarks--1451 Statement--1453 United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, remarks--1429 Communications to Congress China, letter on export of certain items--1497 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2005, letter on designation of emergency funds--1454 District of Columbia's fiscal year 2005 budget request, letter transmitting--1471 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) Editor's Note: The President was in Kennebunkport, ME, on August 6, the closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in this issue will be printed next week. [[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Communications to Congress--Continued Export control regulations, letter transmitting notice on continuation of emergency--1496 Communications to Federal Agencies Waiving Prohibition on United States Military Assistance With Respect to the Republic of the Congo, memorandum--1496 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in the Rose Garden--1423 Notices Continuation of Emergency Regarding Export Control Regulations--1496 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1499 Checklist of White House press releases--1499 Digest of other White House announcements--1497 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1498 [[Page 1395]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1395-1401] Pages 1395 1500 Week Ending Friday, August 6, 2004 Remarks in Grand Rapids, Michigan July 30, 2004 The President. Thank you all. I appreciate you coming. Sit down if you've got a chair. I'm proud you're here. Thanks for inviting me. You can't come to Grand Rapids and not think about a great President, Gerald Ford. What a decent man. What an honorable citizen. And what a great example for Presidents. I appreciate you coming out for our Heart and Soul of America tour. This is going to be a great campaign. I'm looking forward to it. And there's going to be big differences. We'll have differences over taxes, how to keep the peace. And there seems to be a difference over the heart and soul of America. My opponents think you can find it in Hollywood. I think you find it right here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I'm excited about traveling the country. I was in Springfield, Missouri, earlier. I'm going to Cleveland, Ohio; Canton, Ohio; on to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, tomorrow. I like traveling. I like being with people. The crowds are big. The enthusiasm is high. And with your help, Dick Cheney and I will serve this Nation for 4 more years. Speaking about my friend Dick Cheney, I admit, he's not the prettiest face in the race. [Laughter] But I picked him because he's steady and strong and reliable. He's got good judgment. Dick Cheney is a great Vice President. And speaking about really fine people, I am sorry that Laura is not here. Audience members. Aw-w-w! The President. I know it. [Laughter] Most people feel that way. They wish she were speaking and I stayed at home. [Laughter] But I'm really proud of her. She is a great lady, a fantastic First Lady. I'm going to give you some reasons why I think you need to put me back in office, but perhaps the most important reason of all is so that Laura will be First Lady for 4 more years. I want to thank Juan Olivarez for his leadership of this very important institution. I appreciate a fellow Tejano serving the community of Grand Rapids--that means a fellow Texan. [Laughter] I appreciate his warm words of introduction. Gracias, amigo. I appreciate Hoekstra--Peter Hoekstra for his service in the United States Congress. I'm proud to call him friend. And I appreciate my friend Vern Ehlers' service to the people of Michigan in the United States Congress as well. I'm honored that Terri Lynn Land and Mike Cox and Ken Sikkema are with us today. I've gotten to know these good souls during my trips here in Michigan. And they represent the State well. I appreciate Speaker Rick Johnson joining us as well; State Senator Bill Hardiman. I'm honored that these good citizens have decided to serve the people of the communities in the great State of Michigan. I thank them for the hard work they have done and are going to do to make sure we carry the State of Michigan this time. I want to thank my friend Betsy DeVos and Chuck Yob and Holly Hughes and the ambassador, Peter Secchia. I want to--does it strike anybody funny, ``Ambassador'' Secchia? No? [Laughter] We love him in our family. I want to thank all the grassroots activists who are here. I appreciate your willingness to work in the political process. I encourage you to get people to register to vote. Make sure people go to vote on election day. We have a duty in our society--in our democratic system, we have a duty to participate. And I want to thank you for getting people to participate. And when you get them headed into the polls, give them a little nudge our way. [Laughter] Every incumbent who asks for the vote has got to answer one central question, and that's why--why should the American people give [[Page 1396]] me the privilege, the high privilege, of serving as your President for 4 more years? In the past few years, we've been through a lot together, and we have accomplished a great deal. But there's only one reason to look backward at the record, and that is to determine who will lead the Nation forward, who can do the job for the American people. I'm asking for your vote because so much is at stake. We have much more to do to move this country forward. I want to be your President for 4 more years to make our country safer, to make our economy stronger, to make the future better and brighter for every single citizen who lives in this country. From creating jobs to improving schools, from fighting terror to protecting our homeland, we've made much progress, and I'm here to tell you, we have got more to do. We have more to do to make America's public schools the centers of excellence we know they can be so that no child is left behind in this country. When we came to office 3\1/2\ years ago, too many children were being shuffled from grade to grade, year after year, without learning the basics. So we've challenged the soft bigotry of low expectations. We're setting high standards. We're focusing on results. We're insisting on accountability. We're empowering parents. And we're making sure local folks are in charge of their own public schools. And today, children across America are showing real progress in reading and math. When it comes to improving America's public schools, we are turning the corner, and we are not turning back. We have more to do. This world of ours is changing. Jobs of the future will require greater knowledge and higher skill levels. We must reform our high schools to make sure a high school diploma means something. We will expand math and science education so young people can compete in a high-tech world. We will expand the use of the Internet to bring high-level training into classrooms. With 4 more years, we will help a rising generation gain the skills and confidence to achieve the American Dream. We have more to do to make quality health care available and affordable. When we came to office, too many older Americans could not afford prescription drugs, and Medicare didn't pay for them. Leaders in both political parties had promised prescription drug coverage for years. We got it done. Already, more than 4 million seniors have signed up for drug discount cards that provide real savings. And beginning in 2006, all seniors on Medicare will be able to choose a plan that suits their needs and gives them coverage for prescription drugs. We've expanded community health centers for low-income Americans. We've created health savings accounts so families can save tax-free for their own health care needs. When it comes to giving Americans more choices about their own health care and making health care more affordable, we are turning the corner, and we're not turning back. Most Americans get their health coverage through their work. But today's new jobs are created by small businesses, which too often cannot afford to provide health coverage. To help more American families get health insurance, we must allow small employers to join together to purchase insurance at the discounts available to big corporations. To improve health care, we must limit the frivolous lawsuits that raise health care costs and drive doctors out of medicine. We will do more to harness technology to reduce costs and prevent health care mistakes. We will do more to expand research and seek new cures for terrible diseases. And in all we do to improve health care in America, we will make sure that health decisions are made by doctors and patients, not by bureaucrats in Washington, DC. We have more to do to make America's economy stronger. We've come through a lot together. We've come through a recession and terrorist attacks and corporate scandals. We overcame these obstacles because the hard work of the American people, because the entrepreneurial spirit is strong, because people like our farmers and ranchers refuse to buckle. We overcame these obstacles as well because of two well-timed tax cuts. We didn't--when we provided tax relief, we didn't try to pick winners or losers. We didn't play politics. We did it the fair way. We provided tax relief to every American who pays taxes--for families with children, for married couples, for small businesses. And this time, the check was really in the mail. [[Page 1397]]
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