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    Q. Yes, Mr. President. I'd like to ask you about this intelligence 
investigation that you're going to order. Do you think that the country 
is owed an explanation about the Iraq intelligence failures before the 
election, so that voters have this information when they elect a new 
President?
    The President. Well, the--first of all, I want to know all the 
facts. We do know that Saddam Hussein had the intent and the 
capabilities to cause great harm. We know he was a danger, and he was 
not only a danger to people in the free world; he was a danger to his 
own people. He slaughtered thousands of people, imprisoned people.
    What we don't know yet is what we thought and what the Iraqi Survey 
Group has found, and we want to look at that. But we also want to look 
at our war against proliferation and weapons of mass destruction kind of 
in a broader context. And so I'm putting together an independent, 
bipartisan commission to analyze where we stand, what we can do better 
as we fight this war against terror.
    Before I move forward with the commission, I want to sit down with 
Mr. Kay. I appreciate his service. I've invited him to come down to the 
White House. I'll be doing so soon. I do want to get a briefing from 
him.
    Steve [Steve Holland, Reuters].

Fiscal Year 2005 Budget

    Q. Sir, do you worry that your budget passes along problems to 
future generations? You often say you don't want to do that.
    The President. No, I'm confident our budget addresses a very serious 
situation, and that is that we are at war, and we are dealing--had dealt 
with a recession. And our budget is able to address those significant 
factors in a way that reduces the deficit in half. We propose; the 
Congress disposes. And so we look forward to working with the 
appropriators to meet our priorities and to reduce the deficit in half. 
We're confident we can do so.
    The reason we are where we are, in terms of the deficit, is because 
we went through a recession, we were attacked, and we're fighting a war. 
And these are high hurdles for a budget and for a country to overcome, 
and yet we've overcome them, because we've got a great country full of 
decent people. And the economy is getting better. And as the economy 
gets better, it enables us to send up a budget to the Congress that does 
cut the deficit in half.

Super Bowl XXXVIII

    Q. What part of the Super Bowl did you like the best? The halftime 
or the ending? [Laughter]
    The President. I don't want to admit it, but because this White 
House starts early, I missed it--again. Saw the first half; did not see 
the halftime. I was preparing for the day and fell asleep, but don't 
tell anybody. [Laughter]

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Note: The President spoke at 9:55 a.m. in the Cabinet Room at the White 
House. In his remarks, he referred to David Kay, former CIA Special 
Advisor for Strategy Regarding Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction 
Programs; and former President Saddam Hussein of Iraq. The Office of the 
Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of these 
remarks.


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Monday, February 9, 2004
 
Volume 40_Number 6
Pages 175	208
 
Week Ending Friday, February 6, 2004
 
Remarks on Signing the American Heart Month Proclamation

February 2, 2004

    The President. Thanks for the warm welcome. Thanks for the kind 
introduction. [Laughter] I don't know why you reminded them about the 
pretzel. [Laughter] I am so pleased you all are here. I want to thank 
Members of the United States Senate who came today, starting with 
Majority Leader Bill Frist, and Karyn. We're honored you are here. 
Thanks for coming. Thad Cochran, Susan Collins, and Byron Dorgan, you 
all are really kind to join us here. It's really important for the 
Congress to be involved with this initiative, as well as the White 
House.
    I appreciate my friend Elias Zerhouni. He's doing a fabulous job at 
the National Institute of Health. You really have taken on a tough 
assignment, and you've done it with such class. Thank you for your 
service.
    I want to thank all the survivors of heart disease who are here. I 
asked the Vice President what he was up to. [Laughter]
    The First Lady. What did he say?
    The President. He said he was heading to the treadmill. [Laughter] I 
want to thank everybody who is--who shares in this important cause. I 
really appreciate Laura for helping to lead The Heart Truth, the 
campaign to educate women about heart disease. I'm really proud of you.
    By spreading vital information, this campaign will save women's 
lives. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women--and men--
so it's important that we send this heart truth message to all our 
citizens, to all Americans.
    It's also important for people to know that the risk of heart 
disease can be greatly reduced with good diet and regular exercise. 
Whatever our age or physical condition or however busy we may be, we can 
all do something to stay healthy, and that's important.
    The miracles of modern medicine we now enjoy make us forget some 
wisdom from the past, such as, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound 
of cure. It made sense then, and it makes sense today, particularly when 
you're dealing with heart disease. And so we started what's called the 
HealthierUS Initiative, which is encouraging Americans to focus on four 
simple goals: Exercise daily, eat right, avoid tobacco, drugs, and 
excessive alcohol, and get preventive screenings to detect problems 
early.
    By focusing on these commonsense steps, we can save many lives we 
lose each year to preventable conditions like heart disease. In other 
words, just do some wise things with your life. It's just not all that 
complicated, but it's up to you to make the right choice. It's up to our 
fellow citizens to make the right decision necessary to protect their 
bodies.
    I want to thank all of you all for working so hard to help citizens 
make the right choice, to send a clear message, to help people 
understand the need for healthier lives in America.
    And now it's my honor to welcome the heart disease survivors to join 
Laura and me as I sign the proclamation of American Heart Month, 2004.

Note: The President spoke at 10:59 a.m. in the East Room at the White 
House. In his remarks, he referred to Karyn Frist, wife of Senator Bill 
Frist.


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Monday, February 9, 2004
 
Volume 40_Number 6
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Week Ending Friday, February 6, 2004
 
Proclamation 7754--American Heart Month, 2004

February 2, 2004

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It 
affects men and women of every age and race. During American Heart 
Month, we encourage all Americans to join the fight against heart 
disease and to learn more about how to prevent it.

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    More than 64 million Americans suffer from one or more forms of 
cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, coronary heart 
disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, and congenital heart defects. 
Many of the risk factors that can lead to heart disease, such as high 
blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and diabetes, can be prevented 
or controlled. Research has shown that men and women who lead healthy 
lifestyles, including making healthy food choices, getting regular 
exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and choosing not to smoke or 
drink excessively, can significantly decrease their risk of heart 
disease.
    Heart disease is responsible for the deaths of one in three women in 
the United States. To make women more aware of the danger of heart 
disease, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National 
Institutes of Health has joined with the Department of Health and Human 
Services and other national organizations to launch a nationwide 
campaign called ``The Heart Truth.'' This important campaign encourages 
women to learn more about heart health, to lead healthier lives, and to 
talk with their doctors about their risk for developing heart disease.
    During American Heart Month, I urge all Americans to learn more 
about heart health and to reduce their risk factors for serious heart 
conditions. By making healthy choices, we can live longer and better 
lives.
    In recognition of the important ongoing fight against heart disease, 
the Congress, by Joint Resolution approved December 30, 1963, as amended 
(77 Stat. 843; 36 U.S.C. 101), has requested that the President issue an 
annual proclamation designating February as ``American Heart Month.''
    Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of 
America, do hereby proclaim February 2004 as American Heart Month. I 
invite the Governors of the States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, 
officials of other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United 
States, and the American people to join me in reaffirming our commitment 
to combating heart disease.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of 
February, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the 
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-
eighth.
                                                George W. Bush

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 9:02 a.m., February 3, 
2004]

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on 
February 4.


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Monday, February 9, 2004
 
Volume 40_Number 6
Pages 175	208
 
Week Ending Friday, February 6, 2004
 
Proclamation 7755--National Consumer Protection Week, 2004

February 2, 2004

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    Every day, America's consumers conduct millions of financial 
transactions. During National Consumer Protection Week, we recognize 
those who help to safeguard our citizens from consumer fraud, and we 
encourage all Americans to be informed consumers. This year's theme, 
``Financial Literacy: Earning a Lifetime of Dividends,'' highlights the 
importance of financial education to consumer protection.
    The Federal Government provides many educational resources and 
programs to help protect Americans against fraud by giving them 
information about their options in the marketplace. The Federal Trade 
Commission and more than 100 other Federal agencies have collaborated on 
a website, www.consumer.gov, which provides helpful information ranging 
from how credit ratings work to how to buy a new car. The Department of 
the Treasury has also established an Office of Financial Education to 
oversee inter-agency efforts to coordinate and expand financial 
education initiatives.
    In addition, my Administration is working to expand financial 
literacy for potential homeowners. We have doubled the funds for housing 
and financial counseling services, including those run by faith-based 
and community groups, and we are distributing millions of dollars in 
grants to national, State, and local organizations that promote home 
buyer education and counseling. The Department of Housing and Urban 
Development is also

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collaborating with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to expand 
the ``Money Smart'' financial education program in public housing. 
Education about the home-buying process not only protects our citizens 
from consumer fraud, but also empowers them to achieve their dreams.
    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 February 1 through 
February 7, 2004, as National Consumer Protection Week. I call upon 
government officials, industry leaders, and consumer advocates to 
provide consumers with information about the lifetime benefits of 
financial literacy, and I encourage all citizens to take advantage of 
the resources that can help them become responsible consumers, savers, 
and investors.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of 
February, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the 
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-
eighth.
                                                George W. Bush

 [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 10:12 a.m., February 4, 
2004]

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on 
February 5. The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish 
language version of this proclamation.


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Monday, February 9, 2004
 
Volume 40_Number 6
Pages 175	208
 
Week Ending Friday, February 6, 2004
 
Directive on Defense of United States Agriculture and Food

January 30, 2004

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