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Week Ending Friday, June 7, 2002
Proclamation 7569--National Fishing and Boating Week, 2002

 May 31, 2002

 By the President of the United States

 of America

 A Proclamation

    Our Nation's landscape contains thousands of bodies of water that 
offer endless opportunities for recreational boating and fishing. Every 
year, millions of Americans, including me, look forward to enjoying 
these popular pastimes.
    In addition to providing opportunities for recreation, fishing and 
boating play important roles in our Nation's economy. They support 
thousands of American jobs and generate millions of dollars that go 
directly back to protecting and conserving resources at the local level. 
Since 1950, State fish and wildlife agencies have received nearly $4 
billion through the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act. These 
funds have helped to purchase over 322,000 acres for boating, fishing 
and fish production, and research. In addition, funding has been used to 
help educate the public about fish and their habitats. These measures 
enhance the quality of life for people of all ages and continue a vital 
legacy of environmental stewardship.
     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 June 2 through June 8, 
2002, as National Fishing and Boating Week. During this week, I 
encourage people of the United States to participate in the thousands of 
local events scheduled in communities throughout the United States, 
offering hands-on opportunities for families and friends to share in 
these recreational activities.
     In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first 
day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand two, and of the 
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-
                                                George W. Bush

 [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., June 4, 

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Week Ending Friday, June 7, 2002
Telephone Remarks to Race for the Cure Participants

June 1, 2002

    Ambassador Nancy Brinker. Mr. President, we are honored that you 
would take time out and talk to us today. Thank you, and welcome.
    The President. Well, Nancy, thank you very much for your kind words, 
and I appreciate so very much your service to our country as Ambassador 
to Hungary and your service to our country as the founding chairman of 
the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
    And I've got to tell you, I'm here at West Point, getting ready to 
give the commencement address, and I'm honored to be here. But I kind of 
wish I was running today with the thousands who are there.
    I want to thank all the runners for bringing hope to Americans as we 
fight cancer. I want to thank the survivors for your courage. I want to 
thank Congresswoman Sue Myrick, who is Race for the Cure honorary 
survivor chair.
    I appreciate so very much the fact that you all recognize that 
you're running for a great work and a great cause, that every life saved 
is a mother, a daughter, or a sister restored to health. What I love 
most about the Komen runs is that people participate in the spirit

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of generosity and kindness and love that really distinguishes America 
and makes us unique. You know, a lot of people go out and run to win 
prizes. You're running and walking to save lives. And for that, our 
Nation is incredibly grateful.
    I recognize that we've made some advances, and I'm grateful for 
those, as I know you are as well. But I also know that we've got a long 
way to go to win this war on cancer and breast cancer. Nancy mentioned 
that the Federal Government is strongly committed to funding--putting 
dollars up for research at the NIH, which we will do and continue to do. 
See, I'm an optimistic person. I believe--strongly believe--in our 
lifetimes we will achieve a victory over cancer.
    Again, I want to thank you for running. Every step you take today is 
critical to finding a cure for breast cancer.
    S. Sgt. Tony Damon. I'm sorry, Mr. President. This is Signal.
    The President. Yes--what?
    Staff Sergeant Damon. I'm sorry, they dropped the call. We're going 
to reestablish----
    The President. What are you talking about? They dropped the call?
    Staff Sergeant Damon. They tried to connect you to the feed, and the 
feed didn't go through.
    The President. You mean I haven't--they haven't heard a word yet?
    Staff Sergeant Damon. I'm sorry, Mr. President, they haven't heard a 
    The President. Goddang it.

[At this point, the phone line was reestablished.]

    Ambassador Nancy Brinker. Welcome, Mr. President.
    The President. Hey, Nancy, I am sorry that we dropped off. Let me 
tell all the runners and walkers how appreciative I am that you're 
walking and running to save lives, how appreciative I am that you show 
the great generosity of spirit of the American people.
    I want you to know, Nancy, that the Federal Government stands on 
your side, that we're going to spend money to research, to find the 
cures necessary to defeat cancer. And I believe in our lifetime we will 
defeat cancer, and a large part of that success goes to the thousands 
all across America who support the Komen Foundation runs and walks.
    And so, on behalf of a grateful nation, thank you for--you all for 
what you do. I'm here at West Point. I kind of wish I was running with 
you all today. But since I'm not, I am honored to be able to start the 
    And so the walkers, you all will start in a few minutes. But right 
now, if the runners will get ready, it's about time for you to start. 
And so in five seconds, it is my honor to start this Race for the Cure. 
Four, three, two, one--runners ready, and go.

Note: The teleconference began at 8:22 a.m. The President spoke from the 
Superintendent's House at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, 
to race participants on the Mall in Washington, DC. Staff Sergeant Tony 
Damon, USA, Console Controller, Army Signal Corps, assisted the 
President in the telephone conversation.

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Week Ending Friday, June 7, 2002
Commencement Address at the United States Military Academy in West 
Point, New York

June 1, 2002

    Thank you very much, General Lennox. Mr. Secretary, Governor Pataki, 
Members of the United States Congress, Academy staff and faculty, 
distinguished guests, proud family members, and graduates: I want to 
thank you for your welcome. Laura and I are especially honored to visit 
this great institution in your bicentennial year.
    In every corner of America, the words ``West Point'' command 
immediate respect. This place where the Hudson River bends is more than 
a fine institution of learning. The United States Military Academy is 
the guardian of values that have shaped the soldiers who have shaped the 
history of the world.
    A few of you have followed in the path of the perfect West Point 
graduate Robert E. Lee, who never received a single demerit in 4 years. 
Some of you followed in the path of the imperfect graduate Ulysses S. 

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