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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Colorado, Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in 
    Congressional leaders, meeting--193
    Faith-Based Initiative--193
    Florida, Armed Forces at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach--
    National Prayer Breakfast--192
    New York City
         Fundraiser for New York Governor George E. Pataki--189
        Police Department Command and Control Center personnel--185
         Return from Pittsburgh--184
         University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh--180
    Radio address--175
    Stimulus package--184

 Communications to Congress

    China-U.S. Fisheries Agreement, message transmitting extension--179
    Iraq, message transmitting report on the national emergency--179

Executive Orders

    Amendment to Executive Order 13227, President's Commission on 
        Excellence in Special Education--191

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
        New York City--185
         Oval Office--194
         Pittsburgh, PA--180
        South Lawn--184

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Israel, Prime Minister Sharon--194


    American Heart Month--173
    National African American History Month--174
    National Consumer Protection Week--178

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--206
     Checklist of White House press releases--205
     Digest of other White House announcements--202
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--204

  Editor's Note: The President was in Salt Lake City, UT, on February 8, 
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.


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Week Ending Friday, February 8, 2002
Proclamation 7521--American Heart Month, 2002

 February 1, 2002

 By the President of the United States

 of America

 A Proclamation

    A new era in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases 
has created renewed hope for those suffering from heart-related 
disorders. Anticoagulant drugs and other technologically innovative 
artery-opening treatments, like angioplasty, are enabling doctors to 
better treat cardiovascular problems in their early stages. Armed with 
the knowledge that lifestyle plays a significant role in the prevention 
of heart disease, more and more Americans have recognized the importance 
of not smoking, getting regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy 
    Despite these advances, cardiovascular disease, including heart 
disease and stroke, remains the leading cause of death in the United 
States and greatly increases disability among Americans. This year, 
cardiovascular disease will be the primary or contributing cause in 
about 60 percent of all deaths and will cost our Nation more than $330 
billion in lost wages, diminished productivity, and medical expenses. It 
is a little known fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death 
among women, with over 370,000 deaths every year.
    According to the Archives of Internal Medicine, most heart attack 
patients wait more than 2 hours before seeking emergency care, primarily 
because they do not recognize the symptoms of a heart attack. Delayed 
awareness of the onset of a heart attack means that only one in five 
heart attack victims gets to the hospital quickly enough to benefit from 
life-saving medical treatments.
    Fortunately, many new public-private partnerships are working to 
educate Americans about the warning signs of a heart attack and the need 
for rapid response. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and 
the American Heart Association have recently joined with other national 
organizations to sponsor a campaign called ``Act in Time to Heart Attack 
Signs.'' This public awareness initiative emphasizes preventing heart 
attacks, recognizing sometimes subtle heart attack symptoms, and 
immediately calling 911 when those symptoms first appear.
    The AHA has developed an educational campaign, ``Operation 
Heartbeat,'' that focuses on reducing sudden deaths from cardiac arrest. 
Cardiac arrest, an abnormal heart rhythm that stops the heart from 
effectively pumping blood through the body, usually results in death 
within 10 to 14 minutes. Currently, only about five percent of those who 
experience sudden cardiac arrest survive. Operation Heartbeat is 
educating the public about the signs of cardiac arrest, reinforcing the 
importance of calling 911 immediately and promoting the benefits of 
knowing and administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation, until advanced 
care can be given to restore a normal heartbeat.
    At this observance of American Heart Month, we pay tribute to the 
researchers, physicians, and other health professionals, public 
education professionals, and volunteers for their tireless efforts in 
preventing, treating, and researching heart disease. We recognize the 
critical importance of developing tools that will increase survival 
rates from heart attacks and cardiac arrest. By incorporating these new 
tools into aggressive education programs and partnerships, we can save 
tens of thousands of lives annually.
    In recognition of the important needs in the ongoing fight against 
cardiovascular 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.''

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    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 2002 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 cardiovascular disease and stroke.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of 
February, 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., February 5, 

Note: This proclamation was released by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on February 2, and it was published in the Federal Register on 
February 6.

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Week Ending Friday, February 8, 2002
Proclamation 7522--National African American History Month, 2002

 February 1, 2002

 By the President of the United States

 of America

 A Proclamation

    During these extraordinary times, America looks forward to new 
challenges and opportunities with a reinvigorated sense of unity and 
common purpose. We are a strong and vibrant Nation, thanks to the 
creativity, fortitude, and resilience of people of every race and 
background. During National African American History Month, we celebrate 
the many achievements and contributions made by African Americans to our 
economic, cultural, spiritual, and political development.
    In 1915, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson founded The Association for the 
Study of Negro Life and History. Through that Association, he began 
pressing for the establishment of Negro History Week as a way to bring 
national attention to the accomplishments of African Americans. He hoped 
to neutralize the apparent distortions in Black history and to provide a 
more objective and scholarly balance to American and World history.
    Dr. Woodson's dream became a reality in 1926. He chose the second 
week of February for the observance because of its proximity to the 
birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two individuals 
whom Dr. Woodson felt had dramatically affected the lives of African 
Americans. And in 1976, the Association succeeded in expanding the 
observance, which then became Black History Month.
    The theme of National African American History Month for 2002 is 
``The Color Line Revisited: Is Racism Dead?'' The observance calls our 
Nation's attention to the continued need to battle racism and to build a 
society that fully lives up to its democratic ideals. This commitment 
includes ensuring a high-quality education for all Americans, so that no 
child is left behind, and challenges us to continue to rebuild and 
restore our communities, to fight crime and violence, and to pursue 
equal opportunity and equal justice in every part of our society. At the 
same time, the United States must look beyond its borders and take an 
active role in helping to alleviate poverty, stimulate economic growth 
and trade, enhance democracy, and combat HIV/AIDS in Africa.
    This annual event gives all Americans a chance to recognize and 
commemorate the global history of people of African descent. As we 
celebrate National African American History Month, I join with all 
Americans in celebrating our diverse heritage and culture and continuing 
our efforts to create a world that is more just, peaceful, and 
prosperous for all.
    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 2002 as National 
African American History Month. I call upon public officials, educators, 
librarians, and all of the people of the United States to observe this 
month with appropriate programs and activities that highlight and

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honor the myriad contributions of African Americans.

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