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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    League of United Latin American Citizens convention, satellite 
    Michigan, meeting with judicial nominees in Waterford--1211
    North Carolina, meeting with judicial nominees in Raleigh--1209
        Kutztown, discussion at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania--
        Pottstown, remarks--1233
    Radio address--1201
    West Virginia, Independence Day in Charleston--1202

Communications to Congress

    U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement, message transmitting 
        legislation to implement--1208

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Delegation of Authority Under Section 517(a) of the National Defense 
        Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004, memorandum--1206
    Delegation of Responsibility Under Section 1523 of the Strom 
        Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
        1999, as Amended, memorandum--1220
    Designation of Officers of the Environmental Protection Agency, 

Executive Orders

    Amending Executive Order 13261 on the Order of Succession in the 
        Environmental Protection Agency--1212
    Assigning Foreign Affairs Functions and Implementing the Enterprise 
        for the Americas Initiative and the Tropical Forest Conservation 
    Delegation of Certain Waiver, Determination, Certification, 
        Recommendation, and Reporting Functions--1218


(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was in York, PA, on July 9, 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.


Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Oval Office--1207
        Raleigh, NC--1209

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Iceland, Prime Minister Oddsson--1207


    Returning the Flag of the United States to Full-Staff--1201

Statements by the President

        Austrian President Thomas Klestil--1216
        Marlon Brando--1201

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1236
    Checklist of White House press releases--1235
    Digest of other White House announcements--1233
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1235

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Week Ending Friday, July 9, 2004
Statement on the Death of Marlon Brando

July 2, 2004

    With the passing of Marlon Brando, America has lost a great actor of 
the stage and screen. His award-winning performances in films such as 
``On the Waterfront'' and ``The Godfather'' demonstrated his outstanding 
talent and entertained millions across the country. Marlon Brando was 
one of the 20th century's finest actors and will be missed by his many 
fans and admirers. Laura and I send our prayers and condolences to his 
family and friends.

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Week Ending Friday, July 9, 2004
Proclamation 7801--Returning the Flag of the United States to Full-Staff

 July 2, 2004

 By the President of the United States

 of America

 A Proclamation

    By the authority vested in me as President of the United States by 
the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in 
honor and tribute to the memory of Ronald Reagan, it is hereby ordered 
that the flag of the United States shall be displayed at full-staff at 
the White House and on all buildings, grounds, and Naval vessels of the 
United States beginning July 3, 2004. I also direct that beginning on 
that same date, the representatives of the United States in foreign 
countries shall make similar arrangements for the display of the flag at 
full-staff over their Embassies, Legations, and other facilities abroad, 
including all military facilities and stations.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of 
July, 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, 8:45 a.m., July 7, 

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on July 8. 
This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate 

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Week Ending Friday, July 9, 2004
The President's Radio Address

July 3, 2004

    Good morning. As Americans gather this weekend to celebrate the 
Fourth of July, we can take pride in our country's great history and 
look to the future with confidence. America remains a shining example to 
the world of all that free people can achieve. And our goal as a nation 
is to make sure that all Americans can share in the promise of our 
    Our economy is showing steady progress. We've completed our 10th 
consecutive month of job creation. We added 112,000 jobs in June and 
have added more than 1.5 million new jobs since last August. The 
unemployment rate has steadily declined, to 5.6 percent from 6.3 percent 
a year ago. With more jobs and lower unemployment, we are seeing rising 
consumer confidence, higher incomes, continued gains in the rate of 
homeownership, and a restored sense of opportunity.
    Our strengthening economy is a tribute to millions of American 
entrepreneurs and workers. By their hard work and optimism, our Nation 
has overcome recession, terrorist attack, corporate scandals, and the 
many economic challenges that come in a time of war.
    Our Government is also doing its part. With progrowth policies in 
Washington, we aim to encourage the hard work and optimism of our 
people. With tax relief, we are

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strengthening the spirit of enterprise. When people are allowed to keep 
more of what they earn, that is good for families trying to make ends 
meet, good for businesses looking for new customers, and good for those 
looking for jobs in our expanding economy.
    Now that jobs are coming back, we must build on this progress and 
help American workers and families continue to meet the challenges of 
our changing economy. My plan will help America continue to lead the 
world, help our workers gain the skills they need, and create an 
environment where small businesses will thrive and create new jobs.
    Our first responsibility is not to raise taxes on hard-working 
Americans. All of the tax relief we have passed should be made 
permanent, so families can continue to keep more of what they earn, and 
businesses can plan for the future with confidence. I have a plan to 
help businesses and families with the rising costs of health care and 
reduce the burden of frivolous lawsuits that unnecessarily punish the 
job creators in America. I'm working to open more markets and level the 
playing field for American entrepreneurs and farmers and ranchers.
    Our global economy requires Americans to remain prepared for change 
and innovation. That is why I have proposed to help our public schools 
and community colleges teach our future workers the skills they need to 
succeed. For the sake of economic security and job creation, I proposed 
a national energy policy that encourages conservation and production at 
home and makes us less dependent on foreign sources of energy. All of 
these proposals are aimed at helping Americans prepare to meet new 
economic challenges, and I will continue to push the Congress to see 
them enacted into law.
    This Fourth of July weekend, as Americans celebrate our freedom, our 
thoughts are also with the men and women who defend that freedom as 
members of the United States military. In Afghanistan, Iraq, and 
elsewhere, they are fighting terrorists that threaten America and 
helping to build hopeful, democratic societies where the ideology of 
terrorism has no place. Our Nation honors their sacrifice. And one of 
our greatest sources of pride on this Fourth of July is that men and 
women like them wear the uniform of our country.
    I thank all of our service men and women for standing post. I wish 
all Americans a happy Independence Day.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 12:01 p.m. on July 2 in the Cabinet 
Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on July 3. The 
transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
July 2 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office of 
the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this 

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