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 Addresses and Remarks

         Hurricane Charley, remarks in Miami--1713
         Miami, remarks--1714
    Iowa, Farm Progress Show in Alleman--1784
    Michigan, remarks in Taylor--1773
    New Hampshire, discussion in Nashua--1757
    New York City, accepting the Presidential nomination at the 
        Republican National Convention--1797
         Columbus, remarks--1790
         Lima, discussion--1727
         Perrysburg, remarks--1744
         Troy, remarks--1720

 Addresses and Remarks--Continued

    Pennsylvania, remarks in Moosic--1804
    Radio address--1719
    Tennessee, American Legion convention in Nashville--1780
    West Virginia, remarks in Wheeling--1750
    Wisconsin, remarks in West Allis--1810

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--1817
     Checklist of White House press releases--1817
     Digest of other White House announcements--1815
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--1817

  Editor's Note: The President was in Cedar Rapids, IA, on September 3, 
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, September 3, 2004
Remarks to Journalists in
Miami, Florida

August 27, 2004

Hurricane Charley

    I have just been briefed by Mike Brown here at FEMA about the 
progress that the Federal Government, in working with the State 
government, is making toward helping these poor people who got hurt by 
Hurricane Charley and Tropical Storm Bonnie.
    When I came down here a while ago, I said that--I promised that 
there would be a full-scale Federal focus on helping the State of 
Florida. And I tasked Mike Brown to make sure that that happened, and he 
has done a great job. I appreciate you serving the people of this State.
    And Jeb has done a fine job too. He is--he understands that a 
Governor must lead, and he had led. And he has helped focus resources on 
helping these people that need help.
    There is further work to be done here in Florida. Chairman Bill 
Young is with us. We have been discussing the need for a supplemental 
fund, supplemental funding request of the Congress for $2 billion to 
help continue to rebuild Florida. The Chairman and I had a good 
discussion on this issue. He knows Florida well. He knows the west coast 
of Florida really well. And as importantly, he knows how the Congress 
works well. And he said as soon as they get back, they'll take this 
matter up. This money will help for cleanup and housing and other 
services, small-business loans that are provided through FEMA.
    As well, we're concerned about the citrus growers here in Florida, 
the nursery men and women in the State of Florida. We think there is 
ample money in the agricultural budgets to handle the damage done by 
Charley to the citrus industry and the nursery industry and the 
vegetable industry. If not, we'll work with the Chairman to provide 
money at the Federal level to help this State rebuild.
    The main thing that's happened here in Florida is the people have 
responded. I want to thank the Red Cross for being at the table here. 
The Red Cross is always first on the scene to provide compassion and 
love. Senator Miller used to be a Governor, and he spent time at 
disasters. And as Governor of Texas I have too, and Jeb obviously has, 
and as President I've been there too. And always, the Red Cross led the 
army of compassion at the sites. And the people of Florida have 
responded really well, provided compassion and decency and care.
    I also want to thank the power companies from the Southeast that 
have responded. It's amazing how much electricity has been restored. 
We're down to, here in this State, less than 20,000 people--I think it 
is, isn't it, Mike--that are looking for electricity. Heck, the last 
time I was here, it was 1.7 million people that didn't have electricity. 
And a lot of the reason why the electricity has been restored is, not 
only have the Florida power companies responded, but the power companies 
from around the Southeast have responded.
    What I'm saying is, is that these disasters cause a lot of harm and 
grief, but they also bring out the best in our citizenry. And there's a 
lot of compassion for the people whose lives have been turned upside 
down. And I want to thank those here in Florida and around this part of 
the world for providing that help.
    Again, Jeb, good job, and same to you, Mike. Thank you all for 

Note: The President spoke at 4:36 p.m. at Fire Station Number Two. In 
his remarks, he referred to Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida; and Senator Zell 
Miller of Georgia. A tape was not available for verification of the 
content of these remarks. This item was not received in time for 
publication in the appropriate issue.

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Week Ending Friday, September 3, 2004
Remarks in Miami

August 27, 2004

    The President. Thank you all for coming. Vamos a ganar en Noviembre. 
Thanks for coming. I like a line of work where you get introduced by 
your wife. I love her dearly. She's a great wife, a wonderful mother, 
and she is a terrific First Lady. I'm going to give you some reasons why 
I think you need to put me back in, but perhaps the most important one 
of all is so that Laura is the First Lady for 4 more years.
    Listen, Laura and I are thrilled to be here with our friend Zell 
Miller from Georgia. He is--I've asked him to give a big speech next 
week. He's the keynote speaker for our convention. I asked him because 
he puts his country above partisan politics. I asked him because he's a 
man of--he's got a great heart, and he cares about people from all walks 
of life. I picked the right guy to give a big speech for us next 
Wednesday night.
    I'm sorry my brother is not here, mi hermanito. He's working. He's 
doing what the people of Florida expect him to do, and that is to do his 
job. I just saw him, and we were talking about the damage done by 
Hurricane Charley and the response by the Federal Government and the 
State government, which has been swift and sure. We're helping the 
people that need help on the west coast and throughout the interior of 
your State. We're doing our jobs as public servants.
    I was just talking to the chairman of the Appropriations Committee. 
He was with us. He happens to be from Florida as well, Chairman Young, 
and we both agreed we'll provide the money necessary to help people with 
their housing and small-business loans and Government assistance as well 
to help the citrus growers and vegetable growers and nursery men and 
women who've been hurt by this storm. I want to thank them for their 
hard work.
    I appreciate Congressman Mark Foley who's with us today--Congressman 
Foley. I want to thank my friend Mario Diaz-Balart, who's with us today. 
Mario--bienvenidos, Mario.
    I want to appreciate David Dermer, who happens to be the mayor of 
Miami Beach. I appreciate him being here. Mr. Mayor, gracias por su 
apoyo. Su apoyo es muy importante.
    I appreciate my friend Lynn Swann. He's the head of the President's 
Council on Physical Fitness, and he is an--he sets an important message: 
Exercise. [Laughter] Take care of your bodies. Get out and move around. 
He just warned me, he forgot to tell me what it means to fall off a 
mountain bike. [Laughter] But I'm proud of my friendship with Lynn. I 
want to thank him.
    I want to thank all the grassroots activists who are here, the 
people who are participating in the political process. We have a duty in 
this country to vote. See, we have a duty in a free country to go to the 
polls. I'm asking you to register your friends and neighbors to vote. 
See, reach out to people from all walks of life. You can find 
Republicans who need to register. You'll find some discerning 
independents who need to register. You can find some Democrats just like 
Zell who need to register. And get them to the poll and remind them that 
if they're interested in this country being safer, stronger, and better, 
put Dick Cheney and me back in office.
    Now, I want to thank you for what you have done. I want to thank you 
for what you're going to do, which is to turn out that vote. When we're 
coming down the stretch, get your friends and neighbors to the polls and 
remind them that we've been through a lot together during the past years 
and we've accomplished a lot. But there's only one reason to look 
backward, and that is to determine who best to lead us forward. I'm here 
to tell you, I'm ready to lead this country for 4 more years. I've got 
an agenda.
    Audience members. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
    The President. We have more to do. We have more to do to make sure 
our public schools are the centers of excellence we know they all can 
be. You might remember what it was like 3\1/2\ years ago. We had a 
system that just shuffled the children through, grade after grade, year 
after year, without them learning the basics. We came to Washington to 
challenge that system. Listen, we provided more Federal funding to help 
the schools down here, but we now expect results. We're

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challenging the soft bigotry of low expectations. We're raising the bar. 
We believe in accountability. We're helping kids early, before it's too 
    We're making progress. And at my speech next week, I'm going to talk 
about how to continue to build on the foundation of excellence we laid. 
We want more high school kids taking math and sciences so they can 
compete in the 21st century. We're going to have problems--we'll be 
solving problems early so every child has a chance to succeed. We want 
to make sure a high school diploma means something. What I'm telling you 
is, after 4 more years, a rising generation will have the skills and 
confidence necessary to compete in the 21st century.
    There's more work to be done to make sure health care is available 
and affordable. I know some seniors in this State have heard that old 
Medicare debate campaign after campaign after campaign, and nothing ever 
got done. The system needed to be changed to help our seniors. I went to 
Washington with an idea and a plan to strengthen Medicare for our 
seniors, and we got the job done.
    We've not only helped our seniors, we've helped low-income Americans 
by expanding community health centers all across our country. We 
provided health savings accounts so families can save tax-free for their 

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