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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, January 14, 2002 [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Pages 11-57 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings; Meetings With Foreign Leaders California, townhall meeting in Ontario--11 Economic team, meetings--24, 42 Federal Reserve Board Chairman, meeting--24 Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, fundraiser--40 Massachusetts, Boston Latin School in Boston--32 New Hampshire, University of New Hampshire in Durham--29 No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, remarks on implementation--36 Ohio, bill signing in Hamilton--26 Oregon, Parkrose High School in Portland--20 Pennsylvania, bill signing in Conshohocken--52 Radio address--19 Virginia, bill signing in Arlington--44 Bill Signings Department of Defense and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Recovery from and Response to Terrorist Attacks on the United States Act, 2002 Remarks--44 Statement--46 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002, statement--50 Bill Signings--Continued Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002, statement--49 No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, remarks--26 Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, remarks--52 Executive Orders Exclusions From the Federal Labor-Management Relations Program--26 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Cabinet Room--24 Oval Office--42 Joint Statements Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan Assurance of Project Benefits Agreement--39 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Greece, Prime Minister Simitis--48 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan--38 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--56 Checklist of White House press releases--55 Digest of other White House announcements--54 Nominations submitted to the Senate--55 Editor's Note: The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is also available on the Internet on the GPO Access service at http:// www.gpo.gov/nara/nara003.html. 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The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents will be furnished by mail to domestic subscribers for $80.00 per year ($137.00 for mailing first class) and to foreign subscribers for $93.75 per year, payable to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The charge for a single copy is $3.00 ($3.75 for foreign mailing). There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page 11]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 11-19] Pages 11-57 Week Ending Friday, January 11, 2002 Remarks at a Townhall Meeting in Ontario, California January 5, 2002 The President. Thank you all very much. Mario, muchas gracias por tu palabras. Thank you all for coming. [At this point, the President spoke in Spanish, and no translation was provided.] Thank you for letting me come. Thank you for taking time out of your fin de semana para hablar con el presidente. I'm honored that so many came out for this weekend. It gives me a great chance to share some thoughts with you as we begin a new year that I believe is going to be a fantastic year for America. And I look forward to answering some questions you may have. I want to thank your Governor for being here. Governor Gray Davis kindly took time out of his schedule for coming. Governor, thank you for coming. I want to thank some of the members of the mighty--and I mean, mighty--congressional delegation from the State of California. We've got Gary Miller, whose district this is. Gary, thank you for coming. David Dreier, chairman of the Rules Committee--David, thank you for being here. David and I worked closely together to get a trade bill out of the House of Representatives. He knows what I know, that trade is good for creating jobs in the State of California. Fearful people, people who don't trust the ability of our entrepreneurs, build walls around America. Confident people tear them down, and I'm confident in the American spirit. I'm confident that the entrepreneurs of our country-- Hispanic, Anglo, African-American--compete with anybody, any place, any time, and let's trade freely. Congressman Calvert, Congressman Issa, are with us, as well. Thank you two for coming. And finally, Congressman Jerry Lewis is with us today. I notice the people in the uniforms here applauding a little louder. They understand that Congressman Lewis plays an incredibly important role when it comes to appropriating monies for the United States military. There is no--he's been strong on the defense of America. I look forward to working with Jerry Lewis in the next budget cycle to make sure that the defense of this Nation is the number one priority of the budget of the United States. I want to thank Rosario Marin, the Treasurer of the United States, for being here. It's nice to be back in your neighborhood, Rosario. I want to thank Hector Barreto, the Administrator of the SBA; Ruben Barrales, who works for me in the White House. Thank you for coming, Ruben. I want to thank our host organizations, the Latin Business Association, the Ontario Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Orange County, and the Latino Coalition, for your sponsorship. One of the things that I am most proud of, of our Nation, is the number of Latinos who own their own business, the number of Latinos who really work hard to access the American Dream. The growth of Latino-owned small businesses in California is astounding. It is amazing how many people now can say, ``I am a proud business owner.'' To me, that is what America is all about, somebody who has a dream, somebody who works hard and can say to themselves and their community, ``This is my business. This is something I own, and nobody can take it away from me.'' And the job of Government is always to remember the importance of the small business and the entrepreneurial dream. The job of Government is not to try to create wealth. The job of Government is to create an environment in which people are willing to take risks to realize their dream. It's to educate people. It's to provide opportunity and then make the playing field as level as it is and [[Page 12]] see who can succeed or not in the great country called America. This has been an amazing year for Laura and me. Some things occurred that we expected. Some things happened that we didn't expect. I'm going to talk about one thing we were able to anticipate and one we weren't. First, I will tell you that nearly a year ago I hosted a group of business leaders to Austin, Texas, before I had become sworn in as the President. And leaders all around the country came and made it very clear that our economy was pretty darn slow, and I knew we needed to do something about it, and I'm going to talk about that in a second. So it was expected that there would be unemployment on the rise, expected that after a period of great prosperity, the economy would slow down. And we took some action that I'll describe here in a second. Obviously, what was not expected was what took place on September the 11th, and we're doing something about that, as well. This great land of ours made a clear statement, that we will not let terror stand, that those who inflicted damage on America would pay a severe price. We learned some interesting lessons, that we're now vulnerable at home. I remember giving a speech to a group of high school seniors right after September the 11th, and it dawned on me in the middle of this talk that this is the first high school class that--in a long time, that is graduating in a time when somebody is attacking America. These evil ones still want to hit us. But after September the 11th, America is now ready. We're after them. Any hint of somebody wanting to harm our country, we're acting. We've got thousands of FBI agents chasing down every single lead. We respect people's constitutional rights, and we will continue to do so. But if we think somebody is fixing to hurt the American people, we will move in this country. We're now on an alert because of September the 11th. And I want to thank the police officers who are here. And I want to thank whoever--if any FBI agents are here, and all law enforcement officials in the State of California and all across our country who are working endless hours to make sure with gather any information possible to protect the American people. My most important job is the security and safety of the American people. Every morning I wake up, and when I wake up, I go to the Oval Office. I'm kind of an early morning guy, by the way. I take Barney and Spot out. [Laughter] They take a good look at the Rose Garden-- [laughter]--up close and personal. [Laughter] And then I head into the Oval Office. And I read about the potential threats to America. And one of my first meetings is to visit with the head of the FBI. And my question every morning is, ``Mr. Director, what are you doing about this threat? What's happening with this lead? Are you taking care of this piece of business?'' The culture of our law enforcement has changed to the point where they now know what I know, that we've got to do everything in our power to protect the American people. But the best way to secure the homeland of America is to find the evil ones wherever they try to hide and bring them to justice. And that's exactly what the United States military-- [applause]. I am very proud of the U.S. military. They've done exactly what we've asked them to do. For those of you who wear the uniform, thank you. For those of you who have got loved ones who wear the uniform, thank you, as well. We're making steady progress in Afghanistan. The evil ones awakened a mighty giant. You know, we're a compassionate people, and we're a decent people, but if you come after us, you will learn that you have made a big mistake. It seems like the more TV channels there are, the more anxious people become on TV. But I want to remind my fellow citizens, we've only been at war for 90 days. That's not a very long period of time. But in 90 days, we've made incredible progress. The Al Qaida, the Usama bin Laden group, can't claim Afghanistan as a haven anymore. You know, they were like parasites. I know we've got some ranchers and farmers here; you understand what a parasite is. Parasites try to take over the host, and if there's enough parasites and if they've been there long enough, the host itself becomes ill. The host no longer is in a position of power in Afghanistan; the Taliban has been routed. But you know what my most meaningful memory has been recently? And that has [[Page 13]] been the joy on the face of women and young girls in Afghanistan as they have been liberated from one of the most brutal regimes. We're taking action. We're taking action against evil people, because this great Nation of many religions understands, our war is not against Islam or against faith practiced by the Muslim people; our war is a war against evil. This is clearly a case of good versus evil, and make no mistake about it, good will prevail. The American people are patient, very patient, and for that, I'm grateful. I appreciate so very much the fact that the Americans from all walks of life have stepped back and have figured out that this is going to require a lot of effort and energy to succeed in our war against terror. And I want to thank you for your patience. We're now in a
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