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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations; Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Council of the Americas conference--714
    Electronic Industries Alliance dinner--719
    Global fund to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis--733
    NCAA hockey champion Boston College Eagles--730
    Radio address--713
    Small Business Person of the Year--717
    Virginia, Vienna-Madison Community Anti-Drug Coalition in Vienna--

 Appointments and Nominations

    Federal judiciary, remarks--724
    White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Director, 

 Communications to Congress

    International trade, letter transmitting outline of the 2001 
        legislative agenda--731
    Iran, message transmitting report on national emergency--726
    North Atlantic Treaty Organization, letter transmitting report on 
    Peacekeeping operations, letter--719

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Cooperation by Vietnam in Accounting for U.S. Prisoners of War and 
        Missing in Action, memorandum--742

Interviews With the News Media

     News conference, May 11 (No. 6)--736

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Bahrain, Amir Khalifa--713
    Nigeria, President Obasanjo--733, 735
    United Nations, Secretary-General Annan--733


    Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month--715
    Mother's Day--732
    National Salvation Army Week--724
    Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week--723

Statements by the President

    Domestic preparedness against weapons of mass destruction--718
    House of Representatives action
         Education reform legislation--726

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--745
     Checklist of White House press releases--745
     Digest of other White House announcements--743
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--744

  Editor's Note: The President was at Camp David, MD, on May 11, 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, May 11, 2001
The President's Radio Address

May 5, 2001

    Good morning. Today I want to offer a special greeting to everyone 
celebrating Cinco de Mayo. This day marks the proud moment when Mexican 
soldiers threw back an invading army at the Battle of Puebla. One 
hundred and thirty-nine years later Cinco de Mayo pays tribute to the 
strong and independent spirit of the Mexican people.
    We celebrated a little early at the White House this year, on quatro 
de Mayo, with a fiesta on the South Lawn, with the mariachi music, 
folkloric dancing, and an ample supply of Mexican food. For a little 
while, it was just like being in Texas again.
    Growing up in Texas gave me many things I'm thankful for, and one of 
them is an appreciation of the Hispanic culture. In Texas, it's in the 
air you breath. Hispanic life, Hispanic culture, and Hispanic values are 
inseparable from the life of our State and have been for many 
generations. The history of Mexican-American relations has had its 
troubled moments, but today our peoples enrich each other in trade and 
culture and family ties.
    To affirm that friendship, Laura and I have invited Mexican 
President Vicente Fox to be the guest of honor at the very first state 
dinner of my administration. President Fox is a fine man, a man of 
powerful ideals and a great vision for his country. We have already met 
three times this year. I consider him a friend. We are committed to 
working together in common purpose for the good of both countries. 
Whether the issue is free trade or energy production, environmental 
protection or the control of illegal drugs, our interests are often the 
    In the United States, I'm happy to say, we're putting old fears and 
quarrels behind us. We know that we must protect the integrity of our 
border, yet we understand how that border can be viewed from the other 
side, as the gateway to better wages and a better life. I've often said 
that family values don't stop at the Rio Grande. The best way to have a 
stable border is better opportunity in both our nations, opportunity 
built by trade and education and freedom.
    And when immigrants come to America legally, their culture and 
contribution must be treated with respect. They have an equal place in 
the American story, a story written in many hands and told in many 
languages. This welcoming spirit is the heritage of the immigrant Nation 
and the commitment of my administration.
    Cinco de Mayo is a day for special pride and remembrance for all of 
Mexico. And for all Americans, it is a reminder of the heritage we share 
with our neighbor to the south and the great promise of the future.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 9 a.m. on May 4 in the Cabinet Room at 
the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on May 5. The address was 
also recorded in Spanish. Both transcripts were made available by the 
Office of the Press Secretary on May 4 but were embargoed for release 
until the broadcast.

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Week Ending Friday, May 11, 2001
Remarks Prior to Discussions With Amir Hamad Khalifa of Bahrain

May 7, 2001

    President Bush. It's my honor to welcome His Highness to America. 
Bahrain is a close friend of our country. It housed our 5th Fleet--
strong allies. He has made a big difference in his own country, been on 
the leading edge of reform. He believes in human rights and believes in 
the full participation of the people of his land. And we're really 
grateful for your leadership. It's such an honor to welcome you here.
    Amir Khalifa. Thank you. I am pleased to have this honor today to 
meet with the President, who has been promising from the day he wanted 
to be in this job. And I'm

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sure America will do a great thing and move forward in all fields, for 
the stability and security, mainly, of my region, the Gulf region.
    We have an old relationship that's lasted for more than a hundred-
and-something years. And I think we will keep that one. And that's why 
I'm here, to consult on matters of security, on matters of trade, on 
matters of development. And I thank the President for his invitation, 
his kind invitation.
    Thank you very much.

Note: The President spoke at 12:05 p.m. in the Colonnade at the White 
House. A tape was not available for verification of the content of these 

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Week Ending Friday, May 11, 2001
Remarks to the Council of the Americas Conference

 May 7, 2001

    Thank you, Mr. Rhodes, I'm honored; and thank you for having me, 
sir. It's an honor to be here with Senator Chuck Hagel. He's a man who's 
got a good vision of the world. He's also a fine United States Senator, 
I might add. Thank you for being here, Senator. It's good to see 
Ambassadors from nations in our hemisphere. Mr. Rockefeller, thank you 
very much for your support of trade in our hemisphere.
     It's an honor to be here with the best pick I could have possibly 
made to be the Secretary of State, and that's Colin Powell. He's doing a 
really good job of making the case for our country in a strong and 
humble way. When it's all said and done, his tenure is going to mean the 
world is more peaceful and more prosperous.
     I appreciate so very much, Peter Romero from the State Department, 
who has been working side by side with those of us at the White House. I 
appreciate Thomas McNamara and Bill Pryce, as well. And thank you all 
for coming, and thank you for letting me talk about a subject near and 
dear to my heart.
     The Council of the Americas was formed 36 years ago, in a different 
America. And it's certainly a different world. In 1965 international 
trade and investment mattered much less to the U.S. economy. We traded 
mostly with the countries of Europe. Interestingly enough, at that point 
in time, Mexico was our fifth largest trading partner. Today, she's the 
second largest trading partner, behind Canada.
     In 1965 so few Americans traced their ancestry to Latin America 
that the census didn't even bother to tabulate them. Today, some 35 
million Americans are of Hispanic origin. In 1965 military and 
authoritarian regimes ruled all too many of the countries of the 
Americas. Today, with one sad, solitary exception, every nation in our 
hemisphere has an elected government.
    Our recent summit in Quebec symbolized the new reality in our 
hemisphere, a unity of shared values, shared culture, and shared trade. 
And together, we made good progress at that summit, the beginnings of a 
really strong and fruitful relationship all throughout the hemisphere.
    In 1980s and the early nineties, our Nation negotiated many 
important trade agreements: the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement, the 
North American Free Trade Agreement, and the Uruguay Round of 
multilateral trade talks. Since then, efforts have stalled as U.S. trade 
promotion authority was allowed to lapse. The inactivity of the American 
Government has had real costs for the American people. The United States 
has few better friends, for example, than the Republic of Chile, but the 

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