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Monday, March 15, 2004
 
Volume 40_Number 11
Pages 349	402
 
Week Ending Friday, March 12, 2004
 
Proclamation 7761--Women's History Month, 2004

March 5, 2004

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    During Women's History Month, we celebrate the many accomplishments 
of our Nation's women.
    Women are leaders in American business, government, law, science, 
medicine, the arts, education, and many other fields. As mothers, 
sisters, and daughters, they bring compassion and integrity to our 
communities and help to teach our children the values that make our 
country great.
    Women today are following in the footsteps of pioneers such as Sarah 
Pierce, Emma Willard, Catherine Beecher, and Mary Lyon, who helped open 
the doors to higher education for women in our country. Their vision and 
determination changed America forever. Women today also join a long 
tradition of defending our Nation. During the Revolutionary War, 
Margaret Cochran Corbin fought as a gunner and was severely wounded at 
the battle of Fort Washington. Today, more than 200,000 women are 
serving in our Nation's Armed Forces and working to defend America and 
advance peace and freedom. We are grateful for their sacrifice and for 
the military families that support them.
    This month, we celebrate the many ways women strengthen and enrich 
America.
    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 March 2004 as Women's 
History Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month with 
appropriate ceremonies and activities.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of 
March, 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., March 9, 
2004]

Note: This proclamation was released by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on March 6, and it was published in the Federal Register on 
March 10.


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Monday, March 15, 2004
 
Volume 40_Number 11
Pages 349	402
 
Week Ending Friday, March 12, 2004
 
Proclamation 7762--Save Your Vision Week, 2004

March 5, 2004

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    Millions of Americans enjoy healthy vision. Yet, each year, many of 
our citizens suffer from vision loss that could have been prevented or 
reversed with effective detection and appropriate intervention. 
Commemorating Save Your Vision Week reminds us of the importance of 
including eye care as part of a regular preventive health routine.
    Eating healthy foods, wearing safety glasses, and avoiding the 
harmful effects of the sun's ultraviolet rays are ways to help to keep 
our eyes healthy. Regular, comprehensive

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exams are also important to maintain good vision and eye health. For 
children, regular eye exams can help parents ensure that their 
children's vision is developing normally and can identify a problem 
before it becomes more serious. For adults, eye care professionals can 
detect glaucoma and eye damage from diabetes in the early stages of 
progression, thereby preventing further harm. Diabetes can seriously 
affect vision in addition to general health. An estimated 40 to 45 
percent of all people diagnosed with diabetes will develop some degree 
of diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of new cases of blindness in 
working-age Americans that often presents few warning signs and no pain. 
Other eye diseases such as glaucoma may cause vision damage and eventual 
blindness without the individual being aware of a problem.
    The Department of Health and Human Services is working to identify 
opportunities to improve the health of all Americans through Healthy 
People 2010, a national disease prevention plan. This plan includes the 
Healthy Vision 2010 Initiative, which is addressing many of the 
challenges posed by the loss or impairment of vision.
    The Congress, by joint resolution approved December 30, 1963, as 
amended (77 Stat. 629; 36 U.S.C. 138), has authorized and requested the 
President to proclaim the first week in March of each year as ``Save 
Your Vision Week.'' During this week, I encourage all Americans to learn 
more about ways to prevent eye problems for themselves and to help 
others maintain the precious gift of sight.
    Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of 
America, do hereby proclaim March 7 through March 13, 2004, as Save Your 
Vision Week. I urge all Americans to participate by making eye care and 
eye safety an important part of their lives and to get regular eye 
examinations. I also encourage eye care professionals, teachers, the 
media, and all public and private organizations dedicated to preserving 
eyesight to join in activities that will raise awareness of the measures 
all citizens can take to protect vision.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of 
March, 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., March 9, 
2004]

Note: This proclamation was released by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on March 6, and it was published in the Federal Register on 
March 10.


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Monday, March 15, 2004
 
Volume 40_Number 11
Pages 349	402
 
Week Ending Friday, March 12, 2004
 
The President's Radio Address

March 6, 2004

    Good morning. This week terrorists launched a series of attacks in 
Iraq, targeting religious sites in Baghdad and Karbala during 
commemorations marking the Shi'a holy day of Ashoura. Laura and I and 
the American people were filled with grief and anger at these terrible 
acts of murder, which took the lives of dozens of innocent Iraqis.
    Some of these killers behind these attacks are supporters of 
Saddam's former regime. Others are foreign terrorists. All of them are 
determined to halt and reverse all progress toward freedom in Iraq. One 
of the terrorist leaders, a killer named Zarqawi, recently wrote to a 
senior Al Qaida terrorist of his plan to tear Iraq apart with ethnic 
violence, to undermine Iraqi security forces, to demoralize our 
coalition, and to prevent the rise of a sovereign, democratic 
government. The killer's strategy will fail.
    Immediately after the attacks, the world saw members of Iraq's 
Governing Council and other Iraqis quickly condemn the bombings and 
voice their determination that their country will be peaceful and free. 
The Iraqi people refuse to live in fear, and so do the members of our 
coalition. Fighting alongside the people of Iraq, we will defeat the 
terrorists who seek to plunge Iraq into chaos and violence, and we will 
stand with the people of Iraq for as long as necessary to build a 
stable, peaceful, and successful democracy.
    The Iraqi people are making excellent progress. Members of the 
Governing Council are having a free and open and spirited debate as they 
complete a new framework for

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governing their nation. This transitional administrative law will result 
in protecting the rights of all Iraqis and will move the country toward 
a democratic future.
    A year ago, Iraq's only law was the whim of one brutal man. When the 
new law takes effect, Iraqis will, for the first time in decades, live 
under the clear protections of a written bill of rights. Under this law, 
all Iraqis will be treated equally. No religious or ethnic groups will 
be favored, and none will suffer discrimination at the hands of the 
state.
    The law will protect the rights of free speech and peaceful 
assembly, the right to organize political parties, the right to vote in 
fair elections, and the right to worship according to one's own 
conscience. The law also will guarantee the right to a speedy, fair, and 
open trial. No Iraqi will ever again have to fear the midnight knock of 
the secret police.
    The transitional administrative law will establish a clear path for 
the transition to full Iraqi sovereignty on June 30th of this year. Our 
coalition of 34 countries and the United Nations will continue to work 
closely with the Iraqi people as they progress toward this goal. The law 
calls for the election of a transitional national assembly by January 
31, 2005. Later that year, this assembly will draft a new constitution 
to be ratified by the Iraqi people. And by the end of next year, the 
Iraqi people will elect a parliament and establish a Government that is 
fully representative and truly free.
    Difficult work in creating a new Iraqi Government remains. Yet 
Iraqis are equal to the tasks before them. The Iraqi people have shown 
the world that they are fully capable of living in freedom.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 3:51 p.m. on March 4 at the Bush Ranch 
in Crawford, TX, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on March 6. The transcript 
was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on March 5 but 
was embargoed for release until the broadcast. In his remarks, the 
President referred to senior Al Qaida associate Abu Musab Al Zarqawi; 
and former President Saddam Hussein of Iraq. The Office of the Press 
Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this address.


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Monday, March 15, 2004
 
Volume 40_Number 11
Pages 349	402
 
Week Ending Friday, March 12, 2004
 
The President's News Conference With President Vicente Fox of Mexico in 
Crawford, Texas

March 6, 2004

    President Bush. Hola. Que tal? Bienvenidos.
    President Fox. Gracias.
    President Bush. Mr. President, Laura and I are pleased to welcome 
you and Marta to Crawford. I was honored as my first trip abroad as 
President to accept your invitation to your home in San Cristobal. We've 
met many times since. Today I'm pleased to host you here at our ranch.
    Mexico and the United States are more than neighbors. We are 
partners in building a safer, more democratic, and more prosperous 
hemisphere. In this age of terror, the security of our borders is more 
important than ever, and the cooperation between Mexico and American 
border and law enforcement is stronger than ever.
    Through the Border Partnership Agreement, our two nations are 
improving the infrastructure at ports of entry along our common border. 
We're using technology to allow law-abiding travelers to cross the 
border quickly and easily, while officials concentrate on stopping 
possible threats. Our Mexican and American officials are working 
together to arrest dangerous criminals, including drug smugglers and 
those who traffic in human beings. President Fox and I are determined to 
protect the safety of American people and the Mexican people.
    President Fox and I are continuing our efforts to support democracy 
in the region. I support the President's help in bringing order and 
stability to Haiti. As our efforts move forward, I welcome Mexico's 
further support.
    Our two nations will continue to cochair the Bolivia Support Group 
to protect the institutions of democracy in that country. We will work 
with the Organization of American States to help ensure the integrity of 
the Presidential recall and referendum process underway in Venezuela.
    I am committed to working with President Fox to expand free and fair 
trade between our nations. We've seen trade lift both our nations and 
both our economies. Over the

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past decade, trade between the United States and Mexico has nearly 
tripled to about $230 billion. Today, Mexico is America's second-largest 
trading partner, and we are Mexico's largest.
    We will continue to work together and with Canada to enhance our 
common prosperity. Selling American goods and services in foreign 
markets is vital to the American economy. Selling our products abroad 
creates jobs for America. We must reject economic isolationism. There is 
no future in walling America off from the rest of the world. American 
workers and families, no less than the people of Mexico and the people 
of all nations, benefit from free and fair trade.
    We will work to ensure a system of safe and orderly migration. 
Earlier this year, I proposed a temporary-worker program, not an amnesty 
program, that will offer legal status as temporary workers to 
undocumented men and women who were employed in the United States when I 
announced this proposal.
    Under this program, America will also welcome workers from foreign 
countries who have been offered jobs by American employers that no 
American has filled. I oppose amnesty, placing undocumented workers on 
the automatic path to citizenship. This program will match willing 
workers with willing employers without disadvantaging those who have 
followed the law and waited in line to achieve American citizenship.
    This new temporary-worker program will strengthen both the American 

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