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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations; Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Iftaar dinner--2813
    Radio address--2807
    Virginia, Veterans Day ceremony in Arlington--2815
    Walter Reed Army Medical Center, remarks to reporters following 
        visit with wounded troops--2807

Appointments and Nominations

    Justice Department, Attorney General, remarks--2812

Communications to Congress

    Iran, letter on continuation of national emergency--2810

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--2811
    News conference with Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United 
        Kingdom, November 12--2816, 2823

Joint Statements

    United States of America and the United Kingdom concerning the 
        Middle East Peace Process--2823

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Secretary General de Hoop 
    United Kingdom, Prime Minister Blair--2816, 2823


    Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Iran--2810


    Veterans Day--2809
    World Freedom Day--2809

Resignations and Retirements

    Commerce Department, Secretary, statement--2808
    Justice Department, Attorney General, statement--2808

Statements by the President

    See also Resignations and Retirements
    Death of Yasser Arafat--2814

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2825
    Checklist of White House press releases--2824
    Digest of other White House announcements--2823
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2824

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Week Ending Friday, November 12, 2004
The President's Radio Address

November 6, 2004

    Good morning. This week, the voters of America set the direction of 
our Nation for the next 4 years. I am honored by the support of my 
fellow citizens. I commend Senator John Kerry for a spirited campaign.
    Now the election is behind us, and our country is ready to move 
forward. Our Nation is fighting a continuing war on terror, and every 
American has a stake in the outcome. Republicans and Democrats and 
independents love our country, and together, we will protect the 
American people. We will persevere until the enemy is defeated and our 
Nation is safe from danger. Every civilized country also has a stake in 
the outcome of this war. Whatever our past disagreements, we share a 
common enemy and common duties to confront disease and hunger and 
poverty in troubled regions of our world.
    I will continue reaching out to friends and allies, including our 
partners in NATO and the European Union, to promote development and 
progress, to defeat the terrorists, and to encourage freedom and 
democracy as the alternatives to tyranny and terror.
    Here at home, we have serious responsibilities and historic 
opportunities. To accelerate the momentum of this economy and to keep 
creating jobs, we must take practical measures to help the small-
business sector. We must confront the junk and frivolous lawsuits that 
are driving up the cost of health care and hurting doctors and patients. 
We must continue to work on education reform to bring high standards and 
accountability, not just to elementary schools but to the high schools 
as well. We must reform our complicated and outdated Tax Code to get rid 
of needless paperwork and make our economy more competitive in the 
world. And we must show our leadership by strengthening the Social 
Security system for our children and grandchildren. This is more than a 
problem to be solved. It is an opportunity to help millions of our 
fellow citizens find the security and independence of ownership.
    Reaching these goals will require the broad support of Americans. To 
make this Nation stronger and better, I will need the support of 
Republicans and Democrats and independents, and I will work to earn it. 
I will do all I can do to deserve your trust.
    A new term is a new opportunity to reach out to the whole Nation. We 
have one country, one constitution, and one future that binds us. And 
when we come together and work together, there is no limit to the 
greatness of America.
    In the election of 2004, large issues were set before the country 
and discussed every day of the campaign. Now Americans are expecting 
bipartisan effort and results. My administration will work with both 
parties in Congress to achieve those results and to meet the 
responsibility we share.
    With the campaign over, the United States of America goes forward 
with confidence and faith. I see a great day coming for our country, and 
I'm eager for the work ahead.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 10:15 a.m. on November 5 at Camp 
David, MD, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on November 6. The transcript was 
made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on November 5 but 
was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office of the Press 
Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this address.

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Week Ending Friday, November 12, 2004
Remarks to Reporters Following a Visit With Wounded Troops at Walter 
Reed Army Medical Center

November 9, 2004

    Listen, I've--Laura and I have just toured one of the wards 
upstairs. I am--every time I come to Walter Reed, I'm struck by the 
courage and bravery of our men and women

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who wear the uniform. It's such an honor to meet the troops who are 
wounded. And it's so uplifting to see their spirit, their drive to 
become rehabilitated, their love of their country, their support of the 

    Laura and I spent time with the moms and dads and husbands and wives 
of those who are wounded, and I was struck by just the patriotic sense 
that they have and that--their strong support for their loved ones.

    Every time I come to the hospital, one of the things I try to 
determine is to--whether or not our troops and their families are being 
treated with first-class care. It's very important for all of us 
involved in decisionmaking to know that a troop who had been injured in 
Iraq or Afghanistan is immediately brought to care. And to a person, 
they were very strong in their support and praise to how this hospital 
is run.

    I want to thank the generals, the doctors, the nurses for running 
this hospital. I mean, it's--it's such a comforting sense for me to be 
able to tell a loved one, your person hurt, your loved one will get the 
best care possible.

    And finally, we've got troops in harm's way in the Fallujah area 
right now, and our prayers are with the soldiers and their loved ones as 
they're doing the hard work necessary for a free Iraq to emerge. There 
are still terrorists there who are trying to stop the march of freedom. 
And at the request of the Allawi Government and alongside of Iraqi 
troops, coalition forces are now moving in to Fallujah to bring to 
justice those who are willing to kill the innocent and those who are 
trying to terrorize the Iraqi people and our coalition, those who want 
to stop democracy. And they're not going to succeed.

    And so we wish our troops all the best and Godspeed to them as well. 
Thank you all.

Note: The President spoke at 3:01 p.m. In his remarks, he referred to 
Prime Minister Ayad Allawi of the Iraqi Interim Government. A tape was 
not available for verification of the content of these remarks.

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Week Ending Friday, November 12, 2004
Statement on the Resignation of Donald L. Evans as Secretary of Commerce

November 9, 2004

    Don Evans is one of my most trusted friends and advisers. He has 
been a valuable member of my economic team. Don has worked to advance 
economic security and prosperity for all Americans. He has worked 
steadfastly to make sure America continues to be the best place in the 
world to do business.
    To encourage job creation here at home, Don has worked closely with 
me to reduce taxes, open markets for American goods and services, and 
promote a level playing field abroad.
    Don shares my belief that the promise of America means our best days 
lie ahead. Together, we have worked to make that a reality.
    I thank Don for his outstanding service to our Nation and wish him 
and Susie all the best as they return home to Texas.

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