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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, September 15, 2003 Volume 39--Number 37 Pages 1153-1209 Contents WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. 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[[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses to the Nation War on terror--1163 Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Anniversary of September 11--1196 Florida Bush-Cheney reception in Fort Lauderdale--1183 Bush-Cheney reception in Jacksonville--1173 Hyde Park Elementary in Jacksonville--1178 Georgia, military personnel and families at Fort Stewart--1197 Indiana Bush-Cheney reception in Indianapolis--1158 Langham Company employees in Indianapolis--1153 Mississippi, luncheon for gubernatorial candidate Haley Barbour in Jackson--1201 Radio address--1162 Addresses and Remarks--Continued Tennessee Bush-Cheney reception in Nashville--1170 Kirkpatrick Elementary School in Nashville--1166 Virginia, Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy in Quantico--1190 Communications to Congress Amendments to the FY 2004 budget, letter transmitting--1206 Terrorist attacks, message on continuation of the national emergency--1195 Communications to Federal Agencies Continuation of the Exercise of Certain Authorities Under the Trading With the Enemy Act, memorandum--1205 Presidential Determination on Certification To Permit U.S. Contributions to the International Fund for Ireland With Fiscal Year 2002 and 2003 ESF Funds, memorandum--1183 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) Editor's Note: The President was in Houston, TX, on September 12, 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. [[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Communications to Federal Agencies--Continued Presidential Determination With Respect to Foreign Governments' Efforts Regarding Trafficking in Persons, memorandum--1187 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Oval Office--1188 Walter Reed Army Medical Center--1196 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Kuwait, Prime Minister Sabah--1188 Notices Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Certain Terrorist Attacks--1195 Statements by the President Death of Edward Teller--1195 Death of Johnny Cash--1205 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1209 Checklist of White House press releases--1208 Digest of other White House announcements--1206 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1208 ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 1153]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1153-1158] Monday, September 15, 2003 Volume 39--Number 37 Pages 1153-1209 Week Ending Friday, September 12, 2003 Remarks to Langham Company Employees in Indianapolis, Indiana September 5, 2003 Thank you all. Thanks for coming. It's such an honor to be here with the Langham family and the employees of this incredibly vibrant company. I want to thank the CEO for such a fine introduction. I am honored that Cathy would invite me here and give me a chance to talk about some of the challenges which face our Nation, the challenge of making sure this Nation is secure and the challenge to make sure people can find work. I know you all have been through some challenges here in the State of Indiana because of some recent flooding. Today I had the privilege of telling your Governor when I landed that I recently signed a disaster declaration that will provide Federal funds to help the folks who suffered as a result of the disaster that took place in many parts of your State. There are a lot of Americans looking for work, and we need to do something about that in Washington, DC. We've taken steps to get our economy growing again, and there are some very hopeful signs that progress is being made. I'm optimistic about the future of this country. Yet today's unemployment report shows we've got more to do, and I'm not going to be satisfied until every American who's looking for a job can find a job. I have laid out a comprehensive plan for job creation all across America. And for the sake of our fellow citizens, I look forward to working with the United States Congress to get this comprehensive plan passed. And one Member who will help get this plan passed, and a man who represents Indiana with such distinction and class, a man who is a person with whom my administration works closely, the chairman, Dick Lugar. I want to thank John and Margaret Langham, as well as Cathy, for allowing my entourage to--[laughter]--which is quite large these days-- [laughter]--to invade this beautiful facility. I want to thank the employees for welcoming us. I know it's not easy to have your day disrupted by a Presidential trip, but I'm honored to be here. [Laughter] And I want to thank you for your hard work. One thing is for certain, that you've earned the respect of the Langham family. Walking in here, Cathy was telling me how proud she is of the 55 fellow workers, people who make this small business grow and become vibrant. So I want to congratulate you for your productivity and your hard work as well. You know, one of the great things about America is that we've got the best workforce in the world. We've got the finest workers and finest employees. I also know that the attorney general of the great State of Indiana is with us today, Steve Carter, and I appreciate Steve being here. I want to thank Zionsville High School for being here today. I appreciate you all singing. I'm sorry I didn't get to hear you. I want to thank the Kobes for leading the Pledge. I appreciate Brenda Williams coming. Today when I landed there at the airport, I also not only spoke to the Governor and the attorney general, but I spoke to a lady named Joyce Irwin. You probably don't know who Joyce is. She is--I will tell you, though. She is a soldier in the army of compassion. She's one of the thousands of people all across our country who have heard a call to love a neighbor just like you'd like to be loved yourself. There's great talk about the might of America, and we're mighty. And I intend to keep it that way. We've got great military might, economic might. But the truth of the matter is, the great strength of America is the heart and soul of the American people. The great strength of our country is the fact that there are millions of our fellow citizens like Joyce Irwin who are willing to lend a hand to a neighbor in need. The great [[Page 1154]] strength of America is the fact that on a daily basis, there are millions of acts of kindness and mercy that helps change America to a more hopeful place, one heart, one soul at a time. Joyce Irwin is a volunteer. She's active with the Little Red Door Cancer Agency, the Fairbanks Hospital, the Meridian Street United Methodist Church. She helps round up donations of clothing to those who need to be clothed, food for those who need to be fed. But most important, she dedicates her time to those who need to be loved. My call to our fellow Americans is love your neighbor just like you'd like to be loved yourself. Thank you, Joyce. I mentioned the fact that our Nation is facing big challenges. One of the big challenges, of course, is for me, my administration, and those of us who have been honored to serve the American people, to do our solemn duty and protect the security of the American people. We must never forget the lessons of September the 11th, 2001, a sobering reminder that oceans no longer can protect us from forces of evil who can't stand what America stands for. There are people in this world who hate the thought that we believe in free societies, we believe people should worship freely, speak their mind freely. And since we're not going to change, since we're not going to change our attitude about freedom, we've still got an issue with these terrorists. And we're doing everything we can to protect the homeland. We've got better coordination amongst law enforcement agencies. We're monitoring our ports and points of entry in ways we never have before. We've got emergency preparedness teams in place. But the best way to secure the homeland, the best way to do our duty to provide security for the American people and future generations of American people, is to hunt the terrorists down, one by one, and bring them to justice. Not only must we stay on the offensive against those who would do us harm, and not only we must--must we continue to disrupt terrorist training camps to deal with dictatorial regimes who would threaten us and/or arm terrorists to threaten us, but we also must continue to promote freedom. Free societies are likely to be peaceful societies. Free societies are societies which won't threaten their neighbors or use weapons of mass destruction. America believes that freedom is not America's gift to the world, that freedom is God's gift to every individual who lives in this world. And at home, we must recognize that while the signs are pretty good about our economy, there's still people looking for work. And we've got to do something about that. I said I was optimistic about our economy, and I am, for good reason. We have been through a lot. And yet, we're still strong. Let me remind you of what we've been through. The attacks on America cost us about $80 billion. That's a lot of money. The attacks hurt our economy at a time when we were beginning to recover from a recession. In March of 2000, the stock market started to decline. Investors began to realize, well maybe this economy wasn't quite as strong as it had been in the past. And we were in recession in the first quarters of 2001. We had negative growth. People were beginning to look for work. Things weren't good. But the economy began to come back because we actually passed a really good tax bill out of the Congress. And then the enemy hit us, and it hurt. It hurt economically. It hurt the Nation's psyche to think that we were vulnerable to coldblooded killers that could come and in one day take the lives of thousands of innocent people. But we began to recover. We took some actions in Washington. For example, we passed terrorism insurance plan to help encourage building of large construction projects, keep those hardhats working. We dealt with the airline industry for the short term. I mean, we took action, and we started getting better. And then a third thing happened. We had some of our fellow citizens forget to--forgot what it means to be a responsible citizen. We had some corporate CEOs who didn't tell the truth to their employees and to their shareholders. And that affected the confidence of the people, affected
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