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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations; Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Arizona, remarks in Phoenix--1561
         Remarks with Nancy Reagan in Bel Air--1575
         Victory 2004 dinner in Santa Monica--1575
         Niceville, discussion at Okaloosa-Walton College--1527
         Panama City, remarks--1541
         Pensacola, remarks--1520
    Nevada, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America in 
        Las Vegas--1567
    New Mexico, discussion at Eclipse Aviation in Albuquerque--1546
    Oregon, Columbia River channel deepening project in Portland--1582
    Radio address--1501
    Virginia, discussion at Northern Virginia Community College in 

 Appointments and Nominations

    Central Intelligence Agency, Director, remarks--1519

 Bill Signings

    Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004, statement--1518

 Executive Orders

    Establishing an Emergency Board To Investigate a Dispute Between the 
        Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and Its 
        Conductors Represented by the United Transportation Union--1518

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--1516

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Poland, Prime Minister Belka--1516

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--1586
     Checklist of White House press releases--1585
     Digest of other White House announcements--1584
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--1585

Editor's Note: The President was in Medina, WA, on August 13, 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, August 13, 2004
The President's Radio Address

August 7, 2004

    Good morning. My most solemn duty as President is to protect our 
country, and in the 3 years since our country was attacked, we have 
taken important steps to overcome terrorist threats to this Nation.
    We have pursued terrorists across the world, destroying their 
leadership and denying them sanctuaries. We are working with other 
governments to break up terror cells and stop planned attacks, on 
virtually every continent. We've created a new Department of Homeland 
Security to win the battle against terror on the home front. We are 
working to secure our borders, air and sea ports, and critical 
infrastructure. We are bringing the best technologies to bear against 
the threat of chemical and biological warfare.
    We're using the tools of the PATRIOT Act to track terrorists within 
our borders and stop them before they kill our people. We have 
transformed the FBI to focus on the prevention of terrorist attacks. 
We've established a Terrorist Threat Integration Center to merge and 
analyze foreign and domestic intelligence on global terror in a single 
place. And we are sharing that intelligence in unprecedented ways with 
local officials and first-responders who need it to protect our 
    I agree with the conclusion of the 9/11 Commission. Because of these 
steps at home and abroad, our country is safer than it was on September 
the 11th, 2001. Yet, we're still not safe. The elevation of the threat 
level in New York, New Jersey, and Washington, DC, is a grim reminder of 
the dangers we continue to face. Information from arrests in Pakistan, 
taken together with information gathered by the U.S. intelligence 
community, indicated that Al Qaida has cased financial targets in New 
York, New Jersey, and Washington, DC, and has recently updated their 
targeting information. This information was buttressed by other 
information we already had.
    We and our allies are working to protect our people from these 
threats. As we fight the ongoing terrorist threat, we will continue 
moving forward with additional changes to protect our country.
    This week I asked Congress to create the position of a National 
Intelligence Director. The person in that office will be appointed by 
the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate, and will serve 
at the pleasure of the President. The Director will serve as the 
President's principal intelligence advisor and will oversee and 
coordinate the foreign and domestic intelligence community. The CIA will 
be managed by a separate Director. The National Intelligence Director 
will assume the broader responsibility of leading the intelligence 
community across our Government, and he or she will have the resources 
and authority to meet that responsibility.
    This week I also announced that we establish a new National 
Counterterrorism Center. This new center will build on the excellent 
work of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center and will become our 
Government's knowledge bank for information about known and suspected 
terrorists. This center will also be responsible for preparing the daily 
terrorism threat report for the President and senior officials, and its 
Director will report to the National Intelligence Director, once that 
position is created.
    We will act on other valuable recommendations made by the 9/11 
Commission. In the coming days, I will issue a series of directives to 
various departments on essential steps for the Government on the war on 
terror. As we take these steps, our Nation is grateful to the dedicated, 
hard-working men and women of our intelligence community who are working 
day and night to keep our country safe.

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    We're a nation in danger. We're doing everything we can in our power 
to confront the danger. We're making good progress in protecting our 
people and bringing our enemies to account. But one thing is certain: 
We'll keep our focus; we'll keep our resolve; and we will do our duty to 
best secure our country.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 8:51 a.m. on August 6 in 
Kennebunkport, ME, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on August 7. The 
transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
August 6 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, August 13, 2004
Remarks in a Discussion at Northern Virginia Community College in 
Annandale, Virginia

August 9, 2004

    The President. Thank you for being here.
    Audience members. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
    The President. Thank you all.
    Audience members. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
    The President. Thank you all. Okay. Thank you all for coming. Please 
be seated.
    Thanks for coming. I appreciate the warm welcome. I want to thank 
you all for giving me a chance to come and explain why I want to be your 
President for 4 more years.
    We've done a lot since I got elected. We, the country, have worked 
together. It is--and we've accomplished a lot, and we've been through a 
lot. It's been tough times. The only reason to look backward is to best 
determine who to lead us forward. So today I'm going to talk about some 
ideas as to how to make this country a safer, stronger, and better place 
for every citizen, for every single person who lives in this country.
    First, I'm sorry that Laura is not here. She's out campaigning. I 
tell the people, in front of these enthusiastic and large crowds we've 
been having, that, you know, probably the wisest reason to put me back 
in there is so that she'll be the First Lady for 4 more years.
    I'm running with a good man. I admit it, that Dick Cheney is not the 
prettiest face on the ticket. [Laughter] But that's not why I picked 
him. I picked him because of his sound judgment, his experience, his 
ability to do the job.
    I want to thank Dr. Bob Templin for allowing us to use this 
important facility. I say ``important;'' it's because the community 
college system is an integral part of making sure that this country is a 
hopeful country. I'll tell you why. Part of the reasons I'm seeking the 
Presidency again is because I understand that if we use our community 
college system wisely, people will be trained for the jobs which will 
exist. See, in order to keep jobs here in America, we've got to have a 
workforce that is capable of filling the jobs of the 21st century. And 
one of the crucial links in making sure people have the skills necessary 
to fill the jobs that are coming is the community college system. And 
Bob understands that. I appreciate you being here, Doc. Thanks for 
giving us a chance to come by.
    I want to thank my friend Senator George Allen for being here. I 
appreciate you coming. I want to thank Frank Wolf and Ed Schrock. I 
appreciate Frank's concern and dedication for those who need American 
help. He understands what I know, that we have a responsibility in the 
world to help those who hunger and those who are afflicted by disease 
and those who suffer under tyranny. And I appreciate Frank's deep 
concern not only about the citizens of this State and our country but 
also the deep concern about those to whom we can deliver help. And we 
are. Just remember, when people talk about America, just remember 
they're talking about a country which is leading the fight against HIV/
AIDS, not only here at home but on the continent of Africa.
    And I appreciate Ed coming over. Thanks for being here, Ed. I 
appreciate your leadership as well. The attorney general is with us 
today. General, I'm proud you're here. Thanks for coming.
    We've got some of our citizens up here because we're going to talk 
about a crucial aspect of our vision, which is how to encourage an 
ownership society to flourish in America. I'm going to get to that in a 

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    Before I do, I want to talk about a couple of other points. One is 
that we're making progress in spreading the peace. See, we know that a 
free society is going to be a peaceful society. We also know that 
freedom is not our country's gift to the world; freedom is the Almighty 
God's gift to each person in this world. And that's why--that's why over 

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