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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, September 17, 2001 [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Pages 1291-1317 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses to the Nation Terrorist attacks--1301 Addresses and Remarks Florida Leadership forum in Jacksonville--1297 Terrorist attack on New York City's World Trade Center in Sarasota--1300 Louisiana, remarks on terrorist attacks at Barksdale Air Force Base--1300 National Day of Prayer and Remembrance service--1309 National Football League's opening day coin toss--1292 National security team, meeting--1302 New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and New York Governor George E. Pataki, telephone conversation--1304 Police, firemen, and rescueworkers at the World Trade Center-- 1313 Radio address--1291 U.S.S. Canberra bell, presentation to Prime Minister Howard of Australia--1293 Virginia, tour of damage at the Pentagon in Arlington--1302 Washington Hospital Center, visit--1308 Communications to Congress Declaration of national emergency by reason of certain terrorist attacks, message--1312 Supplemental appropriations to address the September 11 terrorist attacks, letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives--1304 Communications to Federal Agencies Benefits for Survivors of Public Safety Officers, memorandum--1309 Continuation of the Exercise of Certain Authorities Under the Trading With the Enemy Act, memorandum--1303 Excused Absence and Assistance to Federal Employees Affected by the Attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, memorandum-- 1303 Executive Orders Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation--1311 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) Editor's Note: The President was in New York City on September 14, 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. 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). 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Oval Office--1304 West Colonnade--1294 West Wing Lobby Entrance--1294 Joint Statements United States of America and Australia--1295 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Australia, Prime Minister Howard--1293, 1294 Proclamations Amending Proclamation 7461, Display of the Flag at Half-Staff as a Mark of Respect for the Victims of the Incidents on Tuesday, September 11, 2001--1313 Declaration of National Emergency by Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks--1310 Proclamations--Continued Honoring the Victims of the Incidents on Tuesday, September 11, 2001--1301 National Birmingham Pledge Week--1291 National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001--1308 Statements by the President Terrorist attacks, supplemental appropriations to address, congressional action--1313 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1317 Checklist of White House press releases--1317 Digest of other White House announcements--1313 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1315 [[Page 1291]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1291] Pages 1291-1317 Week Ending Friday, September 14, 2001 Proclamation 7460--National Birmingham Pledge Week, 2001 September 8, 2001 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation The United States has grown strong and vibrant because of its diversity and common values. Representing different religions, cultures, ethnic groups, and backgrounds, our citizens have laid the foundation for our country's remarkable achievements. As a Nation, we celebrate those achievements and look forward to new challenges. At the same time, we also recognize that racism still exists in America. One of the darkest days for the cause of civil rights was September 15, 1963, when a bomb exploded in the basement of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The blast ended the lives of four young African-American girls, and ultimately demonstrated the tragic human costs of bigotry and intolerance. Through the efforts of heroes like Martin Luther King, Jr., and other brave men and women of the civil rights movement, our Nation has made progress in battling racism and building a society that more fully lives up to its democratic ideals. However, regardless of the decades that have passed, despicable acts such as the Birmingham bombing remain an unforgettable reminder of the need for continued vigilance against those who would infest our society with hate. The Birmingham Pledge, started in 1998, forges a positive legacy from the lessons of the Birmingham tragedy. The Pledge encourages people to take personal responsibility for conducting themselves in ways that will achieve greater racial harmony in our communities. It calls for a commitment to ``treat all people with dignity and respect.'' This is our solemn duty as citizens. As part of National Birmingham Pledge Week, I encourage all Americans to join me in renewing our commitment to fight racism and uphold equal justice and opportunity. We also must strive to treat each other with civility, to love our neighbors, and to extend the American dream to every willing heart. By doing so, we can fulfill our Nation's promise and build brighter futures for all our citizens as we look forward to the challenges of tomorrow. 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 September 9-15, 2001, as National Birmingham Pledge Week. I call upon the people of the United States to mark this observance with appropriate programs and ceremonies. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty- sixth. George W. Bush [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 9:02 a.m., September 11, 2001] Note: This proclamation was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on September 8, and it was published in the Federal Register on September 12. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1291-1292] Pages 1291-1317 Week Ending Friday, September 14, 2001 The President's Radio Address September 8, 2001 Good morning. This weekend in Washington my wife, Laura, is hosting the first National Book Festival, continuing a tradition she began as First Lady of Texas. With visiting authors and special events, the Book Festival will highlight the importance of reading and libraries in our national life. A few days later, she and I will host the White [[Page 1292]] House Assembly on Reading at the Library of Congress. We will bring together scholars and educators committed to the cause of teaching every child to read. As a former teacher, herself, the First Lady is a passionate advocate for reading. She and I and my entire administration believe that teaching every child to read is critical to making sure every child has the opportunity to realize the American Dream. Reading is, after all, the most basic educational skill, and the most basic obligation of any school is to teach reading. Yet earlier this year, tests showed the almost two-thirds of African-American children in the fourth grade cannot read at a basic level and reading performance overall is basically unimproved over the past 10 years. The ability to read is what turns a child into a student. When this skill is not taught, a child has not failed the system; the system has failed the child. And that child is often put on a path to frustration and broken confidence. The methods we use to teach reading are critically important. First, we will have diagnostic tests to identify early reading problems in grades K-through-three. Second, we will correct those problems with intervention to give children the best possible help. Third, we will support reading instruction based on sound research, with a central role for phonics. And we'll make sure that every teacher is well-trained in these proven methods. All of this can serve an important goal I have set for our country: to ensure that every child is able to read by the end of third grade. Meeting this goal requires not only encouragement to our schools but resources, and my budget provides them. Altogether I have asked Congress to triple the amount of Federal money available for reading programs across America. We must also bring accountability and high standards to every public
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