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Addresses to the Nation

    Terrorist attacks--1301

Addresses and Remarks

        Leadership forum in Jacksonville--1297
        Terrorist attack on New York City's World Trade Center in 
    Louisiana, remarks on terrorist attacks at Barksdale Air Force 
    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--
    Radio address--1291
    U.S.S. Canberra bell, presentation to Prime Minister Howard of 
    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--

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.


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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


    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 


    Honoring the Victims of the Incidents on Tuesday, September 11, 
    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 
    Digest of other White House announcements--1313
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1315

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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-
                                                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.

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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

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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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