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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations; Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Maryland, Clear Skies and Global Climate Change Initiatives 
        announcement in Silver Spring--232
    National Drug Control Strategy--220
    Radio address--210
        Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, meeting with 
            President Hinckley in Salt Lake City--208
        State of Utah reception--207
        2002 Olympic winter games, in Salt Lake
        Fundraiser for Gov. Scott McCallum in Milwaukee--217
        Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee--211

Appointments and Nominations

    Peace Corps, Director, remarks--237

Communications to Congress

    National Drug Control Strategy, message transmitting--223
    Nuclear fuel and nuclear waste, letter recommending Yucca Mountain 
        disposal site--239

Communications to Congress--Continued

    Reallocation of funds transferred from the emergency response fund, 
        letter giving notice--225

Executive Orders

    President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and 
    President's Interagency Task Force To Monitor and Combat Trafficking 
        in Persons--231

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in Salt Lake City, UT--208
    News conference with President Musharraf of Pakistan, February 13--

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Pakistan, President Musharraf--226

Statements by the President

    Death of Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom--211
    Pension security legislation, proposed--236
    Senate action on the ``Farm Security Act of 2001''--231

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--242
    Checklist of White House press releases--241
    Digest of other White House announcements--239
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--240

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Remarks at a State of Utah Olympic Reception in Salt Lake City, Utah

February 8, 2002

    Thank you. Well, Mike, thank you very much. That's a powerful 
introduction. It must have been the choir. [Laughter] It's such an honor 
to be here. Laura and I have really been looking forward to this 
spectacular day. I want to thank Mike for your efforts, your hard work 
to show really the very best of America to the whole world. I want to 
thank Jackie, as well. Mike and I both married above ourselves. 
    It's an honor to be here with many distinguished citizens of our 
country, the Utah congressional delegation. Senator Hatch and Senator 
Bennett, thank you both for being here. We had the opportunity of flying 
down on Air Force One together. These two men love Utah a lot. I want to 
thank members of the congressional delegation. Congressmen Matheson, 
Hansen, and Cannon, thank you all for being here, as well.
    I appreciate the mayor. I also appreciate members of my Cabinet, 
Secretary of State Colin Powell--members of one of the finest teams a 
President has ever assembled have joined us. Thank you all for coming.
    I want to thank Mitt Romney for being such a strong leader, for 
really kind of willing these games to go forward. I appreciate Jacques 
Rogge for being here, as well. Thank you, sir. It's my honor to have 
welcomed you to the--one of the greatest offices on the face of the 
Earth, the Oval Office. I loved our visit then. Thank you for coming. 
Thank you, Sandy, as well.
    Kofi, it's great to see you, sir, the Secretary-General of the 
United Nations who does such a fine job of promoting peace and the world 
    I've put together an official delegation to the Olympics, really 
fine people--a few reprobates with them. [Laughter] Thank you all for 
coming. I'm honored that my sister has joined the delegation, as well. 
As you know, I love my family a lot, and I love my little sister. She's 
my favorite one, even though she's my only one. [Laughter]
    I want to thank all the citizens who have worked so hard to put 
these games on. You know, as I flew into Salt Lake City, I saw such a 
majestic part of our country, such a beautiful part of the American 
landscape. The State of Utah is the perfect site for these games. It's 
the perfect site because of her beauty. It's the perfect site because of 
her people. It's the perfect site because of the rich history of this 
State, from the early Native Americans who gave Utah its name to the 
mountain men and later settlers who carved cities and towns into this 
rugged landscape. It was here in Utah that America was connected from 
east to west by the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. 
It is here today that the world is united, in Utah.
    It's such an honor to host the Olympics in any year, but it is even 
more significant in this year. Following the attacks of September the 
11th, people from around the world expressed their sympathy and their 
strong support for our country, and for that we are grateful. They 
understand that America stands for a great cause, and that is freedom. 
We love, we cherish, and we will defend freedom at any cost.
    This commitment to freedom is inscribed in our Nation's founding 
documents. The first of those documents, the Declaration of 
Independence, is right here in Utah in the State Capitol and will be 
available for viewing throughout the games. The Declaration is here 
thanks to a program created by Norman Lear. Norman and I don't always 
agree on politics, but we agree that the Declaration of Independence is 
fundamental to our Nation. And I want to thank Norman Lear for his 
vision of providing this document for not only the people of the world 
to see but for

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our fellow Americans to review when they come to these great games.
    I hope people do come and read the document because they'll 
understand why we're so insistent upon defending our values. We defend 
liberty and freedom for everyone, not just a few, not just people in 
Utah, but everybody who lives in this country and everybody who lives 
around the world. These are rights we hold self-evident. These are 
timeless ideals.
    People may wonder, if they don't understand America, ``Well, why 
have we reacted with such determination and patience and resolve?'' It's 
because we believe so strongly in these ideals, liberty and freedom, and 
we know it is what will make the world live in peace, if we embrace 
those ideals without falter.
    And the Olympics give the world a chance, in the midst of a 
difficult struggle, to celebrate international peace and cooperation. 
America's athletes will compete hard and, I know, will make us proud. 
But at the end of every event, the competitors will join to honor the 
winners, no matter their nationality. And they will stand at attention 
to honor the flags of many nations, which will be flying in pride and 
flying in peace.
    For centuries, the Olympics have reinforced an important lesson. 
It's an important lesson for today. No matter how wide our political or 
cultural differences may be, some things are valued and enjoyed the 
world over. All people appreciate the discipline that produces 
excellence, the courage that overcomes difficult odds, the character 
that creates champions. The feelings and emotions that drive the 
Olympics are not expressed in any one language; they're expressed with 
tears and smiles of joy and of pride.
    The world has shed many tears, tears of sorrow, over the past 5 
months. It now gives the people of the United States and the State of 
Utah great pride to host these games, which will provide lasting 
memories of laughter and triumph for people of every nation.
    I want to thank you all. Thank you so very much on behalf of our 
Nation for bringing western hospitality to this global tradition.
    May God bless you all, and may God bless the United States of 

Note: The President spoke at 2:56 p.m. in the Rotunda at the Utah State 
Capitol. In his remarks, he referred to Gov. Michael O. Leavitt of Utah 
and his wife, Jacalyn S.; Mayor Ross C. Anderson of Salt Lake City; Mitt 
Romney, president and chief executive officer, Salt Lake Organizing 
Committee for the 2002 winter Olympic games; Jacques Rogge, president, 
International Olympic Committee; Sandy Baldwin, president, U.S. Olympic 
Committee; Secretary-General Kofi Annan of the United Nations; the 
President's sister, Dorothy Koch; and Norman Lear, founder, People for 
the American Way. This item was not received in time for publication in 
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Week Ending Friday, February 15, 2002
Remarks Following a Meeting With President Gordon B. Hinckley of the 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and an Exchange With 
Reporters in Salt Lake City

February 8, 2002

    Mr. Hinckley. We're honored to have you here. We very much 
appreciate that you've come. We're all here, excited about the Olympics, 
and we think this is going to be a great thing for this area and for the 
United States of America.
    The President. I agree. Thank you, sir.
    Mr. Hinckley. Thank you very much.
    The President. I'm looking forward to it. I want to congratulate the 
great State of Utah for putting on the games. It's going to be a--I know 
it's been a lot of hard work, and now we're here, and I think the world 
is going to see why we love the West so much here in the United States. 
People can get things done.
    Mr. Hinckley. We're happy that they're here. We hope that all will 
go well, with confidence that all will go well and that it will be a 
great season for all of us.
    The President. I might answer a few questions. You got anything, Ron 
[Ron Fournier, Associated Press] or Steve [Steve Holland, Reuters]?

Security at the Winter Olympic Games

    Q. Mr. President, are you confident about the security situation at 
the games?

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