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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, July 19, 2004 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 <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Pages 1237 1315 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings Florida, National Training Conference on Human Trafficking in Tampa--1309 Michigan, remarks in Marquette--1260 Minnesota, remarks in Duluth--1266 Pennsylvania Lancaster, remarks--1237 York, remarks--1247 Radio address--1253 Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge--1254 Wisconsin Ashwaubenon, remarks--1299 Fond du Lac, discussion--1279 Waukesha, remarks--1272 Bill Signings AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004, remarks--1258 Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act, remarks--1305 Communications to Congress Budget amendments, letter transmitting--1305 Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, letter on funding--1312 Communications to Congress--Continued Netherlands-U.S. convention on taxation, message transmitting protocol--1313 U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement, message transmitting legislation to implement--1308 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Oshkosh, WI--1298 West Bend, WI--1279 Joint Statements United States of America and Mongolia--1307 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Mongolia, President Bagabandi--1307 Statements by the President Congress Passage of the ``Project BioShield Act of 2004''--1299 Senate action to block a constitutional amendment on marriage-- 1299 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1315 Checklist of White House press releases--1315 Digest of other White House announcements--1313 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1315 Editor's Note: The President was in Beckley, WV, on July 16, 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 1237]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1237-1247] Pages 1237 1315 Week Ending Friday, July 16, 2004 Remarks in Lancaster, Pennsylvania July 9, 2004 The President. Thank you all for coming. Thanks for having me. Please be seated, unless, of course, you don't have a seat. [Laughter] What a spectacular drive in here. As you know, we're on a bus, and it's hard to park a bus in a small parking lot, by the way. [Laughter] But we drove through this beautiful countryside and saw thousands of your fellow citizens there. They were so warm and gracious in their hospitality. I'm sorry they're all not here so I can thank them in person. Hopefully, somebody is recording this on a TV camera so they'll hear my thanks. But it is a really--what a special part of the world. And thanks for having me. I'm here to talk about the fact that I'd like to be reelected President for a reason. You know, I love holding the office. It's--got a nice airplane to fly on and--[laughter]--housing is good. [Laughter] But I want to serve for 4 more years because I want the country to be safer, stronger, and better. I have a reason to ask for your vote. And I'm going to spend a lot of time in Pennsylvania because I want to carry Pennsylvania this time. It's an important State. And we're going to--and we're going to. I'm sorry that Laura is not with me. She's a fabulous First Lady, a great wife, and a wonderful mother--of my daughter, Jenna, who is traveling with me today, University of Texas grad. How about that--in 4 years. [Laughter] Laura sends her best. She's campaigning herself. She is a--she's come to realize what I know in that you can make a difference in people's lives in so many different ways in the positions that we're honored to hold. I remember the time she gave the Afghan radio address--radio address, my radio address, and talked about women in Afghanistan. And it was such a comforting and reassuring voice, I'm sure, for the women there who had been so brutalized by the Taliban to hear the First Lady speak. But the feedback from the radio address was really good. And she--I remember her coming back upstairs in the White House and saying, ``Gosh, they heard me.'' People heard that somebody in America cares for them, that when we talk about young girls in America and our desire for them to be able to realize their dreams, we also said the same thing about young girls in Afghanistan. And that message resonated. And Laura was the messenger, and it made such a difference to those ladies and women in Afghanistan who heard her voice that it, in return, made a great difference for her. She knows what I know: One, it's a honor to serve our country; and secondly, you have an opportunity to affect people's lives in a positive way. And that's exactly what she's doing. I want to thank Joe Pitts for introducing me. Joe is a good, strong, solid United States Congressman with a lot of integrity and a lot of decency, and I'm proud to serve with him. I just want to thank you, Joe, very much. I'm traveling with the United States senior Senator Arlen Specter. I'm proud to be traveling with him. I hope he wins, and I'd like you to support him. We discarded Santorum somewhere up the road. [Laughter] Actually, he's off to York to greet us there, which is our next stop. I want to thank very much members of the statehouse who are here, particularly State Senator Noah Wenger. I'm honored you're here, senator. Thank you for coming. I also want to thank--thanks for being here. State Senator Charlie Dent, who has tossed his hat in the ring for the United States Congress, is traveling today, as is congressional candidate Scott Paterno. Thank you for coming, Scott, appreciate you being here. I know we've got some grassroots activists who are here. Those are the people who are actually going to turn out the vote and do all the work. My job is to set the vision and [[Page 1238]] explain to people what I want to do for 4 more years. And the grassroots activists' jobs are to find those who are willing to vote. I think there's a lot of potential voters here, at least it seems like it. There was a lot of signs on the road--[laughter]--a lot of friendly waves. So I hope you garner them up and remind them that we all have a duty to do in a democracy and get them to the polls, turn them out, register people. We've got a web site, georgewbush.com, which is a place where you can sign up and get some marching orders and gives you something to do if you're interested in helping in the campaign. I spend a lot of time thanking people who are campaigning on our behalf because I know it's hard work and it takes time out of your busy lives. And so the first thing I want to do is, for those who are willing to help Dick Cheney and me, I want to thank you very much for what you're doing. It makes a difference. And I'm confident--I'm confident our work will pay off come November 2d of this year. You're probably wondering why would you--I mean, I imagine we could have drawn thousands of people. As a matter of fact, tonight in York, we are going to have a giant crowd. But why would you forgo a big crowd to come to this entrepreneurial haven to talk about the issues confronting the country? And the answer is, is because this is a perfect example of what I try to talk about when it comes to the economy. That's why I'm here. I'm here because our country's economy is strong, because the entrepreneurial spirit is strong. And the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in this company, see. This is a small business that succeeds because the owners and the fellow workers work hard to make it succeed. It doesn't succeed because of business--I mean Government. It succeeds because of the business acumen of the people running this enterprise. And so I want to thank very much the Lapp family for their hospitality. I am honored that you would host me today. It's not easy to host people called President. [Laughter] It's just about--5 buses, 4 vans, 200 policemen, and here we are. [Laughter] I want to thank Greg and Tim. Those are the Lapp boys. They bought the business from their dad, who is with us as well, and Mom. Thank you all for being here. It was a wise decision. There's nothing wrong with a couple of brothers following in a father's footsteps. [Laughter] I told you one of the things I'm running for is to make the country stronger. A strong country really starts with having a country which economy is healthy. That's a strong country. If you got a strong economy, you've got a strong country. It means people are able to work. We had a tough time for a while, because the country was in recession. That means it wasn't growing. It means it was going backwards. It means employees were wondering whether or not they were going to be working the next day. It means small-business owners are wondering whether or not they want to invest capital at all. In other words, you don't grow unless you invest capital. People were nervous during the recession. Then we got attacked, and I'm going to talk a little bit about making America safer. But we got attacked on September the 11th. It hurt our economy. In other words, you're in a recession; then we have an attack. And the attack cost us a lot. It cost us dollars. It reminded us that the world has changed dramatically from the world that we thought we lived in. It was a tough moment in the history of this country. Yet it was a moment that we were able to overcome, because the great strength of America is the people of the country. They refused to be intimidated by terrorists. The entrepreneurs of our country, although set back some, still had that spirit within them, the desire to grow their businesses and to provide employment opportunities for people. Then we discovered something else which hurt us, and that was that some of our citizens forgot to tell the truth, that they were given positions of responsibility and they weren't responsible citizens. And we uncovered corporate scandals. And we acted, by the way. Instead of wringing our hands trying to figure out what to do, we got together with the Congress, passed tough laws. The message is clear now that we will not tolerate dishonesty in the boardrooms of America, that we expect responsible behavior for those who are in positions of responsibility. [[Page 1239]] And then another subject I'll talk about here in a minute: I made some tough decisions to defend the country, and we went to war. During a period of war, it's hard for the economy to grow because people don't feel confident. The concept of war is negative, not positive. I don't know if you remember, but we used to have on our TV screens ``March to War.'' And if you're a small-business owner or a big-business owner, when you're thinking you're marching to war, there's a sense of uncertainty with that. People don't want to invest in an uncertain environment. All these became hurdles for our economy. We overcame them. I'm confident one of the reasons we overcame them is because we cut the taxes on the people who work in America. We let people keep more of their own money. I say we overcame them--you'd expect me to say that; it's an election year. But others say it too. After all, the economy is strong right now. It's growing and getting stronger. Obviously, there's more to do, but it's growing. Listen, we added 1.5 million jobs since last August. That's a good sign. Pennsylvania's unemployment rate is 5.1 percent. That's good news
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