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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    American Society of Anesthesiologists, videotaped remarks--1476
    America's Fund for Afghan Children--1483
         California Business Association breakfast in Sacramento--1499
         Community at Travis Air Force Base--1502
    China, U.S. Embassy community in Shanghai--1511
    Radio address--1475
    Senior Executive Service--1479
    Virginia, welcoming ceremony for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of 
        Staff in Arlington--1481

 Communications to Congress

    ``Freedom to Manage Act of 2001,'' message transmitting proposed 
    Narcotics traffickers centered in Colombia, national emergency
        Message transmitting notice--1499
        Message transmitting report--1499
    Victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks, letter requesting 
        further assistance--1505

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Assistance for Pakistan, memorandum--1497
    Waiver and Certification of Statutory Provisions Regarding the 
        Palestine Liberation Organization, memorandum--1498

 Executive Orders

    Critical Infrastructure Protection in the Information Age--1485

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
         Shanghai, China--1509
         South Lawn--1477
     Interview with Asian editors--1492
    News conference with President Jiang of China in Shanghai, October 

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    China, President Jiang--1506
    Italy, Prime Minister Berlusconi--1477
    South Korea, President Kim--1509
(Contents continued on inside of the back cover.)

  Editor's Note: The President was in Shanghai, China, on October 19, 
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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    Continuation of Emergency With Respect to Significant Narcotics 
        Traffickers Centered in Colombia--1498


    National School Lunch Week--1482
    White Cane Safety Day--1483

Statements by the President

    Russia's decision to close a military intelligence facility in 
        Lourdes, Cuba--1504

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--1516
     Checklist of White House press releases--1515
     Digest of other White House announcements--1513
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--1514

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Week Ending Friday, October 19, 2001
The President's Radio Address

October 13, 2001

    Good morning. This week we opened some important new fronts in the 
war on terror. We're taking the war to the enemy, and we are 
strengthening our defenses here at home.
    In last week's radio address, I warned that time was running out for 
the Taliban to turn over the terrorists they shelter. They did not 
listen, and they are paying a price.
    On Sunday American and British forces launched strikes at terrorist 
camps and Taliban military targets in Afghanistan. Our men and women in 
uniform are performing as they always do, with skill and courage, and 
they have achieved the goals of the first phase of our campaign. We have 
disrupted the terrorist network inside Afghanistan. We have weakened the 
Taliban's military, and we have crippled the Taliban's air defenses.
    American forces dominate the skies over Afghanistan, and we will use 
that dominance to make sure terrorists can no longer freely use 
Afghanistan as a base of operations.
    This campaign will not be completed in one attack. Our enemy prefers 
to attack the helpless. He hides from our soldiers. But we're making a 
determined effort to take away his hiding places. The best defense 
against terrorism is a strong offensive against terrorists. That work 
    At the same time, we are taking further action to strengthen our 
protections against terrorism here at home. This week I signed an 
Executive order creating a new Office of Homeland Security. The Office 
is headed by a skilled and tested leader, former Pennsylvania Governor 
Tom Ridge.
    Governor Ridge is a decorated Vietnam combat veteran. He's an 
effective executive, and he knows what we're up against because his own 
State was one of the three where Americans died on September the 11th.
    Governor Ridge is charged with coordinating a comprehensive national 
effort to protect our country against terrorism, to frustrate 
terrorists' plans, to help protect vulnerable points, and to prepare our 
response to potential threats. Tom Ridge will report directly to me, and 
he will have the full support of our entire Government.
    I understand that many Americans are feeling uneasy. But all 
Americans should be assured: We are taking strong precautions; we are 
vigilant; we are determined; the country is alert; and the great power 
of the American Nation will be felt.
    Our Nation is grateful to so many Americans who are rallying to our 
cause and preparing for the struggle ahead: FBI agents; intelligence 
officers; emergency response workers; public health authorities; State 
and local officials; our diplomats abroad; law enforcement teams who 
safeguard our security at home; and soldiers, sailors, marines, and 
airmen who defend us so far away.
    Many others are asking, ``What can I do?'' Americans already 
contribute to the war on terror by their patience and patriotism, by 
their resolve and generosity.
    Yet, I have one more task, one especially for America's children. I 
urge you to show the best of America by directly helping the children of 
Afghanistan who are suffering from the oppression and misrule of their 
own Government. Many are malnourished; many are starving.
    Put a dollar in an envelope. Mark it, ``America's Fund for Afghan 
Children,'' and send it here to the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania 
Avenue, Washington, DC 20509-1600. Working with the American Red Cross, 
we will get that money to Afghan children in need.
    This is something the children of America can do for the children of 
Afghanistan, even as we oppose the brutal Taliban regime. We will oppose 
their evil with firm justice, and

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we will answer their hatred with compassion for the Afghan people.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 11:20 a.m. on October 12 in the 
Cabinet Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on October 
13. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on October 12 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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Videotaped Remarks to the American Society of Anesthesiologists

 October 14, 2001

    Thank you very much. I'm honored to have this opportunity to speak 
to the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
    During the past few days, our Nation has experienced one of the 
darkest moments in our history. Yet, even in the midst of this tragedy, 
the eternal lights of America's goodness and greatness have shown 
through. We've seen it in the countless Americans who gave blood or 
donated money. We've seen it in the tales of heroic police officers and 
firemen who went into the World Trade Centers to save lives. And we've 
seen it in the simple yet profound gestures of love and patriotism from 
every part of the American family.
    It's been said that public service is not limited to public office. 
And the events of the past few days have shown how true that is. I want 
to thank all of you in the American Society of Anesthesiologists for 
doing your part during the difficult past few days. Whether it was the 
doctors who worked overtime to help victims in New York and Washington 
or those who gave money and offered prayers, our Nation is blessed by so 
many dedicated health care professionals.
    But the business of our Nation goes forward. America faces many 
challenges, including those in health care. Let me be clear about this: 
We will win the war on terrorism, and we will also continue to fight 
important battles at home. And that means my administration remains 
committed to improving the quality of health care for all Americans and 
improving Medicare for all seniors.
    My administration remains committed to passing a real Patients' Bill 
of Rights. With your help, we'll pass a bill that puts the care of 
patients in the hands of doctors, not trial lawyers. I will continue to 
support commonsense reforms that enhance the rights of the patient 
without unnecessarily raising the cost of health care and increasing the 
number of uninsured. And I believe this can be done.
    The compromise Congressman Norwood and I forged this summer--and 
passed by the House of Representatives--represents the best and most 
real solution. Simply put, it achieves both the goals of improving the 
quality of health without unnecessarily raising health care costs.
    And for our seniors, we're committed to reforming Medicare. For too 
long, too many doctors and too many Medicare patients have had to fight 
not only illness but also bureaucracy. My goal in reforming Medicare is 
to make it less bureaucratic and more efficient.
    Here are the main principles for strengthening and improving 
Medicare: Nobody on Medicare will see any change in Medicare unless he 
or she wants it. There will be new Medicare choices, and all of these 
new choices will offer prescription drugs. Medicare plans will compete 
by offering better service and lower premiums. Medicare will respond 
better to the needs of seniors, especially low-income seniors and 
seniors with high medical bills. And Medicare modernization will 

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