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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, September 22, 2003 Volume 39--Number 38 Pages 1211-1251 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Clear Skies legislation, proposed--1230 Congressional Conference Committee on Energy Legislation, meeting-- 1237 Michigan, Detroit Edison Monroe Plant in Monroe--1219 National Archives and Records Administration, Rotunda rededication-- 1236 Pennsylvania, Bush-Cheney reception in Drexel Hill--1226 Radio address--1217 Texas, Power Center in Houston--1211 Communications to Congress Global war on terrorism, letter reporting--1247 Persons who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism, message on continuation of national emergency--1246 Singapore Technologies Telemedia Pte. Ltd., letter transmitting report on decision on investments by--1248 Communications to Congress--Continued Supplemental appropriations request for ongoing military and intelligence operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, letter transmitting--1240 Communications to Federal Agencies Classified Information Concerning the Air Force's Operating Location Near Groom Lake, Nevada, memorandum--1234 Delegation of Functions Related to Loan Guarantees to Israel, memorandum--1219 Presidential Determination on Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for 2004, memorandum--1225 U.S. Contribution to the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, memorandum--1219 Directives Integration and Use of Screening Information to Protect Against Terrorism--1234 Executive Orders Continuance of Certain Federal Advisory Committees--1239 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in the Cabinet Room--1237 News conference with King Abdullah II of Jordan at Camp David, MD, September 18--1242 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Jordan, King Abdullah II--1242 Notices Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Persons Who Commit, Threaten To Commit, or Support Terrorism--1245 Orders Designation Under Executive Order 12958--1240 Proclamations Citizenship Day and Constitution Week--1235 National Hispanic Heritage Month--1241 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week--1216 National POW/MIA Recognition Day--1246 Small Business Week--1216 Statements by the President Death of Frank O'Bannon--1218 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1251 Checklist of White House press releases--1250 Digest of other White House announcements--1248 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1249 [[Page 1211]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1211-1216] Monday, September 22, 2003 Volume 39--Number 38 Pages 1211-1251 Week Ending Friday, September 19, 2003 Remarks at the Power Center in Houston, Texas September 12, 2003 The President. Thank you all very much. Be seated. Kirbyjon can tell it. [Laughter] Heck, I might sound inarticulate compared to him. [Laughter] Reverend Caldwell. No, no. The President. Yes. Let's see how to start here. First, it's glad to be back--I'm glad to be back to Texas. It's good to see some of my buddies. I'm looking at a man right here on the front row I went to the seventh grade with in Houston, Texas. I see my friend ``Big Tuna'' I used to play basketball with at the Y. I never forget my friends, and I've got a lot of friends here in Texas, and I'm thrilled to be with you. Thank you all for coming tonight. But thank you for coming to support this wonderful program. You'll hear me say this a couple of times in what's going to be a short address. Pastor Caldwell said, ``Speak all you want, but don't exceed 7 minutes.'' [Laughter] I think the fact that people are willing to contribute money to save lives is a powerful testimony to the strength of America. I think that when people are willing to support a social entrepreneur like Kirbyjon Caldwell and the others at the Windsor Village Church who have heard a call and are out to save any life they can find that needs to be saved-- the fact that you support them speaks to your heart as well. And so today I first want to say thanks. Thanks for contributing hard-earned money to make Houston, Texas, the best place it can be. And I'm proud to be up here with my friend. Sometimes it's not easy to be the friend of George W. Bush--I know that--[laughter]--if you know what I mean. [Laughter] But let me tell you something. It's good to have a friend that I can call before a debate and say, ``Do you mind saying a prayer?'' It's good to have a friend to go with you to Ground Zero. He's not a political friend; he's a friend. He rises above that, that friendship. And it's good for this community to lift up a man like Kirbyjon Caldwell who acts for the best interests of all the citizens of this community. And I'm proud to call him friend. And we both married above ourselves. Reverend Caldwell. Amen. The President. Yes, sir. Well, you don't need to ``amen'' it that loud, but--[laughter]. Laura sends her love to Kirbyjon and Suzette and to all our buddies here. She is a fantastic First Lady, by the way. I really lucked out. And she's doing great, she really is. Suzette is a unique person. I just had had my picture taken with a group of Prayer Warriors organized by Suzette Caldwell. You know, it's a unique country, when you think about it, that people would pray for me. People I'll never know, people I'll never have a chance to say thank you to, pray for me. Suzette organized such a group, and I had a chance to say thank you to the group. But it shows the kind of person Suzette is. And I want to thank you for your friendship as well. I want to thank you for your prayers. I feel them, and it means a lot--it means a lot. And so, Suzette, I want to thank you for your friendship as well. It's great seeing your kids. They're little livewires, little--one of them is like a little Kirbyjon, you know--[laughter]--hard to control. [Laughter] It's great to see Booker and Jean Caldwell as well. Kirbyjon and I both lucked out; we've got good, strong mothers. I hope you're still listening to yours, Kirbyjon. [Laughter] I'm listening to mine, I can assure you. [Laughter] I'm traveling today with a great friend of Houston, Texas, a friend of mine, a man who has agreed to serve our community--communities all across the country as the Secretary of Education, Mr. Rod Paige. I like to remind people that when I was picking [[Page 1212]] the Cabinet, I wanted for the education man, somebody that had actually been an educator. We had enough theory in Washington. We wanted somebody that had actually done the job. And as you know, he did a great job as the superintendent of the Houston Independent School District. What I love about Rod is, he is willing to challenge the soft bigotry of low expectations. He raises the bar, and he's not afraid to measure to determine whether or not we're meeting those standards. We passed a really important piece of legislation called the No Child Left Behind Act. And the way you make sure no child is left behind is, you raise standards. You hold people accountable. You correct problems before--early, before they're too late. I am absolutely convinced that under Rod's leadership at the Department of Education, it is less likely a child is going to be left behind in America. And I want to thank you for your service. I know some of my running buddies from the State Government are here, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams. I want to thank you all for coming. I'm proud you're here. I know Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is here, and I'm--there she is--and I'm honored that you're here. Thank you for coming, Congresswoman. I appreciate it. One thing about Sheila Jackson Lee is, when I see her, she's never afraid to offer up any advice. [Laughter] It's become a habit of ours, hasn't it? [Laughter] I appreciate the fact that we've got two former Secretaries of Commerce here, one Houstonian, Bob Mosbacher, and new Texan Bill Daley. And I want to thank them both for coming. I appreciate them being here. I appreciate my friend Oxford. He's actually making a pretty good hand. Thanks for putting on this event. Great to see you. Genora Boykins, who's the chairperson of the CDC, I want to thank her for opening this event up. I thank my friend Jodi Jiles, who's the treasurer of the Community Development Corporation. I've known Jodi for a long time. You know, I have had the chance to hear Kirbyjon preach, and he's a pretty darn good preacher. He reminds me of the preacher that got going one day, and about three-quarters of the way through the sermon, a guy was so moved on about pew three that he popped up and screamed, ``Use me, Lord. Use me.'' The preacher plowed on through and finished up and didn't think anything of it until the next Sunday. About the same time in his sermon, this guy gets so moved--I'm sure some of you have been so moved by Kirbyjon that you think about popping up--this guy popped up again and he screamed, ``Use me, Lord. Use me.'' After the service was over, the preacher sought the fellow out. He said, ``Fine, I appreciate your willingness to help, and therefore, I suggest and would like for you to scrape and paint all the pews.'' The next Sunday the preacher is up there letting it go. The guy pops up and he says, ``Use me, Lord. Use me, but in an advisory capacity.'' [Laughter] I'm at the Power Center today because this place is full of doers, not advisers. This was once an empty Kmart building. It is now a building full of love. It was used to sell goods, and now it provides incredibly important services to help save lives. I find it interesting that they named the center the Power Center. This--we're not talking about electricity in this power. We're talking about a higher power that caused this center to be. I find it also interesting that in the midst of this--or at least the last time I came, Suzette showed me the prayer facility right in the middle of the center.
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