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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, September 22, 2003
Volume 39--Number 38
Pages 1211-1251

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Weekly Compilation of



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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Clear Skies legislation, proposed--1230
    Congressional Conference Committee on Energy Legislation, meeting--
    Michigan, Detroit Edison Monroe Plant in Monroe--1219
    National Archives and Records Administration, Rotunda rededication--
    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, 
    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


    Integration and Use of Screening Information to Protect Against 

 Executive Orders

    Continuance of Certain Federal Advisory Committees--1239


(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

  Editor's Note: The President was at Camp David, MD, on September 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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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


    Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Persons Who 
        Commit, Threaten To Commit, or Support Terrorism--1245


    Designation Under Executive Order 12958--1240


    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

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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. 
    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

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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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