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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, August 23, 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-iv] Pages 1587 1668 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Florida, devastation of Hurricane Charley in Punta Gorda--1611 Iowa, remarks in Sioux City--1604 Michigan, remarks in Traverse City--1617 Minnesota, remarks in St. Paul--1660 Ohio, Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Cincinnati--1613 Oregon, discussion at Southridge High School in Beaverton--1587 Pennsylvania, Boeing Co. employees in Ridley Park--1624 Radio address--1603 Washington, remarks in Seattle--1602 West Virginia, remarks in Hedgesville--1631 Wisconsin Chippewa Falls, remarks--1637 Hudson, discussion--1644 River Falls, remarks at Kansas City Chiefs training camp--1644 Communications to Federal Agencies Continuation of U.S. Drug Interdiction Assistance to the Government of Colombia, memorandum--1630 Determination To Make Available Assistance for Liberia, memorandum-- 1666 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in Punta Gorda, FL--1611 Proclamations National Airborne Day--1623 Statements by the President Death of Julia Child--1603 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1668 Checklist of White House press releases--1668 Digest of other White House announcements--1666 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1668 Editor's Note: The President was at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, TX, on August 20, 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 iv]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 1587]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1587-1602] Pages 1587 1668 Week Ending Friday, August 20, 2004 Remarks in a Discussion at Southridge High School in Beaverton, Oregon August 13, 2004 The President. Thank you all for coming. Thank you all. Thanks for being here. Go ahead and be seated, please. Thanks for coming. Laura and I are here--we're here in your State asking for the vote. That's why we're here in the great State of Oregon. Today I've got a unique way to explain why I'm running for office again and what I intend to do, and that's to talk to some of our fellow citizens about job creation, job growth, the entrepreneurial spirit. It's one way to help make the point to the people of Oregon that there's more work to be done. Then I'd like to answer some of the questions you have. But before I do so, I want to tell you how proud I am of Laura. You're going to hear reasons why I think you ought to put me back in, but perhaps the most important one of all is to have Laura as the First Lady for 4 years. These campaigns, when you campaign for President, it's a long ordeal, and that's the way it should be, really. You should have to go out and ask for the vote and let people know your heart and your vision. It also means you get to spend some quality time with your family. [Laughter] So it's great to be traveling with Laura. And one of the really--joys for our family is that Barbara and Jenna are now campaigning with us. It's like going on the camping trip I never took them on, you know. I'm running with a good man in Dick Cheney. I like to tell everybody--I admit it--he's not the prettiest face in the race. [Laughter] However, that's not why I picked him. I didn't pick him for his looks. I picked him because he can do the job and his judgment. I appreciate your friend and mine, your Senator, the great Gordon Smith, for traveling with us today. He's a joy to work with. He's a decent, gentle soul who cares deeply about the people of Oregon. He understands this State well. He's a great patriot. I'm proud to call him friend. I want to thank you for being here, Gordon. We just have come from announcing a project to deepen the Columbia River so that the port of Portland and Vancouver, Washington, can remain vibrant hubs of commerce. I like to remind people, in the Nation's Capital, a lot of them can talk a good game. I like to be the person known as somebody getting the job done, and this project we announced today is getting the job done. And I'm proud you're here, Sharon. Thanks for coming. It's great to see you again. And old Greg Walden showed up. Thanks for coming, Greg. He's a good man, fun to work with. We worked on a lot of important projects for Oregon, including the Healthy Forest Initiative. You might remember, they've been talking about doing something about these catastrophic wildfires. We actually got the job done through the Healthy Forest Initiative. It wasn't easy to get done, because some of the big talkers in Washington blocked it. One in particular finally came out west and he said, well, even though he had blocked it in the past, some of the parts looked like they're all right now, you know. It's kind of like those wildfires. He shifts in the wind. [Laughter] As well, we've got a man running for the United States Senate from the State of Washington. I strongly support his candidacy, George Nethercutt. Thank you for coming, George. I want to thank all the State and local officials who are here. Again, I appreciate the small-business owners who are on stage and with us today. We're going to talk a lot about small business creation. It's good to see my buddy Molly. Thanks for coming, Molly. I want to thank all the [[Page 1588]] grassroots activists who are here. Not only am I asking for the vote, I'm asking for your help. You see, we have a duty--we have a duty in this country to vote. And one of the things I'm asking our supporters is to register people to vote, encourage our fellow citizens to do their duty. You know, it wasn't all that long ago--I'm going to talk about Afghanistan a little later on--but one of the interesting statistics that came to my desk was the fact that over 8 million people in liberated Afghanistan have registered to vote. This, in spite of the fact--it's an amazing statistic when you think about the fact that it wasn't all that long ago that a bus was stopped--the thugs from the Taliban pulled over four women registrars of voters and killed them. And yet, the people, because they long for freedom, said, ``You're not going to intimidate us. We want to participate in a free society.'' They're registering to vote, and we herald that. We ought to be--we ought to have that same spirit in our own country. And so, therefore, I ask you to register people to vote, and when you get them headed into the polls, or in your case, by ballot, head them our way, because we've got a plan to keep the country safer, stronger, and better. Thank you all for coming. There's all kinds of ways to make America better. I'll talk about two, right quick. We're at a school. One way to make America better is to make sure every child learns to read and write and add and subtract. You might remember, when we went to Washington, when my administration went to Washington, there was this practice around the country in certain school districts where they would move children from grade to grade, year after year, and the children didn't learn the basics. So we changed that attitude. I went to Washington for a reason, and that is to challenge the soft bigotry of low expectations. You know what that means. It means, in certain places, the standards were so low that what they got were lousy results. And that's not good enough for this great country. So I worked with Members of the Congress to pass new law that says: We'll increase funding for public schools; we'll increase funding for elementary and secondary schools by some 49 percent since I got there; we'll increase funding for Title I students by over 50 percent since I got there. But we also recognized that the issue is more than funding. The issue is results, and so we raised the standards. We said, ``We expect accountability in our schools, to tell us whether or not children are learning to read and write and add and subtract.'' We believe in local control of schools. When we find children in schools that won't change and won't teach, we demand something other than the status quo, and we're seeing great results. The achievement gap among students in America is beginning to close because we believe every child can learn. I'm running because there's more to do to make sure we continue to raise the bar, to continue to insist on curricula that works. See, that's why you measure, because you want to know. You can't solve a problem unless you're willing to diagnose the problem in the first place. So we say to schools, ``Show us early whether or not a child can read and write. And if not, there's extra help.'' So that no child gets left behind, we've got to make sure our Head Start programs start children off early with the fundamentals of reading. We want to make sure our high school diplomas mean something. We need intervention programs for children who cannot read in junior high. We've got to be emphasizing math and science. What I'm telling you is, after 4 more years, the children of this country are going to be more hopeful, more confident, and have more of the skills necessary to succeed. And America will be better off for it. Let me tell you what else we'll be better off to do. We'll be better off as we continue to rally the armies of compassion. You'll hear me talk about our military later on and our economy, but the strength of this country is in the hearts and souls of our citizens. That's the true strength of America. If you really think about it, you don't find it in the halls of Government; you find it in the hearts of people. And the President must understand that. And one of my most important jobs is to rally the armies of compassion, to call upon people to love their neighbor just like you would like to be loved yourself. [[Page 1589]] And so, today Chris Dudley has joined us. You might remember him because of his exploits on the basketball court. A lot of kids are going to remember him because of the basketball camp he set up. It's the kind of compassion I'm talking about. We couldn't pass a law to say to old Dudley, give back to the community where you're living. He had to feel that in his heart. He had to say, ``This is a call that I hear.'' Laws don't do this--from Government. People hear a higher calling. And those of us in positions of responsibility must not only thank people like Chris but say that we're willing to open up Government funding to grants to organizations that exist because of their faith--all faith--so that we can help save our society. I appreciate you coming. Chris is one of the tallest soldiers in the army of compassion. [Laughter] Proud you're here. I want to thank you
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