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 Contents

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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations; Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Bush-Cheney 2004 reception--776
    Congress
         Congressional leaders, meeting--779
         Congressional picnic--780
    Georgia, departure for Greensboro--789
    Medicare reform--779
    Middle East, situation--763
    Minnesota, remarks in Fridley--781
    NCAA winter champion teams--774
    New Jersey, business community in Elizabeth--765
    Radio address--763
    Virginia, Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale--770

 Appointments and Nominations

    White House Office, White House Press Secretary, remarks--789

 Communications to Congress

    Cyprus, letter transmitting report--791
    Western Balkans, national emergency
         Message on continuation--791
         Message transmitting report--791

 Executive Orders

    Further Amendment to Executive Order 12580, as Amended, Superfund 
        Implementation--789

Joint Statements

    United States of America and the Federative Republic of Brazil--787

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
         Cabinet Room--779
         Kennebunkport, ME--763

Letters and Messages

    Juneteenth, message--786
  
  
(Contents continued on the inside of the back cover.)
  

  Editor's Note: The President was in Greensboro, GA, on June 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.

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Contents--Continued

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Brazil, President Lula da Silva--786

Notices

    Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to the Western 
        Balkans--790

Statements by the President

    Congress
         Congressional action on volunteer service and national service 
            legislation--785

Statements by the President--Continued

    Congress--Continued
         House of Representatives action on estate tax legislation--780
    Death of Larry Doby--789

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--794
     Checklist of White House press releases--793
     Digest of other White House announcements--792
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--793

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The President's Radio Address


June 14, 2003

    Good morning. June 14th is Flag Day, which commemorates the date in 
1777 when the Continental Congress officially made the Stars and Stripes 
the symbol of America. The Founders declared that the 13 stars gracing 
the original flag represented ``a new constellation,'' just as America 
represented a new hope and a new light for mankind.
    Over the past 226 years, our flag has been a symbol of freedom 
wherever it flies. It inspires hope in people suffering under tyranny or 
terror. It welcomes immigrants from every land searching for a better 
life, and it rallies our Nation in times of conflict and crisis.
    Whenever the flag is raised, Americans are reminded of our unity in 
the great cause of liberty and justice for all. Our Nation's flag is 
hung proudly in homes and schools, honored in parades and stadiums, 
flown on the field of battle, and folded at the graves of heroes.
    When Francis Scott Key saw the Stars and Stripes flying over Fort 
McHenry in 1814, he knew that liberty would persevere. That same faith 
was affirmed by marines who planted the flag at Iwo Jima and by the 
heroes of 9/11 who raised and saluted the flag at Ground Zero.
    By showing respect for our flag, we show reverence for the ideals 
that guide our Nation. And we show appreciation for the men and women 
who have served and sacrificed in defense of those ideals, from the 
early patriots of the Continental Congress to the members of our 
military defending freedom around the world today.
    This weekend, in communities across the Nation, Americans will have 
the opportunity to honor the flag and to thank the men and women who 
serve our country in uniform. As they continue to fight the war on 
terror in lands far from home, our troops rely on the support of their 
fellow citizens. I urge all Americans to participate in Flag Day 
celebrations honoring American Armed Forces and recognizing our 
veterans.
    Our Nation is strengthened every time a citizen steps forward to 
serve a cause greater than self-interest. And each of us can serve and 
strengthen America by reaching out to neighbors in need. There are so 
many ways to improve the lives of fellow Americans, by answering the 
call to feed the hungry or caring for the elderly or teaching a child to 
read or joining with neighbors to support the police, fire fighters, and 
medics who respond to emergencies. Every action you take will strengthen 
the bonds of community that unite all Americans and extend the promise 
of American life to another citizen.
    Between now and the Fourth of July, Americans will reflect often on 
the foundations of our freedom. Our country's founding generation 
established liberty and justice on this continent more than two 
centuries ago, and every generation is expected to protect and defend 
those ideals. Our duty as Americans is to serve our country, to defend 
the cause of liberty, and to extend the realm of freedom across the 
Earth. Our generation can proudly say that we are answering that call.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 10:05 a.m. on June 12 in the Cabinet 
Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on June 14. The 
transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
June 13 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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Exchange With Reporters in Kennebunkport, Maine

June 15, 2003

Situation in the Middle East

    The President. Good morning.

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    Q. How are you?
    The President. Good.
    Q. Do you want to visit a bit?
    The President. Sure.
    Q. What's your assessment of things in the Middle East?
    The President. My assessment is, is that there are people that want 
peace to go forward, and there are people that don't. And for those of 
us who want peace to go forward, we must combine our efforts to prevent 
people like Hamas from sabotaging peace.
    I'm confident we can achieve peace. It's going to be a tough road, 
but I am determined to continue to lend the weight of this Government to 
advance peace.
    Q. Sir, why haven't you called Prime Minister Sharon and Abbas?
    The President. We're in touch with the Governments. We're in contact 
with the Israeli Government as well as the Palestinian Authority. The 
message is clear: Prime Minister Abbas wants peace; Prime Minister 
Sharon wants peace; America wants peace; the European Union wants peace. 
But there are clearly killers who don't. And for those of us who are 
interested in moving the process forward, we must combine our efforts to 
cut off all money, support for anybody who tries to sabotage the peace 
process.
    Q. Will you send Dr. Rice to the region?
    The President. I'll let you know if we decide to. Of course, we just 
got out--Ambassador Wolf * is there now, and he's working the process.
    * White House correction.
    Q. Are you willing to give money or arms to the Palestinian 
Authority to help them out with Hamas----
    The President. We would like for the Palestinian Authority to set up 
a security force under Mr. Dahlan that will do the job that Prime 
Minister Abbas assured me that they're interested in doing, which is to 
defeat those terrorists who will do everything they can to deny the 
establishment of a peaceful Palestinian state. And a peaceful 
Palestinian state is in the interests of the Palestinian people.
    Q. [Inaudible]--have enough arms, enough money?
    The President. We are in the process of helping them implement a 
strategy which is--was described to us in Aqaba as to how the 
Palestinian Authority want to reconstitute a security force in order to 
make sure the terrorists, the haters of peace, those who can't stand 
freedom, do not have their way in the Middle East.
    I believe peace is possible, and I believe we've got a lot of work 
to do to get there.
    Q. Do see a break in the violence right not, in the last several 
days?
    The President. It seems like it, but you know--but until these 
people are brought to justice, those who are killing people in order to 
deny the establishment of a Palestinian state, there will be violence. 
And so the mission of the free world, those who care for peace, is to 
deny the people like Hamas the ability to destroy and to kill. And I 
believe that the agents of peace, the people who love, those who care 
about a decent future for the suffering Palestinian people, and those 
who live in Israel, will prevail. But it's going to take a lot of work.
    Listen, have a wonderful Father's Day.

Iran

    Q. ----think of the unrest in Iran?
    The President. I think that freedom is a powerful incentive. And I 
am--I believe that someday freedom will prevail everywhere, because 
freedom is a powerful drive for people to--and it's the beginnings of 
people expressing themselves toward a free Iran, which I think is 
positive.

Hamas

    Q. Sir, have the Israelis been justified in going after Hamas----
    The President. Wait for us to succeed peace. Wait for us to have two 
states, side by side--is for everybody coming together to deny the 
killers the opportunity to destroy. And that's what they want to do. 
There are people in the Middle East who hate the thought of a peaceful 
Palestinian state. That's what they can't stand. And the objective of 
this Government and my objective as the President is to move the process 
forward so a state is established. It will be a peaceful state, a free 

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