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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, June 23, 2003 [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-vii] Pages 763-794 Contents [[Page ii]] 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. [[Page iii]] 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 [[Page v]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 763]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 763] Pages 763-794 Week Ending Friday, June 20, 2003 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 763-765] Pages 763-794 Week Ending Friday, June 20, 2003 Exchange With Reporters in Kennebunkport, Maine June 15, 2003 Situation in the Middle East The President. Good morning. [[Page 764]] 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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