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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, May 24, 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. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents will be furnished by mail to domestic subscribers for $80.00 per year ($137.00 for mailing first class) and to foreign subscribers for $93.75 per year, payable to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The charge for a single copy is $3.00 ($3.75 for foreign mailing). The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is also available on the Internet on the GPO Access service at http://www.gpo.gov/nara/nara003.html. There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-vii] Pages 903 940 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders American Israel Public Affairs Committee--914 Cabinet meeting--920 Kansas, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka--911 Louisiana, commencement address at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge--935 NCAA winter champion teams--922 Peace officers memorial service--909 Radio address--908 Sons of Italy Foundation gala--925 Wisconsin, commencement address at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon--903 Communications to Congress Burma, message on continuation of national emergency--913 Iraq, continuation of national emergency protecting the Development Fund for Iraq and certain other property, message--934 U.S. Arctic Research Plan, message transmitting revision--934 Communications to Congress--Continued U.S. trade and investment policy for Sub-Saharan Africa and implementation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, message transmitting report--935 Executive Orders Establishment of Great Lakes Interagency Task Force and Promotion of a Regional Collaboration of National Significance for the Great Lakes--918 Further Amendment to Executive Order 11023, Providing for the Performance by the Secretary of Commerce of Certain Functions Relating to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration--932 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in the Cabinet Room--920 Interview with Al Zaman--927 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Greece, Prime Minister Karamanlis--931 Italy, Prime Minister Berlusconi--924, 925 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) Editor's Note: The President was at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, TX, on May 21, 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 Notices Continuation of the National Emergency Protecting the Development Fund for Iraq and Certain Other Property in Which Iraq Has an Interest--933 Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Burma--913 Proclamations National Defense Transportation Day and National Transportation Week--906 National Hurricane Preparedness Week--906 Small Business Week--907 World Trade Week--908 Statements by the President Cuba, anniversary of the birth of the Republic--931 Statements by the President--Continued Death of Iraqi Governing Council President Izz al-Din al-Salim--913 House of Representatives passage of budget legislation--931 Great Lakes Interagency Task Force, establishment--918 Marriage, constitutional amendment defining and protecting--912 Senate passage of legislation to implement Project BioShield--924 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--940 Checklist of White House press releases--940 Digest of other White House announcements--937 Nominations submitted to the Senate--939 [[Page v]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 903]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 903-905] Pages 903 940 Week Ending Friday, May 21, 2004 Commencement Address at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wisconsin May 14, 2004 Thank you all very much. Dr. Ferry, members of the faculty, trustees, and families, distinguished guests, most importantly, members of the Class of 2004, I appreciate the warm welcome to this fine university and to this great State. Thank you for such a wonderful welcome. I am honored to be with you on graduation day as you become proud alumni of CUW. I thank you as well for the honorary degree. I kind of like the sound, ``Dr. Bush.'' [Laughter] I don't think Laura is going to call me that. [Laughter] My congratulations to my fellow honorees today, especially General Vessey, a fine officer who served our country with distinction and honor. I'm here today with one of your alumni, Class of 2000. He can't rise for applause because he's working. But I want his parents to know he's doing a really fine job. And everyone at Concordia can be very proud of Officer Scott Eichstaedt of the United States Secret Service. I am told that when the name of your commencement speaker was announced on April the 1st--[laughter]--a lot of students thought it might be an April Fool's Day joke. [Laughter] And some of you may still have doubts. I saw a person when I walked in, said, ``Is it him, or is it the guy on `Saturday Night Live'?'' [Laughter] All of you have worked hard and have come far, and you can always be proud of the achievement we mark today. Through it all, you've had a lot of fine people standing with you. This graduating class is a credit to the superb and caring teachers at Concordia. And today we also honor the people who believed in you and prayed for you and paid for you-- [laughter]--the parents of the Class of 2004. Many of today's graduates are on your way to full-time ministry, and that commitment is one of the greatest that a man or woman can make. All of the graduates leave Concordia with a commission and a calling. In the Lutheran tradition, all work in an office, on a farm, in the home, or in the halls of government, should be done in the glory of God. And that is accomplished by doing our work with excellence and care and an awareness of the needs around us. We find our examples in great lives. Important work in this world can be done by towering figures like Martin Luther, who changed history and your own lives with an act of conscience. Work of lasting value can also be done by a solitary soul, condemned and stripped of all power, like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Every life holds the possibility of serving God. And in every great life, that possibility is realized in service. After all, Bonhoeffer said, ``The Church is the Church only when it exists for others.'' This teaching of faith is confirmed in our daily experience. Many of us find that there is much more to life than getting and keeping. True fulfillment comes with the responsibilities we assume, to care for our families and to love a neighbor as we want to be loved ourselves. This is more than a familiar saying; it is the foundation of a meaningful life. A person shows his or her character in kindness and charity, and what is true in our lives is also true in the life of our Nation. You can fairly judge the character of society by how it treats the weak, the vulnerable, the most easily forgotten. Our own country, at its best, strives to be compassionate, and this isn't easy. Compassion is not merely a vague feeling of empathy; it is a demanding virtue. It involves action and effort and deep conviction, a conviction as old as Scripture and present at the founding of our country. We believe that everyone has a place and [[Page 904]] a purpose in this world, that every life matters, that no insignificant person was ever born. America rejects the ethic of sink or swim. America rejects social Darwinism, because strength is not the same as worth. Our greatest failures as a nation have come when we lost sight of our compassionate ideals in slavery, in segregation, and in every wrong that has denied the value and dignity of life. Our greatest strength as a nation is that we bravely face our flaws and do our best to make things right. Our greatest successes as a nation have come when we broadened the circle of protection and inclusion, and this work is not finished. We will press on until every person shares in the promise of our country. The mission statement of this university directs each of you towards a life of service to the church and to the world. It's not my place to tell you how best to serve the church, but I do have a few thoughts about how you can make your mark in the world. Wherever you are headed, I urge you to do the work nearest you and help to build a more compassionate society. First, America needs your efforts and energy in the fight against poverty and despair. A compassionate society does not look away from a man being dragged down by addiction or a mother being abandoned by the father of the child or boys and girls with no role models in life who wonder if anyone cares about them. These personal tragedies are often failures of love, and they must be answered with love and caring and kindness. Government can play many important roles, but it cannot take someone's hand and be their friend. You have that power. If you follow this calling, you can help transform our society, one heart, one soul at a time. This call is heard and followed here in the Milwaukee area at Lutheran Counseling and Family Services. It was founded over 100 years ago to help children in need. Today, it offers services and counseling that help teens and preteens escape drug and alcohol abuse. When children hurt this deeply and this early, they often need an entirely new path, a new way. The CEO of the program, Dr. Chuck Meseck, says this: ``The clinical work is important, but in helping a person, faith is what really heals them completely.'' Around our country, there are so many people with loving hearts who despair at the suffering they see around them. And so I made a decision: Instead of ignoring or resenting religious charities and faith-based groups, this country will encourage these good works in every way we can. The Federal Government now allows faith-based groups to compete for billions of dollars in social service funding without being forced to change their identity and their mission. We must support the best, the most effective sources of compassion and hope, and we will not discriminate against people of faith. Second, America needs your good heart in meeting a basic responsibility, to protect and honor life in all its seasons. A compassionate society shows a special concern for those at the beginning of life, those at the end of life, and those who struggle in life with disabilities. Most of you, at some point, will be called to care for a dying relative or a frail and aging parent or someone close to you with a terrible sickness. Often, in their pain and loneliness, they will feel
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