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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings; Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Illinois, Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy in 
    Iowa, discussion at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids--1328
    Michigan, National Urban League Conference in Detroit--1365
    Missouri, St. Charles--1341
    National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, 
    President's Dinner--1351
    Radio address--1324
    West Virginia, Beckley--1317

 Bill Signings

    Project BioShield Act of 2004, remarks--1346

 Communications to Congress

    Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996, 
        letter on review of Title III--1323

 Communications to Congress--Continued

    Liberia, letter transmitting Executive order blocking property of 
        certain persons and prohibiting the importation of certain goods 

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Eligibility of Iraq To Receive Defense Articles and Services Under 
        the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as Amended, and the Arms 
        Export Control Act, as Amended, memorandum--1351

 Executive Orders

    Amending Executive Order 13226 To Designate the President's Council 
        of Advisors on Science and Technology To Serve as the National 
        Nanotechnology Advisory Panel--1373
    Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting the Importation 
        of Certain Goods From Liberia--1362
    Individuals With Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness--1361
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

  Editor's Note: The President was at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, TX, on 
July 23, 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

     Exchanges with reporters in the Oval Office--1325, 1348

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Chile, President Lagos--1325
    Malaysia, Prime Minister Abdullah--1327
    Romania, Prime Minister Nastase--1348


    Captive Nations Week--1323

Statements by the President

         Congressional passage of legislation to provide funding for the 
            U.S. military--1361

Statements by the President--Continued

         Senate action to block a vote on the nomination of Bill Myers 
            to be a Judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals--1346
         Senate action to block votes on nominations for Judges on the 
            Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals--1360

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--1377
     Checklist of White House press releases--1377
     Digest of other White House announcements--1374
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--1375

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Week Ending Friday, July 23, 2004
Remarks in Beckley, West Virginia

July 16, 2004

    The President. Thank you all.
    Audience members. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
    The President. Thank you all very much. Thank you all. What an honor 
to be here. Thanks for inviting me. And thanks for coming. Turns out I'm 
the first sitting President to visit the great town of Beckley, West 
Virginia. I don't know what the other Presidents were thinking--this is 
a beautiful place.
    And I'm so glad to be here. Listen, I'm here to ask for your vote. 
I've got more to do for our great country, and I'm here to ask for your 
help. What you need to do is to call your friends and neighbors up and 
make sure they're registered to vote. Tell them they have a duty here in 
this great country to participate in democracy. And when you get them 
headed to the polls, you might just tell them that George Bush and Dick 
Cheney are ready to lead this country for 4 more years. With your help, 
I was proud to carry the great State of West Virginia in 2000, and with 
your help, we'll carry it in 2004.
    My only regret is that Laura is not with me today.
    Audience members. Aw-w-w!
    The President. That's generally the reaction. [Laughter] Kind of, 
why don't you stay home and let her carry the load. [Laughter] The 
reason why is she's a great First Lady and a fabulous woman. I'm going 
to give you a lot of reasons why you need to put me back in office for 4 
more years, but perhaps the most important one of all is so that Laura 
will be the First Lady for 4 more years.
    She's not here, but one of our daughters is with us. Barbara is 
traveling with me today, and I'm so proud of Barbara. Thanks for coming, 
    I appreciate very much Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito. I 
appreciate her service. I appreciate her friendship. She's a breath of 
fresh air in the United States Congress.
    I want to thank all the State and local officials who are here. I 
appreciate you coming. I appreciate the great hospitality.
    I want to thank Susan Landis. I met Susan at the airport today. The 
reason I did is because she is an active volunteer in your community. 
You know, the strength of America is in our hearts and souls, and Susan 
represents the thousands in this part of the world who take time out of 
their lives to volunteer. She volunteers for Make It Shine 
beautification project. She works in food pantries. She represents the 
best of the country. Thanks for coming, Susan.
    And when you're taking people to the polls, or when you're trying to 
convince them to vote for us, remind them of this: The last 3\1/2\ years 
have brought serious challenges, and we have given serious answers.
    Remind them that we came to office with a stock market in decline 
and an economy headed into a recession. But we acted. We delivered 
historic tax relief. And over the past 3 years, America has the fastest 
growing economy of any major industrialized nation.
    We saw war and grief arrive on a quiet September morning, so we 
pursued the terrorist enemy across the world. We have captured or killed 
many key leaders of the Al Qaida network. And we will stay on the hunt 
until justice is served and America is safe.
    Audience members. U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
    The President. We confronted the dangers of state-sponsored terror 
and the spread of weapons of mass destruction, so we acted against two 
of the most violent and dangerous regimes on earth. We liberated over 50 
million people. Once again, America is proud to lead the armies of 
    I'm running with a really good man, Dick Cheney. When we came to 
office, the military was underfunded and underappreciated,

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so we gave our Armed Forces the resource and respect they deserve. And 
today, no one can question the skill and the strength and the spirit of 
the United States military.
    These accomplishments are important to the security and prosperity 
of America. You see, it is the President's job to confront problems, not 
to pass them on to future Presidents and future generations. The 
President has to make hard decisions and keep his commitments. And with 
your help, that is how I will continue to lead our great Nation for 4 
more years.
    Audience members. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
    The President. I'm ready for the race. I'm looking forward to the 
contest. I like campaigning. I like to get out with the people. And this 
is going to be a tough race. That's why I'm here to ask for your help.
    I'm running against an experienced United States Senator.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. He's been in Washington a long, long time----
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. ----long enough to take both sides of just about 
every issue. He voted for the PATRIOT Act. He voted for NAFTA. He voted 
for No Child Left Behind Act, and he voted for the use of force in Iraq. 
Now, he opposes the PATRIOT Act, NAFTA, and the No Child Left Behind Act 
and the liberation of Iraq. If you disagree with my opponent on almost 
any issue, you may just have caught him on the wrong day.
    He recently even tried to claim he was the candidate with 
conservative values.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. I know it--I know it. That's what he said, though. 
[Laughter] It's kind of hard to square with the previous statement when 
he said, ``I'm liberal and proud of it.'' [Laughter]
    Now he's got him a runningmate. Senator Kerry is rated the most 
liberal Member of the United States Senate. And he chose a fellow lawyer 
who is the fourth most liberal Member of the United States Senate.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. Back in Massachusetts, that's what they call 
balancing the ticket. [Laughter]
    Great events will turn on this election. The person who sits in the 
Oval Office will set the course of the war on terror and the direction 
of our economy. I'm here asking for your vote because I have a vision 
and a strategy to win the war on terror and to extend the peace and 
freedom throughout the world. I'm here asking for your vote because I 
have a plan to continue to create jobs and opportunity for every single 
American. I'm here asking for your vote because I have a plan and a 
strategy to continue to rally the compassionate spirit of this country, 
so every American has a chance to realize the great promise of America. 
We are going to win, and after 4 more years, America will be safer, 
stronger, and better.
    A big issue for every family in America is the Federal tax burden. 
By providing the largest tax relief since Ronald Reagan was the 
President, we have left more money in the hands that earned it. By 
spending and investing and helping create new jobs, the American people 
have used their money far better than the Federal Government could have.
    This economy of ours is strong, and it's growing stronger. Since 
last summer, our economy has been growing at its fastest rate in nearly 
20 years. In less than a year's time, we've added 1.5 million new jobs. 
Here in the great State of West Virginia, the unemployment rate is 5.2 
percent. That's down more than a full point since last summer. The 
manufacturing sector of our country is growing stronger. The 

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