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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, July 26, 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-iii] Pages 1317 1377 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings; Meetings With Foreign Leaders Illinois, Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy in Glenview--1356 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, report--1356 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 from--1365 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. [[Page iii]] Contents--Continued 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 Proclamations Captive Nations Week--1323 Statements by the President Congress Congressional passage of legislation to provide funding for the U.S. military--1361 Statements by the President--Continued Congress--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 ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 1317]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1317-1322] Pages 1317 1377 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, darling. 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 liberation. I'm running with a really good man, Dick Cheney. When we came to office, the military was underfunded and underappreciated, [[Page 1318]] 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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