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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings; Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Cabinet meeting--1689
    Iftaar dinner--1691
    Kentucky, community at Fort Campbell--1702
    Operation Enduring Freedom--1689
    Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building, dedication--1700
    So Others Might Eat--1692
    ``Thanks for Giving'' campaign, videotape remarks--1701
    Thanksgiving, turkey presentation ceremony--1688

 Bill Signings

    Aviation and Transportation Security Act, remarks--1687

 Communications to Congress

    Burma, letter on the national emergency--1707

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Naming of the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building, 
    Refugee admissions, memorandum--1706

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
         Cabinet Room--1689
         Oval Office--1694

Joint Statements

    President George W. Bush and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of 
        the Philippines on the 50th Anniversary of the U.S.-Philippine 
    United States of America and the Republic of the Philippines--1697

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Philippines, President Macapagal-Arroyo--1694, 1697


    National Family Week--1705
    To Modify the Tariff-Rate Quota Applicable to Imports of Steel Wire 

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--1708
     Checklist of White House press releases--1708
     Digest of other White House announcements--1707
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--1707

  Editor's Note: The President was at Camp David, MD, on November 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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Week Ending Friday, November 23, 2001
Remarks on Signing the Aviation and Transportation Security Act

November 19, 2001

    Thank you all very much. Today we take permanent and aggressive 
steps to improve the security of our airways. The events of September 
the 11th were a call to action. And the Congress has now responded.
    The law I will sign should give all Americans greater confidence 
when they fly. All Members of Congress care deeply about this issue. 
Despite divergent views, the Congress worked closely with my 
administration to develop a bipartisan conclusion that will help protect 
American air travelers.
    I want to thank the House and Senate leadership for their patience 
in this issue. I want to thank the Speaker and the minority leader; the 
leader of the Senate, Senator Lott; for working hard to make sure this 
bill came to fruition.
    I also want to thank Chairman Don Young and John Mica and Jim 
Oberstar who have joined us today from the House. I want to thank you 
for your hard work. And I want to thank Members of the United States 
Senate: Chairman Hollings and John McCain and Kay Bailey Hutchison for 
their hard work.
    I appreciate so very much the Secretary of Transportation and his 
steadiness and his ability to bring confidence to the process. I picked 
a good man in Norm Mineta, who is rising to the occasion.
    I also want to thank his deputy, Michael Jackson, for his hard work. 
As well, I appreciate Jane Garvey joining us up here today. I see other 
Members of Congress who are here. Thank you all for coming. I appreciate 
you doing the right thing for America.
    I also want to thank the pilots and flight attendants and the people 
of the airline industry who have joined us today. I want to thank you 
for your courage in the face of terror. I want to thank you for 
inspiring confidence amongst the American people.
    The broad support for this bill shows that our country is united in 
this crisis. We have our political differences, but we're united to 
defend our country. And we're united to protect our people. For our 
airways, there is one supreme priority: security.
    Since September the 11th, the Federal Government has taken action to 
raise safety standards. We've made funds available to the aviation 
industry to fortify cockpits. More Federal air marshals now ride on our 
airplanes. The Department of Transportation instituted a zero-tolerance 
crackdown on security breaches.
    Our National Guard protects us in our airports. And I want to thank 
the National Guards men and women who will be working the holiday 
season. I want to thank them for being away from their families, thank 
them for providing more security for people who travel.
    I appreciate the work the airlines have done with the Federal 
Aviation Administration. The airlines have started intense nighttime 
security sweeps of aircraft. They've tightened background checks for 
employees and implemented nondiscriminatory government-approved 
criterion for identifying passengers who require additional security.
    Now, we take the next important step. For the first time, airport 
security will become a direct Federal responsibility overseen by a new 
Under Secretary of Transportation for Security. Additional funds will be 
provided for Federal air marshals, and a new team of Federal security 
managers, supervisors, law enforcement officers, and screeners will 
ensure all passengers and carry-on bags are inspected thoroughly and 
effectively. The new security force will be well trained, made up of 
U.S. citizens. And if any of its members do not perform, the new Under 
Secretary will have full authority to discipline or remove them.

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    At the same time, we will adopt strict new requirements to screen 
checked baggage, to tighten security in all other areas of airports, and 
to provide greater security for travelers by bus and by train. This bill 
sets a one-year deadline for the transition to the new system. It gives 
my administration the flexibility we need to make that transition work.
    Ultimately, this bill offers local authorities the option to bring 
in outside experts--a method that's worked well in Israel and Western 
Europe--provided those outside experts can meet our rigorous new safety 
standards and requirements.
    Security comes first. The Federal Government will set high 
standards, and we will enforce them. These have been difficult days for 
Americans who fly and for American aviation. A proud industry has been 
hit hard. But this Nation has seen the dedication and spirit of our 
pilots and flightcrews and the hundreds of thousands of hard-working 
people who keep America flying. We know they will endure. I'm confident 
this industry will grow and prosper.
    The holidays will soon be here. Even after the last few months, we 
have much to be thankful for. We have a great country. We're a great 
people. We have our faith, our families, and our friends. And, thanks to 
this bill, we have a new commitment to security in the air. And that's 
good news, as Americans travel to celebrate this season with their loved 
    It is now my honor to sign this important piece of legislation.

Note: The President spoke at 10:53 a.m. in the lobby of Terminal A at 
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. S. 1447, approved November 
19, was assigned Public Law No. 107-71.

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Week Ending Friday, November 23, 2001
Remarks at the Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation Ceremony

November 19, 2001

    Thank you all. Please be seated. Good afternoon, and welcome to the 
White House. I'm not going to speak too long, because our guest of honor 
looks a little nervous. Nobody's told him yet that I'm going to give him 
a pardon.
    We're especially glad that so many of the young can come today. 
Thank you all for being here. In a few moments, you can come up and pet 
the turkey if you want to.
    Nick Weaver and Stuart Proctor of the National Turkey Foundation are 
here, and I want to thank you both for being here--honored you're here. 
Actually, you probably don't know this, but there were two turkeys 
brought to Washington for this occasion. By custom, an alternate is 
always on hand to fill in if needed.
    This one right here--his name is Liberty. And the other turkey, the 
alternate, his name is Freedom. Now, Freedom is not here because he's in 
a secure and undisclosed location. [Laughter]
    This White House tradition dates back to Abraham Lincoln. Probably 
what you don't know is that Abraham Lincoln had a son named Tad who kept 
a turkey as a pet. I thought about trying to keep the turkey as a pet, 
but I don't think the two dogs and the cat would like it.
    From our very beginnings, gratitude has been a part of our national 
character. Through the generations, our country has known its share of 
hardships. And we've been through some tough times, some testing moments 
during the last months. Yet, we've never lost sight of the blessings 
around us: the freedoms we enjoy, the people we love, and the many gifts 
of our prosperous land.
    On this holiday, we give thanks for our many blessings and for life 
itself. Thanksgiving reminds us that the greatest gifts don't come from 
the hands of man, but from the Maker of heaven and Earth.
    This week American families will gather in that spirit. We will 
remember, too, those who approach the holidays with a burden of sadness. 
We think especially of families that recently lost loved ones and of our 
men and women in the Armed Forces serving far away from home.
    This is a Nation of many faiths. And this holiday season we'll all 
be joined in prayer that those who mourn will find comfort, that those 
in dangers will find protection, and that God will continue to watch 
over the land we love.
    I now have the duty of ending the suspense of our feathery guest. 
For this turkey and

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his traveling companion, this will not be their last Thanksgiving. They 
will live out their days in comfort and care of Kidwell Farm of Herndon, 
Virginia. By virtue of an unconditional Presidential pardon, they are 
safe from harm.
    May God continue to bless America, and I hope everybody has a happy 
Thanksgiving. Thank you for coming. We'll go over and see the turkey.

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