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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, April 28, 2003 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-ii] Pages 455 489 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Federal Reserve Board Chairman--459 Ohio Employees at the Army Tank Plant in Lima--468 Employees at The Timken Co. in Canton--462 Radio address--455 Texas, remarks at Fort Hood--455 Bill Signings Postal Civil Service Retirement System Funding Reform Act of 2003, statement--460 Communications to Congress Colombia, letter transmitting report on U.S. individuals involved in the antinarcotics campaign--460 Cyprus, letter transmitting report--459 Communications to Federal Agencies Presidential Determination Under the Sudan Peace Act, memorandum-- 458 Executive Orders Applying the Federal Physicians Comparability Allowance Amendments of 2000 to Participants in the Foreign Service Retirement and Disability System, the Foreign Service Pension System, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System-- 461 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters at Fort Hood, TX--455 Interviews Personal finance columnists and economic journalists, excerpt of roundtable interview--459 Tom Brokaw of NBC News--472 Letters and Messages Armenian Remembrance Day, message--484 Proclamations National Charter Schools Week--485 National Volunteer Week--486 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Earth Day--459 Sudan, peace process--458 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--489 Checklist of White House press releases--488 Digest of other White House announcements--487 Nominations submitted to the Senate--488 [[Page 455]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 455] Pages 455 489 Week Ending Friday, April 25, 2003 The President's Radio Address April 19, 2003 Good morning. This weekend, families across America will come together to celebrate Easter and continue the observance of Passover. This holy season reminds us of the value of freedom and the power of a love stronger than death. This year, Easter and Passover have special meaning for the families of our men and women in uniform who feel so intensely the absence of their loved ones during these days. More than 250,000 American troops are serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom to protect our security and to free an oppressed people. Their families await their safe return, and our grateful Nation remembers them in prayer. Our whole Nation has also shared in the happiness of learning that seven American prisoners of war were rescued in northern Iraq earlier this week and are now safe. Thanks to the courage of our marines and the help of Iraqis, their families have even more reason to celebrate this weekend. After hearing the good news, the parents of rescued helicopter pilot Ronald Young, Jr., of Georgia thanked people from across America and as far away as Australia and Japan for their cards and flowers and prayers. Kaye Young, Ronald's mother, said, ``You can't believe the blessings that have come out of this. Even as sad as we were, as upset as we were to think that he was being held, there have been so many blessings.'' Mrs. Young continued, ``All over this country, people cared so much about us and about our son.'' As a nation, we continue to pray for all who serve in our military and those who remain in harm's way. We also pray for those who have lost people they love in this war. I have met with some of these grieving families, and I have seen their sorrow and their strength. Corporal Henry Brown, a 22-year-old soldier from Natchez, Mississippi, was lost in battle earlier this month. After the news arrived, his best friend, Frank Woods, Jr., said this about Henry: ``He believed God was working through him, and he was part of the plan. I guess part of the plan now is God calling his soldier home.'' America mourns those who have been called home, and we pray that their families will find God's comfort and God's grace. His purposes are not always clear to us, yet this season brings a promise that good can come out of evil, that hope can arise from despair, and that all our grief will someday turn to joy, a joy that can never be taken away. Laura and I wish you all a happy Easter and a blessed Passover. Thank you for listening. Note: The address was recorded at 10:05 a.m. on April 16 in the Cabinet Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on April 19. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on April 18 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 455-458] Pages 455 489 Week Ending Friday, April 25, 2003 Remarks and an Exchange With Reporters at Fort Hood, Texas April 20, 2003 The President. We just had a great church service. Like thousands of our fellow citizens, we celebrated Easter. We celebrated with our family, but we also celebrated with members of the 4th Infantry Division military families. The 4th Infantry Division is in Iraq. We also were with two of--brave Americans, two warrant officers, chopper pilots who were captured in Iraq and recently returned to their families. They were celebrating Easter with their loved ones, moms, [[Page 456]] dads, wives, brothers, and sisters from around our country. So it was a glorious day. We prayed for peace and for strength, for the many blessings. I am particularly grateful that these two men were with us today. I thank God for their lives. I hope all our fellow Americans realize that we live in a great country, full of great people. And today is a day to give blessings for America as well as an Almighty and gracious God. I'd be glad to answer a few questions. Timetable for Ending Operation Iraqi Freedom Q. Mr. President, you said you prayed for peace this morning. How soon can you tell the American people that this operation will be complete? The President. When Tommy Franks says it's complete. I'll tell you this, though, the liberation of Iraq will make the world more peaceful. Democracy in Iraq Q. Mr. President, there have been some anti-U.S. demonstrations stirred up by religious leaders in Iraq. Are you worried that's going to hurt the rebuilding effort? The President. I'm not worried. Freedom is beautiful, and when people are free, they express their opinions. You know, they couldn't express their opinions before we came; now they can. I've always said democracy is going to be hard. It's not easy to go from being enslaved to being free. But it's going to happen, because the basic instincts of mankind is to be free. They want to be free. And so, sure, there's going to be people expressing their opinions, and we welcome that, just like here in America people can express their opinion. Stretch [Richard Keil, Bloomberg News]. Saddam Hussein Q. Mr. President, what is the latest that you have on the status of Saddam Hussein? And if he is not killed or captured---- The President. That Saddam Hussein is no longer in power. That's for certain. He was in power, and now he is not. And therefore, the Iraqi people's lives will be much better off. But other than that, I don't-- Stretch, we'll just have to see. Q. [Inaudible]--sir, any kind of a threat if he is not killed or captured? The President. If he is alive, I would suggest he not pop his head up. President's Agenda Q. Sir, do you expect to return more to a domestic agenda now that the war is winding down? The President. I will continue to promote an international agenda of peace and freedom, and I will continue doing what I have been doing, is working on our economy and working to modernize the Medicare system. I have always been involved with the domestic policy. I somehow get somewhat taken aback when I hear stories that assume I can only do one thing. I am concerned when people in our society can't find work. And so I've been constantly promoting an aggressive jobs-and-growth program. I believe our Medicare system needs to be modernized. I've consistently talked about that. I look forward to working with Congress to see that that's done. Then I will continue to work to make the world a more peaceful place. The United States is a powerful country, and one of the things we ought to do is use our power to make the world more peaceful and more free. And I intend to continue to do that. Yes. North Korea Q. Sir, will talks with North Korea go ahead? And do you expect any breakthrough? The President. Well, the key thing on the North Korea agenda is that China is assuming a very important responsibility, and that is that they will confirm that which--work toward that which Jiang Zemin told me in Crawford, right around the corner here, that China's policy is for a nuclear-weapons-free Peninsula. And now that they're engaged in the process, it makes it more likely that's going to occur. You've got the
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