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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Black Music Month, reception--1132
    Commerce Department, remarks--1144
    Nevada, remarks in Reno--1117
    Ohio, discussion in Cincinnati--1124
    Pennsylvania, remarks in Philadelphia--1135
    Presidential Medal of Freedom, presentation--1141
    Radio address--1123

 Communications to Congress

    Budget amendments, letter transmitting--1156
    Iceland's lethal research whaling program, message reporting--1134
    Western Balkans, message on continuation of national emergency--1151

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Determination Pursuant to Section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and 
        Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, as Amended, memorandum--1150
    Imposition and Waiver of Sanctions Under Section 604 of the FY 2003 
        Foreign Relations Authorization Act, memorandum--1155

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--1130
    Interview with Radio and Television Ireland--1152

Letters and Messages

    Juneteenth, message--1123

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Hungary, Prime Minister Medgyessy--1130


    Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to the Western 


    Black Music Month--1133
    Father's Day--1124

Statements by the President

    Death of Ray Charles--1122
    Missouri River basin, resolution of issues affecting--1155

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--1159
     Checklist of White House press releases--1158
     Digest of other White House announcements--1156
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--1157

  Editor's Note: The President was in Shannon, Ireland, on June 25, 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, June 25, 2004
Remarks in Reno, Nevada

June 18, 2004

    The President. Thank you all very much. Thank you all. Go ahead and 
be seated. Please be seated, unless, of course, you don't have a seat. 
[Laughter] It's great to be here in Nevada. Thanks for coming. Thank you 
all for coming. You didn't think I'd get it right, did you? [Laughter] I 
appreciate your warm welcome.
    I appreciate the kind words of Senator John McCain. Both candidates 
in this race are honored to be the friend of John McCain. Only one of us 
gets his vote, and I am proud that it is me. John McCain has lived a 
life of true service to this country. He is a man of honor. He is a man 
of integrity. He's a man of personal courage and political courage, and 
I thank him for his friendship and his support.
    It's good to be here in Reno. It's a town known for its good people 
and its good times. I always like being in a place where the cowboy hats 
outnumber the ties.
    Vice President Cheney and I were proud to carry Nevada last time, 
and we're going to carry it this time. And I'm here to thank you for 
your help. I'm here to thank you for what you have done, what you will 
do to turn out that vote. Thanks for coming.
    I am sorry that First Lady Laura Bush isn't here. You drew the short 
straw. [Laughter] She is a fabulous woman. She is a great First Lady. If 
there's any reason to put me back in there for 4 more years, it's to 
make sure Laura is the First Lady for 4 more years.
    I'm also proud to be running with Dick Cheney. He's the finest Vice 
President our country has ever had. Mother heard me say that one time, 
and said, ``Now wait a minute, buster.'' [Laughter]
    I appreciate your Governor, Kenny Guinn. He's a fine, honest, 
honorable, great Governor of this State. And like me, he married well--
[laughter]--when he married Dema.
    Today John McCain and I had the honor of traveling from Fort Lewis, 
Washington, with a great United States Senator from Nevada, and that is 
Senator John Ensign. And old Jim Gibbons stumped on the plane too. He's 
doing a fabulous job for this part of the country. I'm proud to call him 
friend. It's great to be with his wife, Dawn.
    You know, Senator Ensign and Congressman Gibbons and I worked on a 
project that's very important for your part of the world. It's a project 
that concerns the health of Lake Tahoe. For years you've been hearing 
that the Federal Government would help maintain this national treasure. 
For years you've been hearing excuses about why it hadn't happened. 
Well, I'm here to tell you it's happened. I signed a bill, working with 
this good Senator and this good Congressman, to make $300 million 
available for the restoration of that lake so that generations of our 
fellow countrymen can enjoy its beauty.
    I appreciate the Lieutenant Governor being here, Lorraine Hunt. 
Thanks for coming. I want to thank your very fine attorney general, my 
close friend Brian Sandoval, for being here. State Treasurer Brian 
Krolicki is with us today. Thanks for coming, Brian. I mean, we're 
about--we've got them all here, the secretary of state, Dean Heller, is 
with us today. Mother? Yes, we've got Mom right here on the first row, 
Dean. [Laughter] She's watching you like a hawk--[laughter]--probably 
like my mother, still telling you what to do. [Laughter]
    We've got the State comptroller, Kathy Augustine, is with us today. 
We've got Bob Cashell, the mayor of this great city, is with us today. 
Mr. Mayor, all I can tell you is just fill the potholes, and the people 
will love you. [Laughter]
    We've got local officials. We've got State officials, and we've got 
grassroots activists. Thanks for coming. And if you want to figure out 
how to help, get on the Internet at

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georgewbush.com. If you want to volunteer, if you want to figure out how 
to help turn out the vote, get on your Internet and call it up. And we 
want--and we will help you help us, because, you see, we're counting on 
you. We're counting on you to turn out the vote. We're counting on you 
to talk to both Republicans and Democrats and independents.
    And when you're talking to them, tell them this: The last 3\1/2\ 
years have brought serious challenges, and we have given serious 
answers. We came to office with a stock market in decline and an economy 
headed into recession. We delivered historic tax relief. And since last 
summer, America has had the fastest growing economy in the 
industrialized world.
    We uncovered corporate crimes that cost people their jobs and their 
savings. So we acted. We passed strong corporate reforms. We brought 
wrongdoers to account, and we made it clear that we will not tolerate 
dishonesty in the boardrooms of America.
    We saw war and grief arrive on a quiet September morning. So we 
pursued the terrorist enemy across the world. We've captured or killed 
many of the key leaders of the Al Qaida network, and the rest will know 
there is no cave or hole deep enough to hide from American justice.
    We confronted the dangers of state-sponsored terror and the spread 
of weapons of mass destruction. So we ended two of the most violent and 
dangerous regimes on Earth. We liberated over 50 million people. Once 
again, America is proud to stand against tyranny and to set nations 
    When Dick Cheney and I came to Washington, the military was 
underfunded and underappreciated. So we gave our Armed Forces the 
resources and respect they deserve. And today, no one can question the 
skill and the strength and the spirit of the United States military.
    No, we've confronted problems head on. It is the President's job to 
confront problems, not to pass them on to future Presidents and future 
generations. That is how I have led our country, and that is how I will 
continue to lead our country for 4 more years.
    Audience members. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
    The President. Great events will turn on this election. The man who 
sits in the Oval Office will set the course of the war on terror and the 
direction of our economy. The security and prosperity of America are at 
    This is going to be a tough race. That is why I'm here to ask for 
your help. I'm running against an experienced United States Senator who 
has built up quite a record. My opponent has been in Washington long 
enough to take both sides on just about every issue. He voted for the 
PATRIOT Act, for NAFTA, for the No Child Left Behind Act, and for the 
use of force in Iraq. Now he opposes the PATRIOT Act and NAFTA and the 
No Child Left Behind Act and the liberation of Iraq. His position on 
these issues reminds me of a saying we have in Texas about the weather: 
If you don't like it, just wait a few minutes and it will change.
    We had another example recently. Last December I had the honor of 
signing the Healthy Forests Act. I appreciate Senators McCain and Ensign 
and Congressman Gibbons' help on this vital piece of legislation, a 
vital piece of legislation by thinning the underbrush, that helps thin 
the underbrush, that allows thinning the underbrush, to restore these 
national treasures of ours. As we're talking--debating the bill in 
Washington, my opponent opposed the law, saying we were taking a 
chainsaw to public forests.
    Audience members. Boo-o-o!
    The President. Well, now he's packing his bags, and he's getting 
ready to head out West, and he says he now likes parts of the law. 
[Laughter] Says he wants to stop--he wants there to be a strong logging 
industry. You know something? It's not only the wildfires that shift 
with the wind. [Laughter]
    The voters will have an unmistakable choice this year. It is a 
choice between keeping the tax relief that is moving the economy forward 
or putting the burden of higher taxes back on the American people. It is 
a choice between an America that leads the world with strength and 
confidence or an America that is uncertain in the face of danger.
    The other side has not offered much in the ways of strategies to win 
the war or policies to expand our economy. We're well into the campaign, 
and all we have heard is old bitterness and partisan anger. They will 

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learn that anger is not an agenda for the future of America. I will take 
on the big issues with optimism and resolve and determination, and I 
will make it clear that we stand ready to lead this Nation for 4 more 
    A big issue for every family in America is the Federal tax burden. 
With the largest tax relief since Ronald Reagan was 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 

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