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 Addresses and Remarks

    New Mexico
         Albuquerque, remarks--1685
         Farmington, remarks--1679
         Las Cruces, remarks--1673
    Radio address--1669


    Comprehensive Terrorist-Related Screening Procedures--1707
    Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees 
        and Contractors--1709

 Executive Orders

    Establishing the President's Board on Safeguarding Americans' Civil 
    Facilitation of Cooperative Conservation--1692
    National Counterterrorism Center--1696

Executive Orders--Continued

    Strengthened Management of the Intelligence Community--1699
    Strengthening the Sharing of Terrorism Information To Protect 

Interviews With the News Media

     News conference in Crawford, TX, 
        August 23--1670


    Women's Equality Day--1693

Statements by the President

    Facilitation of Cooperative Conservation--1692

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--1712
     Checklist of White House press releases--1711
     Digest of other White House announcements--1710
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--1711

  Editor's Note: The President was in Miami, FL, on August 27, 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, August 27, 2004
The President's Radio Address

August 21, 2004

    Good morning. In the coming weeks, children across our Nation will 
begin a new school year. They're looking forward to meeting new teachers 
and learning new subjects and making new friends. And thanks to good 
schools and good policies, we can all be confident this year will be a 
year of achievement for America's students and families.
    Two-and-a-half years ago, I signed the No Child Left Behind Act, a 
bipartisan law that is challenging the soft bigotry of low expectations 
in public education. My budget for next year increases school funding to 
$37 billion, a 49-percent increase since 2001. And we're insisting on 
results in return. We are leaving behind the broken system that shuffled 
children from grade to grade, even when they were not learning the 
basics. We're requiring regular testing, providing extra help for 
children falling behind. We're giving information and options to 
parents. We are holding schools accountable for the progress of every 
    We are already seeing hopeful results. Math scores are up from 
fourth and eight grades across the country. Fourth graders in urban 
schools are showing strong gains in both reading and math. And from 
Georgia, North Carolina, and Maryland, to Illinois, Wisconsin, and New 
Mexico, minority children are improving test scores and narrowing the 
achievement gap.
    We recognize that some schools have catching up to do. That is why 
we are making extra resources available to the schools that need the 
most help. We are empowering parents, getting local education experts 
involved, and offering tutors to striving students. And to help the most 
disadvantaged students, we have boosted Title I funding to an 
unprecedented $12.3 billion, an increase of 41 percent since I took 
    One Federal grant went to Asheville City Schools in North Carolina, 
the home district of Ira B. Jones Elementary School. Two years ago, 
Jones did not meet standards under the new law. So district leaders used 
more than $200,000 dollars in Federal aid to help Jones hire a reading 
coach, train additional teachers, increase parent involvement, and start 
an extended-day program for struggling students. This past school year, 
their efforts paid off. Jones met its target for yearly progress. This 
is how a fourth grade teacher described her reaction: ``We screamed and 
yelled. We were absolutely thrilled.''
    We want to see that kind of achievement at schools around the 
Nation, both in the primary grades and in our high schools. So I'll work 
with Congress to pass my proposals to help high school students 
struggling in reading and math. We will expand Advanced Placement 
programs at low-income schools. We will ensure that high schools offer a 
rigorous curriculum in English, math, science, and social studies, so we 
can be certain a high school diploma means something. We will expand the 
use of the Internet to bring high-level training to students around the 
    These plans will build on the results we have seen these past 2 
years. The pattern is clear and encouraging. The No Child Left Behind 
Act is bringing progress and hope to America's students, parents, and 
educators. We are gaining momentum, and we will not turn back.
    By ensuring a quality education for every child, we meet an 
important duty to the next generation. We're giving young people the 
confidence and skills they need to succeed in higher education and to 
fill the jobs of the 21st century. Education is the gateway to a more 
hopeful future, and we will make sure that gate is open to all 
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 8:50 a.m. on August 20 at the Bush 
Ranch in Crawford, TX,

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for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on August 21. The transcript was made 
available by the Office of the Press Secretary on August 20 but was 
embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office of the Press 
Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this address.

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Week Ending Friday, August 27, 2004
The President's News Conference in Crawford, Texas

August 23, 2004

    The President. Mr. Secretary, thank you for coming. General Myers, 
Vice President, and Condi and I just had a long-ranging discussion with 
our key members of the defense team about a variety of subjects. We 
talked about Iraq, the way forward in Iraq, the way to help the Iraqis 
get to elections. We're making progress on the ground. We were briefed 
not only by the Secretary and General Myers but as well by General Casey 
and General Abizaid via secure communications.
    We talked about transformation issues. We spent some time talking 
about the reconfiguration of our forces around the world, to better be 
able to keep the peace. And Mr. Secretary, I thank you for your 
leadership on that issue. The Secretary did a great job of not only 
coming up with a strategy to enable America to better protect ourselves 
and friends and allies against the true threats of the 21st century, but 
he consulted with our allies in such a way that the response was very 
positive and I thought very good.
    We talked about intelligence reform. We just talked about a variety 
of issues that are important for the security of the country. And I 
appreciate you coming, sir. Thank you for being here.
    I'll answer some questions. Deb [Deb Riechmann, Associated Press].

2004 Election

    Q. Some of your supporters are refighting the Vietnam war with their 
comments about Kerry's war record. Do you think that these attacks of 
this nature are unpatriotic, un-American, seeing as we're sending young 
people to war at this time?
    The President. Yes. I think we ought to be debating who best to be 
leading this country in the war against terror. And that's what I'll 
continue to try to convince the American people of, is that I'm the 
right person to continue to lead the country in the war on terror. I 
think we ought to be looking forward, not backward. And that's the kind 
of campaign I'll continue to run.

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth Ad/527 Campaign Ads

    Q. But why won't you denounce the charges that your supporters are 
making against Kerry?
    The President. I'm denouncing all the stuff being on TV of the 527s. 
That's what I've said. I said this kind of unregulated soft money is 
wrong for the process. And I asked Senator Kerry to join me in getting 
rid of all that kind of soft money, not only on TV but used for other 
purposes as well. I frankly thought we'd gotten rid of that when I 
signed the McCain-Feingold bill. I thought we were going to, once and 
for all, get rid of a system where people could just pour tons of money 
in and not be held to account for the advertising. And so I'm 
disappointed with all those kinds of ads.
    Yes, Adam [Adam Entous, Reuters].

Kerry War Record/Leadership

    Q. Thank you, Mr. President. This doesn't have anything to do with 
other 527 ads. You've been accused of mounting a smear campaign. Do you 
think Senator Kerry lied about his war record?
    The President. I think Senator Kerry served admirably, and he ought 
to be proud of his record. But the question is, who best to lead the 
country in the war on terror, who can handle the responsibilities of the 
Commander in Chief, who's got a clear vision of the risks that the 
country faces.

527 Campaign Ads

    Q. Mr. President, some Republicans such as Bob Dole and some 
Republican donors such as----
    The President. What paper are you with?
    Q. I'm with Bloomberg.
    The President. Okay, good. First time I've seen you out here. 

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