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 Addresses and Remarks

    Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunamis--3017
    Radio address--3017

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in Crawford, TX--3017

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--3022
     Checklist of White House press releases--3021
     Digest of other White House announcements--3021
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--3021
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

  Editor's Note: In order to meet publication and distribution deadlines 
during the New Year's holiday weekend, the cutoff time for this issue 
has been advanced to 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 30, 2004. The 
President was at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, TX, on December 30, 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, December 31, 2004
 
The President's Radio Address


December 25, 2004

    Good morning. On this Christmas Day, as families across the Nation 
gather in our homes to celebrate, Laura and I extend to all Americans 
our best wishes for the holidays. We hope this Christmas is a time of 
joy and peace for each of you, and we hope it offers you a chance for 
rest and reflection as you look forward to the new year ahead.
    The Christmas season fills our hearts with gratitude for the many 
blessings in our lives, and with those blessings comes a responsibility 
to reach out to others. Many of our fellow Americans still suffer from 
the effects of illness or poverty. Others fight cruel addictions or cope 
with division in their families or grieve the loss of a loved one.
    Christmastime reminds each of us that we have a duty to our fellow 
citizens, that we are called to love our neighbor just as we would like 
to be loved ourselves. By volunteering our time and talents where they 
are needed most, we help heal the sick, comfort those who suffer, and 
bring hope to those who despair, one heart and one soul at a time.
    During the holidays, we also keep in our thoughts and prayers the 
men and women of our Armed Forces, especially those far from home, 
separated from family and friends by the call of duty. In Afghanistan, 
Iraq, and elsewhere, these skilled and courageous Americans are fighting 
the enemies of freedom and protecting our country from danger. By 
bringing liberty to the oppressed, our troops are helping to win the war 
on terror, and they are defending the freedom and security of us all. 
They and their families are making many sacrifices for our Nation, and 
for that, all Americans are deeply grateful.
    The times we live in have brought many challenges to our country. 
And in such times, the story of Christmas brings special comfort and 
confidence. For 2,000 years, Christmas has proclaimed a message of hope, 
the patient hope of men and women across centuries who listened to the 
words of prophets and lived in joyful expectation, the hope of Mary who 
welcomed God's plan with great faith, and the hope of Wise Men who set 
out on a long journey, guided only by a promise traced in the stars.
    Christmas reminds us that the grandest purposes of God can be found 
in the humblest places, and it gives us hope that all the love and gifts 
that come to us in this life are the signs and symbols of an even 
greater love and gift that came on a holy night.
    Thank you for listening, and Merry Christmas.

Note: The address was recorded at 7:50 a.m. on December 23 at Camp 
David, MD, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on December 25. The transcript 
was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on December 23 
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, December 31, 2004
 
Remarks on the Earthquake and Tsunamis in the Indian Ocean and an 
Exchange With Reporters in Crawford, Texas

December 29, 2004

    The President. Good morning. Laura and I and the American people are 
shocked and we are saddened by the terrible loss of life from the recent 
earthquake and the tsunamis in the Indian Ocean. Our prayers go out to 
the people who have lost so much to this series of disasters. Our hearts 
are also with the Americans who have lost loved ones in this tragedy. 
Our embassies are working with host governments to locate American 
citizens who are still missing and to assist those who have been injured 
or displaced.
    This morning I spoke with the leaders of India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, 
and Indonesia. I

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expressed my condolences and our country's condolences. I told them of 
our support. I praised their steadfast leadership during these difficult 
time. We're grateful to the American and international organizations 
that are working courageously to save lives and to provide assistance, 
and I assured those leaders this is only the beginning of our help.
    We are committed to helping the affected countries in the difficult 
weeks and months that lie ahead. We pledged an initial $35 million in 
relief assistance. We have deployed disaster experts to the region. All 
leaders expressed their appreciation for the hard work of our 
Ambassadors and their embassy staffs to help the countries in need. As 
well we're dispatching a Marine expeditionary unit, the aircraft carrier 
Abraham Lincoln, and the maritime preposition squadron from Guam to the 
area to help with relief efforts.
    Secretary Powell is working hard. He has spoken with his 
counterparts in Japan, India, Australia, as well as other nations who 
are helping with the response in order to begin building an 
international coalition for immediate humanitarian relief and long-term 
recovery and reconstruction efforts. Based on these discussions, we've 
established a regional core group with India, Japan, and Australia to 
help coordinate relief efforts. I'm confident more nations will join 
this core group in short order. Under Secretary of State Marc Grossman 
will lead a U.S. task force to work with these partners to help 
coordinate interagency response in our own Government and to encourage 
other nations to participate in the relief efforts.
    These past few days have brought loss and grief to the world that is 
beyond our comprehension. The United States will continue to stand with 
the affected governments as they care for the victims. We will stand 
with them as they start to rebuild their communities. And together the 
world will cope with their loss; we will prevail over this destruction.
    Let me answer some questions. Deb [Deb Riechmann, Associated Press].

Iraqi Elections

    Q. Mr. President, more than 50 people died yesterday alone in the 
Sunni Triangle area. And with the Sunnis backing out of the election, 
how concerned are you that the world and the Iraqis will view this 
election as credible?
    The President. Well, you said ``with the Sunnis backing out''; you 
mean a Sunni party has backed out, yes. I talked to President Yawr 
yesterday, who happens to be a Sunni, who on the one hand expressed 
concern about the security situation in Mosul and on the other hand 
reminded me that most people in Iraq, Sunni or Shi'a, want to vote. And 
so the task at hand is to provide as much security as possible for the 
election officials as well as for the people inside cities like Mosul, 
to encourage them to express their will.
    Now, Usama bin Laden issued a statement, as you know, which made the 
stakes of this pretty clear to me. His vision of the world is where 
people don't participate in democracy. His vision of the world is where 
people kill innocent lives in order to affect their behavior and affect 
their way of living. His vision of the world is one in which there is no 
freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and/or freedom of 
conscience. And that vision stands in stark contrast to the vision of, 
by far, the vast majority of Iraqis and leaders like Prime Minister 
Allawi and President Yawr, whose vision includes the freedom of 
expression, the freedom of the right to vote.
    And so the stakes are clear in this upcoming election. It's the 
difference between the ability for individuals to express themselves and 
the willingness of an individual to try and impose his dark vision on 
the world, on the people of Iraq and elsewhere. And it's very important 
that these elections proceed.
    We just got off a conference call with 
our acting--not ``acting''--Ambassador Negroponte is not in Baghdad, but 
Ambassador Jeffrey, his number two man, as well as General Casey, 
talking about how best to provide the security necessary for people to 
feel comfortable in voting.
    Yes, ma'am.

United Nations/International Disaster Assistance

    Q. Mr. President, were you offended by the suggestion that rich 
nations have been stingy in the aid over the tsunami? And is this a sign 
of another rift with the U.N.?

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    The President. Well, I felt like the person who made that statement 
was very misguided and ill-informed. The--take, for example, in the year 
2004, our Government provided $2.4 billion in food, in cash, in 
humanitarian relief to cover the disasters for last year. That's $2.4 
billion. That's 40 percent of all the relief aid given in the world last 
year, was provided by the United States Government. No, we're a very 
generous, kindhearted nation.
    You know, the--what you're beginning to see is a typical response 
from America. First of all, we provide immediate cash relief, to the 
tune of about $35 million. * And then there will be an assessment of the 
damage, so that the relief is--the next tranche of relief will be spent 
wisely. That's what's happening now. I just got off the phone with the 
President of Sri Lanka. She asked for help to assess the damage. In 
other words, not only did they want immediate help, but they wanted help 
to assess damage so that we can better direct resources. And so our 
Government is fully prepared to continue to provide assistance and help.
    * White House correction.
    It takes money, by the way, to move a expeditionary force into the 
region. In other words, we're diverting assets, which is part of our 
overall aid package. We'll continue to provide assets. Plus, the 
American people will be very generous, themselves. I mean, the 2.4 
billion was public money--of course, provided by the taxpayers--but 
there's also a lot of individual giving in America. In this case, I 
think it's very important for Americans who want to give to provide cash 
to organizations that will be able to focus resources and assets to meet 

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