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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Biotechnology Industry Organization Conference--800
    Black Music Month--810
    California, Bush-Cheney luncheon in San Francisco--826
    Congressional leaders, meeting--813
    Corporate Council on Africa's United States-Africa Business Summit--
    Georgia, Bush-Cheney reception in Greensboro--795
    Medicare reform legislation--813
    National Do Not Call Registry, creation--825
    New York City, Bush-Cheney reception--803
    Radio address--799

Communications to Congress

    Colombia, letter transmitting report on U.S. individuals involved in 
        the antinarcotics campaign--795

Interviews With the News Media

    News conferences
        June 24 with President Musharraf of Pakistan at Camp David, MD--
        June 25 with European Union leaders--814

Joint Statements

    President George W. Bush and European
        Council President Konstandinos Simitis
        and European Commission President
        Romano Prodi
        Hydrogen Cooperation--817
        Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction--818
        Transatlantic Aviation Negotiations--820

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    European Union
        Commission President Prodi--814, 817, 818, 820
        Council President Simitis--814, 817, 818, 820
    Pakistan, President Musharraf--807
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was in Los Angeles, CA, on June 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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    Black Music Month--812

Statements by the President

        Congressional passage of the Keeping Children and Families Safe 
            Act of 2003--820
        House of Representatives action on homeland security 
        House of Representatives action on Medicare reform legislation--
        Senate passage of Medicare reform legislation--829

Statements by the President--Continued

        Bob Stump--813
        Strom Thurmond--830
    Supreme Court decision on the Michigan affirmative action cases--803
    U.N. International Day in Support of Victims of Torture--824

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--832
    Checklist of White House press releases--832
    Digest of other White House announcements--830
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--831

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Week Ending Friday, June 27, 2003
Letter to Congressional Leaders Transmitting a Report on United States 
Individuals Involved in the Antinarcotics Campaign in Colombia

June 20, 2003

Dear Mr. Speaker:  (Dear Mr. President:)

    Consistent with section 3204(f), title III, chapter 2 of the 
Emergency Supplemental Act, 2000 (the ``Act''), as enacted in the 
Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2001, Public Law 106-246, I am 
submitting a report prepared by my Administration that provides ``the 
aggregate number, locations, activities, and lengths of assignment for 
all temporary and permanent U.S. military personnel and U.S. individual 
civilians retained as contractors involved in the antinarcotics campaign 
in Colombia.''
    This report is classified because of force protection considerations 
and the high level of terrorist threat in Colombia. However, the 
aggregate numbers given below are unclassified.
    The report indicates that as of May 13, 2003, the end of this 
reporting period, there were 358 temporary and permanent U.S. military 
personnel and 308 U.S. civilians retained as individual contractors in 
Colombia involved in supporting Plan Colombia. This report further 
indicates that during March, April, and May 2003, these figures never 
exceeded the ceilings established in section 3204(b) of the Act, as 
                                                George W. Bush

Note: Identical letters were sent to J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the 
House of Representatives, and Richard B. Cheney, President of the 
Senate. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
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Week Ending Friday, June 27, 2003
Remarks at a Bush-Cheney Reception in Greensboro, Georgia

June 20, 2003

    The President. Thank you all very much. Thanks a lot for coming out 
tonight. So I'm walking up on the stage, and Saxby says, ``If you keep 
it short, we might be able to get a round of golf in.'' [Laughter]
    I want to thank you all for being here. I came without my wife, 
    Audience members. Aaahh.
    The President. I know it. There's a lot of good, discerning people 
out here in the crowd who understand who the real star of our family is. 
She was in Chattanooga today working. You drew the short straw. 
[Laughter] But I can't tell you how proud I am of the job she is doing. 
She is a fabulous First Lady for our country, and she sends her best and 
her thanks.
    Standing up on the stage here with Sonny and Saxby reminded me about 
what it means to offer a hopeful and optimistic vision, because that's 
precisely what we did last fall. In this State, we said, ``If you elect 
these good people, you'll get good government for everybody.'' And 
thanks to your hard work and your efforts, you elected the first 
Republican Governor in 130 years. And he's doing the job you expect him 
to do. He's a straight shooter. He does in office what he said he would 
    And that's the same with Saxby. I've got no stronger ally in the 
United States Senate than Saxby Chambliss, and I want to thank you all 
for sending him.
    And thanks to your help, starting tonight, we're going to build on 
what you did last fall and deliver a strong nationwide victory next 
fall. And I'm getting loosened up. [Laughter] I'm getting ready, but I'm 
going to have to count on you all to energize the grassroots, to make 
the phone calls, to put the signs in the yard, and to spread our 
message, which is a positive and hopeful message

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for every single citizen who lives in this country.
    The political season will come in its own time. But right now, I am 
focused on the people's business in Washington, DC. We've got a lot on 
the agenda. We've got a lot to do before the political season. But I can 
assure you that we will keep earning the confidence of Americans by 
keeping this Nation secure and strong and prosperous and free.
    Along with Sonny, there's a lot of State officials here, and I want 
to thank you all for coming.
    And along with Saxby came a--members of one of the finest 
congressional delegations in Washington, DC: Congressmen Jack Kingston, 
Johnny Isakson, Mac Collins, Charlie Norwood, Max Burns, and John 
Linder, and I want to thank you all for coming. I appreciate you being 
    I want to thank my close friend Mercer Reynolds for agreeing to be 
the national finance chairman of the Bush-Cheney campaign. I want to 
thank Jamie--that would be Jamie Reynolds--for hosting this event 
tonight. I want to thank all the cochairmen who have helped. I want to 
thank Harold Reynolds. I want to thank my friend Fred Cooper. But most 
of all, I want to thank you all. You put the wind at my back. You give 
me a lot of confidence to take on the task ahead. And I appreciate you 
    In the last 2\1/2\ years, our Nation has acted decisively to 
confront great challenges. I came to the office of the Presidency to 
solve problems instead of passing them on to other Presidents or other 
generations. I came to seize opportunities instead of letting them slip 
    We are meeting the tests of our time. Terrorists declared war on the 
United States of America, and war is what they got. We have captured or 
killed many key Al Qaida leaders, and the rest of them know we're on 
their trail. In Afghanistan and in Iraq, we gave ultimatums to terror 
regimes. Those regimes chose defiance, and those regimes are no more. 
Fifty million people in those two countries once lived under tyranny, 
and now they live in freedom.
    Two-and-a-half years ago, our military was not receiving the 
resources it needed, and morale was beginning to suffer. We've increased 
the defense budget to prepare for the threats of a new era. And today, 
no one in the world can question the skill and the strength and the 
spirit of the United States military.
    Two-and-a-half years ago, we inherited an economy in recession. Then 

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