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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Iraqis receiving medical care, meeting--949

    Ohio, discussion at Youngstown State University in Youngstown--950

    Pennsylvania, U.S. Army War College in Carlisle--944

    Radio address--942

    Tennessee, discussion at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 
        Nashville--957

    Women's National Basketball Association champion Detroit Shock, 
        remarks honoring--943

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Waiving Prohibition on U.S. Military Assistance with Respect to 
        Burkina Faso and Dominica, memorandum--956

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--949

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Denmark, Prime Minister Rasmussen--963

Proclamations

    National Maritime Day--941
    National Safe Boating Week--941
    Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day--956

Statements by the President

    National economy--964

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--967
    Checklist of White House press releases--967
    Digest of other White House announcements--965
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--967

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Week Ending Friday, May 28, 2004
 
Proclamation 7789--National Maritime Day, 2004


 May 21, 2004

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    National Maritime Day provides an opportunity to recognize the men 
and women of the United States Merchant Marine and their contributions 
to our national security and economic strength.
    Since they first offered their ships and services to assist the 
Continental Navy in our struggle for independence, to their 
distinguished service in World War II, merchant mariners have 
courageously sacrificed to protect our country and defend our freedoms. 
In 1936, America recognized the contributions of these patriots and 
established the U.S. Merchant Marine ``as a naval or military auxiliary 
in time of war or national emergency.'' Today, merchant mariners are 
delivering essential supplies and equipment to our troops in Iraq and 
bravely serving the cause of liberty. They continue to play an important 
role in our Nation's efforts to advance democracy, peace, and freedom 
around the world, and we are grateful for their dedication.
    Merchant mariners also contribute significantly to the U.S. maritime 
transportation system. More than 95 percent of non-North American trade 
enters our country through our seaports. These ports handle more than 
$740 billion and 2 billion tons of domestic and international freight 
each year. Those in the maritime industry, including merchant mariners, 
enhance waterborne commerce and help promote America's economic growth.
    Today, we honor the courage, determination, and service of our 
Nation's merchant mariners and remember the many who have given their 
lives in defense of our country. Their work reflects the patriotism and 
devotion to duty that make America great.
    In recognition of the importance of the U.S. Merchant Marine, the 
Congress, by joint resolution approved on May 20, 1933, as amended, has 
designated May 22 of each year as ``National Maritime Day,'' and has 
authorized and requested that the President issue an annual proclamation 
calling for its appropriate observance.
    Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of 
America, do hereby proclaim May 22, 2004, as National Maritime Day. I 
call upon the people of the United States to celebrate this observance 
and to display the flag of the United States at their homes and in their 
communities. I also request that all ships sailing under the American 
flag dress ship on that day.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first 
day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the 
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-
eighth.
                                                George W. Bush

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., May 25, 2004]

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on May 26. 
This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate 
issue.


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Week Ending Friday, May 28, 2004
 
Proclamation 7790--National Safe Boating Week, 2004

 May 21, 2004

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    Our Nation's many waterways give millions of boating enthusiasts the 
opportunity to

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enjoy the outdoors and spend time with family and friends. With nearly 
13 million recreational boats on our oceans, lakes, and rivers, boating 
is a popular pastime. However, far too many Americans are hurt or killed 
each year in boating accidents that are largely preventable.
    Each year, of the thousands of boating accidents that occur, many 
are caused by operators who are careless, reckless, or inexperienced. In 
most cases, boat operators had received no safety instruction, and many 
of those who died could have been saved if they had worn life jackets. 
During National Safe Boating week, we seek to raise awareness to improve 
safety and reduce accidents on our Nation's waters.
    Across the Nation, many groups are working to teach recreational 
boaters how they can make boating safer through the 2004 North American 
Safe Boating Campaign. These include the U.S. Coast Guard, the Coast 
Guard Auxiliary, the National Safe Boating Council, and the National 
Association of State Boating Law Administrators. These groups recommend 
that boaters get boat safety checks, ensure that boats are properly 
maintained, take safe boating classes, be aware of homeland security 
issues, always wear a life jacket, and never operate a boat under the 
influence of alcohol or drugs. By learning about boating safety and 
taking some simple precautions, recreational boaters can reduce the risk 
of accidents and ensure that they enjoy their time on the water 
responsibly.
    In recognition of the importance of safe boating practices, the 
Congress, by joint resolution approved June 4, 1958 (36 U.S.C. 131), as 
amended, has authorized and requested the President to proclaim annually 
the 7-day period prior to Memorial Day weekend as ``National Safe 
Boating Week.''
    Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of 
America, do hereby proclaim May 22 through May 28, 2004, as National 
Safe Boating Week. I encourage the Governors of the 50 States and the 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and officials of other areas subject to the 
jurisdiction of the United States, to join in observing this occasion. I 
also urge all boaters to learn more about safe boating practices, always 
wear life jackets, and take advantage of boating safety programs 
throughout the year.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first 
day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the 
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-
eighth.
                                                George W. Bush

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., May 25, 2004]

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on May 26. 
This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate 
issue.


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Week Ending Friday, May 28, 2004
 
The President's Radio Address

May 22, 2004

    Good morning. This week brought further evidence that across 
America, more citizens are finding jobs. The Department of Labor 
reported State-by-State job results, and these figures show that 
America's jobs engine is running strong.
    Nationally, we gained 288,000 new jobs in April, and the Nation has 
added more than 1.1 million new jobs since last August. The unemployment 
rate has fallen steadily and now stands at 5.6 percent, down from 6.3 
percent last June and lower than the average unemployment rate of the 
1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
    In April, the biggest job gaining States were Florida, North 
Carolina, Missouri, and Michigan. Forty-five States out of 50 added new 
workers. In some States, job creation had been strong for many months. 
Florida has gained more than a quarter million new jobs since December 
2001. In Nevada, 90,000 new jobs have been created since January of 

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