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PRESIDENT ADDRESSES THE NATION IN PRIME TIME PRESS CONFERENCE

 

During a Prime Time Press Conference on Tuesday, President

Bush said, "Above all, the defeat of violence and terror

in Iraq is vital to the defeat of violence and terror

elsewhere; and vital, therefore, to the safety of the

American people. Now is the time, and Iraq is the place,

in which the enemies of the civilized world are testing

the will of the civilized world. We must not waver."

 

Key Points

President Bush outlined the strategy for Iraq's transition

from dictatorship to freedom:

 

- Troop strength, now and in the future, is determined by

the situation on the ground. If additional forces are needed,

they will be sent. If additional resources are needed, they

will be provided.

 

- America's objective in Iraq is limited, and it is firm:

We seek an independent, free and secure Iraq. We have set a

deadline of June 30th for the transfer of sovereignty back to

the Iraqi people. It is important that we meet that deadline.

 

- Iraq will hold elections for a national assembly no

later than next January.

 

- Iraqis will elect a permanent government by December

15, 2005, which will mark the completion of Iraq's transition

from dictatorship to freedom.

 

- Our commitment to the success and security of Iraq will

not end on June 30th. On July 1st, and beyond, our

reconstruction assistance and military commitment will

continue. Coalition military forces will help Iraqis to

protect their government from external aggression and internal

subversion.

 

U.N. Assistance

INTERNATIONAL INVOLVEMENT IN IRAQ'S TRANSITION TO FREEDOM

 

President Bush and Prime Minister Blair held a press

conference in the Rose Garden Friday. The President said,

"This week we've seen the outlines of a new Iraqi

government that will take the keys of sovereignty. We

welcome the proposals presented by the U.N. Special Envoy

Brahimi. He's identified a way forward to establishing an

interim government that is broadly acceptable to the Iraqi

people. Our coalition partners will continue to work with

the U.N. to prepare for nationwide elections that will

choose a new government in January of 2005."

 

Key Points

Other nations and international institutions are stepping up

to their responsibilities in building a free and secure

Iraq:

 

- The United States is working closely with the U.N.

envoy and with Iraqis to determine the exact form of the

government that will receive sovereignty on June 30th.

 

- The U.N. election assistance team is in Iraq,

developing plans for next January's election.

 

- NATO is providing support for the Polish-led multinational

division in Iraq and 17 of NATO's 26 members are

contributing forces to maintain security.

 

 

 

Tax Relief

MILLIONS OF FAMILIES BENEFITING FROM PRESIDENT'S TAX RELIEF

 

On Tax Day, President Bush addressed taxpayers in Des

Moines, IA, where he discussed how tax relief has

contributed to the growing strength of the economy and

called on Congress to make his tax cuts permanent.

 

Fast Facts

The impact of the President's economic program, including the

tax relief, can be seen throughout the economy:

 

- Job creation is accelerating -- more than 750,000 new

jobs in the last seven months. Unemployment is below its

average rate in the '70s, '80s, and '90s.

 

- America is the fastest-growing major industrialized

economy in the world.

 

- Buoyed by the return of the stock market and strong

home values, household wealth is at a record high.

 

- Retail sales excluding motor vehicles are currently

growing at the fastest quarterly rate in over 20 years.

 

- Homeownership is at an all-time high -- 68.6 percent --

with substantial gains among minority homeowners.

 

America has a choice: It can continue to grow the

economy and create new jobs as the President's polices

are doing; or it can raise taxes on American families

and small businesses, hurting economic recovery and

future job creation.

 

 

PRESIDENT COMMENDS ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER'S PLAN

 

On Wednesday the President said, "On June 24, 2002, I laid

out a vision to make this goal a reality. We then drafted

the road map as the route to get us there. The heart of this

vision is the responsibility of all parties -- of Israel, of

the Palestinian people, of the Arab states -- to fight

terror, to embrace democracy and reform, and to take the

necessary steps for peace.

 

"Today, the Prime Minister told me of his decision to take

such a step. Israel plans to remove certain military

installations and all settlements from Gaza, and certain

military installations and settlements from the West Bank.

These are historic and courageous actions. If all parties

choose to embrace this moment they can open the door to

progress and put an end to one of the world's longest running

conflicts."

 

 

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT BUSH AND PRESIDENT MUBARAK OF EGYPT

 

On Monday President Bush said, "I welcome my good friend,

Hosni, to my home. Our countries have three decades of

solid, beneficial relations behind us, and the United States

will continue to work with Egypt and the Arab world in a

spirit of common purpose and mutual respect."

 

 

VP'S REMARKS AT THE WASHINGTON POST-YOMIURI SHIMBUN SYMPOSIUM

 

On Tuesday Vice President Cheney said, "Japan enters the 21st

century as the second wealthiest nation on the planet and a

leader in science, technology, and innovation. Your example

helped spark an economic miracle that has transformed this

region, yet Japan did more than merely grow prosperous. You

also transformed your country into one of the world's most

stable, decent and successful democracies. In this way, too,

as a beacon of freedom, Japan now serves as an inspiration

for others in this region and beyond."

 

Vice President's Remarks:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/20...4/20040413.html

 

 

WHITEHOUSE.GOV HIGHLIGHTS NEW ONLINE FEATURES

 

New features are added to the White House web site all the

time. To highlight these new features, Whitehouse.gov has

created a What's New web page.

 

Currently Featured on What's New:

 

- White House Interactive: It's like a mini-Ask the White

House where citizens' e-mails are answered by Administration

officials.

 

- White House Radio: We post as many radio interviews

with Administration officials as possible, and they're

available here.

 

- Presidents & Baseball: Photo essays, history,

interviews and more, all devoted to this great tradition.

 

- Easter Egg Roll: Great moments from this year's Easter

Egg Roll are captured on this site.

 

- Kids' Site: An all new White House web site just for

kids, redesigned and updated with games, quizzes, and more.

 

Find Out What's New:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/whatnew/

 

PAN AMERICAN DAY AND PAN AMERICAN WEEK PROCLAMATION

 

On Tuesday the President proclaimed, "The nations of the

Western Hemisphere will continue to draw upon the Charter to

strengthen the rule of law, protect human rights and

freedoms, encourage economic growth, and promote good

governance. As neighbors, we are expanding prosperity

through open markets and economic reforms -- creating new

opportunities for millions of people and continued economic

progress benefiting the nations of our hemisphere."

 

NATIONAL FORMER PRISONER OF WAR RECOGNITION DAY, 2004

 

On Monday President Bush stated, "America will never forget

these quiet heroes and all of our former prisoners of war who

suffered adversity in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf,

Somalia, Kosovo, Iraq, and other conflicts. Our Nation is

grateful to our former prisoners of war for their sacrifice

to help protect the democratic ideals that make our country

strong. Because of the dedication of these men and women in

uniform, people in our own country and in lands far away can

live in freedom. These citizens inspire us, and we will

always remember their service for liberty's blessings."

 

 

 

^7 Ask the White House

THIS WEEK'S CHATS @ WHITEHOUSE.GOV

 

Ask the White House is an online interactive forum where

you can submit questions to Bush Administration officials,

including Cabinet Secretaries, senior White House officials

and behind-the-scenes professionals at the White House.

 

This Week's Sessions

> Ask the White House - Tax Relief:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/ask/20040415.html

 

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BEFORE 9/11 -- AND AFTER

 

Former Director of the FBI Louis J. Freeh, Wall Street

Journal 4/12/04:

"The fact that terrorism and the war being waged by al Qaeda

was not even an issue in the 2000 presidential campaign

strongly suggests that the political will to declare and

fight this war didn't exist before Sept. 11."

 

Full Editorial:

http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/fe...ml?id=110004943

 

 

 

DAZZLED BY DATA, ECONOMISTS SEE BLUE SKIES AHEAD

 

Sue Kirchhoff, USA Today 4/14/04:

"Some economists are raising their forecasts for growth in

the first quarter of 2004, based on surging consumer

spending, rising factory orders and glimmers of a turnaround

in the job market.

 

"The better-than-expected performance is beginning to

translate into rising consumer and business confidence."

 

Full Article:

 

http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2004...ts-raised_x.htm

 

 

 

HELP-WANTED ADS SIGNAL JOB GROWTH

 

Jonathan Weisman, The Washington Post 4/14/04:

"Economists have long considered help-wanted ad increases a

positive harbinger for the job market. The New York Times

Co., which publishes the Times, the Boston Globe and 17 other

newspapers, said this week that help-wanted revenue rose

sharply in March, at a rate more than double the 5.5 percent

increase over the entire first quarter."

 

Full Article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...-2004Apr13.html

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