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News Archive - December, 2008
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News Archive - December 2008

News releases for December 2008

December 24, 2008
Presidential Message: Kwanzaa 2008
Event Backgrounder: The President Makes Christmas Eve Telephone Calls to Members of the Armed Forces
Personnel Announcement
Statement by the Press Secretary
 
President George W. Bush signs H.R. 7311, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, in the Oval Office of the White House. Named for English abolitionist William Wilberforce, who led the Parliamentary movement against the British slave trade in the early 19th century, this bill authorizes appropriations for fiscal years 2008 through 2011 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, enhancing measures to combat trafficking in persons.  White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian December 23, 2008
President's Radio Address
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     Fact sheet Holidays at the White House 2008
Statement by Press Secretary Dana Perino
President Bush Signs H.R. 6184, H.R. 7327, S. 3663, S. 3712 and Into Law
Presidential Message: Christmas 2008
Presidential Message: 2008 Holiday Message to the Men and Women of the United States Armed Forces
Memorandum for the Secretary of State
To Implement the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement with Respect to Costa Rica and for Other Purposes
Memorandum for the Secretary of Transportation
 
With Mrs. Laura Bush by his side, President George W. Bush speaks to reporters Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, during a visit to the Pathways to Housing DC, a distribution site for the One Warm Coat Holiday Service Project, in Washington, D.C. Modeled after the first Pathways to Housing program in New York City founded in 1992, Pathways to Housing DC works with individuals who have been turned away from other programs.  White House photo by Shealah Craighead December 22, 2008
President Bush Visits Walter Reed Army Medical Center
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Veterans
President Bush Participates in One Warm Coat Holiday Service Project
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Holidays at the White House 2008
 
December 21, 2008
Statement by the Press Secretary on Irresponsible Reporting by New York Times
     Fact sheet Setting the Record Straight: The Three Most Egregious Claims In The New York Times Article On The Housing Crisis
     Fact sheet In Focus: Economy
Setting the Record Straight: The Three Most Egregious Claims In The New York Times Article On The Housing Crisis
     Fact sheet Statement by the Press Secretary on Irresponsible Reporting by New York Times
 
December 20, 2008
President's Radio Address
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Economy
 
President George W. Bush delivers a statement regarding the automobile industry Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, from the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Said the President, "Today, I'm announcing that the federal government will grant loans to auto companies under conditions similar to those Congress considered last week. By giving the auto companies a chance to restructure, we will shield the American people from a harsh economic blow at a vulnerable time. And we will give American workers an opportunity to show the world once again they can meet challenges with ingenuity and determination, and bounce back from tough times, and emerge stronger than before." White House photo by Chris Greenberg December 19, 2008
President Bush Discusses Administration's Plan to Assist Automakers
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     Fact sheet Fact Sheet: Financing Assistance to Facilitate the Restructuring of Auto Manufacturers to Attain Financial Viability
     Fact sheet In Focus: Economy
President Bush Meets with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Middle East
     Fact sheet In Focus: Global Diplomacy
President and Mrs. Bush Attend Unveiling of Their Portraits
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President Bush Signs H.R. 6859 and S.J.Res. 46 Into Law
Fact Sheet: Financing Assistance to Facilitate the Restructuring of Auto Manufacturers to Attain Financial Viability
     Fact sheet President Bush Discusses Administration's Plan to Assist Automakers
     Fact sheet In Focus: Economy
Text of a Letter From The President to the Speaker of The House of Representatives and The President of The Senate
White House Announces 2007 Awards for Early Career Scientists and Engineers
To Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act and the Generalized System of Preferences
Interview of the Vice President by Chris Wallace, FOX News
 
President George W. Bush participates in a question-and-answer session with Chris DeMuth, President of the American Enterprise Institute, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. White House photo by Chris Greenberg December 18, 2008
President Bush Addresses the American Enterprise Institute
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     Fact sheet In Focus: The Bush Record
     Fact sheet In Focus: Health Care
     Fact sheet In Focus: Economy
President and Mrs. Bush Host Reception in Honor of the United States-Afghan Women's Council
     Fact sheet In Focus: Afghanistan
Interview of the President by Steve Scully, C-SPAN
     Fact sheet In Focus: The Bush Record
Memorandum for the Secretary of State
Executive Order: Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay
Statement on Federal Disaster Assistance for New York
 
President George W. Bush addresses his remarks on national security, homeland security and the Freedom Agenda Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. In his address President Bush said, "As President, I've had no higher responsibility than waging this struggle for the security and liberty of our people." White House photo by Chris Greenberg December 17, 2008
President Bush Discusses National Security, Homeland Security and the Freedom Agenda at U.S. Army War College
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Freedom Agenda
     Fact sheet In Focus: Homeland Security
     Fact sheet In Focus: National Security
     Fact sheet Fact Sheet: President Bush Has Kept America Safe
Wright Brothers Day, 2008
Fact Sheet: President Bush Has Kept America Safe
     Fact sheet President Bush Discusses National Security, Homeland Security and the Freedom Agenda at U.S. Army War College
     Fact sheet In Focus: Homeland Security
 
President George W. Bush and President Antonio Saca of El Salvador shake hands as they meet Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, in the Oval Office of the White House.  White House photo by Eric Draper December 16, 2008
President Bush Meets with President Saca of El Salvador
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Global Diplomacy
President Bush to Welcome Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to Washington
Text of a Letter from the President To The Speaker Of The House Of Representatives And The President Pro Tempore Of The Senate
 
President George W. Bush is greeted by President Hamid Karzai upon arrival Monday morning, Dec. 15, 2008, at the Afghanistan leader's presidential palace in Kabul.  White House photo by Eric Draper December 15, 2008
President Bush Participates in Press Availability with Afghanistan President Karzai in Afghanistan
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Afghanistan
President Bush Visits with Troops in Afghanistan
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Afghanistan
     Fact sheet In Focus: Defense
President Bush Hosts Hanukkah Reception
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Holidays at the White House 2008
Fact Sheet: Diversifying Our Energy Supply and Confronting Climate Change
     Fact sheet In Focus: Environment
Statement on Federal Disaster Assistance for Maine
 
President George W. Bush stands on stage with U.S. Commander in Iraq, General Ray Odierno, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, following his address to U.S. military and diplomatic personnel at the Al Faw Palace-Camp Victory in Baghdad.  White House photo by Eric Draper December 14, 2008
President Bush Visits Troops in Iraq
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Defense
     Fact sheet In Focus: Iraq
President Bush and Iraq Prime Minister Maliki Sign the Strategic Framework Agreement and Security Agreement
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Iraq
President Bush Meets with Iraq President Talabani in Iraq
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Iraq
Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Dana Perino and National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and Deputy National Security Advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan, General Douglas Lute
Roundtable Interview of the President with Travel Pool
     Fact sheet In Focus: Afghanistan
 
December 13, 2008
President's Radio Address
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Statement on Federal Disaster Assistance for New Hampshire
Statement on Federal Emergency Assistance for Massachusetts
 
President George W. Bush addresses the graduates Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, during commencement exercises at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. White House photo by Eric Draper December 12, 2008
President Bush Delivers Commencement Address at Texas A&M
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Statement by Press Secretary Dana Perino
Executive Order: Closing of Executive Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government on Friday, December 26, 2008
Statement on Federal Disaster Assistance for South Dakota
Fact Sheet: Advancing Transatlantic Economic Integration Through the Transatlantic Economic Council
 
President George W. Bush speaks to participants during a meeting on drug use reduction Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Listening in are, from left: Lt. Mike Boudreaux, Narcotics Commander, Tulare County Sheriff's Department, Visalia, Calif.; Janice Dessaso Gordon, co-founder, Community Action Group, Washington, D.C., and Josh Hamilton, outfielder with the Texas Rangers. John Walters, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, is in foreground at left. White House photo by Chris Greenberg December 11, 2008
President Bush Participates in Meeting on Drug Use Reduction
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     Fact sheet Fact Sheet: President Bush Has Improved The Lives Of America's Youth
Fact Sheet: President Bush Has Improved The Lives Of America's Youth
     Fact sheet President Bush Participates in Meeting on Drug Use Reduction
Fact Sheet: Leading the Global Response to the Crisis in Darfur
Nomination Sent to the Senate
Personnel Announcement
 
Marking International "Human Rights Day," President George W. Bush meets with Dr.Halima Bashir, a Darfur Human Rights Activist in the Oval Office of the White House. President Bush said Dr. Bashir, the author of "Tears of the Desert," "This good soul brings firsthand accounts to what life is like in Darfur. She has witnessed violence, deprivation, and she carries a message of a lot of people who want our help."  White House photo by Chris Greenberg December 10, 2008
President Bush Meets with Darfur Human Rights Activist Dr. Halima Bashir
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Freedom Agenda
Fact Sheet: Promoting Human Rights Worldwide
     Fact sheet In Focus: Freedom Agenda
The President Participates in a Ceremony for 2008 Recipients of the Presidential Citizens Medal
Personnel Announcement
 
President George W. Bush waves to cadets as he concludes his remarks Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.  White House photo by Eric Draper December 9, 2008
President Bush Discusses Defense Transformation at West Point
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     Fact sheet Fact Sheet: Transforming Our Armed Forces To Face The Threats Of Today And Tomorrow
     Fact sheet In Focus: Defense
Statement by the President on Zimbabwe
Executive Order: Providing An Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice
Fact Sheet: Transforming Our Armed Forces to Face the Threats of Today and Tomorrow
     Fact sheet President Bush Discusses Defense Transformation at West Point
     Fact sheet In Focus: Defense
Memorandum for the Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Memorandum for the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development
Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, 2008
 
President George W. Bush embraces a group of youngsters Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, as he welcomes children attending the Children's Holiday Reception and Performance at the White House.  White House photo by Eric Draper December 8, 2008
President and Mrs. Bush Host Children's Holiday Reception and Performance
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Holidays at the White House 2008
President Bush Attends Briefings by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Counterterrorism Center
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President Bush to Welcome President Elias Antonio Saca of El Salvador
Statement by National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley
Memorandum for the Secretary of State
Presidential Message
Nominations Sent to the Senate
 
President George W. Bush introduces 2008 Kennedy Center Honoree George Jones, second from left, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, during the Kennedy Center Gala Reception in the East Room at the White House. Jones is applauded by fellow honorees, from left, Morgan Freeman, Barbra Streisand, Twyla Tharp, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend  White House photo by Eric Draper December 7, 2008
Interview of the President by Nadia Bilbassy-Charters of MBC TV (Middle East Broadcasting Center)
Fact Sheet: The Bush Administration Has Provided Unprecedented Support for Our Veterans
     Fact sheet In Focus: Veterans
 
President George W. Bush playfully kicks a 15-yarder from around the 30 yard line Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, as he took the field at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field for the 2008 Army-Navy game. The Commander in Chief was headed to midfield for the coin toss, when he spotted the ball on the tee and went for it.  White House photo by Eric Draper December 6, 2008
President Bush Attends Unveiling of The Union League of Philadelphia's Portrait of the President
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President's Radio Address
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Defense
     Fact sheet In Focus: Iraq
Interview of the President by Sam Ryan at Army-Navy Football Game, CBS Sports
 
President George W. Bush delivers his remarks on the economy from the south driveway Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at the White House. President Bush stated during his remarks, "We're working with the Federal Reserve and FDIC, and credit is beginning to move. A market that was frozen is thawing. There's still more work to do. But there are some encouraging signs."  White House photo by Chris Greenberg December 5, 2008
President Bush Discusses Economy
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Economy
President Bush Signs the President Proclamation Designating the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and the Presidential Proclamation in Honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2008
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President Bush Attends Saban Forum 2008
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     Fact sheet Fact Sheet: Progress in the Middle East: Freedom, Prosperity, and Hope
     Fact sheet In Focus: Middle East
Establishment of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2008
President Bush Offers Condolences on Death of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Alexsey II
Fact Sheet: Progress in the Middle East: Freedom, Prosperity, and Hope
     Fact sheet President Bush Attends Saban Forum 2008
     Fact sheet In Focus: Middle East
 
December 4, 2008
President and Mrs. Bush Attend 2008 Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony
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     Fact sheet Holidays at the White House 2008
Fact Sheet: The Strategic Framework Agreement and the Security Agreement with Iraq
     Fact sheet In Focus: Iraq
Statement by Press Secretary Sally McDonough
 
December 3, 2008
Fact Sheet: Defending Against Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism
     Fact sheet In Focus: National Security
 
President George W. Bush listens to participants during a roundtable on mentoring children of prisoners initiative Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, at the Youth Focus, Inc., in Greensboro, N.C. President Bush praised the Youth Focus program for their mentoring work in helping youngsters toward a brighter future. White House photo by Chris Greenberg December 2, 2008
President Bush Participates in Roundtable on Mentoring Children of Prisoners Initiative
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Fact Sheet: President Bush Has Improved How We Address Human Need Through Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
Personnel Announcement
President Bush Signs H.R. 2040, S. 602, and S. 1193 Into Law
President and Mrs. Bush Congratulate Senator Mel Martinez on Distinguished Career
 
President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush address reporters on World AIDS Day from the North Lawn of the White House, Monday, Dec. 1. 2008, where President Bush reaffirmed the commitment to fight HIV/AIDS at home and abroad. A large red ribbon is displayed from the North Portico of the White House in observance of World AIDS Day. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian December 1, 2008
President Bush Discusses World AIDS Day
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     Fact sheet In Focus: HIV/AIDS
President and Mrs. Bush Participate in Saddleback Civil Forum on Global Health
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     Fact sheet In Focus: HIV/AIDS
President Bush Signs H.R. 5714 Into Law
Presidential Message
Fact Sheet: World AIDS Day 2008
     Fact sheet In Focus: HIV/AIDS
Executive Order: Exclusions from the Federal Labor-Management Relations Program