Number one, the best anti-poverty program is a job, ... And second, it is education. We are closing the achievement gap between black, Hispanic and white children.
As a huge college football fan, the president is looking forward to the Rose Bowl and pulling hard for the Texas Longhorns.
The president's top two priorities are protecting the American people, winning the war on terror, winning war in Iraq and keeping the US economy strong and job creation vibrant.
No one was pleased with the response by the government - federal, state or local.
The president believes that he has the authority necessary. But we're willing to work with the Congress if they feel that further codification of that is needed.
The president, as commander in chief, feels it's one his most important duties to visit with those who are serving in the armed forces and providing great sacrifice for this important mission.
Commonsense steps we've tried to take, like increasing domestic oil production by allowing drilling in a small portion of ANWR, have been blocked by Democrats for years.
Florida is taking the lead and we're standing by to assist them. Federal resources are on-site and are ready to be deployed. These resources include water, food, ice and personnel, and expertise in search and rescue, should the state require them.
The US has received a request from the Philippine government and will provide resources today to help fund the immediate response. US military assets, in the form of two ships currently in the Philippines, are also being dispatched to the area.
In addition, administration officials said, the White House is focused on the Oct. 15 election in Iraq, and will push forward in Congress on an immigration bill, regardless of who is the majority leader. We're not going to be bogged down, ... The schedule is too full for that to happen.
There is a deliberate process, and the White House has always said it wants to cooperate with the committee but preserve any president's ability to get advice from advisers on a confidential basis. And that's a critical need for any U. S. president and that is continuing to influence how we cooperate with the committees.
We are cooperating fully with the investigation. We've made it clear the less public comment on this the better.
He's just spending time with Mrs. Bush.
We want to lift all incomes and wealth. We are starting to see that the income gap is largely an education gap.
We are praying for their full and speedy recovery. Our thoughts are with their families and their loved ones. The White House is offering to help in any way as the government does when any American is injured in the line of work.
The White House and the administration are cooperating with both the House and Senate. But we have also maintained the president's ability to get advice and have conversations with his top advisers that remain confidential.
I think the best way to describe it is he's just reflecting, really ... reflecting back, looking forward. Just like all of us, when you're outdoors and taking a break, you have time to think about things, and that's the process that he's going through.
We're still deciding if we should push for a capital gains cut this year, ... The ironic thing is that we do all these estimates on what kind of impact a cut would have and then the U.S. Treasury says 'Oh, no. We can't afford it.' Well, we cut capital gains a few years ago and now we've got an enormous budget surplus. Much of it was generated by capital gains.
The president had multiple conversations, phone calls and briefings both big and small throughout this process, and his whole priority was making sure that the federal assets were brought to bear to help the people of New Orleans.
The Justice Department undertook this action on its own, which is the way it should be.
The president's New Year's resolution is to continue to work tirelessly for peace abroad and prosperity at home.
He thanks them for their service. He asks how they're doing. He is always interested in seeing if they are getting the kinds of care they need.
The leaking of classified information is a serious issue.
Winning the war on terror, keeping the economy strong and modernizing systems like education and health care and pensions are a far cry from school uniforms and V-chips.
There's enough blame to go around, and the president has taken his share. But we can't keep looking back and sniping at each other. It's unraveling all the good will we have built up with state and local officials.
This went through normal staffing channels, ... part of the president's outreach to the continent of Africa.
Mr. Aristide has resigned his office and has left the country. And now the Haitian people are involved with grasping democracy and moving forward on an interim government. And that's where the focus should be right now. And any comments that would stir up more division are not helpful, as the Haitian people move toward a greater democracy.
The United States expresses our sincere condolences to the people of the Philippines for the loss of the life and the suffering of other victims, family members and loved ones. We hope and pray that ongoing search and rescue operations will help save as many lives as possible.
The main reason that (the law) was waived in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane was to make sure that there wasn't undue red tape and hassle and frustration,
The president will begin the new year very much in the way he left ... 2005, which is to discuss the country's two top priorities - keeping our economy strong and growing stronger and creating jobs, and also winning the war on terrorism.
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