Presidential Fourth of July Message


Thursday  July 3, 2003
Office of the Press Secretary
July 3, 2003


On July 4, 1776, our Founders adopted the Declaration of Independence,
creating a great Nation and establishing a hopeful vision of liberty
and equality that endures today. This Independence Day, we express
gratitude for our many blessings and we celebrate the ideals of
freedom and opportunity that our Nation holds dear.

America's strength and prosperity are testaments to the enduring power
of our founding ideals, among them, that all men are created equal,
and that liberty is God's gift to humanity, the birthright of every
individual. The American creed remains powerful today because it
represents the universal hope of all mankind.

On the Fourth of July, we are grateful for the blessings that freedom
represents and for the opportunities it affords. We are thankful for
the love of our family and friends and for our rights to think, speak,
and worship freely. We are also humbled in remembering the many
courageous men and women who have served and sacrificed throughout our
history to preserve, protect, and expand these liberties. In
liberating oppressed peoples and demonstrating honor and bravery in
battle, the members of our Armed Forces reflect the best of our

We also recognize the challenges that America now faces. We are
winning the war against enemies of freedom, yet more work remains. We
will prevail in this noble mission. Liberty has the power to turn
hatred into hope.

America is a force for good in the world, and the compassionate spirit
of America remains a living faith. Drawing on the courage of our
Founding Fathers and the resolve of our citizens, we willingly embrace
the challenges before us.

Laura joins me in sending our best wishes for a safe and joyous
Independence Day. May God bless you, and may God continue to bless



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