Week Ending Friday, May 16, 2008

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Author: George W. Bush

Digest of Other White House Announcements

The following list includes the President’s public schedule and other items of general interest announced by the Office of the Press Secretary and not included elsewhere in this issue.

May 10

In the morning, at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, TX, the President had an intelligence briefing.

May 11

In the morning, the President and Mrs. Bush returned to Washington, DC, arriving in the afternoon. While en route aboard Air Force One, he had separate telephone conversations with Gov. Matt Blunt of Missouri and Gov. Sonny Perdue of Georgia to discuss the recent storms and tornadoes in their States.

Later in the afternoon, the President had a telephone conversation with Gov. Brad Henry of Oklahoma to discuss the recent storms and tornadoes in the State.

May 12

In the morning, the President had an intelligence briefing. Later, he had separate telephone conversations with President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of Russia. Then, in the Oval Office, he participated in a roundtable interview with foreign print media.

In the afternoon, in the Roosevelt Room, the President participated in an interview with Mark Knoller and Peter Maer of CBS Radio.

The President announced the designation of a U.S. honorary delegation to attend celebrations in honor of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel on May 14 and 15 in Jerusalem, Israel.

May 13

In the morning, the President had a telephone conversation with President Hu Jintao of China. He then had an intelligence briefing. Later, in the Roosevelt Room, he participated in an interview with Mike Allen of Politico for Yahoo! News.

In the afternoon, the President and Mrs. Bush traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel, arriving the following morning.

The President announced his intention to nominate John R. Beyrle to be Ambassador to Russia.

The President announced his intention to nominate Rosemary A. DiCarlo to be the Alternate Representative of the United States for Special Political Affairs to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador, and an Alternate Representative of the United States to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The President announced his intention to nominate Carol A. Rodley to be Ambassador to Cambodia.

The President announced his intention to appoint Jan Donnelly O’Neill as a member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The President announced his intention to designate Leland A. Strom as Chairman of the Farm Credit Administration Board.

May 14

In the morning, aboard Air Force One, the President had an intelligence briefing. Later, after arriving in Tel Aviv, Israel, he and Mrs. Bush traveled to the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, Israel, arriving in the afternoon.

Later in the afternoon, the President traveled to the President’s Residence. Later, he traveled to the Prime Minister’s Residence. He then returned to the Kind David Hotel.

In the evening, the President and Mrs. Bush traveled to the ICC Jerusalem International Convention Center. Later, they returned to the King David Hotel.

The President declared a major disaster in Oklahoma and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding beginning on May 10 and continuing.

May 15

In the morning, the President had an intelligence briefing. Later, he and Mrs. Bush traveled to Masada, Israel, where they participated in a greeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel and his wife, Aliza. They all then visited Masada National Park.

Later in the morning, the President and Mrs. Bush participated in a gift presentation with Prime Minister Olmert and Mrs. Olmert. They then returned to the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, Israel.

In the afternoon, the President and Mrs. Bush traveled to the Knesset, where they participated in an arrival ceremony and met with Israeli Government officials. Later, they returned to the King David Hotel.

Later in the afternoon, the President met with Quartet Representative in the Middle East Tony Blair.

In the evening, the President and Mrs. Bush traveled to the Israel Museum, where they participated in a greeting with President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Olmert of Israel and his wife, Aliza. They then toured the museum. Later, they attended a reception in honor of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel.

Later in the evening, the President and Mrs. Bush traveled to the Prime Minister’s Residence, where, in the dining room, they attended a social dinner with Prime Minister Olmert and Mrs. Olmert. Later, they returned to the King David Hotel.

The President announced the designation of the following individuals as members of a Presidential delegation to attend the Palestine Investment Conference in Bethlehem on May 21-23: Robert M. Kimmitt (head of delegation); John J. Sullivan; Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr.; Larry W. Walther; Walter Isaacson; and Ziad Asali.

May 16

In the morning, the President had an intelligence briefing. Later, he and Mrs. Bush toured the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem. They then traveled to Ben Gurion International Airport, where they participated in a greeting with President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel and his wife, Aliza.

Later in the morning, the President and Mrs. Bush traveled to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where, upon arrival in the afternoon at King Khaled International Airport, they participated in an arrival ceremony with King Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.

Later in the afternoon, the President and Mrs. Bush traveled to Al Janadriyah, Saudi Arabia, where, at Al Janadriyah Farm, they had lunch with King Abdallah. Later, he met with King Abdallah.

In the evening, the President had dinner with King Abdallah.

The White House announced that the President will welcome Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev of Bulgaria to the White House on June 18.

The White House announced that the President will welcome Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands to the White House on June 5.

The President announced his intention to designate Michael O. Leavitt (chief delegate), William Raymond Steiger, and Warren W. Tichenor as U.S. delegates to the 61st World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization.

The President announced his intention to designate the following individuals as alternate U.S. delegates to the 61st World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization: Mark A. Abdoo; Gerald C. Anderson; Joxel Garcia; David E. Hohman; John E. Lange; Michael W. Miller; Penelope S. Royall; and Mary Lou Valdez.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Digest of Other White House Announcements," Week Ending Friday, May 16, 2008 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 16, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:711-713 712–713. Original Sources, accessed February 27, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=Y6L9ZT3CI2L44RB.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Digest of Other White House Announcements." Week Ending Friday, May 16, 2008, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 16, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:711-713, pp. 712–713. Original Sources. 27 Feb. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=Y6L9ZT3CI2L44RB.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Digest of Other White House Announcements' in Week Ending Friday, May 16, 2008. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 16, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:711-713, pp.712–713. Original Sources, retrieved 27 February 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=Y6L9ZT3CI2L44RB.