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Bush Back in US After Asian Trip - 2003-10-23


President Bush is in Hawaii following his six-nation tour of Asia. Mr. Bush is raising money for next year's presidential election.

President Bush begins his visit with a tour of Pearl Harbor, the site of the worst attack on American soil before September 11, 2001. He is going to lay a wreath at the USS Arizona memorial, which honors the more than 1,000 crewmen who died aboard the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack. He will also meet with survivors of the World War II attack before a briefing from commanders of the Navy's Pacific fleet aboard the USS Missouri.

The president and First Lady visit an elementary school to meet with teachers and read to students. Mr. Bush will meet with Pacific Island leaders before a pair of political fundraisers, one for Hawaii's Republican Party, the other for his own re-election campaign.

He will then make the nearly nine-hour flight back to Washington and, after a few hours at the White House, spend the weekend at Camp David.

The 10-day trip has been dominated by talk of fighting terrorism and trying to convince North Korea to give-up its nuclear weapons program. Mr. Bush discussed some trade issues at the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Thailand.

He also visited Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.

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