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are right today. Thailand's struggles for liberty at home and abroad 
have inspired nations all over the world. Thailand is one of our oldest 
friends and strongest allies. The treaty the United States signed with 
the Kingdom of Siam in 1833 was the very first treaty forged by our 
young Nation with any Asian nation.
    In the last half-century we have fought side by side in Korea and 
Vietnam. We have stood together in promoting security in this region and 
around the world. Our nations have been partners in prosperity as well. 
And now we are working to build a new Pacific community where open 
societies, linked and invigorated by open markets, give their people the 
tools, the confidence, the opportunity to make the most of their own 
lives.
    Your Majesty, Thailand's growing role on the global stage is a 
fitting tribute to your leadership. You have guided Thailand through 
political crises. You have helped to secure a climate in which democracy 
can flourish. Your tireless efforts, and Her Majesty's, to advance rural 
development have been a model for all the world. Your integrity and 
devotion to your people has made you a symbol of unity and pride. To me 
it was especially telling that when your country's Olympic boxer won 
Thailand's first-ever gold medal this year in Atlanta, he strode 
triumphantly around the ring with a framed picture of you. So in 
celebrating our nations' partnership, we celebrate you as well.
    Your Majesty, our great author Somerset Maugham once said as he 
gazed at this marvelous palace complex, ``It makes you laugh with 
delight to think that anything so fantastic could exist on this somber 
Earth.'' So here, amid the brilliant colors, the heavenly spires of this 
wonderful place, the friendship between our people springs forth more 
vibrantly than ever.
    Therefore, I ask that all of you join me in a toast to that 
friendship, to our alliance, and to long life for His Majesty, the King.

Note: The President spoke at 10:36 p.m. in the Chakri Throne Hall at the 
Grand Palace.


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Monday, December 2, 1996
 
Volume 32--Number 48
Pages 2429-2442
 
Week Ending Friday, November 29, 1996
 
Remarks at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska

November 26, 1996

    Thank you. Thank you very much. You may have noticed from the news, 
I'm a little hoarse. But if you will be patient with me, I will try to 
say what is in my mind and heart for you.
    First, Governor and Mrs. Knowles, General Gamble, Colonel Lake, 
Mayor Mystrom, Lieutenant Governor Ulmer, to the other distinguished 
leaders of our Air Force and Army who are here. All of you know that 
when I tell you I just couldn't go home without stopping here, I'm 
telling the truth. [Laughter]

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    I guess I could go home without seeing you, but that would be my 
loss. Hillary and I look forward so much to the opportunities we have to 
come here to see the people who serve our Nation, who serve particularly 
in the Asia-Pacific region where I have just spent a number of days in 
Australia, the Philippines, and Thailand, and to see your families. I 
want to thank you for what you do. I want to tell you that, once again, 
I see from my talks with leaders throughout the world how important our 
leadership in this region is for peace, for stability, for prosperity 
and how much people all over the Asia-Pacific region look to you, trust 
you, believe in you, and see America in you. I thank you for that, and 
you should be very, very proud.
    As Hillary and I go home for Thanksgiving we'll be giving special 
thanks this year, because it's Military Families Appreciation Week, for 
the families of our men and women in uniform throughout the world. From 
Bosnia to the Middle East, to Haiti, to the DMZ in Korea, here in 
Alaska, and in countries throughout the world, in bases all over the 
United States, I have seen the sacrifices and the support of our 
military families. I'm so grateful to all of you who have brought your 
children here today. I hope I get to shake hands with as many of them as 
possible. Those of you in the back who have your children on your 
shoulders, I thank you for that. I hope they will always remember that 
their parents served their country with pride and honor and that they 
had a chance to see the President thank their parents for their service.
    To all of you in our families--I know here at Elmendorf alone there 
are 10,000 dependents--I know that the national security would not be 
possible without you. I was so moved by General McCaffrey's story of his 
own experience. I have seen that in military support families in 
accidents which cost the lives of our military personnel and in losses 
in active-duty service. But every day I see it in the support you give 
in countless ways to make it possible for families to stay together, for 
children to be raised properly, for families to support each so that our 
country can be properly defended.
    So on this Thanksgiving Day, for all of our many blessings--and I've 
got a lot of things to be thankful for, including having my contract 
renewed--[laughter]--I want you to know when our family, including a lot 
of our extended family, gathers on Thursday at Camp David, we will be 
thanking God for all of you who make our country the greatest, strongest 
force for freedom in human history.
    God bless you, and thank you.

Note: The President spoke at 9:17 p.m. Alaska time in the Hangar One 
after crossing the international dateline. In his remarks, he referred 
to Gov. Tony Knowles of Alaska and his wife, Susan; Lt. Gen. Patrick K. 
Gamble, USAF, Commander, Alaskan Command; Col. William J. Lake, USAF, 
Commander, Third Wing; Mayor Rick Mystrom of Anchorage; Lt. Gov. Fran 
Ulmer; and Barry R. McCaffrey, Director of National Drug Control Policy. 
A tape was not available for verification of the content of these 
remarks.


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Monday, December 2, 1996
 
Volume 32--Number 48
Pages 2429-2442
 
Week Ending Friday, November 29, 1996
 
Proclamation 6959--World AIDS Day, 1996

November 26, 1996

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    We dedicate World AIDS Day to the memory of those we have lost to 
HIV and AIDS and to our quest to help those who are living with this 
disease. The theme of this ninth observance of World AIDS Day, ``One 
World, One Hope,'' reminds us that AIDS is a global pandemic and that 
HIV recognizes no geographic boundaries. Today, an estimated 21.8 
million adults and children worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS, and we 
anticipate that as many as 3 million more will become infected with HIV 
in this year alone.
    Of the almost 6 million men, women, and children around the world 
who have died of AIDS, more than 330,000 have been Americans. Each day, 
100 of our fellow citizens lose their lives to this disease, and nearly 
200 more are diagnosed with AIDS. The threat that HIV and AIDS pose to 
our Nation and the world has demanded a national response involving 
government, industry, communities, families, and individuals. We have 
put our best scientific minds to work on research, and our most talented 
public health professionals have strived to prevent the spread of

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this epidemic. Parents, teachers, clergy, and other civic leaders have 
worked together to educate and protect young people and other groups who 
are so vulnerable to--and devastated by--the scourge of HIV and AIDS.
    At long last, this investment of our time, attention, and resources 
in science and public health has begun to pay dividends. The past 12 
months have offered us reasons for real hope and optimism after so many 
years of sadness and despair. New treatments, approved in record time, 
are showing remarkable results in arresting the development of HIV 
disease and are beginning to improve the health of those who are living 
with the virus. We have worked hard to provide access to these promising 
treatments for as many people as possible. We have tripled funding for 
AIDS drug assistance programs, and we have increased support for the 
Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act by 30 percent 
during the past 12 months. We have also preserved the Medicaid program, 
which provides care to more than half of Americans living with AIDS, 
including more than 90 percent of the children with AIDS.
    We are heartened by our success in reducing the risk of perinatal 
transmission of HIV from mother to child. For the first time since this 
epidemic began in 1981, we have seen an actual reduction in the number 
of infants born with HIV. It is within our grasp to virtually eradicate 
pediatric HIV disease by the end of this century. Our efforts to prevent 
other types of HIV transmission are also showing signs of progress. But 
we must remain vigilant to the continuing need for prevention, reducing 
the number of new infections year by year until the day when we can 
eliminate this disease.
    As we move forward in this battle, we do so with renewed hope for 
the future. Let us observe World AIDS Day by intensifying our search for 
an end to the epidemic, for a cure for those who are living with HIV and 
AIDS, and for a vaccine to protect all citizens of the world from this 
relentless killer. And let us reaffirm our commitment to protecting the 
rights of all those who are living with HIV.
    Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United 
States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the 
Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 
1, 1996, as World AIDS Day, and I invite the Governors of the States, 
the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of other territories subject 
to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to 
join me in reaffirming our commitment to combating HIV and AIDS and to 
reach out to those living with this disease.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-sixth 
day of November, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-
six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two 
hundred and twenty-first.
                                            William J. Clinton

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., November 29, 
1996]

Note: This proclamation was released by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on November 27, and it was published in the Federal Register 
on December 2.


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[Page 2440-2441]
 
Monday, December 2, 1996
 
Volume 32--Number 48
Pages 2429-2442
 
Week Ending Friday, November 29, 1996
 
Remarks at the Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation Ceremony

November 27, 1996

    Please sit down. You can hear I'm hoarse. I just got back from a 
long trip. But if you'll bear with me, I will--I'll do my best to talk. 
[Laughter]
    I want to, first of all, thank the chairman of the National Turkey 
Federation, Jim Cooper, and his family for bringing the turkey here, all 
the way from Oakwood, Ohio. His Congressman, Representative Paul 
Gillmor, is here; I welcome him as well. I want to thank Stuart Proctor, 
the president of the National Turkey Federation, and Joel Brandenberger, 
the executive director. I want to thank the volunteers and young people 
from the Big Brothers and the Big Sisters program and the Boys and Girls 
Club of America for being here.
    You all know why we're here. Tomorrow 45 million turkeys will play 
the supreme sacrifice for our Thanksgiving. So, continuing a tradition 
begun 50 years ago by President Truman, I am going to keep at least one 
tur

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key off of the Thanksgiving dinner table by giving a pardon to a turkey 
from Ohio that will now go to the petting zoo that Kidwell Farms 
maintains in Fairfax, Virginia.
    We can all be grateful, therefore, that there will be one less 
turkey in Washington, DC, tomorrow. [Laughter] Let me thank the turkey 
farmers in Ohio, in my native State of Arkansas, and throughout the 
country for the fine job that they do all year long, and say how very 
grateful I am to see all the children here.
    Now, let's pardon this bird. Thank you for coming.

Note: The President spoke at 10:35 a.m. in the Rose Garden at the White 
House.


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Monday, December 2, 1996
 
Volume 32--Number 48
Pages 2429-2442
 
Week Ending Friday, November 29, 1996
 
 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.

________________________________________________________________________


November 23

    In the evening, the President and Hillary Clinton traveled from Port 
Douglas, Australia, to Manila, Philippines.

November 24

    In the morning, the President met with President Fidel V. Ramos of 
the Philippines at the Coconut Palace in Manila. In the afternoon, he 
met with President Kim Yong-sam of South Korea in the Executive Lounge 
of the Central Bank.

    In the evening, the President attended a meeting with the Asia-
Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council and, 

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