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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, May 1, 1995 Volume 31--Number 17 Pages 685-733 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Counter-terrorism initiatives--723 Iowa Arrival in Des Moines--703 National Rural Conference in Ames--707, 709 State Legislature in Des Moines--714 Students at Iowa State University in Ames--710 Minnesota American Association of Community Colleges in Minneapolis--696 Departure from Minneapolis--703 Oklahoma, memorial service for the bombing victims in Oklahoma City--688 President's Service Awards--724 Radio address on the Oklahoma City bombing--685 Teacher of the Year award--727 Communications to Congress Canada-U.S. income tax convention, message transmitting protocol-- 706 Cyprus, letter transmitting report--723 Jordan-U.S. extradition treaty, message transmitting--707 Communications to Federal Agencies Regulatory reform, memorandum--695 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in the Cabinet Room--723 Interview with ``60 Minutes'' on CBS--689 Letters and Messages Public Service Recognition Week, message--729 Proclamations Law Day, U.S.A.--726 National Crime Victims' Rights Week--724 Small Business Week--729 Statements by the President Armenian massacre anniversary--694 Death of Naomi Nover--723 Freedom Day in South Africa--726 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--733 Checklist of White House press releases--733 Digest of other White House announcements--730 Nominations submitted to the Senate--731 WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. 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[[Page 685]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 685-688] Monday, May 1, 1995 Volume 31--Number 17 Pages 685-733 Week Ending Friday, April 28, 1995 Hillary Clinton to Children on the Oklahoma City Bombing April 22, 1995 The President. Today, I've been joined by the First Lady and by children of people who work for our Federal Government, because we are especially concerned about how the children of America are reacting to the terrible events in Oklahoma City. Our family has been struggling to make sense of this tragedy, and I know that families all over America have as well. We know that what happened in Oklahoma is very frightening, and we want children to know that it's okay to be frightened by something as bad as this. Your parents understand it. Your teachers understand it. And we're all there for you, and we're working hard to make sure that this makes sense to you and that you can overcome your fears and go on with your lives. The First Lady has been very worried about all the children of our country in the aftermath of this tragedy, and she wants to talk with you, too, today. Mrs. Clinton. I'm very happy to have this chance to talk with children here in the White House and children who maybe have been watching cartoons or just getting up around the country and turning on the television set. I know that many children around the country have been very frightened by what they have seen and heard, particularly on television in the last few days. And I'm sure that you, like many of the children I've already talked to, are really concerned because they don't know how something so terrible could have happened here in our country. But you know, whenever you feel scared or worried, I want you to remember that your parents and your friends and your family members all love you and are going to do everything they can to take care of you and to protect you. That's really important for each of you to know. I also want you to know that there are many more good people in the world than bad and evil people. Just think of what we have seen in the last few days. Think of all the police officers and the firefighters, the doctors and the nurses, all of the neighbors and the rescue workers, all of the people who have come to help all of those who were hurt in Oklahoma. Think about the people around the country who are sending presents and writing letters. Good people live everywhere in our country, in every town and every city, and there are many, many of them. Like many of the families in America, our family has spent a lot of time in the last few days talking about what happened in Oklahoma, sharing our own feelings, our anger, our tears, our sorrow. All of that has been very good for us. And I hope you are doing it at home as well. I want all of the children to talk to people. Talk to your parents. Talk to your grandparents. Talk to your teachers. Talk to those grownups who are around about how you are feeling inside, how this makes you feel about yourself, so that they can give you the kind of reassurance, the hugs, the other ways of showing you that you can feel better about this because they love you and care about you very much. And finally, I want children to think about ways that all of you can help. Sometimes writing a letter or drawing a picture when you're sad or unhappy can make you feel better. Perhaps you could even send those pictures and letters to children in Oklahoma City. Maybe you could send a toy or a present. Maybe you can also just be nicer to your own friends at school and to help take care of each other better. I think that's one thing that all of us can do. Thankfully, we're going to be able to help the people there, and we're going to pray very hard for everybody who was injured and [[Page 686]] everyone who died. But let's also try to help each other. And there are many ways we can do that. And if we remember that, then I think all of us can get over being afraid and scared. The President. I'd like to take a moment to say a few words about this whole thing to the parents of America. I know it always--or, at least, it's often difficult to talk to children about things that are this painful. But at times like this, nothing is more important for parents to do than to simply explain what has happened to the children and then to reassure your own children about their future. Experts agree on a number of steps. First of all, you should encourage your children to talk about what they're feeling. If your children are watching news about the bombing, watch it with them. If they have questions, first listen carefully to what they're asking, and then answer the questions honestly and forthrightly. But then reassure them. Tell them there are a lot of people in this country in law enforcement who are working hard to protect them and to keep things like this from happening. Tell them that they are safe, that their own school or day care center is a safe place, and that it has been checked and that you know it's safe. And make sure to tell them without any hesitation that the evil people who committed this crime are going to be found and punished. Tell them that I have promised every child, every parent, every person in America that when we catch the people who did this, we will make sure that they can never hurt another child again, ever. Finally, and most important of all, in the next several days, go out of your way to tell your children how much you love them. Tell them how much you care about them. Be extra sensitive to whether they need a hug or just to be held. This is a frightening and troubling time. But we cannot let the terrible actions of a few terrible people frighten us any more than they already have. So reach out to one another and come together. We will triumph over those who would divide us. And we will overcome them by doing it together, putting our children first. God bless you all, and thanks for listening. [At this point, the address ended and the President and Hillary Clinton answered children's questions.] The President. What about all of you, how do you feel about this? You got anything you want to say about what happened at the bombing? What? Q. It was mean. The President. It was mean, wasn't it? What did you think when you heard about it the first time? Q. I didn't like it. Mrs. Clinton. It was very mean. Q. I thought the--those people that did it should be punished very badly--to hurt the children. Mrs. Clinton. That's right, and they will be. The President. They should be punished, and they will be. Q. I feel sorry for the people that died. The President. You feel sorry for the people that died. Good for you. Q. When I first heard about it, I thought, who would want to do that to kids who had never done anything to them? Mrs. Clinton. It's hard to imagine, isn't it? The President. That's very hard to imagine. There are some people who get this idea in their minds that there are people who have done something to them when they haven't done anything to them and who are told over and over again that it's okay to hate, it's okay to hate, it's okay to lash out, even at people they don't even know. And that's a wrong idea. That's the other thing I want to say to you. We need to--we need to all respect each other and treat each other with respect and be tolerant of our differences so that we don't have other people developing this crazy attitude that it's okay to hurt people you never even knew. Good for you. Q. I feel really bad for the people that died and the people that are in the hospital, especially for the parents because it's really hard to lose a child. The President. It's so hard. Mrs. Clinton. And I think all of us have to do everything we can to help the people who were hurt and to make sure they get [[Page 687]] everything they need, not only in the hospital but after that because they'll need people to talk to as well. And we have to be everything we can be to help the people who lost family members, like you said. It's going to take a very long time. The President. And we have to feel bad for their parents, too. You know how much your parents love you, and can you imagine how they would feel? So we've got to feel bad for their parents, too, and give them a lot of support. Q. I think--[inaudible]--in jail. Mrs. Clinton. You are right. You are right. There are many, many people working hard all over the country to find out who did this. And they're actually making some progress in finding out who did it, and they will keep doing that until the people are caught---- Q. [Inaudible]--newspaper. Mrs. Clinton. Yes, that's right. And they'll be caught, and then they'll be punished. The President. Anybody else want to say anything? Mrs. Clinton. What do you think you can do here, which is far away from where it happened, that could help other people and to do things that would be nice and, you know, as a way of helping? Q. To send money to--[inaudible]---- Mrs. Clinton. That's a good idea. Q. Send cards and presents. The President. To Oklahoma City. Mrs. Clinton. I think sending something--that would be good. Q. ----send some of your old clothes and everything.
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