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memories held close and quiet. To those who have known such loss and 
felt such absence in their life, Memorial Day gives formal expression to 
a very personal experience. Your losses can be marked but not measured. 
And we can never measure the value of what was gained in their 
sacrifice. We live it every day in the comforts of peace and the gifts 
of freedom. These have all been purchased for us, and we're grateful for 
the sacrifice.
    It's not in our nature to seek out wars and conflicts, but whenever 
they have come, when adversaries have left us no alternative, American 
men and women have stood ready to take the risks and pay the ultimate 
price. People of the same caliber and the same character today fill the 
ranks of the All-Volunteer Army of the United States of America. Any foe 
who might ever challenge our national resolve would be repeating the 
grave error of defeated adversaries. Because this Nation loves peace, we 
do not take it for granted. And because we love freedom, we are always 
prepared to bear its greatest costs.
    I oftentimes see the military folks who serve our Nation so proud 
and humbled--to see them in lines of such discipline and training and 
preparedness. They're the new generation of America's defenders. They 
follow in an unbroken line of good and brave and unfaltering people who 
have never let this country down.
    Today we honor those who fell from the line, who left us never 
knowing how much they would be missed. We pray for them with an 
affection that grows deeper with the years. And we remember them, all of 
them, with the love of a grateful Nation.
    Thank you all for coming, and God bless.

Note: The President spoke at 2:52 p.m. at the Champlin Fighter Aircraft 

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Monday, June 4, 2001
Volume 37--Number 22
Pages 815-841
Week Ending Friday, June 1, 2001
Statement on the Global Forum 
on Fighting Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity II

May 28, 2001

    The corruption of governmental institutions threatens the common 
aspirations of all honest members of the international community. It 
threatens our common interests in promoting political and economic 
stability, upholding core democratic values, ending the reign of 
dictators, and creating a level playing field for lawful business 
    A few short years ago, talking openly about corruption was 
considered taboo. Today, however, officials from many countries are 
meeting and working together to demand greater transparency and 
accountability in public affairs. From Asia to Europe to Africa to the 
Americas, these efforts are exposing corrupt practices to the sunshine 
of public scrutiny, where, ultimately, they cannot survive.
    This week the second Global Forum on Fighting Corruption and 
Safeguarding Integrity will help to keep the promotion of integrity and 
transparency high on the international agenda. I want to underscore the 
United States' support for the Global Forum's work, applaud the large 
number of participating states, and especially, thank the Government of 
the Netherlands for hosting this event.
    Increasing accountability and transparency in governance around the 
world is an important foreign policy objective for my administration. 
The United States is committed to bringing renewed energy to the global 
anticorruption agenda and to increasing the effectiveness of the 
American policies and programs that address this important issue.
    I salute the work of delegates to the second Global Forum, and I 
strongly support your important objectives.

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Monday, June 4, 2001
Volume 37--Number 22
Pages 815-841
Week Ending Friday, June 1, 2001
Statement on the Death of Representative John Joseph Moakley

May 28, 2001

    Laura and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Moakley family. Joe 
was a fine man. As a veteran and later a Congressman, he served his 
country and the people of Massachusetts with distinction and honor. He 
was respected by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle and was known 
for his candor, wit, and humility. We will miss him.

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Monday, June 4, 2001
Volume 37--Number 22
Pages 815-841
Week Ending Friday, June 1, 2001
Remarks at Camp Pendleton, California

May 29, 2001

    The President. Thank you all very much. General Hagee, thank you 
very much. Thank you for your warm welcome here at the white house----

[At this point, there was an interruption in the audience.]

    The President. Thank you. Behave yourself. [Laughter]
    General Hanlon, thank you very much. And General Conway, I 
appreciate so very much you greeting me. It's an honor to be here with 
Colonel Christian, Sergeant Major Royce Coffee, Sergeant Major M.G. 
Markiewicz, and the fine troops of Camp Pendleton.
    I appreciate so very much Members of the United States Congress who 
are here, stalwarts when it comes to sound defense spending, strong 
advocates for tax relief, education reform--Congressmen Mary Bono, Duke 
Cunningham, Duncan Hunter, Darrell Issa, and Dana Rohrabacher. Thank you 
so much for coming here.
    It is a real great privilege for me to be here today. I've had a 
heck of a week, particularly since I've been able to spend a lot of time 
around America's military forces. Last Wednesday I attended a 
reenlistment ceremony at the White House, where we swore in a group of 
sailors and marine airmen to a new term. Two days later I had the honor 
of giving the commencement address at Annapolis at the Naval Academy. 
And yesterday I had the high privilege of laying a wreath at the Tomb of 
the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery. I spent a lot of quality time with a 
lot of quality people, the people who wear the uniform in the United 
States military, the men and women who serve and sacrifice so Americans 
can sleep in peace, knowing that freedom is in good hands.

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    I've been looking forward to this trip, and looking forward to being 
able to extend a proper Marine Corps greeting--Ooh-rah!
    Audience members. Ooh-rah! [Laughter]
    The President. There's no higher honor than to serve as Commander in 
Chief. It's also a high honor to be able to come to Camp Pendleton, a 
place that helps turn new recruits into leathernecks, a place that 
serves as home to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and to one of 
America's oldest and most decorated units, the 1st Marine Division.
    Camp Pendleton serves as the launching pad for what Marines do best, 
to deploy rapidly so you can be the first on the scene wherever freedom 
and America's interests are threatened. As the stone markers in our 
midst remind us, marines have sailed from Camp Pendleton to fight at 
Guadalcanal, at Okinawa, and Inchon. Marines from Camp Pendleton fought 
in the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam. Marines from Camp Pendleton 
helped liberate Kuwait. Today, you carry forward this proud tradition, 
ready to answer when America calls.
    Because you are Marines, you are often asked to perform the most 
difficult and dangerous missions. Because you are Marines, you not only 
accept this challenge, you embrace it, not for glory and not for self 
but for God, country, corps, and your fellow marines.
    I respect your service. I appreciate your sacrifice, and I know what 
you contribute to our Nation. In a world of fast-changing threats, you 
give us stability. Because of you, America's secure, and the march of 
freedom continues.
    I know how hard your work is. I know that your frequent deployments 
are hard on you and hard on your families. Marines pride themselves on 
traveling light and fighting hard. But here at home, you and your 
families deserve something better. You deserve our Nation's full 
support, and with this administration, you will get it.
    The first budget I submitted to Congress contains a $1.4 billion 
military pay raise. That's on top of the pay raises that Congress 
recently passed. It provides $400 million in new funds to improve 
military housing and $3.9 billion to improve military health benefits. 
After all your country receives from you, you must receive better 
housing, better pay, and better health. You're entitled to a defense 
budget that meets our current needs and our future obligations. And 
you're entitled to a Commander in Chief who sets a clear goal, a clear 
vision for our military. And that goal is to be well equipped and well 
trained, to be able to fight and win war and, therefore, prevent wars 
from happening in the first place.
    No one can come here without being struck by the physical beauty. 
Marines are good stewards of our southern California coastline. You're 
also practicing good stewardship by the way you're using--and not 
using--the supply of energy in California.
    The Federal Government is the single biggest user of electricity in 
the State of California. On May 3d, I ordered all Federal agencies to 
take extra steps to conserve energy. And the Department of Defense 
immediately committed itself to reducing its electricity consumption by 
10 percent during peak hours. I'm pleased to report that the military 
and Federal agencies are exceeding expectations.
    And Camp Pendleton deserves special credit, and I am here to give 
you special credit. I congratulate you for seeking extra conservation 
savings over the 10 percent. And that's going above and beyond the call 
of duty, and I salute you. Altogether, we estimate that the Federal 
conservation efforts will save the State 76 megawatts per hour during 
peak use periods, when power is most needed; 76 megawatts per hour is 
enough electricity for 140,000 people during peak demand periods. That's 
as many people who live in Pasadena, California.
    Over the past 30 years, Americans have made steady conservation 
progress. If we still used energy the way we did in 1972, we'd be using 
74 percent more energy today than we actually do. A new car uses about 
60 percent as much gasoline as a car made in 1972. A new refrigerator 
uses about only 30 percent as much electricity as a 1972 refrigerator.
    Yet this conservation progress slowed in the 1990s, and more than 40 
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recommendations in my administration's energy plan are intended to 
protect the environment, help hard-hit communities, and revitalize our 
conservation efforts all across the country.
    We have other initiatives, as well. Our Nation needs to modernize 
its networks for moving energy from the powerplant to the outlet on the 
wall. Again, you in California know that well. For almost 20 years, it's 
been clear that what's called Path 15, the stretch of transmission line 
connecting the power grids of northern and southern California, needed 
to be expanded and modernized. And now we're taking action to get the 
job done.
    Energy Secretary Spence Abraham is speeding approval of the 
necessary permits and easements. We're going to unplug the Path 15 
bottleneck. We're advancing toward an interstate electric grid to match 
our interstate highways and interstate phone systems.
    Rising energy prices are a challenge for everyone. I believe you 
will find my tax relief plan will provide some help, a tax relief plan 
that is worth $100 billion to the consumers all across America, 
including those who wear the uniform. But for some Americans and some 
Californians, high energy costs are more than a challenge, they're an 
emergency, and our Government must respond.
    In February my budget--I asked Congress for $300 million in aid for 
low income people struggling with rising energy bills. Today I'm 
announcing I'll ask Congress for an additional $150 million in low 
income energy assistance, and I hope Congress acts quickly.
    Energy debates sometimes throw off some sparks. But this is no time 
for harsh rhetoric. It's certainly no time for name calling. It's time 
for leadership. It's time for results. It's time to put politics aside 
and focus on the best interests of the people.
    This is an administration that's focused on results. We're going to 
work together--the Federal Government, the State government, the 
military, and all the citizens. Speaking of citizens, you're the best of 
citizens. You commit your lives to our country. You dedicate yourself to 
something greater than yourself.
    Whatever is asked of you and your fellow marines, you have given, as 
Abraham Lincoln said, ``The last full measure of devotion.'' As I look 
in the eyes and shake the firm grips of your fellow marines, it reminds 
me the Marine Corps is in good hands, and so is our country.
    Thank you so very much for your hospitality and Semper Fi.

Note: The President spoke at 9 a.m. at the 1st Marine Division 
headquarters building. In his remarks, he referred to Lt. Gen. Michael 
W. Hagee, USMC, commanding general, and Sgt. Maj. Royce G. Coffee, USMC, 
1st Marine Expeditionary Force; Maj. Gen. Edward Hanlon, Jr., USMC, 
commanding general, and Sgt. Maj. Michael G. Markiewicz, USMC, Camp 
Pendleton Marine Corps Base; Maj. Gen. James T. Conway, USMC, commanding 
general, 1st Marine Division; and Col. Paul C. Christian, USMC, 
commanding officer, Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Air Station.

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Monday, June 4, 2001
Volume 37--Number 22
Pages 815-841
Week Ending Friday, June 1, 2001
Remarks to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council in Los Angeles, 

May 29, 2001

    Mr. Mayor, thank you very much. I think what he's saying is there's 
some pretty big shoes to follow when he leaves office. [Laughter] Mayor, 
I appreciate your leadership. Thank you for your friendship. Tell Shaq 
they don't fit. [Laughter]
    Governor Davis, thank you so much for being here. I'm looking 
forward to our meeting today. I'm honored by your presence. Secretary of 
State Jones, thank you for being here. Members of the congressional 
delegation--David Dreier, Buck McKeon, Ed Royce, and Stephen Horn are 
here, and I'm honored that you came.
    I want to thank Bruce so very much for your invitation and putting 
together this august crowd of fellow citizens. I want to thank Stephen 
Bollenbach, as well, all the officers. I especially want to thank you 
all for coming and giving me a chance to talk about important issues 

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