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Volume 32--Number 18
Pages 735-789

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Vetoes
    American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference--749
    Billy and Ruth Graham, dinner honoring--784
    Budget negotiations--781
    Cattle prices--768
        Democratic dinner in Coral Gables--758
        National Drug Control Strategy in Coral Gables--754
    Kennedy Center anniversary reception--746
    National Association of Realtors--739
    Pennsylvania, Democratic reception in Philadelphia--735
    Radio address--738
    U.S.-Israel counterterrorism accord--764
    U.S. Olympic Committee
        Champions in Life--772

Bill Signings

    Technical corrections to the Omnibus Consolidated Rescissions and 
        Appropriations Act of 1996, statement--785

Bill Vetoes

    Common Sense Product Liability Legal   Reform Act of 1996

Communications to Congress

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    Cyprus, letter transmitting report--773
    National Drug Control Strategy, letter transmitting--757

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Alaska North Slope crude oil exports, memorandum--748

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Cabinet Room--768, 781
        Oval Office--770, 776
        Roosevelt Room--764

Joint Statements

    U.S.-Israel joint statement--767

Letters and Messages

    Eid al-Adha, message--735

Mettings With Foreign Leaders

    Israel, Prime Minister Peres--749, 764, 767
    Palestinian Authority, Chairman Arafat--770


    Labor History Month--786
    Law Day, U.S.A.--769
    Loyalty Day--769

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Alaska North Slope crude oil exports--747
    Family and Medical Leave Act--774
    Gasoline prices--758
    ``Immigration Control and Financial Responsibility Act of 1996,'' 
        Senate action--783
    Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, Senate 
    Tobacco use, initiative to reduce--783

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--789
    Checklist of White House press releases--788
    Digest of other White House announcements--787
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--787


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Week Ending Friday, May 3, 1996
Message on the Observance of Eid al-Adha

April 26, 1996

    Warm greetings to everyone celebrating Eid al-Adha.
    An observance of sacrifice and a celebration of faith, Eid al-Adha 
is a sacred day for Muslims in our nation and around the world. On this 
special day, the entire global Muslim community joins in spirit with 
those who have traveled to Mecca to complete the Hajj.
    The Festival of the Sacrifice reminds all of us of the need for 
obedience to God, prompts us to reflect on God's mercy, and gives 
participants a welcome opportunity to join with friends and family in a 
community celebration of faith. In commemorating this holy day, Muslims 
in America and in countries around the world serve as a source of strong 
faith that can enrich our lives and strengthen our common values.
    Best wishes for a memorable and meaningful observance.
                                                  Bill Clinton

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Remarks at a Democratic Reception in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

April 26, 1996

    Thank you very much. Come on up, Congressman--give Congressman 
Borski a hand for going to his daughter's soccer game. Give him a hand. 
    One of the things you need to know if you're in public life is how 
to make a proper entrance. [Laughter] And Bob just qualified. Actually, 
I saw him this morning. We were both out running at Fort McNair in 
Washington, DC, and he said he'd be here tonight. And I thank him for 
keeping his word.
    Thank you, Congressman Chaka Fattah, for that powerful introduction 
and for your great service. Thank you, Congressman Tom Foglietta, for 
your friendship and your support. Thank you, Gussie, and thank you, Mina 
Baker Knoll, and thank you, Joe Kohn.
    Thank you, Mr. Chairman Fowler, for all the endless nights that you 
go back and forth across America in search of the magical chemistry of 
victory, not just for our party and our candidates, but for the kind of 
America we're fighting for. And thank you, Mr. Mayor, for proving that 
the Democratic Party can be the party of the future and the party of all 
the people, the party of compassion and competence, the party of the 
mind, and the party of the heart. Thank you all.
    Ladies and gentlemen, I am deeply moved by this large outpouring. As 
President Kennedy used to say, I am deeply touched, but not so deeply 
touched as you are tonight. [Laughter] I thank you for your support, and 
I thank you for your commitment to your city, your State, and your 
country. Pennsylvania and Philadelphia have been very, very good to me. 
And as all of you know, this State and this part of our State has a 
special place in my wife's heart and her family history. And we're 
delighted always, either one of us, to have a chance to come.
    I think you know why we're here, or you wouldn't be here. But let me 
just say again very briefly, when I ran for President in 1992 and the 
State of Pennsylvania gave Bill Clinton and Al Gore its electoral votes, 
when Philadelphia gave our ticket a larger margin than President Kennedy 
received here in 1960, we had a very straightforward vision for our 
country, a vision for what we wanted America to look like in the 21st 
century and what we wanted America to be like for all the children that 
are here.
    First, we wanted a country where every person who is willing to work 
for it, without regard to their race, their income, or their background, 
could have a chance to live out

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their dreams. Second, we wanted a country that was coming together, not 
being driven apart; that was reaching across the racial and other lines 
that divide us to find strength in our diversity and our shared values. 
Third, I wanted to see our country continue to be the world's strongest 
force for peace and freedom and prosperity and security, so that we 
could build a framework for the 21st century that would free our 
children of the worries that two World Wars and the cold war imposed 
upon generation after generation after generation of Americans in the 
20th century.
    In short, I really believed that if we did the right thing, the new 
global economy could open up the greatest age of possibility our people 
have ever known. I still believe that. And what I come to you to say is 
that we have a record that we can be proud of. Together we've done what 
we said we'd do in 1992. But it is a record to build on, not a record to 
sit on. It is a record to go forward from, and not a record to take a 
radical turn away from. That is what is at stake here.
    The American people in a way are fortunate in this election year. In 
1992, there was a big debate about change or the status quo. That's not 
what is at stake in 1996. In 1996, there are two very different visions 
of change that offer us two roads into the 21st century. And the next 4 
years, like it or not, are going to take us right into the next century. 
The question is, which road are we going to walk into the 21st century? 
That is the question the American people will determine.
    Will we walk the road of those who say that Government is the 
problem in America and the only thing we need to do is to give the 
American people freedom from their Government? Or will we walk with 
those of us who believe that we need a smaller and less bureaucratic 
Government, but Government has a role to play to make sure that every 
American has a chance to make it, that every family has a chance to make 
it, that every neighborhood and every community has a chance to live up 
to the fullest of their God-given capacities?
    I think those of us who want to go forward together will prevail in 
1996 because of you, and I know that you know that, or you wouldn't be 
here. And we don't have to guess about what will happen. You know where 
I am and what I will do. You know where they are and what they will do. 
You know that our approach produced a deficit that is less than half of 
what it was in 1992 when we took office, 8\1/2\ million more jobs, a 
real crime bill instead of 6 years of talking about it. It's putting 
100,000 police on the street and helping communities to drive the crime 
rate down to make our streets safer.
    You know that it produced new and innovative approaches to protect 
the environment while growing the economy. You know that it produced a 
new commitment to the education of all of our children, from expanding 
the Head Start program to expanding the availability of affordable 
college loans, to the national service program that your former Senator, 
Harris Wofford, heads today. You know what we will do, and you know they 
oppose all those things.
    You also know that I have done my best to reach across party lines 
to work with Republicans of good will; that I think this intense 
partisanship--the idea that everybody who is not in your party is the 
enemy of your future and the enemy of your country--is crazy; the idea 
that you should never work with people even if you agree with them on a 

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