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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, April 7, 1997
Volume 33--Number 14
Page 429-467

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Advertising of distilled liquor--436
    Aircraft tragedy in Croatia, anniversary--455
    April Fool's Day--439
    Chemical Weapons Convention, call for ratification--459
    Democratic Business Council dinner--447
    Easter egg roll--430
    Education, roundtable discussion--443
    NBA champion Chicago Bulls--452
    Pension programs--430
    Radio address--429
    Women's Economic Leadership Forum--461

Appointments and Nominations

    NATO, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, statement--432

Communications to Congress

    Angola, letter reporting--457

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Advertising of distilled liquor, letter--438
    Delegation of authority on rates of compensation for United Nations 
        Representatives, memorandum--443

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Briefing Room--439

Interviews With the News Media--Continued

        Diplomatic Reception Room--453
        Oval Office--433
        Roosevelt Room--436
        South Lawn--459

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Jordan, King Hussein I--433
    Portugal, Prime Minister Guterres--453


    Cancer Control Month--440
    National Child Abuse Prevention Month--441
    To Implement an Agreement To Eliminate Tariffs on Certain 
        Pharmaceuticals and Chemical Intermediates--442

Resignations and Retirements

    United States Secret Service, Director Eljay B. Bowron, statement--

Statements by the President

    See Appointments and Nominations; Resignations and Retirements

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--467
    Checklist of White House press releases--467
    Digest of other White House announcements--466
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--467


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The President's Radio Address

March 29, 1997

    Good morning. Spring is a season of renewal, not just of the world 
around us but of the ideals inside us, those that bind us together as a 
people. Millions of families will come together to celebrate Easter this 
weekend and Passover in the coming weeks, to reaffirm their faith in God 
and their commitment to our sacred values.
    And in this season of renewal, I ask all Americans to reaffirm their 
commitment to this central ideal, that we are many people but one 
nation, bound together by shared values, rooted in the essential dignity 
and meaning of every American's life and liberty. That is the root of 
the American idea of a community of equal, free, responsible citizens 
and the American dream to build the best possible future for our 
    The divide of race has been America's constant curse in pursuit of 
our ideals. The struggle to overcome it has been a defining part of our 
history. Racial and ethnic differences continue to divide and bedevil 
millions around the world. And as we become an ever more pluralistic 
society with people from every racial and ethnic group calling America 
home, our own future depends upon laying down the bitter fruits of 
hatred and lifting up the rich texture of our diversity and our common 
    We're not there yet, as we often see in the tragic stories in the 
news. Just last week in Chicago, a 13-year-old boy, riding his bike home 
from a basketball game, was brutally attacked and almost beaten to 
death, apparently for no other reason but the color of his skin. Lenard 
Clark is black; the young men accused of attacking him are white. This 
weekend, I hope all Americans join Hillary and me in a prayer for Lenard 
and his family.
    There is never an excuse for violence against innocent citizens. But 
this kind of savage, senseless assault, driven by nothing but hate, 
strikes at the very heart of America's ideals and threatens the promise 
of our future, no matter which racial or ethnic identity of the 
attackers or the victims. We must stand together as a nation against all 
crimes of hate and say they are wrong. We must condemn hate crimes 
whenever they happen. We must commit ourselves to prevent them from 
happening again. And we must sow the seeds of harmony and respect among 
our people.
    And let's be honest with ourselves: racism in America is not 
confined to acts of physical violence. Every day, African-Americans and 
other minorities are forced to endure quiet acts of racism, bigoted 
remarks, housing and job discrimination. Even many people who think they 
are not being racist, still hold to negative stereotypes and sometimes 
act on them. These acts may not harm the body, but when a mother and her 
child go to the grocery store and are followed around by a suspicious 
clerk, it does violence to their souls. We must stand against such quiet 
hatred just as surely as we condemn acts of physical violence, like 
those against Lenard Clark.
    At the same time, black Americans must not look at the faces of 
Lenard Clark's attackers and see the face of white America. The acts of 
a few people must never become an excuse for blanket condemnation, for 
bigotry begins with stereotyping, stereotyping blacks and whites, Jews 
and Arabs, Hispanics and Native Americans, Asians, immigrants in 
general. It is all too common today, but it is still wrong.
    In Chicago, we see leaders of different races and political 
philosophies coming together to decry the crime against Lenard Clark. 
That is good, and it is reason for hope.
    The holidays of this season teach us that hope can spring forth from 
the darkest of times. Those of us who are Christians celebrate a risen 
God who died a painful, very human death to redeem the souls of all 
humanity without regard to race or station.

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    So as families come together to celebrate Easter and Passover, as 
parents reunite with their children, their brothers and sisters, and 
friends with each other, let us all take time to search our souls. Let 
us find the strength to reach across the lines that divide us on the 
surface and touch the common spirit that resides in every human heart.
    And let us also remember there are some Americans who feel isolated 
from all of the rest of us in other ways, sometimes with truly tragic 
consequences like the events just outside San Diego, which have so 
stunned us all this week. Our prayers are with their families as well.
    In this season of reflection, we must find kinship in our common 
humanity. In this season of renewal, we must renew our pledge to make 
America one nation under God. In this season of redemption, we must all 
rise up above our differences to walk forward together on common ground, 
toward common dreams.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 11:50 a.m. on March 28 in the 
Roosevelt Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on March 

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Remarks at the White House Easter Egg Roll

March 31, 1997

    Good morning. Let me say, first of all, it's getting warmer. 
[Laughter] And I want to thank all the sponsors who make this possible 
this year and the more than 500 volunteers. A lot of them worked here 
all weekend. I went down and visited with them. Let's give them all a 
big hand. [Applause] Thank you very much.
    This is the 119th year we've had the White House Easter egg roll, 
and every year it gets a little better, I think, and a little different. 
We've worked hard to make this a good time not only for children but for 
their parents and family members, so that we could have fun together and 
we could learn together.
    There is a Learn Big Things tent, which I hope you'll all visit. For 
many of the young people, it will give them a first chance to log on to 
the Internet or even to visit our White House homepage. There is a 
Learning Adventures tent where children can learn to use CD-ROM's and 
learn about things like nutrition. Then there is the opportunity to do 
Easter egg painting and to listen to storytelling.
    And I want to thank all the people who have been willing to be part 
of this, especially one of our special guests today who is down here 
with us along with two of her four children, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, 
Jane Seymour. Thank you, Jane, for coming. We're glad to have you here.
    And now, are they ready over there at the Easter egg roll? Are you 
all ready? Now, you can't start until I blow the whistle. On your mark--
are you ready? Come on, line up. Shape up here. One of us needs to be 
able to run. [Laughter] On your mark, get set, go.

[At this point, the President blew the whistle to start the egg roll.]

    Thank you, and God bless you. Happy Easter.

Note: The President spoke at 11:20 a.m. from the South Portico Balcony 
at the White House. In his remarks, he referred to actress Jane Seymour.

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Remarks on Action To Protect Pension Programs

March 31, 1997

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