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Week Ending Friday, November 4, 1994
Proclamation 6752--The Year of Gospel Music, 1994

October 28, 1994

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    Born in the soul of America's churches, Gospel music is an integral 
part of liturgy and spirituality in parishes from Atlanta to Dallas, 
Detroit to Baton Rouge, the heart of New York City to the smallest 
hamlets of our country. It is a music of the people, one that has 
provided hope and inspiration for generations of Americans.
    Gospel music has come to influence singers and composers of all 
popular forms, including jazz, the blues, and soul music. The rhythm and 
expressiveness--the very feeling--has become an important part of our 
culture and a vital part of our heritage.
    Our Nation owes a great debt of gratitude to those who preserve and 
bring to life Gospel music in our churches, in recordings, in concerts, 
and through the media. It is in our national interest to promote and 
support Gospel music so that generations to come may enjoy and 
appreciate it. In so doing, we will gain a greater understanding of the 
breadth and vitality of the human spirit and its indomitable faith as it 
is expressed through the beauty of song.
    The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 157, has designated the 
year of 1994 as ``The Year of Gospel Music'' and has authorized and 
requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this 
    Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United 
States of America, do hereby proclaim the year of 1994 as The Year of 
Gospel Music. I urge all Americans to celebrate Gospel music with 
appropriate ceremonies and activities and to reflect on the role that 
this music has in reinvigorating and renewing our souls and our 
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth 
day of October, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-
four, and of the independence of the United States of America the two 
hundred and nineteenth.
                                            William J. Clinton

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 1:40 p.m., October 28, 

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on 
November 1. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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Monday, November 7, 1994
Volume 30--Number 44
Pages 2193-2275
Week Ending Friday, November 4, 1994
Middle East

October 29, 1994

    Thank you very much, and good morning. Less than 24 hours ago, I 
stood with the brave men and women of our Armed Forces stationed at 
Tactical Assembly Area Liberty

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in the desert sands of Kuwait. I went there to express my pride and the 
pride I know all Americans share in the job our military is doing to 
protect our interests in the Persian Gulf.
    Our troops are living in difficult conditions. But I saw in their 
faces the pride they have in their work and the work of our coalition 
partners. And I can tell all Americans, their morale is high and they 
are prepared and ready to do their job, to do what they must to stand up 
for freedom. Anyone who doubts it should go and see what I saw in the 
sands of Kuwait.
    I also wish that all Americans could have been with me in the Wadi 
Araba, on the border between Israel and Jordan. There, in the middle of 
the Great Rift Valley, soldiers of the nations of Israel and Jordan 
reached across 47 years of hostility to shake hands in a true, genuine 
gesture of reconciliation, just as their leaders found the courage to 
sign a peace treaty, a crucial step on the road to a comprehensive peace 
in the Middle East. Israel and Jordan looked to America to help them to 
make peace. And they, and other nations in the Middle East, look to 
America as we travel the difficult road ahead, until we achieve peace 
throughout the Middle East.
    And I said in every one of the six nations I visited, the United 
States will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those who seek 
the peace, with those who take risks for peace, with those who stand up 
for change in the face of terrorists and extremists who seek to destroy 
the peace by killing the innocent. They cannot, they must not, they will 
not succeed. They are the past; the peacemakers are the future.
    My trip to the Middle East is a reminder that we live in times when 
the spirit of America, our freedom, our vitality, our strength, our 
respect for others, our commitment to the future, this is a driving 
force in the lives of millions and millions of peace-loving people all 
around the world. That is why we're trusted to support the people of the 
Middle East and the people from South Africa to Haiti to Northern 
Ireland to the former Soviet Union in their courageous efforts to escape 
the shackles of the past and realize their dreams for tomorrow.
    Our efforts in these places, of course, also advance our own 
interests, for their successes strengthen our security and promise us 
more prosperity in a world that daily grows more interdependent.
    As we support others in renewing themselves, we must continue the 
work of renewal here at home. For the source of our ability to lead 
beyond our borders is the strength of the American dream in the minds 
and hearts of our own people. In every community, every school, every 
workplace, we must deal with the changes and challenges, with the great 
problems and the much greater promise of the times in which we live. We 
must turn from the past and embrace the future, a future where ordinary 
Americans build strong families with good jobs and safe communities, 
served by a Government that neither interferes with our lives nor walks 
away from us but empowers us and challenges us to make the most of our 
God-given potential.
    That is exactly what we have begun to do here. We've made a start in 
putting Government on the side of ordinary Americans, creating jobs and 
stimulating growth, in building a world more secure, more free, more 
prosperous for ourselves and for our children.
    Like people all over the world who are drawing on our strength and 
our spirit to make their dreams real, we Americans must renew our own 
faith in the greatness and unlimited potential of our country. We must 
keep moving forward here at home with no thought of turning back. I have 
looked into the faces of millions of people elsewhere. I have seen how 
much they love our country, how much they share our dreams. We must do 
that as well.
    Thank you all for coming out this morning. It's been an exciting 
trip, but it's great to be home.
    Thank you.

Note: The President spoke at 8:08 a.m. on the South Lawn at the White 

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Monday, November 7, 1994
Volume 30--Number 44
Pages 2193-2275
Week Ending Friday, November 4, 1994
The President's Radio Address

October 29, 1994

    Good morning. This week I'm speaking to you from Tactical Assembly 
Area Liberty in

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the sands outside Kuwait City, Kuwait, in the Persian Gulf, where I am 
visiting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who are working 
here to defend freedom.
    Three weeks ago, I ordered them and other members of the military to 
come here because Iraq was massing tens of thousands of troops on 
Kuwait's border. Our soldiers, sailors, pilots, and marines got here in 
a hurry, and Iraq got the message in a hurry. Its forces stopped dead in 
their tracks, and now they have withdrawn. On behalf of all Americans, I 
came to Kuwait to tell our troops two simple but deeply felt words: 
Thank you.
    I can tell you the men and women of our Armed Forces are doing well. 
They are working well with their coalition forces, the Kuwaitis, the 
British, and the other allies who have come here to help to defend this 
country. Their morale is high; their commitment to their mission is 
unquestioned. Of course, they'd rather be home with their loved ones, 
and we'll do everything we can to get them back there soon. But they're 
here to do their jobs, and nobody does it better. In places from Haiti 
to Korea, our troops are the great source of our national strength.
    As our military helps to secure peace in the Gulf, our diplomacy is 
also helping to make peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors. I wish 
all Americans could have seen what I had the privilege to witness this 
week. The leaders of Israel and Jordan, enemies for 47 years, found the 
courage to put aside their past to come together in a moving ceremony in 
the desert between their two countries. They made peace after a 
generation of war so that this generation and the next generation of 
their citizens could enjoy their lives, not live in dread.
    I know you were moved, as I was, by what Jordan's King Hussein and 
Israel's Prime Minister Rabin said about America. They said they 
couldn't have made this peace without our support. One member of a 
delegation of Americans who went with me put it best when he said, ``It 
made me so proud to know that my country was responsible for helping to 
build this peace.''
    The United States, at this moment in history, is uniquely blessed. 
We are blessed with great power and a heritage and commitment not to 
abuse that power but, instead, to seek peace, freedom, and democracy as 
well as our own security. We are using our role to do that in the Middle 
East to build a comprehensive peace.
    A year ago, leaders of Israel and the Palestine Liberation 
Organization came to the White House for another historic peace accord. 
This week I made it clear to them that the PLO must do everything it can 
to end terrorism against Israel so that the peace process can create a 
better future for this region. And I met with President Asad of Syria to 
say it's time he, too, follow the example and inspiration of Israel and 
Jordan. We made progress on this trip, and we'll continue to do our part 
to bring peace to this long-troubled part of the world.
    All over the world, nations look to us for leadership, whether it's 
in the peace process between Israel and its Arab neighbors or the South 
Africans asking us to help them hold their first successful democratic 
elections or leaders in Northern Ireland asking the United States to 
help end their terrible conflict or the folks in Haiti who, when 
President Aristide and democracy returned, held up signs to our troops 
that said simply, ``Thank you, America.'' And of course, it's clear that 
when Saddam Hussein reared up his head again in the Gulf, Kuwait and 
other countries looked to the United States. They know that the good men 
and women I came to Kuwait to thank are the strength behind our 
commitment to peace and to freedom.
    We must maintain a strong defense so that we can protect our own 
security and our own interests and so that we can make the world safer 
and more prosperous for our children by advancing freedom, as we are 
here in the Gulf today.
    To stay strong abroad, we also know America has to be strong at 
home. To do that, we have to take on challenges at home just as we do 
abroad. We have to do what we have to do to keep the American dream 
alive into the next century: a strong economy, a good society, advancing 
the values of work and family and community. In the last 21 months, 
we've made a good start: getting our economic house in order after years 
of neglect, starting the first serious assault on crime in a generation, 
beginning to make

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America work for ordinary citizens after a long time when they and their 
children were left to fall behind.
    Just yesterday we got the new economic figures on the third quarter 
of this year when our economy grew over 3\1/2\ percent. In 1994, more 
than half the new jobs were high-wage jobs, and there were more high-
wage jobs coming into our economy than in the previous 5 years combined. 
We've got a lot to do, but we're making progress by putting the 
interests of ordinary Americans first, taking on problems too long 
ignored, helping individuals to compete and win. That's the path to the 
    In the elections we'll have in a little over a week, we'll face a 
choice between continuing to move forward on a path that's working or 
going back to flawed policies and easy promises that failed us in the 
past. I believe America will look forward toward tomorrow, not toward 
yesterday. I believe America won't give in to the easy path.
    Just as we are setting the example by working abroad to help to 
advance the cause of democracy, peace, and freedom, we can set an 
example for ourselves by looking to the future at home. We owe that to 
the good men and women of our Armed Forces who are out here for our 
sake. The world they're helping to make peaceful expects no less of us, 
and I believe the American people will expect no less of themselves.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 5 p.m. on October 28 at the Tactical 
Assembly Area Liberty in Kuwait for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on October 

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Monday, November 7, 1994
Volume 30--Number 44
Pages 2193-2275
Week Ending Friday, November 4, 1994
Remarks at the National Italian-American Foundation Dinner

October 29, 1994

    Thank you very much. Can you hear me in the back? You can't hear, 
can you? Can the people with the sound turn it up a little bit? Now, can 
you hear in the back? I think some people can hear, but not see. So if 
the rest of you would accommodate them, I would appreciate it, or they 
would anyway. I can't see some of you. Thank you.
    I want to thank Senator Leahy for his kind remarks. As a matter of 
fact, I want to thank Senator Leahy for being able to stand up here, 
after the 3 days I just put him through. He did a wonderful job for our 
country on this trip to the Middle East, and I thank him for that.
    I'm delighted to be back here for the third year in a row with Frank 
Guarini, Frank Stella, Art Gajarsa, with the distinguished Ambassador 
from the Vatican, and the distinguished Italian Ambassador. I have to 
say, Hillary wanted me to especially say tonight how sorry she was she 
couldn't come again. You know last year when she was here, she met 
Fabio, and he picked her up and carried her around. She wasn't the same 
for weeks afterward. [Laughter] She went to the Middle East with me. She 
needed a little energy boost tonight, so I came here thinking somebody 

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