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Monday, December 8, 1997
Volume 33--Number 49
Pages 1931-1991

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations
    Attorney General Reno's decision--1956
    Budget, 1998--1937
    Democratic National Committee dinner--1948
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee dinner honoring Evan Bayh--
        Democratic Business Council in Chicago--1973
        Democratic Party reception in Chicago--1971
    International agreement on greenhouse gas emissions--1937
    National Christmas Tree lighting--1983
        Community in Akron--1969
        Roundtable discussion on race in Akron--1957, 1959
    Radio address--1931

Appointments and Nominations

    National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, members, 
    Veterans Affairs Department, Acting Secretary, remarks--1953

Bill Signings

    Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act of 1997, statement--1955

Bill Vetoes

    Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, and Related Agencies 
        Appropriations Act, 1998, letter transmitting line item veto--

Communications to Congress

    See also Bill Vetoes
    Andean Trade Preference Act operation, letter transmitting report--
    Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), letter 
    Iraq, letter reporting--1932
    Nuclear proliferation, letter transmitting report on prevention--

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Burma, memorandum--1956
    Integration of HIV Prevention in Federal Programs Serving Youth, 

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Cabinet Room--1937
        Oval Office--1984
        Roosevelt Room--1953
        South Lawn--1985
    Interview With Jodi Enda of Knight-Ridder Newspapers--1943
        (Continued on the inside of the back cover.)


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Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    European Union, European Commission President Santer and European 
        Council President Juncker--1984


    National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month--1942

    National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day--1988

    World AIDS Day--1941

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Attorney General's decision not to call for an Independent Counsel--
    National economy--1988

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1991
    Checklist of White House press releases--1990
    Digest of other White House announcements--1989
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1990

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Volume 33--Number 49
Pages 1931-1991
Week Ending Friday, December 5, 1997
The President's Radio Address

November 29, 1997

    Good morning. This week, millions of Americans have gathered with 
family and friends to share Thanksgiving. Much has changed for America 
since George Washington first proclaimed a day of thanksgiving for our 
new Nation in 1789. But the Thanksgiving spirit, sharing our good 
fortune with others, coming together to meet our common challenges--that 
is as important as ever. That's why we must keep that spirit alive 
throughout the year through citizen service.
    Citizen service must be at the heart of our efforts to prepare 
America for the 21st century, as we work to guarantee all Americans the 
opportunity and conditions to make the most of their own lives and to 
help those who need and deserve it with a hand up. My administration's 
most important contribution to citizen service is AmeriCorps, our 
national service program that already has given more than 100,000 young 
Americans the opportunity to serve our country and earn money for a 
college education. In community after community, AmeriCorps members have 
proved that service can help us meet our most pressing social needs.
    For example, in Simpson County, Kentucky, AmeriCorps members helped 
second graders jump three grade levels in reading. In boys and girls 
clubs all across the country, AmeriCorps members are mentors for at-risk 
young people. Habitat For Humanity relies upon AmeriCorps members to 
bring in more volunteers and build more houses. In communities beset by 
floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes, AmeriCorps members have helped to 
rebuild homes and restore hope.
    Now, AmeriCorps members are mobilizing thousands and thousands of 
college students from 800 campuses in our America Reads program, to make 
sure that all our young people can read independently by the third 
grade. AmeriCorps brings people of every background together to work 
toward common goals. And after years of partisan fighting over it, I'm 
pleased that Congress now seems ready to come together to support 
    Today, I'm proposing legislation to give more Americans the chance 
to serve by strengthening AmeriCorps and our student and senior citizen 
service programs and extending them for 5 years. This legislation 
reflects the spirit of the Presidents' Summit on Service, where last 
spring thousands of Americans pledged to give our children the support 
they need to make the most of their lives. As General Colin Powell 
reported this week, we've made a lot of progress since the summit with 
more AmeriCorps members, more reading tutors for our children through 
America Reads, more mentoring programs for young people, more 
partnerships with private businesses and community groups. At 
Thanksgiving, I want to thank especially the citizens and businesses who 
have worked with us to ensure that our Nation's surplus food helps to 
feed the hungry, not fill up dumpsters.
    Now we must create more opportunities for people to serve all year 
long and, through service, to reach out to one another across the lines 
that divide us. In honor of the spirit of citizen service embodied in 
the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Congress has designated the 
Martin Luther King holiday as a day of national service. And I'm pleased 
to announce that our Corporation for National Service has awarded 73 
grants to communities from Boston to Los Angeles, to help make this day 
of service a resounding success. Dr. King once said that everybody can 
be great because anybody can serve; you only need a heart full of grace 
and a soul generated by love.
    As we look forward to a joyous holiday season, let us pledge to live 
up to those words by making citizen service a part of our lives every 

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    Thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 6:25 p.m. on November 28 in the 
Residence at Camp David, MD, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on November 29. 
In his remarks, the President referred to Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret.), 
chairman, America's Promise--The Alliance For Youth.

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Monday, December 8, 1997
Volume 33--Number 49
Pages 1931-1991
Week Ending Friday, December 5, 1997
Letter to Congressional Leaders Reporting on Iraq

November 26, 1997

Dear Mr. Speaker:  (Dear Mr. President:)

    Consistent with the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against 
Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1) and as part of my effort to keep the 
Congress fully informed, I am reporting on the status of efforts to 
obtain Iraq's compliance with the resolutions adopted by the United 
Nations Security Council (UNSC). This report covers the period from 
September 23 to the present.
    Since my last report, the Government of Iraq attempted to defy the 
international community by unilaterally imposing unacceptable conditions 
on the operations of the U.N. Special Commission (UNSCOM). On October 
29, the Iraqi government announced its intention to expel all U.S. 
personnel working in Iraq for UNSCOM. Iraq's aim appears to have been to 
establish an environment under which it could restore its capacity to 
develop weapons of mass destruction without restriction. For 3 weeks, 
the Government of Iraq refused to allow American UNSCOM personnel to 
enter the country or to participate in site inspections, expelled UNSCOM 
personnel who are U.S. citizens, threatened the safety of the U.S. Air 
Force U-2 aircraft that flies missions for UNSCOM, tampered with UNSCOM 
monitoring equipment, removed UNSCOM cameras, moved and concealed 
significant pieces of dual-use equipment, and imposed additional 
unacceptable conditions on continued operations of UNSCOM. Two 
confrontational actions were undertaken in an atmosphere of strident, 
threatening Iraqi rhetoric, the dispersal of Iraqi armed forces as if in 
preparation for a military conflict, and the placement of innocent 
civilian ``human shields'' at military sites and at many of Saddam 
Hussein's palaces in violation of international norms of conduct.
    On November 20, having obtained no agreement from the U.N. or the 
United States to alter UNSCOM or the sanctions regime--indeed, having 
obtained none of its stated objectives--the Iraqi government announced 
that it would allow UNSCOM inspectors who are U.S. citizens to return to 
their duties. This encouraging development, however, will be ultimately 
tested by Saddam Hussein's actions, not his words. It remains to be seen 
whether the Government of Iraq will now live up to its obligations under 
all applicable UNSC resolutions, including its commitment to allow 

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