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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, December 9, 1996
Volume 32--Number 49
Pages 2443-2471

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations
    AIDS research briefing--2455
    Congressional Space Medal of Honor, presentation to Astronaut 
        Shannon Lucid--2449
    Interagency task force initiative for St. Petersburg, FL--2454
    Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards, presentation--2464
    National Christmas tree lighting--2463
    Radio address--2443
    Second term national security team--2458

Appointments and Nominations

    Defense Department, Secretary--2458
    Central Intelligence Agency, Director--2458
    State Department, Secretary--2458
    White House Office, National Security Adviser--2458

Communications to Congress

    Broom corn broom imports, letter transmitting report--2449
    Budget deferrals, letter transmitting--2458
    Export Administration Act lapse, letter transmitting report--2451
    Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), letter 
    Major illicit drug-producing and drug-transit countries, letter 
        transmitting report--2453
    Rwanda and Zaire, letter reporting--2452

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Broom corn broom imports, memorandum--2447

Executive Orders

    Further Amendments to Executive Order 12757--Implementation of the 
        Enterprise for the Americas Initiative--2457

Executive Orders--Continued

    Implementing, for the United States, the Provisions of Annex 1 of 
        the Decision Concerning Legal Capacity and Privileges and 
        Immunities, Issued by the Council of Ministers of the Conference 
        on Security and Cooperation in Europe on December 1, 1993--2457

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters in the Oval Office--2449, 2455, 2458

Letters and Messages

    Hanukkah, message--2463


    National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month--2444
    National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day--2462
    To Facilitate Positive Adjustment to Competition from Imports of 
        Broom Corn Brooms--2445
    To Implement the United States-Israel Agreement on Trade in 
        Agricultural Products--2451

Resignations and Retirements

    White House Office, Senior Adviser for Policy and Strategy--2458

Statements by the President

    See Resignations and Retirements

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2471
    Checklist of White House press releases--2471
    Digest of other White House announcements--2470
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2471


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Monday, December 9, 1996
Volume 32--Number 49
Pages 2443-2471
Week Ending Friday, December 6, 1996
The President's Radio Address

November 30, 1996

    Good morning. This week, millions of American families gathered 
around their dinner tables to enjoy our annual feast of Thanksgiving. 
Now many of us who traveled great distances to be with loved ones are 
making the trip back home.
    Today I want to talk about how we can extend the spirit of 
Thanksgiving beyond this holiday weekend. Thanksgiving is our oldest 
tradition. In 1789, George Washington made Thanksgiving his first 
proclamation for our new Nation. Much has changed for America in the two 
centuries since that first proclamation. Today we not only feed 
ourselves well, our bounty helps to feed the world. The light of freedom 
that drew founders to our shores not only shines here. For the first 
time in history, more than half the world's people who once lived in the 
shadows of tyranny and depression now live under governments of their 
own choosing.
    On this year's Thanksgiving, we are reminded that we are a nation 
truly blessed. Crime and poverty are down. Employment is up. We are a 
nation at peace. For the most part, foods and jobs are plentiful. Our 
children have more to look forward to than any generation of young 
people in human history.
    But as President Lincoln once so powerfully reminded us, this 
country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor. That 
perhaps is the greatest lesson of Thanksgiving. For more than any other 
holiday, it reminds us of the importance of family and community and the 
duty we owe to each other. I want to thank those across our Nation who 
donated food or volunteered time to provide a Thanksgiving meal for 
those among us who are homeless and hungry.
    Unfortunately, hunger and homelessness don't take a holiday; they 
are with us all year long. So we must not wait until Thanksgiving to 
reach out to those in need. And we must not pack our compassion back in 
the cupboard like fine china that only gets used once a year.
    The spirit of family and faith and community that shines so 
brilliantly on Thanksgiving can enable us to meet every challenge before 
us all year long. So let us resolve to go forward together to lift 
millions of people from welfare and dependency into lives of dignity and 
independence. Now that we have ended welfare as we know it, let the 
change not be to have even more children in more abject poverty but to 
move people who can work into jobs.
    Let us pledge to give our children the best education in the world 
and the support they need to build strong futures, higher standards in 
our schools, more choices, and the opportunity for all Americans to go 
on to college.
    Let us work together to keep our homes, our neighborhoods, our 
schools free from the ravages of crime and drugs and violence, finishing 
the job of putting 100,000 police on our streets, targeting violent teen 
gangs, and doing more at the grassroots level to turn our children from 
drugs and gangs and guns and violence.
    And let us always remember that when America is united, we always 
win, but when we're divided, we defeat ourselves.
    In the global economy of the 21st century, the marvelous diversity 
of America will be a great blessing if we all treat each other with 
dignity and respect and remember we don't have a person to waste.
    Whenever I travel around the world, as I did last week, I always 
return home with a renewed appreciation for the rich blessings so many 
of us take for granted. And while we should be thankful that technology 
and cultural exchanges are bringing much of the world closer together, 
it is also clear that people all over the globe still look to America 
for moral leadership.

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    As Hillary reminded us last weekend when she visited a project to 
assist young women struggling in Thailand, we do have a responsibility 
to help build lives of hope and security for suffering children not only 
here in America but all over the world. That is what we have tried to do 
in Bosnia, in Haiti, in working for peace in the Middle East and 
Northern Ireland, in so many of our efforts all around the globe.
    Let me close today with a personal note of thanks to every one of 
you for affording me the opportunity to continue my service as 
President. For the past 4 years I've worked hard to stand up for our 
values as a nation and to give all our citizens the tools to make the 
most of their own lives. And we've come a long way together, but there 
is still much, much more to do. And we know that the only way we can 
succeed is if we all work together.
    So let us all be guided, as I try to be guided every day, by the 
words of the Scripture which teaches that, ``to those to whom much is 
given, much is required.'' So, as we set our sights on a joyous holiday 
season, let us all pledge by our devotion to God and family and 
community to keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive all year long.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The President spoke at 10:06 a.m. from Camp David, MD.

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Monday, December 9, 1996
Volume 32--Number 49
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Week Ending Friday, December 6, 1996
Proclamation 6960--National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, 

November 27, 1996

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a scourge on our 
society that we cannot ignore or treat lightly. Drunk and drugged 
driving has no geographic limits; it is a problem that afflicts cities 
and rural areas alike in every region of our country. And, most 
disturbing of all, it is a growing problem--last year, alcohol-related 
traffic deaths increased for the first time in a decade. Each of us and 
our loved ones are at risk of becoming victims of a driver impaired by 
drugs or alcohol. However, we can solve this problem if we make a 
national commitment to do so.
    Two months ago, we charted a course that demands that those who 
drive must assume the responsibility of staying sober and drug-free 
behind the wheel. Targeting our youngest drivers first, we began by 
requiring, as a condition of receiving Federal highway funds, that every 
State pass a law making it illegal for anyone under 21 to drive with 
alcohol in their bloodstream.
    Now, we must take the next step toward ridding our highways of drunk 
    Drivers between 21 and 34 years of age are most likely to drive 
under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering drugs. We must not 
only redouble our efforts to educate those in this age group about the 
terrible risks posed by drunk and drugged driving, but we must also 
strengthen our law enforcement efforts to make clear that this behavior 
will not be tolerated.
    Addressing impaired driving by teens and young adults is important 
but, unfortunately, is not enough to solve the problem. No age group is 
immune to the temptation to drive under the influence of alcohol or 
drugs. Through peer pressure and education, we must convince all who 
would get behind the wheel drunk or drugged to change their behavior.
    All of us can do our part to reduce the tragic loss of life and limb 
caused by drunk and drugged drivers. Parents can thoughtfully and 
candidly discuss the dangers with their children who drive; more States 
can pass Zero Tolerance laws; more citizens can prevent friends or 

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