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Monday, July 10, 1995
Volume 31--Number 27
Pages 1181-1208
Week Ending Friday, July 7, 1995
Remarks to the American Association of Physicians From India in Chicago, 

June 30, 1995

    Thank you so much, Dr. Khedkar. Thank you, Dr. Ahuja. And thank you, 
Dr. Lalmalani, for that terrific speech. I was just sitting here 
watching you speak with such energy and enthusiasm. And I was thinking 
to myself, I hope he stays in medicine and out of politics until I'm 
through. [Laughter] Dr. Rupani, thank you for welcoming us to Illinois. 
To my good friend, B.K. Agnihotri, it's good to see you, and out of the 
South, where we normally see each other. We're delighted here with the 
presence of the Indian Health Minister, Minister Antulay. Thank you very 
much for coming from such a long way. And I am especially delighted to 
see the Indian Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Ambassador Ray. 
Thank you so much. Thank you. We're delighted to see you.
    As I think all of you know. I have been very interested in education 
and in health care for a long time. But I must say I was certainly 
humbled when young Dr. Ambotti was introduced at 17 years old. Then it 
was whispered in my ear that his brother became a doctor at the ripe old 
age of 19. [Laughter] Is that right? There he is. He was so old he 
hardly had any years left to practice at 19. [Laughter]
    That's remarkable. You know, when I was elected Governor at 32, they 
said I was too young. [Laughter] When I was a college professor at 26, 
they said I was too young. When I was elected the third youngest 
President at the age of 46, they said I was too young. Where were you 
guys when I needed you? [Laughter] Well, your families and your friends 
and, indeed, all of us should be very, very proud. And congratulations 
to you, to both of you.
    I know that Hillary would want me also to say, since I am the one 
doing the speaking today, that she and our daughter Chelsea had a 
magnificent time on their trip to India and, indeed, throughout South 
Asia. As I said to your board of directors a few moments ago, they came 
home ladened with photographs, with films, with books, with all kinds of 
gifts. You could go to some places in the White House and some corners, 
and all of you would think you were back home. You would not even 
recognize--[laughter]--that you were in the President's residence.
    But it was a remarkable experience for her, a transforming 
experience for our daughter, and a great learning experience for me by 
extension. I can also say I am very, very proud of the strengthening 
relationships between the United States and India since I have been 
President. We have been fortunate, thanks to the end of the cold war, to 
be able to bind these two great democracies more closely together, to 
support the economic reform efforts in India, to support a closer 
political relationship, to look toward a 21st century in which together 
we can advocate freedom for all the peoples of the world, and all the 
peoples of Asia in particular.
    I also want to say I am deeply indebted to the Asian-Indian 
Americans who are serving in our administration. I cannot name them all, 
but I would like to mention Arati Prabhakar, who is the Director of the 
National Institute of Science and Technology, something important to all 
of you; Dave Sharma, who heads the Research and Special Programs 
Administration at the Department of Transportation, both of them have 
done a fine job; Dr. Sam Shekar, a member of AAPI, who's the Director of 
the Health Care Financing Administration's Practicing Physicians 
Advisory Council--we need more advice from practicing physicians and 
less from bureaucrats--and Niranjan Shah, who is here, is on the 
Goldwater Scholarship Foundation. There are others, but I want to thank 
all of you who have contributed to this administration.

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    I want to thank the AAPI for many things, for all the work you do, 
which your leader has already outlined, the work you have done in our 
country, the work you have done in India. But most recently, I am 
indebted to your association for your support of the nomination of Dr. 
Foster to be the Surgeon General. I thank you for that very much.
    I think many of you could identify with him in many ways but perhaps 
most important that he was a man who had spent almost 40 years doing 
what other people talk about doing. He had brought health care to people 
who would not have had it otherwise. He had delivered thousands of 
babies. He had trained hundreds of doctors. He had actually looked many 
troubled young people in the eye and told them that they should stay off 
drugs, they should stay in school, they should not have sex, they should 
be against teen pregnancy, they should start a better life for 
    He had actually done these things. And a lot of people who condemned 
him, I think, missed a terrific opportunity to give a real practicing 
physician a chance to change the lives of more young people in America. 
You saw that. You stood by him. And I will never ever forget it. I thank 
you very much.
    I also want to thank you for something else, something more profound 
that you do every day, many of you without even knowing it. I ran for 
President for two reasons. One, I thought our country was drifting and 
not facing the challenges of the moment and that we were at risk of 
raising the first generation of Americans to do worse than their 
parents, when it was not necessary. So I wanted to restore the American 
dream of economy and prosperity for those who work hard.
    Second, I thought our country was on the edge of either becoming the 
greatest country in the world for the 21st century again or being 
divided in ways that will weaken us. The enormous racial and religious 
and ethnic diversity of America is the meal ticket of the United States 
to the future if we can come together, instead of permitting ourselves 
to be divided by those who seek short-term political advantage from the 
differences among us. And I want this country to pull together. And I 
want you to lead the way.
    It is obvious that both these objectives become imperative when you 
consider the realities of the world we face. We are no longer divided by 
the cold war. The geopolitical realities of India from time to time 
forced you and the United States to make decisions which divided our two 
great democracies because of the cold war, even though we were both 
democracies. The end of the cold war means that we don't have to divide 
the world up in that way anymore. The dawn of the information age and 
the technological revolution means that people can move ideas and 
technology and funds around the world in a split second, that all of us 
can move more rapidly than ever before.
    Therefore, this is a time of enormous human potential. But it is 
also full of challenges. It is full of economic challenges, because the 
global economy means that if America wants to continue not only to be a 
wealthy country but to have everybody able to work hard and be rewarded, 
that all those people that live within our borders now must compete with 
people beyond our borders. It means education is more important than 
ever before. It means personal productivity is more important than ever 
before. It means the strength of a family's work habits are more 
important than ever before if we want to lift all Americans up, because 
now we are not isolated behind our own borders.
    That is why so many Americans are frustrated today. They see our 
economy growing, unemployment is down, 6.7 million new jobs. But still 
more than half of our working people are working longer work weeks 
without getting a raise, under the pressure of the global economy. So 
that is the irony of America. We have more new businesses in the last 2 
years than at any time in our history. We have more new millionaires in 
the last 2 years than at any time in our history, and most people stuck 
in a rut. So our challenge is to keep all these good things going and 
lift the rest of Americans who are in the rut out of it.
    The same thing is true--[applause]--thank you. The same thing is 
true about making the most of our diversity. The cold war is over. That 
means we don't have to worry about nuclear annihilation. For the first 
time since the dawn of the nuclear age, there are

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no Russian missiles pointed at Americans, no American missiles pointed 
at Russians. Our space ships linked up yesterday; many of you must have 
seen it on television. How exciting it was. But when you take the heavy 
hand of authoritarianism away, you see the horrible conflict in Bosnia, 
where centuries old religious animosities flare up again today once 
there is no Yugoslavia run by a Tito to control people. Even in Russia, 
as it becomes more democratic, you see the ethnic fighting in a place 
like Chechnya consuming the energies of the nation and threatening the 
values of the nation.
    And in our country, with no iron hand of fear of something outside 
us to keep us together, you see now resurgent religious and ethnic 
differences manifesting themselves even across the United States. This 
is folly. We must find a way to live together, sharing the values of the 
American Constitution, respecting our different religious heritages, our 
different ethnic heritages, our different racial heritages. We have 
counties in the United States now with more than 100 different ethnic 
groups. Los Angeles County now has 150 different. And I say good; this 
is good for America. This is a good thing if we can use it to come 
together. It means we can trade with every country in the world. It 
means some of us can speak to people in every place in the world.
    What other nation could have done what we did in Haiti, liberating 
them from the long night of dictatorship, and doing it by putting 200 
Americans in military uniform on the ground in Haiti to speak Creole 
because they were Haitian-Americans? That's the great thing about this 
    We are a land and we are a set of ideas and convictions. We are not 
a single ethnic group. That is the magic of our democracy. We are a land 
and we are a single set of convictions, rooted in the simple but 
powerful words of our Constitution and its Bill of Rights, and our 
devotion to freedom and to competition and to openness. That is our meal 
ticket to the future. That is what will make it possible for us, not 
only to succeed economically but to live in harmony, if we can be 
faithful to it. And that has been the purpose of my Presidency.
    Now, what I want to say to you today is to echo a few words that 
your leader just spoke. We are having a great debate in the United 
States today, largely because we are at the end of the cold war, largely 
because we are in a new economic time, largely because all these changes 
have forced Americans both to change the way they live and work and to 
try to think of how we should organize ourselves into the future.
    And there are many people in the Nation's Capital who believe 
something that I think a lot of you do not believe. And that's one of 
the reasons I'm here. They say--and many of them who disagree with me 
would use you as an example, a good example--they would say all of the 
problems in America today are personal problems, individual failures; 
they are cultural problems. Why, if everybody would just wake up 
tomorrow and work hard and have a good family, we wouldn't have any 
other problems. And they would say if they were here arguing, they would 
say, look at all those Indian doctors and their families, who come to 
our country: many people come to our country without any money at all, 
and they become very successful. Why? Because they work like crazy and 
they have good family values and they transmit them to their children. 
And I agree with that. I mean, I agree with that. By definition--you 
know, no one can become anything just because someone else gives them 
something. We all have to work and build ourselves inside. That is true; 

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