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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, October 12, 1998
Volume 34--Number 41
Pages 1965-2025

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
    Congressional leaders, meeting--2017
    Democratic National Committee dinner--2002
    Economic team meeting--2010
    Education legislative agenda--2017
    Finance ministers and central bank governors--1978
    Health maintenance organizations' decision to opt out of some 
        Medicare markets--2007
    Impeachment inquiry vote--2010
    International Monetary Fund/World Bank, annual meeting--1983
    League of Conservation Voters dinner--1998
    Legislative agenda--1976, 2017
    National Association of Police Organizations' `` Top Cops''--2014
        Democratic National Committee dinner in Philadelphia--1969
        Democratic National Committee reception in Philadelphia--1965
    Radio address--1974
    Unity '98

Bill Signings

    Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 1999, statement--
    Higher Education Amendments of 1998

Bill Vetoes

    ``Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and 
        Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1999,'' message--2006

Communications to Congress

    See also Bill Vetoes
    Older Americans Act reauthorization, letters--2012
    Telecommunications services payments to Cuba, message--2013

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Cabinet Room--2010
        Oval Office--1988

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Hungary, Prime Minister Orban--1988
    Germany, Chancellor-Elect Schroeder--2016

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    Child Health Day--1979
    Columbus Day--2018
    General Pulaski Memorial Day--2019
    German-American Day--1980
    Leif Erikson Day--2011
    National Children's Day--2020
    National Day of Concern About Young People and Gun Violence--1997

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Agriculture legislation--1988

Statements by the President--Continued

    Death of Gene Autry--1965
    Senate action on the ``Internet Tax Freedom Act''--2011

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2025
    Checklist of White House press releases--2024
    Digest of other White House announcements--2021
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2022

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Monday, October 12, 1998
Volume 34--Number 41
Pages 1965-2025
Week Ending Friday, October 9, 1998
Statement on the Death of Gene Autry

October 2, 1998

    Hillary and I are saddened to learn of the death of Gene Autry. An 
entire generation of Americans has lost a beloved old friend from 
childhood. Gene Autry's music and movies captured all that was good and 
inspiring about America's Old West. His characters taught children 
across America important lessons about courage and freedom, justice and 
fairplay. And in leaving behind a treasure trove of recordings--from 
``Back in the Saddle Again'' to ``Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,'' 
America's First Singing Cowboy will sing forever. Our thoughts and 
prayers go out to the Autry family.

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Monday, October 12, 1998
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Week Ending Friday, October 9, 1998
Remarks at a Democratic National Committee Reception in Philadelphia, 

October 2, 1998

    Thank you. Thank you very much for the warm welcome. [Laughter] I've 
had a wonderful time in Philadelphia today, and I am deeply indebted to 
you for being here tonight, for supporting our party, our candidates, 
and what we stand for.
    I, too, want to thank Congressman Chaka Fattah for the High Hopes 
program. He and the mayor met me today at the airport with a number of 
young children from Philadelphia who are in your school system, in your 
middle school system. And then later, we sat down and drank a soft drink 
together, and I visited with them. And Chaka asked how many of them 
wanted to go to college, and they all wanted to go. And now they and 
literally tens of thousands of children like them all across our country 
are going to be able to go because of the initiative that he brought to 
me, that I embraced, and that we have worked so hard to pass: the High 
Hopes scholarship program. And we thank him. America is in your debt, 
Congressman. Thank you.
    And I believe we have one of our candidates for Congress here, too, 
tonight--Roy Afflerbach. Let's give him a hand. He's somewhere. Where 
are you, Roy? There you go. [Applause] Thank you. Thank you for running.
    I want to thank Steve Grossman for doing a superb job as the 
chairman of the Democratic Party. And we will not tell his mayor that he 
bragged on Rendell shamelessly tonight. [Laughter] I also want to thank 
Len Barrack of Philadelphia for being our finance chair. He's doing a 
wonderful, wonderful, wonderful job.
    And finally, let me say that the mayor was uncommonly generous 
tonight, but his administration is basically the embodiment of my 
philosophy of government. When we came before the American people, Al 
Gore and I, in 1992, we said we had a different idea, that we wanted 
everyone in America who was a responsible citizen to have opportunity. 
We wanted to come together as one community across all of our 
differences of race, religion, politics, income. We wanted to prove that 
you could be pro-business and pro-labor. We wanted to prove that you 
could be in favor of economic growth and still improve the environment. 
We wanted to end all these sort of false choices that had been imposed 
on us by the hot rhetoric of Washington for too many years. And we had a 
different theory of government, that we thought that the main role of 
government was to create the conditions and to give people the tools to 
make the most of their own lives.
    And all the initiatives that the mayor mentioned, that he so 
generously gave me credit for, most all of them were available to a lot 
of other places, too. But Philadelphia made the most of its 
opportunities because in no

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small measure of the gifts, the dedication, and the downright aggression 
of its mayor. And I cannot tell you how much I admire him for that.
    You know, I'm sure all of you have had an experience like this in 
your life in some context or another--by the time somebody calls you 15 
times and asks you for something, you say, yes, just to stop them, you 
know. [Laughter] When Ed Rendell gets all over you like a wet blanket 
about something--[laughter]--you know you might as well just cry 
``uncle'' and go on to something else. I say that because the 
achievements of this city have been truly phenomenal.
    And I have always loved coming here. You know, the people of 
Philadelphia have been quite wonderful to me and Hillary and to Al and 
Tipper, voting for us in record numbers and by record margins in both 
elections and I'm very, very grateful.
    Let me just take a few minutes to be a little serious with you 
tonight. I was so moved today by all the things that were said to me on 
the street--didn't even mind the protestors. That's the American way. 
But you like it even more when they're not in the majority--[laughter]--
and that seemed to be the case today. But I want you to know that, on 
behalf of the First Lady and on my part, I'm very grateful for those 
personal expressions.
    But I do not believe that adversity is the enemy of the Democratic 
Party in this election. Indeed, adversity can be our friend, because 
it's not only good for personal reformation; it's good for people to 
sort of dig down deep inside and ask yourself what's really important 
and what's really fair. What do you really care about? What will you act 
for? What will you move for?
    The real enemy the Democrats have in this election is complacency--
because we are doing pretty well as a country. We've got the lowest 
unemployment rate in 28 years and the lowest percentage of people on 
welfare in 29 years and the first balanced budget and surplus in 29 
years, and it's the biggest in history. We've got the best wage growth 
in way over 20 years. We've got, as Steve Grossman said, the biggest 
drop in Hispanic poverty in 30 years and the lowest unemployment rates 
and poverty rates among African-Americans since statistics have been 
kept, the highest homeownership in history. All that is very good. I'm 
grateful for that.
    But the real question is, what will we do with this moment? Our 
friends in the other party know that in spite of your presence and 
generosity here tonight, they always have tons more money than we do. 

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