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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, December 14, 1998 Volume 34--Number 50 Pages 2431-2469 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Arkansas, memorial service for William Maurice Smith, Jr., in Wynne--2433 Dale and Betty Bumpers, gala honoring--2444 Death of Albert Gore, Sr.--2434 Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, presentation--2454 Former Secretary of Agriculture Michael Espy, portrait unveiling-- 2461 General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., of the Tuskegee Airmen--2449 House Judiciary Committee vote on the first article of impeachment, remarks prior to--2465 Kennedy Center Honors reception--2435 Medicare fraud, efforts to combat--2438 National Christmas tree lighting--2452 Radio address--2432 W. Averell Harriman Democracy Award--2446 White House Conference on Social Security--2441 Communications to Congress Major illicit drug-producing and drug-transit countries, letter-- 2437 Communications to Federal Agencies Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, memorandum--2453 New Independent States of the former Soviet Union, memorandum on assistance--2444 Executive Orders Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay and Delegation of a Federal Pay Administration Authority--2440 Executive Orders--Continued Further amendment to Executive Order 13037, Commission To Study Capital Budgeting--2467 Implementation of Human Rights Treaties--2459 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters aboard Air Force One--2434 Letters and Messages Hanukkah, message--2453 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Costa Rica, President Rodriguez--2463 El Salvador, President Calderon--2463 Guatemala, Vice President Flores--2463 Honduras, President Flores--2463 Nicaragua, President Aleman--2463 Proclamations Death of Albert Gore, Sr.--2440 Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week--2457 National Children's Memorial Day--2466 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day--2431 Statements by the President National Education Goals Report--2463 Northern right whale, International Maritime Organization action to protect--2440 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--2469 Checklist of White House press releases--2468 Digest of other White House announcements--2467 Nominations submitted to the Senate--2468 WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. 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[[Page 2431]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2431-2432] Monday, December 14, 1998 Volume 34--Number 50 Pages 2431-2469 Week Ending Friday, December 11, 1998 Proclamation 7156--National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 1998 December 4, 1998 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Fifty-seven years ago, at 7:55 on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, Imperial Japan launched a surprise attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor, thrusting the United States into the crucible of World War II. From the vantage point of history, we now know that the events of that day would transform our Nation and the course of world history. Attacking in two waves, Japanese aircraft killed or wounded almost 3,600 Americans--over 1,000 of them aboard the battleship ARIZONA--sank or badly damaged most of our Pacific Fleet, and destroyed or damaged almost all U.S. aircraft in the area. In his historic speech to the Congress on the following day, President Franklin Roosevelt requested and the Congress approved a declaration of war against Japan. With characteristic optimism and confidence in the spirit of the American people, he predicted that ``No matter how long it may take us . . . the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.'' President Roosevelt proved to be right, although he would not live to see the ultimate triumph of freedom. After almost 4 long years of struggle and sacrifice by the men and women of our Armed Forces, sustained by the prayers of their families and the efforts of determined working men and women throughout our land who built our Nation into the ``Arsenal of Democracy,'' the United States and our allies prevailed over the forces of fascism and oppression. To understand and appreciate the magnitude of our victory in World War II, we have only to remember Pearl Harbor. We have only to remember the indomitable spirit of the American forces there who, despite the death and destruction engulfing them, individually and collectively responded with courage and selflessness. We remember the sailors who raced to their battle stations and opened fire on the attacking Japanese planes even as their ships were ablaze and sinking. We remember the small, valiant band of Army pilots who managed to take off during the second wave of bombing and, though hopelessly outnumbered, shot down several enemy aircraft. We remember the crew of the crippled OKLAHOMA cheering their comrades on the NEVADA as she made a desperate dash down the harbor channel to safety. These heroes of Pearl Harbor were an inspiration to our entire country--and they remain so today. It is fitting that each year, on this day, we remember them and give thanks for their courage, their sacrifice, and their refusal to be defeated. Because of them, and the millions of other Americans like them who have served our Nation in uniform, America is free, strong, and at peace. To pay tribute to these heroes and to honor our solemn obligation to those who sacrificed their lives to defend our freedom that fateful Sunday morning, the Congress, by Public Law 103-308, has designated December 7, 1998, as ``National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.'' Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 1998, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I urge all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities in honor of the Americans who served at Pearl Harbor. I also ask all Federal departments and agencies, organizations, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff on this day in honor of those Americans who died as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor. [[Page 2432]] In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of December, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-third. William J. Clinton [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., December 8, 1998] Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on December 9. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2432-2433] Monday, December 14, 1998 Volume 34--Number 50 Pages 2431-2469 Week Ending Friday, December 11, 1998 The President's Radio Address December 5, 1998 Good morning. In 1993 I took office determined to get our country moving again, to provide opportunity for all responsible, hard-working citizens, and to create the conditions of a genuine community in our country. First, we had to get the economy going. Yesterday we got the good news that unemployment is down to 4.4 percent, the lowest in 28 years, with 17.3 million new jobs. But America needs more than jobs to really work. Our country also has to be safer. And we've worked very hard to make our streets, our schools, our neighborhoods safer places to live, work, and raise families. We've put in place a comprehensive strategy of more prevention, strong enforcement, tougher punishment. We've taken more guns and criminals off the street and put more police on the beat. Crime has dropped for 6 years in a row now, to a 25-year low. This week America launched a new effort to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and make our streets safer. For the first time ever, the Justice Department, working with the States, conducted computerized background checks on all firearm purchases. In its first 4 days, the new national instant check system reviewed more than 100,000 prospective gun sales to make sure only law-abiding citizens took home new guns. And in just 4 days, we stopped more than 400 felons, fugitives, stalkers, and other prohibited purchasers from walking away with new guns. That's more than 100 illegal gun sales blocked each day. Who knows how many lives were saved. But within just 24 hours after the instant checks went into effect, the National Rifle Association went to court to stop the new system. The gun lobby's goal is plain. As the NRA's executive director himself put it this week, they want to ``scale back'' the Brady law. Five years ago, as the Brady bill was nearing passage in Congress, the gun lobby spent more than a million dollars in a desperate effort to kill it. Fortunately, the good sense of Congress and the will of the American people prevailed. The gun lobby lost. But the American people won. Unfortunately, as we saw this week, they'll stop at nothing to gut the Brady law and undermine our efforts to keep more guns from falling into the wrong hands, even though we now have 5 years of evidence that it works. We can't turn back. In these last 5 years, Brady background checks have stopped nearly a quarter of a million illegal handgun sales. We can't go back to the days when dangerous criminals walked away from stores with new guns, no questions asked. Police, prosecutors, and the American people they protect have made it clear they want to strengthen, not weaken, the Brady law. That's why, when the new Congress goes into session next month, one of my top priorities will be to pass legislation to require a minimum waiting period before a handgun sale becomes final. This ``cooling off'' period will help prevent rash acts of violence and give authorities more time to stop illegal gun purchases.
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