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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-ii]
Monday, April 15, 1996
Volume 32--Number 15
Pages 623-656

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings; Bill Vetoes
    Delaware, aircraft tragedy in Croatia, remarks in Dover--628
    Easter Egg Roll--630
    Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond--623
    Radio address--627
    ``Retirement Savings and Security Act,'' announcement--648
    Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown, funeral--640

Bill Signings

    Line Item Veto Act
    Waiving certain enrollment requirements, statement--640

Bill Vetoes

    Partial birth abortion legislation

Communications to Congress

    See also Bill Vetoes
    Intelligence community budget, letter transmitting report--640
    Liberian civil war, letter reporting--652

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Cooperation with Mexico on drug control, memorandum--631
    Designation of Acting Secretary of Commerce, memorandum--627

Executive Orders

    Amendment to Executive Order No. 11880 (designation of officers of 
        the Department of Commerce to act as Secretary of Commerce)--626

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters in the Oval Office--635, 638, 653

Letters and Messages

    Joseph Cardinal Bernardin on partial birth abortion legislation, 

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Greece, Prime Minister Simitis--638
    United Kingdom, Labour Party leader Blair--653


    National Child Abuse Prevention Month--634
    National D.A.R.E. Day--647
    National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day--630
    National Pay Inequity Awareness Day--651
    Pan American Day and Pan American Week--652

Statements by the President

    See Bill Signings

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--656
    Checklist of White House press releases--655
    Digest of other White House announcements--654
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--655


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Monday, April 15, 1996
Volume 32--Number 15
Pages 623-656
Week Ending Friday, April 12, 1996
Remarks at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma

April 5, 1996

    Thank you very much. Governor Nigh, Mrs. Nigh, Congressman Istook, 
Mr. Mayor, Mr. Speaker, the other distinguished guests on the platform, 
and to the students and the other members of the University of Central 
Oklahoma community and family, Governor David Walters and Mrs. Walters, 
and to all the people who are here with me today because of the mission 
we are on.
    Let me say it's good to be back here. I heard the students laughing 
when Governor Nigh announced that I was here 8 years ago, and I was 
thinking, most of the students were in grade school the last time I was 
here. [Laughter] Later this year I'll be eligible for my AARP card--
[laughter]--but I'm still glad to be here.
    As all of you know, and as the Governor said, I came here today to 
Oklahoma to pay my respects nearly a year after the tragedy of the 
bombing, to attend a memorial service for the families of those who were 
victims, for the survivors and their families, and others who were 
Federal employees who worked there, and to help your State officials to 
dedicate the beginning of the child care center which will be rebuilt, 
which is a remarkable accomplishment, and to meet with this scholarship 
committee, which informed me of the results which were just announced to 
you by Governor Nigh.
    And it is coming at an especially sad but ironically appropriate 
time, just a couple of days after we suffered the loss of our Secretary 
of Commerce and a number of fine Federal employees--some of them very 
young, barely older than some of the students here--a number of fine 
U.S. military personnel, and some of our country's most outstanding 
business leaders in that plane crash in Bosnia.
    I would like to make just two points briefly. I know it's cold and 
you've been waiting a long time, but I ask you to reflect on two things. 
That plane went down in Bosnia full of people who have worked very hard 
to help the American people fulfill their potential. Ron Brown was 
immensely proud of the fact that more than any other Commerce Secretary 
and Commerce Department in our history, they had been instrumental in 
opening new avenues for people to buy American products and American 
services and create jobs for Americans, so that when young people get 
out of college they can get jobs, good jobs, jobs that pay better than 
average, jobs with a good future.
    But these people went to Bosnia with only the most modest 
expectation of any personal gain for themselves. They went there to try 
to use the power of the American economy to help bring opportunity to 
the Bosnians so that peace wouldn't fall apart and instead would take 
    But the main thing I want to say is that my friend Ron Brown, who 
grew up in Harlem, never forgot where he came from and spent his 
lifetime trying to help other people realize their dreams. When our 
hearts were breaking over what happened in Oklahoma City--it was this 
madness that somebody for some perverted political purpose could take 
everyone else's life away from them who weren't even standing in the 
way, they just happened to show up in the wrong time in the wrong place. 
And so I would like to say two things to you today.
    First of all, all of us need to ask ourselves a year later, what are 
our responsibilities not only to help the children, who were tragically 
robbed of their parents in Oklahoma City, to fulfill their dreams but to 
provide that opportunity for all people? I've worked very hard to expand 
the quality and availability of college loans and the college 
scholarships for children of modest incomes. I'm still hoping we'll pass 
a balanced budget amendment

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in our legislation in this Congress that will include a tax cut that 
gives families a deduction for the cost of college tuition, because I 
think it's the best possible tax break we could give America, to do 
    But this is not a political issue. Every American has an interest in 
seeing every other American be able to live out their dreams. And we 
have certain positive responsibilities, just like Ron Brown believed 
that we did, to try to do that, and access to higher education is, 
perhaps, the most important one.
    The second thing I want to ask you about, especially the young 
people, is to think about where do we go from here. And as horrible and 
personal as the bombing of the Federal building was to you, I want you 
to try to step back a minute and put it in a larger context. It was, 
first and foremost, an act of terror. What is terror? Terror is when 
someone, allegedly for some philosophical or political reason, believes 
they have the right to take innocent lives, not people who are fighting 
them in war, not people who are wearing uniforms, not people who are 
staring at them across a battle line but just to take an action that 
will take the lives of people who just happen to be in the wrong place 
at the wrong time.
    And we are seeing that all over the world, and you see it in two 
ways. First, you see homegrown terror, people in your own country that 
are so profoundly alienated they think they have a right to do this. 
You've been reading about the Unabomber in recent days. That's an 
example of that. You remember when the religious fanatics in Japan broke 
open poison gas in the Japanese subway and killed a lot of people and a 
few days later could have killed hundreds more, but miraculously, the 
second attempt was thwarted. That's an example of that.
    And then you have imported terrorism, where people come in from 
other countries, and they try to wreck your life to pursue their 
political ambitions. An example of that is the World Trade Center 
bombing. And it's really tough when they're coming from right next door, 
which is what is tearing the heart out of the people in the Middle East 
now. And you remember how recently we saw the people there--innocent, 
not only innocent Israelis, innocent Palestinians, innocent Moroccans, 
little children just blown away because some crackpot believes that it 
is a legitimate way to pursue your political philosophy to kill innocent 
    Now what I want to tell you today is--and I want you to think about 
this, especially the young people--the world you're living in and the 
world we're moving toward is going to offer you more opportunities to 
succeed, if you have a good education, than any generation of Americans 
has ever known. But the same forces that offer you those opportunities 
to succeed offer people opportunities to commit terrorist acts. And 
therefore, we must be more vigilant, more active, more determined than 
ever before.
    Why is that? Well, just think about it. What's the world like now? 
Computer technology can now interface people all over the world. I'm 
trying to get every classroom and every library and every school in 
America connected to the Internet by the end of the decade. I know right 
now there are public schools in America where young junior high school 
students can get on the Internet and do research out of libraries in 
Asia and Australia, all over the world. Well, that also means that 
terrorist networks can get information about how to build bombs and how 
to wreak mischief if you just know how to find the right home page.
    We've got to have open borders in order to move products and 
services around the world, in order for people to travel around the 
world. We have to be able to get around in a hurry. The more open the 
borders are, the more open the information is, the more vulnerable we 
are to things like money laundering and terrorists moving out of 
    Now, that should not frighten you. The good news is we are reducing 
the traditional threats to your security and your future. Communism has 
failed. The cold war is over. We have agreed to treaties that will 
reduce by two-thirds the number of nuclear weapons that existed when the 
cold war was at its height. And for the first time in the history of 
nuclear weapons, for the last 2 years there's not a single nuclear 
weapon pointed at any American citizen. That is the good news.

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    That's the good news. But in an open world of easy information, 
quick technology, and rapid movements, we are all more vulnerable than 
we used to be to terrorism and its interconnected allies, organized 
crime, drug running, and the spread of weapons of destruction. And so I 
spend a lot of my time as your President trying to think about what we 
can do to minimize those dangers.
    We've done a lot to try to fight terrorism. We've done a lot to try 
to fight drug trafficking. We've done a lot to try to fight the money 
laundering that goes along with all this, to try to help other countries 
stand up to organized crime, because nobody is immune from this. You see 
it in all of the places I cited. You see it when those terrible bombs go 
off in London. I saw it in Latin America where we have honest law 
enforcement officials in Colombia trying to help us crack the Colombian 

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