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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-iii]
Monday, June 15, 1998
Volume 34--Number 24
Pages 1057-1106

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
    Connecticut, gubernatorial candidate Barbara Kennelly, reception in 
    Equal pay legislation, proposed--1090
    Massachusetts, Thoreau Institute in Lincoln--1057
    Murder in Jasper, TX--1090
    National Geographic Society--1094
    New York
        Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dinner in New York 
        United Nations Special Session on the world drug problem in New 
            York City--1062
    Radio address--1060
    South Korea, visit of President Kim
        State dinner--1088
        Welcoming ceremony--1073

Bill Signings

    Transportation Equity Act for the
     21st Century

Communications to Congress

    Austria-U.S. extradition treaty with documentation, message 
    Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and 
        Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other 
        Related Materials with documentation, message transmitting--1085

Communications to Congress--Continued

    ``International Crime Control Act of 1998,'' message transmitting 
        proposed legislation--1086
    Kosovo, message reporting--1092
    Protection of children and co-operation in respect of intercountry 
        adoption, message transmitting convention with documentation--
    Weapons of mass destruction, message transmitting report--1085

Executive Orders

    Blocking Property of the Governments of the Federal Republic of 
        Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), the Republic of Serbia, and 
        the Republic of Montenegro, and Prohibiting New Investment in 
        the Republic of Serbia in Response to the Situation in Kosovo--
    Coral Reef Protection--1099

Interviews With the News Media

    News conference with President Kim of South Korea, June 9 (No. 

Joint Statements

    Mexico, President Zedillo--1068

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Mexico, President Zedillo--1068
    South Korea, President Kim--1073, 1074, 1088

(Continued on inside of back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was in San Francisco, CA, on June 12, the 
closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the 
Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in 
this issue will be printed next week.


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    Flag Day and National Flag Week--1103
    National Homeownership Week--1060

Resignations and Retirements

    Defense Department, Secretary of the Navy, statement--1067

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings; Resignations and Retirements
    House of Representatives
        Agriculture legislation, action--1059
        Democratic child care proposal--1084
        Republican budget proposal--1059

Statements by the President--Continued

    Latin Americans of Japanese descent, wrongful internment--1103
    Supreme Court decision on penalties for drug traffickers who carry 

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1106
    Checklist of White House press releases--1106
    Digest of other White House announcements--1104
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1105

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Monday, June 15, 1998
Volume 34--Number 24
Pages 1057-1106
Week Ending Friday, June 12, 1998
Question-and-Answer Session With Students at the Thoreau Institute in 
Lincoln, Massachusetts

June 5, 1998

Writings of Henry David Thoreau

    Participant. I'm Liz Coogan from Concord Middle School here in 
Massachusetts, and this question is for you, Mr. President and Mr. 
Henley. What do Thoreau's writings and Walden Woods mean to you?
     The President. To me they mean two things. First, when I was very 
young and was first exposed to Thoreau's writings, he crystallized the 
feelings that I had when I was in nature and awakened in me a sense of 
profound obligation to respect and to preserve the natural environment.
    The second thing that impressed me about Thoreau from the very 
beginning is how much he learned about himself and about human nature 
and society by living apart from it for a while, how much, in effect, he 
learned about life by being a solitary person living alone for an 
extended period of time.
    It made a huge impression on me because most people wouldn't think 
that you could learn that much about life living alone. But when I saw 
what he wrote about solitude, for example, he persuaded me that you 
could learn quite a lot.

[At this point, musician Don Henley, founder of the institute, and 
Hillary Rodham Clinton responded to the same question. Russian students 
at the Municipal Children's Ecological Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, 
who participated by live video hookup, presented Mrs. Clinton with a 
copy of an artwork they had previously presented to the Thoreau 

Environmental Issues Education

     The President. I would just like to say that I very much appreciate 
the work that you're doing at the institute to teach the Russian 
children about the environment and how we have to preserve it.
    Most adults in all industrial countries were raised to believe that 
in order to have a strong economy you have to destroy part of the 
environment, and we have to change that. We have to raise a whole 
generation of young people who believe that the only way to preserve the 
economy over the long run is to take care of the environment. And if we 
all work at it together, we'll be successful.
    Russian Participant. I think, Mr. President, that we cannot only be 
hopeful that everything will be the way you said right now, but we can 
be positive that it is going to be like that in the future.
    The President. Spacibo [Thank you].

Note: The President spoke at 4:34 p.m. in the Education Center. 
Participants present at the institute were students from Boston Latin 
School, Lincoln-Sudbury High School, and Concord Middle School. The 
Russian video participant spoke in Russian, and his remarks were 
translated by an interpreter. This item was not received in time for 
publication in the appropriate issue.

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Monday, June 15, 1998
Volume 34--Number 24
Pages 1057-1106
Week Ending Friday, June 12, 1998
Remarks at the Grand Opening of the Thoreau Institute in Lincoln

June 5, 1998

    Thank you, please sit down. Well, we've been here a long time in 
this beautiful setting, and if Thoreau were here, he would say we need 
more silence and less talk. But I have immensely enjoyed what has been 
    Senator Kerry has been a consistent, devoted supporter of the 
environment, and he was profoundly eloquent about it today. Senator 
Kennedy has worked so hard for projects like this one for so long now, 
but he has a way of telling a personal story that brings home to people, 
who might not otherwise be engaged, the importance of the moment.
    You know, I thought I'd get a few brownie points for coming here and 
saying, because

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of his work here, I gave Don Henley the National Humanities Medal last 
year. But that's nothing compared to Ted Kennedy coming here and calling 
him the ``big fish'' and the ``distant drummer'' at the same time. 
    I would very much like to thank all the people who Don mentioned. I 
know Ed Begley, Jr., and Tony Bennett were on before; they've been good 
friends of ours. I thank Jimmy Buffett and Joe Walsh and all the 
musicians and other friends of Don who have helped. I thank you, Kathi, 
for your magnificent work. And I'm grateful to the National Endowment 
for the Humanities for supporting this project. And I thank you all for 
clapping when we said we weren't going to let it be done away with, 
along with the NEA.
    I'd like to recognize two people who aren't here today, but who 
played an important role in getting this endeavor off the ground with 
Don: the late Paul Tsongas and the late Michael Kennedy. Thank you, to 
    Hillary and I got to walk a little along the path coming down here 
today. It's very frustrating being where we are now because back when we 
had real lives, we used to walk in the woods a lot. [Laughter] And so to 
be able to come here and only be able to walk 200 yards so that our 
friends with the cameras could at least get a good picture so the 
American people could get a real feel for the magnificent work that's 
been done here, it winds up almost being more real to them than it is to 

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