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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 771-773] Monday, April 17, 2000 Volume 36--Number 15 Pages 771-837 Contents [[Page 771]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page 772]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders American Society of Newspaper Editors, question-and-answer session-- 807 Colorado Gun safety rally in Denver--793 MSNBC's townhall meeting on guns in Denver--796 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee dinners--816, 817 Georgia Education Writers Association, question-and-answer session in Atlanta--819 Reception for Representative Cynthia A. McKinney in Atlanta--828 Louisiana Democratic National Committee luncheon in New Orleans--775 ``Messiah 2000,'' performance in Alexandria--784 Maryland, State bill signing ceremony in Annapolis--788 Middle East peace process--792 PBS' ``The American President,'' documentary screening--771 Radio address--774 Bill Signings Joseph Ileto Post Office legislation, statement--833 Communications to Congress Iraq, letter reporting on compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions--788 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in the Rose Garden--792 Letters and Messages Jubilee 2000, message--785 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Israel, Prime Minister Barak--792 Proclamations National Crime Victims' Rights Week--787 National D.A.R.E. Day--806 National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day--783 National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week--834 National Park Week--835 Pan American Day and Pan American Week--782 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page 773]] Contents--Continued Statements by the President See also Bill Signings America's Private Investment Companies initiative--806 China, permanent normal trade relations status--791 Elephant ivory and whale products, proposals to reopen trade--833 Greek legislative elections--786 Organ donation legislation--806 Prescription drug coverage, Department of Health and Human Services report--785 Republican budget proposal--771 Statements by the President--Continued South Korea and North Korea, summit meeting--786 START II Treaty, Russian State Duma action--833 V-22 aircraft tragedy--785 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--837 Checklist of White House press releases--836 Digest of other White House announcements--835 Nominations submitted to the Senate--836 [[Page 771]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 771] Monday, April 17, 2000 Volume 36--Number 15 Pages 771-837 Week Ending Friday, April 14, 2000 Statement on the Republican Budget Proposal April 7, 2000 This new Republican budget combines bad fiscal policy and a flawed economic strategy. It undermines our efforts to strengthen Social Security and Medicare, makes it harder to pay off the debt, and rests on dramatic cuts in education, law enforcement, the environment, and efforts to promote peace in national security. I remain committed to working with any Member of Congress from either party on a budget that will strengthen Social Security and Medicare, add a prescription drug benefit, eliminate the debt by 2013, expand access to health coverage through Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, and strengthen education and other key investments. Let's put this empty political document aside and work together to keep America on a responsible fiscal course that meets our Nation's long-term challenges. Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 771-774] Monday, April 17, 2000 Volume 36--Number 15 Pages 771-837 Week Ending Friday, April 14, 2000 Remarks at a Screening of PBS' ``The American President'' Documentary Series April 7, 2000 The President. Thank you very much, and welcome. I want to say a special word of welcome to all the voices of the Presidents who are here--and they were supposed to give me a list of them--I don't know what happened, I just saw it. [Laughter] But I know we have Senator Bumpers, Senator Glenn, Senator Simon, Representative Rostenkowski, Governors Weicker and Weld. Bill Ferris, we welcome you here. And a special word of thanks to Sy Sternberg and his family. We appreciate the fact that New York Life has underwritten this. I also want to thank the coproducers, Philip Kunhardt, Jr., and Philip Kunhardt III and Peter Kunhardt. And there are some other voices here from the series: Ben Bradlee, Walter Cronkite, James Roosevelt, Charlie Rose--I don't know if he's here or not--and Tim Russert. Tonight this is a fitting way for us to open the first in a series of events celebrating the 200th anniversary of the White House. It is clearly the right thing to do to begin by honoring the lives of individuals who have roamed the halls and carried the burden of the Presidency within the walls of the White House. This room has not only witnessed historical events, it has played a role in shaping them. It has hosted 42 administrations and 41 different personalities, every President except George Washington. The East Room began as a laundry room for Abigail Adams--an auspicious beginning-- [laughter]--reminding us that there are certain basic elements to this job. Thomas Jefferson and Meriwether Lewis laid maps and animal skins on this floor where you're sitting and charted the Lewis and Clark expedition. Later, in 1814, a banquet was being held here in this White House and in this room when James Madison sent Dolley word that the Army had miscalculated where the British were going to assault Washington, and he told her to cut Gilbert Stuart's painting of George Washington down and get out of the house as quickly as possible. She did, and they had to leave the banquet here. The British came in, ate the food, and then burned the White House. [Laughter] Later, this house and this room was the headquarters for battle-worn Union troops during the Civil War. President Roosevelt's children roller-skated here. Over the years, this room and this house have survived a [[Page 772]] major fire, two wars, a plane crash, and five weddings. And of course, it has been a gallery for some priceless art which embodies the history of this country. Each President in his own time has survived unique challenges, striving to fulfill the purpose of our Founders to form a more perfect Union. Tonight we will have the opportunity to see two of these selections from the ``American President'' series, the first documentary series ever to profile all of our Chief Executives. The first viewing is on the life of Thomas Jefferson. Every American President has been inspired by Jefferson, affected by his decisions, fascinated by his life story. He spent a lifetime shaping our new and ever-evolving democracy. It would become, as he said, more developed, more enlightened as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, manners and opinions change. One hundred and fifty years later, our 35th President, John Kennedy--whose sister, Eunice, is with us tonight, and we thank you for coming--brought that same spirit of innovation and progress to the White House. His fleeting time in this house remains a singular story in our history. Our President for only a thousand days, he changed the way we think about our country, our world, and our own obligations to the future. The New Frontier inspired millions of Americans to take a personal responsibility for making our country stronger and more united. As he said, ``The New Frontier is not a set of promises. It is a set of challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people but what I intend to ask of them.'' Many great people have called this house home. All of them, so far, have been white males of European descent. I am absolutely convinced that in the not-too-distant future, there will be a woman President, and a person of color will occupy the White House and the Oval Office. But the Presidency was not built by one person. And in a fundamental way, it has been carried forward by the American people since the beginning. I have spent a lot of time reading the histories of various periods in the White House and the biographies of some of my lesser known predecessors. One of the things that I hope this series will do is to give people a feel of the mixture of the personality and character and skills of a President and his time, and also a sense of what personal joys and tragedies surrounded Presidents. Just for example, Franklin Pierce, one of the only other Presidents who came from a small State and was a Governor, is generally accounted not to have been a very good President. But when you consider the times in which he served, I wonder whether Lincoln could have succeeded in 1853, instead of 1861. And almost never do I hear anyone talk about the fact that when Franklin Pierce was on his way to be inaugurated, with his wife and his only child, he took the train from New Hampshire to Washington, and there was a minor accident in which 10 or 11 people
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