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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, March 22, 1999 Volume 35--Number 11 Pages 419-469 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Amtrak crash in Illinois--447 Arkansas, dinner honoring former Senator Dale Bumpers in Little Rock--430 Child care legislation, proposed--449 Conference on U.S.-Africa Partnership for the 21st Century--443 Florida Departure for Palm Beach--447 Democratic National Committee dinner in Stuart--449 International Association of Fire Fighters, legislative conference-- 436 Kosovo--432 Millennium Evening at the White House, sixth--441 Peace Garden Scroll and the Shalom Chaver Award for International Leadership--464 Presidential Medal of Freedom, presentation to George J. Mitchell-- 458 Radio address--428 Radio and TV Correspondents' dinner--466 Saint Patrick's Day Ceremony with Prime Minister Ahern of Ireland--456 Speaker's luncheon--455 Texas Dinner for Representative Max Sandlin in Texarkana--424 Reception for Representative Max Sandlin in Texarkana--419 Bill Signings Farmers and ranchers, legislation providing guaranteed loans, statement--440 Communications to Congress Corporation for Public Broadcasting, message transmitting report-- 463 Iran, message transmitting report on the national emergency--441 National Endowment for Democracy, message transmitting report--463 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters in the Oval Office--432, 447 Interview with Michael Jackson, KRLA radio--433 Joint Statements U.S.-Africa Ministerial Joint Communique--461 U.S. President Bill Clinton, the Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, and the British Prime Minister Tony Blair--462 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Ireland, Prime Minister Ahern--455, 456, 458, 462 NATO, Secretary General Solana--432 (Continued on the inside of the back cover) Editor's Note: The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is also available on the Internet on the GPO Access service at http:// www.gpo.gov/nara/nara003.html. 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[[Page iii]] Meetings With Foreign Leaders--Continued Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Mallon, Northern Ireland Assembly--455, 458 Sinn Fein leader Adams--455, 458 Social Democratic and Labour Party leader Hume--455, 456, 458 Ulster Unionist Party leader Trimble--455, 456, 458 Organization of African Unity Chairman Ouedraogo--443 Secretary General Salim--443 United Kingdom, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Mowlam--456, 458 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Bombing of a family planning clinic in Asheville, NC, attempted--429 Child care legislation, proposed--449 Cuban Government's sentencing of human rights activists--440 Statements by the President--Continued National Missile Defense legislation--457 North Atlantic Treaty Organization, accession of Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic--423 Northern Ireland, killing of Rosemary Nelson--440 Patients' rights legislation--457 Senator John Chafee's decision not to seek reelection--440 Weapons labs, review of security at Department of Energy--463 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--469 Checklist of White House press releases--469 Digest of other White House announcements--468 Nominations submitted to the Senate--469 [[Page 419]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 419-423] Monday, March 22, 1999 Volume 35--Number 11 Pages 419-469 Week Ending Friday, March 19, 1999 Remarks at a Reception for Representative Max Sandlin in Texarkana, Texas March 12, 1999 The President. Thank you very much. Thank you. You know, I told Leslie, I said, ``Max is doing so well I don't need to say anything.'' [Laughter] ``If I say anything now, it's going to be an anticlimax.'' [Laughter] He had me halfway believing that stuff by the time he got through. [Laughter]. Let me say to all of you, I am delighted to see such a large crowd. I'm sorry, apparently some people had to be turned away; I wish I could have seen them as well. I thank you for coming. I thank you for coming to see me and for coming to support your Congressman. I want to thank Mr. Mayor, thank you for making me feel so welcome. And I thank the whole committee that was involved in this, my longtime friend Judge Ed Miller. Thank you, Judge--Molly Beth Malcolm, and Willie Ray and all the others who are here on the host committee. I want to thank my friend of many years, once my law student, John Rafaelli, who has got a lot more money than I do and is putting us up in this beautiful hotel now. I thank him for that. Let me say just a couple of words. You know, I came today for two reasons. I came here to help Max, and I also went home to Hope to dedicate the birthplace that the local foundation there set up. They restored the old home that I lived in from the time I was born until I was 4 years old. And it was an interesting day. You know, it was cold and rainy, and the wind was blowing. I said, ``You know, I always got humbled when I came home, but this was the worst.'' I mean, for 5 years I've been trying to convince the American people that this global warming was for real. [Laughter] And we have the coldest March day in 100 years in Hope. I don't know how much ground I lost today on that. [Laughter] But as you might imagine, it was a very emotional day. A lot of my-- my brother and his wife and my wonderful young nephew came in from California. My stepfather was there; a lot of my kinfolks from all over southwest Arkansas and from Texas came in on my mother's and my father's side of the family. And last night, when I was coming back from a remarkable trip I had to Central America to see the victims of the hurricanes there and the associated disasters and to reaffirm the partnership that we have for the future, I sat and tried to write down a few things that I wanted to say. And I had, surprisingly, since I was 4 when I moved out of that place, a lot of memories still of that wonderful old house. And it occurred to me that in that little town where I was born and where I spent so much time in the intervening years, when I was a kid, nearly 50 years ago, there were two things that we were raised to believe in that town that I have tried to bring to this country and that I have tried to get every child in this country to believe: One is to be optimistic, to believe that you can create a life for yourself and live out your dreams; the other is to have a sense of belonging, to believe that we are part of one community in our towns, in our States, in our country, and increasingly with like-minded people all around the world, that we belong, and that because we belong we have a responsibility not only to ourselves and our loved ones but to others, and that the better our neighbors do, the better we'll do. I've tried to convince every child in this country that both those things are true. And the evidence is I may have done better out in the country than I have in Washington, DC--[laughter]--but making the effort has been a joy for me. I can say without any hesitation that much of the good things that have happened I was [[Page 420]] a part of but certainly not solely responsible for. Many of the things which Max talked about could not have been achieved if I hadn't had strong allies in the United States Congress. And I came here for him today not simply because he is a member of my party but because we share the same values, the same convictions, the same vision for the future of the country, because he fights for you up there, because he--and he does it, I think, in three ways. Number one, on issues that are specific to this district, he speaks to me about them. Number two, he believes in things that are good for America that will have a special impact here--our efforts to lower class sizes in the early grades, our efforts to open the doors of college to all people with the tax credits and the student loans the other initiatives to the administration. He believes that we ought to have a Patient's Bill of Rights to protect the quality of health care for people in managed care programs throughout the country. And I do, too. [Laughter] He believes in the proposal I made to save Social Security and Medicare before we spend the surplus, and I want to talk about that a little in a minute. And finally, in this last year, even though he is a very junior Member of the United States House of Representatives, he was one of the most serious, substantive, thoughtful, and effective advocates, asking all the Members of Congress to read the Constitution, read the history, and uphold their oath to protect the kind of Government that we have preserved in this country for over 220 years. For all those reasons, you should be very, very proud of your Congressman, who is a remarkable person. Now, I'm having a great time. You know, I can now go around, and I can go to fundraisers like this, and none of them are for me. [Laughter] And I love that. I love the idea that if I can stay healthy, I can spend quite a few years trying to give back to this political system and to candidates and to people that I believe in who have given me so much. I want you to know that in the 2 years I have left, what I'm going to try to do is to take advantage of the good times we have now and the optimism and the self-confidence we have to ask the American people to look at the big, unmet challenges this country still has ahead of us when we start this new century. You know, when I ran for President in 1991 and 1992, we had to get the country working again--literally, working. The unemployment rate was too high, real wages for working people hadn't gone up in 20 years. The crime rate was going up. The welfare rolls were exploding. We had increasing social tensions between people of different racial and religious groups, manifested in civil disturbances in some of our cities. And it seemed to me that we clearly had to stop doing the same things we've been doing for the last dozen years and take a different course. And we did, and the results have been good, and Max talked about them. But now we have to say, ``Well, so now what?'' Should we just sort of, like being at school, should we call a recess and just say, ``Gee, we feel good. We're going to go out and play a while?'' I think that would be a big mistake. I think it would be a big mistake for several reasons. Number one, we've still got some unaddressed problems. Number
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