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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, June 24, 1996
Volume 32--Number 25
Pages 1063-1103

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Addresses and Remarks

    American Nurses Association--1067
    Church burnings in the South--1065, 1072
    Illinois, American Federation of State, County and Municipal 
        Employees convention in Chicago--1087
    Olympic torch, departure ceremony--1086
    Peace Corps, 35th anniversary--1073
    Presidential Scholars, awards presentation ceremony--1082
    Radio address--1063
    Women's Legal Defense Fund, 25th anniversary--1076

Appointments and Nominations

    State Department, Special Envoy for Burundi Peace Negotiations, 

Communications to Congress

    International Natural Rubber Agreement, message to the Senate 

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Child support initiative, memorandums--1072

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Cabinet Room--1072
        Oval Office--1065
    News conference, April 20 (No. 125)--1097

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Cyprus, President Clerides--1065, 1066

Statements by the President

    See also Appointments and Nominations
    Death of Ella Fitzgerald--1064
    Russian election results--1071
    United Kingdom, terrorist attack in Manchester--1064

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1095
    Checklist of White House press releases--1094
    Digest of other White House announcements--1093
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1094

Editor's Note: The President was in Houston, TX, on June 21, 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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Monday, June 24, 1996
Volume 32--Number 25
Pages 1063-1103
Week Ending Friday, June 21, 1996
The President's Radio Address

June 15, 1996

    Good morning. Tomorrow millions of Americans will reach out to their 
fathers in thanks. I believe being a father is the most important job a 
man can do. Today I want to talk with you about what our Nation can do 
to help fathers as they try to raise good children.
    A good, strong father can make the difference between a lifetime of 
disappointment and anger, and a lifetime of fulfillment and good 
parenting in turn. Children from single-parent families are twice as 
likely to drop out of high school, to have a child before they're 20, to 
live in poverty. Children who don't have a dad at home are more likely 
to do worse in school than those who do, regardless of their household 
    Yet, in so many ways, being a father today is harder than it was 
when our own dads were young. Most fathers are working longer hours to 
help support their families. At the same time, as many women move into 
the workplace, many, many American fathers find themselves taking on 
even greater responsibilities at home.
    So, if we want to keep the American family strong in the 21st 
century, we have to support America's fathers in doing their best by 
their children. That's why we worked hard to pass the family and medical 
leave law, to cut taxes for our hardest pressed working families, why 
we're fighting to raise the minimum wage and to make it easier for 
parents to pay for their children's college education, why we're 
fighting to protect the Medicaid that helps working parents with 
children with disabilities to keep working and support their children.
    In addition to supporting fathers, we should expect basic 
responsibilities from them. That's why we worked so hard to strengthen 
child support enforcement. And I'm proud that child support collections 
are up by 40 percent in the last 3 years. We are also urging fathers to 
get more involved, along with mothers, in their children's education. In 
fact, this summer Education Secretary Dick Riley is enlisting fathers 
and mothers to keep reading to their children and reading with their 
children through vacation.
    While math and science scores have gone up in recent years, our 
reading scores have remained just about flat. And reading ability drops 
off when children are out of school. Secretary Riley's Read Write Now 
initiative will encourage 1 million children to keep reading, even after 
the school doors close. Fathers can help to build a lifetime of memories 
for themselves and their children by reading with them every day. I 
know. On this Father's Day, all those books that I read with Chelsea 
together are among my most precious memories.
    We also have to help parents protect their children from bad 
influences that come from outside the home. American parents are working 
overtime to keep their homes safe, to set good examples, only to have 
popular culture make their hard work even harder. That's why we worked 
hard to give parents the V-chip, so they can keep excessive violence and 
other inappropriate material out of their young children's TV viewing, 
and why we have encouraged the entertainment industry to rate their TV 
programs. It's why we're supporting antidrug strategies to help parents 
keep their children drug-free.
    Parents also know that, aside from television and drugs, alcohol and 
tobacco are two of the biggest dangers to our children. Our 
administration is working hard, along with tens of thousands of 
citizens, including so many young people in antismoking groups, to keep 
our children away from tobacco. Every day, 3,000 kids start to smoke in 
this country illegally, and 1,000 of them will have their lives 
shortened as a result. Our administration has proposed strong rules to 

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the advertising, marketing, and sales of tobacco to children.
    Now, some political leaders who oppose our efforts to restrict 
advertising and sales to children are saying that cigarettes are not 
necessarily addictive, even going so far as to compare the dangers of 
kids' smoking to the dangers of some children drinking milk. Well, 
that's certainly the tobacco company line. But it was the Surgeon 
General, Dr. C. Everett Koop, under President Reagan, who concluded 
nearly a decade ago that cigarettes are addictive, highly addictive. In 
fact, next week 130 of the Nation's top doctors and scientists are 
meeting to discuss how people can break free from tobacco addiction, not 
whether it's addictive.
    So when political leaders parrot the tobacco company line, say 
cigarettes are not necessarily addictive, and oppose our efforts to keep 
tobacco away from our children, they continue to cater to powerful 
interests, but they're not standing up for parents and children. In 
fact, they're making the job of being a parent even harder. So on the 
eve of this Father's Day, I say to the tobacco industry, support our 
efforts to keep tobacco away from our kids. And I say to others in 
public life, stop fighting those efforts; you should be supporting them, 
    One thing parents haven't had to worry about is their kids being 
exposed on television and radio to liquor advertisements. For half a 
century, liquor companies have voluntarily kept their ads off the air 
for the simple reason that it was the right thing to do. So I was 
disappointed this week when a major company announced it would break the 
ban and put liquor ads on TV, exposing our children to liquor before 
they know how to handle it or can legally do so. After voluntarily 
staying away from this for 50 years, being good corporate citizens, 
companies are now considering changing plans. I ask the companies to get 
back to the ban. Pull those ads. We appreciate your good corporate 
citizenship, and our parents need it to continue.
    Let's all resolve to make the job of being a father easier. Tomorrow 
we celebrate our fathers, who every day, without fanfare, or 
recognition, are doing the hard work it takes to be good fathers, good 
husbands, good citizens of our country.
    To all of you I say thank you, God bless you, happy Father's Day, 
and thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 5:25 p.m. on June 14 in the Roosevelt 
Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on June 15.

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Monday, June 24, 1996
Volume 32--Number 25
Pages 1063-1103
Week Ending Friday, June 21, 1996
Statement on the Terrorist Attack in Manchester, United Kingdom

June 15, 1996

    I am deeply outraged by the bomb explosion today at a shopping 
center in Manchester, England, which injured scores of innocent people, 
some very seriously. I join Prime Minister Major and Prime Minister 
Bruton in utterly condemning this brutal and cowardly act of terrorism. 
Such viciousness deserves universal condemnation. I wish the British 
Government every success in finding and bringing to justice those 
    On behalf of the American people, Hillary and I extend our deepest 
sympathies to the victims and their families. Our prayers are with them. 
We have known the shock and pain of terrorism in our country, the horror 
of the sudden shattering of daily life. The bombing today underscores 
the need for all of us to join together to fight terrorism and violence 
in all parts of the world.
    Last week, historic talks aimed at finding a lasting settlement to 
the conflict in Northern Ireland began in Belfast. The people of 
Northern Ireland voted to send their representatives to those talks, 
expressing their deep desire for peace and their commitment to 
democratic means of resolving their differences. The men of violence 
have once again tried to dash their hopes. I want the people who have so 
much at stake in those talks to know that the United States will stand 
with them in their continuing search for peace.

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Monday, June 24, 1996
Volume 32--Number 25
Pages 1063-1103
Week Ending Friday, June 21, 1996
Statement on the Death of Ella Fitzgerald

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