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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, January 27, 1997
Volume 33--Number 4
Pages 57-94

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses to the Nation

    Inaugural Address--60

Addresses and Remarks

    Budget proposal--65
    Democratic National Committee
        First In The World Consortium in Northbrook--74
        Stanley Field Middle School in Northbrook--73
    Inaugural luncheon--63
    President's Summit on Citizen Service, announcement--91
    Radio address--58
    Swearing-in ceremonies
        Secretary of Defense William Cohen--89
        Secretary of State Madeleine Albright--86

Communications to Congress

    Continuation of the emergency with respect to Middle East peace 
        process, message transmitting notice--72

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Seatbelt use, memorandum--89

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Cabinet Room--65
        Oval Office--86, 89
        Roosevelt Room--87
        South Lawn--73
    Interview with Al Hunt of the Wall Street Journal--80

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    United Nations Secretary-General Annan--87


    Continuation of Emergency Regarding Terrorists Who Threaten To 
        Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process--72


    Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday--57
    National Day of Hope and Renewal--64

Statements by the President

    Death of Paul Tsongas--59
    Senate confirmation of the Secretary of State and the Secretary of 

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--94
    Checklist of White House press releases--93
    Digest of other White House announcements--93
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--93


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Monday, January 27, 1997
Volume 33--Number 4
Pages 57-94
Week Ending Friday, January 24, 1997
Proclamation 6967--Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 1997

January 17, 1997

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    People throughout the world celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin 
Luther King, Jr., as a tribute to his shining example of love and 
    Dr. King was a man of clear and powerful vision who offered an 
uncompromising message of brotherhood and hope at a time when violence 
and racial intolerance tore at the seams of our Nation. In addressing 
these ills, he often referred to what he called the ``magnificent 
words'' of the Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed that ``all 
men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with 
certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the 
pursuit of Happiness.'' He declared these words to be ``a promissory 
note to which every American was to fall heir,'' and upon which payment 
could no longer be delayed. Dr. King's struggle made it possible for all 
of us to move closer to the ideals set forth in the Declaration of 
Independence and in our Constitution.
    Although ours is the most successful multiracial, multicultural 
society in human history, in the words of Dr. King, ``our work is not 
yet done.'' We have not yet fully realized Dr. King's dream of a Nation 
of full opportunity, genuine equality, and consistent fair play for all.
    Every citizen must rise to meet that challenge because America's 
promise of freedom and opportunity cannot truly be realized for any of 
us until it is realized for every one of us. We all have an obligation 
to reach out to one another--across the artificial barriers of race, 
gender, religion, class, and age--so that each member of our society 
shares fully in the promise of the American Dream.
    In the spring of 1963, Dr. King was arrested in Birmingham, Alabama, 
while protesting discrimination in public accommodations and employment. 
From his jail cell, he wrote of his faith that ultimately what was good 
in America would prevail over fear and prejudice:
      We will reach the goal of freedom in Birmingham and all over the 
      nation, because the goal of America is freedom. Abused and scorned 
      though we may be, our destiny is tied up with the destiny of 
      America. . . . We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage 
      of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our 
      echoing demands.
    As I begin my second term as the last President of the 20th century, 
I ask each American to work with me to usher in a new era of hope, 
reconciliation, and fellowship among all our people--rich and poor, 
young and old, and men and women of every race. I urge all Americans to 
put intolerance behind us, seek common ground, and strive for justice 
and community in our Nation.
    Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United 
States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the 
Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Monday, 
January 20, 1997, as the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday. I 
call upon the people of the United States to observe this occasion with 
appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day 
of January, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-seven, 
and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred 
and twenty-first.
                                            William J. Clinton

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[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., January 22, 

Note: This proclamation was released by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on January 18, and it was published in the Federal Register on 
January 23.

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Monday, January 27, 1997
Volume 33--Number 4
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Week Ending Friday, January 24, 1997
The President's Radio Address

January 18, 1997

    Good morning. Today I want to talk with you about the progress we 
have made in response to last year's disturbing rash of arsons and other 
destructive acts directed at houses of worship throughout our country. 
But before I do, I want to condemn another act of violent terror, the 
recent bombing of the women's health center in Atlanta. That, too, is 
wrong, and we also must stop it.
    Now, in the aftermath of these terrible crimes against the houses of 
worship, many of us ask ourselves, why? Were these fires fueled by a 
sudden upsurge in racial and religious hostility? Were they set for 
personal gain or revenge? Or were they merely random acts of violence? 
Whatever the causes of the crimes, they offended every citizen who 
cherishes America's proud heritage of religious and ethnic diversity, 
every citizen who remembers that religious freedom, justice, and 
equality are the founding principles of our great democracy.
    As one who was raised in the church and who continues to be guided 
by the enduring lessons I learned there, I joined with all Americans of 
conscience in demanding swift action to combat these crimes, to help the 
churches rebuild and to prevent anymore fires.
    Seven months ago, I established the National Church Arson Task Force 
to coordinate the efforts of more than 200 FBI and ATF agents deployed 
to work with local and State law enforcement agencies, churches, and 
citizens to catch and prosecute those responsible for these crimes. This 
week, the task force released its first interim report. The report shows 
that we have been remarkably successful in solving the crimes. Since 
January 1995, 143 suspects have been arrested in connection with 107 
fires at churches and other houses of worship. This rate of arrest is 
double the general rate of arrest for arsons, and three-quarters of 
these arrests occurred during the 7 months following the formation of 
the task force. So far, 48 defendants have been convicted on Federal and 
State charges in connection with 43 fires.
    This work has been supported by $3 million in Justice Department 
grants to help local communities intensify their enforcement and 
surveillance efforts. In addition, Congress authorized the Department of 
Housing to administer a $10 million loan guarantee to assist with the 
rebuilding of churches. And the Federal Emergency Management Agency 
continues to work with communities to increase awareness and help build 
local arson prevention coalitions. This Federal effort must continue 
until all those responsible are bought to justice and no more fires 
    But even more impressive than our Government effort has been the 
tremendous outpouring of assistance that has flowed from every corner of 
our country in response to these crimes. People have crossed lines of 
faith and race and region to link arms in a united effort to rebuild and 
protect our houses of worship. And by doing so, they have shown us that 
America is still a country that cares about its neighbors, a country 
that comes together in the face of common threats to defend the common 
ground of our values. I am reminded of what Joseph said in Genesis when 
he met up with the brothers who sold him into slavery: ``You meant evil 
against me, but God meant it for good.''
    I saw this up close this past August when Hillary and I, along with 
the Vice President and Tipper Gore, picked up paint brushes and hammers 
to help rebuild Salem Baptist Church in Fruitland, Tennessee. One of the 
earliest supporters of the rebuilding of this tiny black church was the 
congregation of a white church 3 miles down the road that also had 
suffered a suspicious fire.
    On a national level, we saw groups like the National Council of 
Churches, the Anti-Defamation League, the Southern Christian Leadership 
Council, the National Association of Evangelicals, and the NAACP come 
together as one to tackle this problem. And we received strong 
bipartisan support from Congress for our work. The insurance indus

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try, at the urging of the Vice President, also became a partner in the 
rebuilding effort. These groups, and others of good will all over 
America, stepped forward to live out the lesson of the man whose 
birthday celebration this year coincides with my second Inauguration on 

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