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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, August 28, 2000 Volume 36--Number 34 Pages 1903-1939 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders California electricity shortage--1917 Michigan Representative Debbie Stabenow Dinner in Bloomfield Hills--1912 Reception in Bingham Farms--1908 New Jersey Crossroads Middle School in Monmouth Junction--1920 Departure for Monmouth Junction--1917 Reception for Mayor Susan Bass Levin in Cherry Hill--1930 Reception for Representative Rush D. Holt in Princeton--1924 New York, Democratic picnic in Saranac Lake--1903 Radio address--1905 Bill Signings Global AIDS and Tuberculosis Relief Act of 2000, statement--1906 Legislation designating Wilson Creek in North Carolina as a part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, statement--1903 Communications to Congress Decision in proposed acquisition of a domestic Internet service provider by NTT Communications, letter transmitting report--1924 Communications to Federal Agencies Colombia, memorandum on waiver of certification for conditions on assistance--1916 Communications to Federal Agencies--Continued Delegation of Responsibility Under the Open-market Reorganization for the Betterment of International Telecommunications (ORBIT) Act, memorandum--1907 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters in the Rose Garden--1917, 1935 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Mexico, President-elect Fox--1935 Proclamations Minority Enterprise Development Week--1936 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Firefighters combating wildfires, action to support--1937 School overcrowding--1907 Welfare reform--1908 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1939 Checklist of White House press releases--1938 Digest of other White House announcements--1938 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1938 Editor's Note: The President was en route to Abuja, Nigeria, on August 25, the closing date of this issue. 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[[Page 1903]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1903] Monday, August 28, 2000 Volume 36--Number 34 Pages 1903-1939 Week Ending Friday, August 25, 2000 Statement on Signing Legislation Designating Wilson Creek in North Carolina as a Part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System August 18, 2000 Today I am pleased to sign into law H.R. 1749, an Act ``To designate Wilson Creek in Avery and Caldwell Counties, North Carolina, as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.'' Wilson Creek possesses all the remarkable values that distinguish the free-flowing rivers of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System: exceptional scenery; recreational opportunities; fish, wildlife, and botanical communities; and historic and cultural sites. The designation will protect and conserve Wilson Creek and provide continued opportunities for fishing, white-water boating, swimming, and hiking. I applaud the efforts of the North Carolina congressional delegation along with the County Commissioners and residents of Avery and Caldwell Counties who have worked to preserve and protect this remarkable resource. Their individual and collective efforts have preserved for the people of the State of North Carolina and all Americans a natural treasure that, together with the other rivers of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, will continue to add immeasurably to the quality of our environment and our national life. Designation of Wilson Creek as a wild, scenic, and recreational river will finalize a nearly 20-year conservation initiative and will guarantee for future generations that the river and its values are conserved. I am pleased to sign this legislation, which will permanently protect Wilson Creek as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Note: H.R. 1749, approved August 18, was assigned Public Law No. 106- 261. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1903-1905] Monday, August 28, 2000 Volume 36--Number 34 Pages 1903-1939 Week Ending Friday, August 25, 2000 Remarks at the Franklin, Essex, and Clinton County Democratic Picnic in Saranac Lake, New York August 18, 2000 Thank you. Well, let me thank all of you for coming out tonight. I thank the mayor and all of our chairs. And Phil Lalande and Anne Tubby, thank you for being with us tonight. I think Hillary just about said it all, don't you? I thought that was great. I want to say a few things and then ask you something from a little different perspective. First of all, I want to thank all the people of New York State for voting twice in 1992 and 1996 for Bill Clinton and Al Gore, and I'm very grateful to you. And I want to say a special word of thanks to you for 1996, when we carried 52 of the State's counties, including Franklin, Essex, and Clinton Counties, by big margins, and I thank you. Now that we know you can do it, I hope you'll do the same thing for Hillary and Al Gore and Joe Lieberman this year. I was thinking, when Chelsea and I were sitting there listening to Hillary talk, two things. First of all, I thought she was giving a great talk. [Laughter] And I thought she gave a great speech at the convention Monday night. And I want to echo what she said about the Vice President's speech last night. It was an extraordinary speech and a great roadmap for the country's future, and I'm grateful for that. But I want to talk to you from a unique perspective, because my family has a new candidate and my party, as of last night, has a new leader. And so in this election, though I will be President and I have a lot I'm going to try to get done for you in the next 5 months, I am moving back to where I spent [[Page 1904]] the first 20 years of my active life in politics, from the time I was 8 years old and my uncle was running for the State legislature at home, and I was passing out cards for him at the polling place. That is, I'm coming back to where you are. I'm going to be a citizen activist, and I'm going to try to be a good one. But I've had a unique opportunity to see what makes a country change and grow, and also to understand clearly the consequences of elections and the decisions made by the people whom we elect. So I can't begin to add anything to what I said last Monday about what happened the last 8 years, what Hillary and Al Gore said about what ought to happen in the next 4 years. But I can tell you this: What the election rides on is whether the people of this country, the people of this State, and the people of this part of New York believe it's a big election, not a little election, and understand that there are differences and know what the differences are. So as somebody who's sort of coming back your way, to citizen activism, I thank you for coming here tonight; I thank you for your support for all your local candidates. And Mr. Mayor, thank you for being here, and all the other local officials, I thank you for your support for Hillary. It means so much to me, and it will be good for New York. But I want to ask you to leave here remembering what I said. I tried to make the argument last Monday night that for all the progress we have made in the last 8 years, the best stuff is still out there, because that's what I believe. That's what I believe. If you just think about it, we had to work so hard to turn the economy around and get rid of the deficit. Now we can bring prosperity to the people and places left behind. We had to work so hard to get the crime rate going down instead of going up. Now we can focus on making America the safest big country in the world. We had to work so hard in getting in place the things that work in education. Now we can focus on making sure every child in this country can get a world-class education from kindergarten through college. We are in a position to take advantage of all these scientific discoveries and all these technological developments in a way that has never been possible in this country and, as Hillary said, could bring great economic opportunity to upstate New York. But the people have to choose wisely. And I can just tell you, as somebody who spent the first 20 years of my life working to try to persuade other people to vote for folks I thought ought to be elected; and then who spent 22 of the last 24 years as a public official trying to convince people I ought to be elected and reelected and what I was doing made sense; as someone who's looking forward to an election where I can support a man I believe in for President, a man I believe in for Vice President, and a woman I think would be one of the great United States Senators of our time for the Senate, I can tell you, not everybody thinks about this as much as you do. Isn't that right? Whether they're Democrats, independents, or Republicans, not everybody sits around and thinks about this as much as you do. This is a massive crowd tonight. But there are more people from this area who aren't here than people who are, right? By definition. That's not a criticism. This is a huge crowd. It blew me away when I walked in here. But the point I'm trying to make is that between now and election day, each one of you will have a chance every day to say, ``Look, this is a big deal here. You've got to take this seriously.'' The people you work with, the people you're in civic clubs with, the people you worship with, the people you run into on the street or drink coffee with, you can say, ``Look, this is a big election. You remember where this country was 8 years ago?'' And those of you who are over 30 can make this point to younger people. You know, you get a time like this in a country's life maybe once in a lifetime, where you get the chance to build a future of your dreams for your kids. So once you convince people it's a big election and they have to take it seriously, you're halfway home in terms of persuading them to vote for our people. And then the second thing you have to convince them of is that there are significant differences that will affect their lives, their children's lives, and the future of New York and the United States. [[Page 1905]] So as someone who is profoundly grateful to all of you--there's hardly a place in America that's been more generous to me more
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