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Monday, August 28, 2000
 
Volume 36--Number 34
Pages 1903-1939
 
Contents

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Weekly Compilation of

Presidential

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 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. 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, 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.


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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

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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.

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    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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