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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, May 30, 1994 Volume 30--Number 21 Pages 1131-1175 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings California Community in Sacramento--1143 Fundraiser for Senator Feinstein in Beverly Hills--1136 University of California in Los Angeles--1131 Congressional Medal of Honor, presentation ceremony--1150 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, interment in Arlington, VA--1151 National Park Week, reception--1154 Radio address--1141 United States Naval Academy, commencement in Annapolis, MD--1157 Appointments and Nominations U.S. Court of Appeals, judge--1157 Bill Signings Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act of 1994, remarks--1165 Communications to Congress Chemical and biological weapons proliferation, message--1153 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), message-- 1163 Haiti, message--1148 Communications to Congress--Continued United Kingdom-United States atomic energy agreement amendment, message transmitting--1152 Communications to Federal Agencies United Kingdom-United States atomic energy agreement amendment, memorandum--1152 Executive Orders Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to Haiti--1147 Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to Rwanda--1171 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters in the Oval Office--1151, 1156 News conference, May 26 (No. 58)--1166 Letters and Messages Armed Forces Day, message--1147 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Latvia, President Ulmanis--1156 Senegal, President Diouf--1151 Notices Continuation of Emergency With Respect to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)--1163 (Contents continued on inside of back cover.) WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Proclamations Armed Forces Day--1146 Pediatric and Adolescent AIDS Awareness Week--1164 Statements by the President See also Appointments and Nominations Cuban Independence Day--1140 Death of Timothy West--1172 Statements by the President--Continued Whale santuary agreement--1173 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1175 Checklist of White House press releases--1174 Digest of other White House announcements--1173 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1174 [[Page 1131]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1131-1136] Monday, May 30, 1994 Volume 30--Number 21 Pages 1131-1175 Week Ending Friday, May 27, 1994 Remarks at the University of California in Los Angeles, California May 20, 1994 Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of this wonderful occasion and for the university medal. You know, for a person like me who is a diehard basketball fan, just walking in Pauley Pavilion is a great honor. I dreamed of being here for many years, but I never thought that it would be on this kind of occasion. [Laughter] I'm proud to be here to honor the university's 75th anniversary and to honor your chancellor on his 25th anniversary of service. It is the sort of commitment our country could do with more of, and I honor it, and I know you do, too. To my good friend Mayor Riordan; President Peltason; Regent Sue Johnson; President Shapiro; to Carol Goldberg-Ambrose, the chair of your Academic Senate; to Kate Anderson and Khosrow Khosravani--we had a great talk over there. I hope we didn't earn any conduct demerits. But the two students told me a lot about UCLA. [Laughter] To all of you, I thank you for the chance to be here. The spirit in this room has been truly moving to me today. This is a sad day for our country and for my family because we mourn the loss of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. She was a remarkable woman of courage and dignity, who loved things that ennobled the human spirit. She and President Kennedy inspired me and an entire generation of Americans to see the nobility of helping others and the good that could come in public service. In later years, and particularly in this last year, it was my family's privilege to get to know her personally and to see that the image which was projected to all the world was more than met by the true person behind the image. Today, as we offer our prayers and best wishes to her family, I think it well to remember that Jackie Kennedy and her husband called us to a time when the world was full of challenges that we saw in terms of possibilities, not problems. We saw our own lives in terms of promise, not pessimism. We thought our job here on Earth was to build up, not tear down; to unite, not to divide. I say to the students who are here from this magnificent institution, you now have an education as fine as the world can afford. The question now is, as you go out into the world, what is your attitude about yourselves, each other, your country, and your future. UCLA, as I watched that slide show it was clear to me again, is an example of America's faith in the future, the thing that's kept us going for 218 years now. Seventy-five years ago, this was just a tiny 2-year teachers college on a dirt road in Hollywood. Now, it's one of the leading research institutions in the world and a bridge to the future for tens of thousands of Americans and people who come from all around the world to be here. There's no better place to discuss the future than here in California, America's last frontier. For all of your present difficulties, don't ever forget that California is still America's America, the cutting edge for a nation still a symbol of hope and optimism throughout the world. I want to say that I very much envy those of you who are beginning your future here and now, on the edge of this new century. Many say that this generation of college graduates is filled with pessimism, with a sense of generational despair that our glory days are behind us. Americans of my generation have been bombarded by images on television shows, and even one book, about the so-called Generation X, filled with cynics and slackers. Well, what I have seen today is not a generation of slackers but a generation of seekers, and I am much encouraged. To be sure, you are beginning your journey in uncertain times. Many of the college graduates of 1994 were born in 1973. That was a watershed year in American life. You see, from the end of World War II until 1973, [[Page 1132]] family income doubled in America, and we lived in an era of prosperity that we almost came to take for granted. The middle class grew ever larger and more secure; our country was stronger. People just took it for granted that they could get jobs they could hold for a lifetime, that they would always do better every year than they did the year before, that they would be able to afford to send their children to college, to have a comfortable retirement, to own their own homes, and to take care of their parents. Since then, most Americans have worked harder and harder for the same or lower incomes. Our society has suffered unbelievable stresses as broken homes and unwed mothers have become commonplace. In many places devastated by poverty and despair, we have seen the absolute collapse of families and work itself and the sense of community. And in that vacuum have rushed gangs and drugs and violence, the kind of random violence that today often makes neighbors seem like strangers and strangers thought of as enemies. In the time that many of you went from the first grade through high school graduation, when all this was going on, your National Government was embroiled in a sense of gridlock and paralysis and high rhetoric and low action. The deficit quadrupled, but there were no investments made adequate to the challenges of the future, and many of our tough problems were talked about but not acted on. Here in this county, you've experienced earthquakes of all kinds, not just the real earthquake of January but social and economic upheavals. The trends that are shaking and remaking our entire society have hit California first and hardest. Next month many college graduates will move on to their first full- time jobs. And I wonder how many of you have, like me, laughed and almost cried reading that wonderful Doonesbury comic strip--that is, on some days I think it's wonderful; some days I'm not so sure-- [laughter]--which means I probably feel the same way about Mr. Trudeau that he feels about me--[laughter]--you know, the great Doonesbury strip about the students at the college graduation trading stories about their job openings and whether they're going to be selling blue jeans or flipping hamburgers. [Laughter] Well, it's funny, but it's not quite accurate. The truth is that education still makes a huge difference in what you can do with your lives and your future. It is still the key, indeed, more the key today than ever before. The truth also is that your destiny will be filled with great chances and great choices. As with every new generation in this country, you will make your mark by exploring new frontiers. Once the challenge was settling a new continent. Now it is preparing for a new century. And you face the next American frontier, which you can see here at UCLA all around you, living with people who may seem different, working with technologies that may seem difficult, pursuing markets and opportunities that may seem distant. For the rest of your lives you will face this choice. In the face of bewildering, intense, sometimes overpowering change, you can recoil. You can hope to do as well as you can for as long as you can simply by trying to hold the future at arm's length. Or you can act in the spirit of America or the State or this great university of which you are a part, the spirit of the families who sacrificed so much to bring you here. You can embrace the future with all of its changes and engage in what the late Oliver Wendell Holmes called ``the action and passion of your time.'' The choice you make as individuals and as a generation will make all the difference. Three times in this century alone our Nation has found itself a victor in global conflicts, World War I, World War II, and the cold war. Three times America has faced the fundamental question of which direction we would take, embracing or rejecting the future. Seventy-five years ago, when this university was founded, we faced one of those pivotal moments. At that time, just after the end of World War I, there was also wrenching change and enormous anxiety. The Nation's hottest new novelist was a man named F. Scott Fitzgerald. He described the so-called lost generation, the first that would graduate from UCLA. He said that
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