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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, May 30, 1994
Volume 30--Number 21
Pages 1131-1175

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
        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--
    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, 

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


    Continuation of Emergency With Respect to the Federal Republic of 
        Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)--1163
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    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

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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,

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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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