THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
|For Immediate Release
|September 14, 1999
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
MR. BURTON SHIPLEY
TO THE POOL
Queenstown, New Zealand
6:41 P.M. (L)
Q How's your golf game today, Mr. President? Did it improve
as you went along?
THE PRESIDENT: It got a lot better. It had nowhere to go
but up when I started. No, we did better and we won the match, thanks mostly to
my partner here. But we did okay. We played the way partners should play. When
I had a good score, he didn't; when he had a good score, I didn't play good. We
wasted no shots.
MR. SHIPLEY: The President suggested at one stage that we
were playing very good brother-in-law golf. I thought the line was very good.
THE PRESIDENT: We did, we actually played the pro and his
partner, and we won -- and they bought me a Diet Coke. It was a big stake here,
it was great.
Q (Inaudible) -- the last hole?
THE PRESIDENT: No, we won that, too. All four of us parred
all four holes the second time we played.
MR. SHIPLEY: But we got a couple more strokes.
Q Are you satisfied with how the talks went in New York
THE PRESIDENT: What?
Q It seemed to be positive, it seemed that the Indonesians
signed on to what the United States wants.
THE PRESIDENT: It appears so. You know, the initial report
I got was quite good, but I want to get a detailed briefing about exactly where
we are. I think the important thing is to get the force mobilized, get it in in
a hurry, and also get the humanitarian aid out there. There are a lot of people
still actually in East Timor who need food and supplies, so we've got a lot of
work to do.
Q What have you heard about the hurricane?
Q Are you monitoring Hurricane Floyd?
THE PRESIDENT: Yes. I talked to Mr. Witt this morning and
he told me he would call me back in about 12, 14 hours and let me know where it
was. I've not talked to him since I got up these morning.
Q It sounds like a monster storm, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, he said it's going to be huge. And we
didn't know at the time how many states would be hit for sure. But all the
experts think it's going to be a very, very large storm. We'll just have to
hope for the best.
THE PRESIDENT: It's fabulous, it's really quite a wonderful
course. It's an honest course. It's a good course, it plays hard, but it's an
Q What do you think of Queenstown?
THE PRESIDENT: I wish I had weeks to spend here. You know,
when we were coming in the airplane, landing, everybody on our plane was just
gasping when we saw the landscape. It's just so beautiful. You're all very
Q When are you coming back, Mr. President?
THE PRESIDENT: How about next week? (Laughter.)
THE PRESIDENT: This guy hits the ball further than any
person his age I've ever played with, including a lot of the pros I've played
MR. SHIPLEY: Just not as straight as the pros.
THE PRESIDENT: And it's only because his public service has
kept him from playing every day that he's not a scratch golfer.
Q What did Chelsea do today?
THE PRESIDENT: I think she looked around here and went
running. I don't think she went caving or anything as great as yesterday.