remarks at DNC brunch honoring the Cabinet
                                THE WHITE HOUSE

                         Office of the Press Secretary
                           (Los Angeles, California)
                 For Immediate Release    August 13, 2000

                            REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

                                  Casa Del Mar
                               Los Angeles, California

11:50 A.M. PDT

     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, first of all, let me say I'm glad to see you
here in good spirits.  Are you ready to leave and win?  (Applause.)  I want
to thank Mayor Rendell and Mayor Archer and Congresswoman Sanchez, Joe
Andrew, all the leaders of our Democratic Party.  I want to thank all of
you who have helped me over these last eight years.  I want to thank you
for your commitment to helping Al Gore and Joe Lieberman.

     I want to say something -- I hope we can be more positive and more
specific than our friends were in Philadelphia.  But I do just want to --
I'm just standing up here on the stage thinking about one thing.  You know,
when they wanted to show harmony and inclusion and all that, they had to
put their leaders in a closet and go scare up people off the street --
(laughter and applause.)  When we want to show harmony and inclusion, all
we have to do is bring our team up on the stage.  (Applause.)

     When they want to show harmony and inclusion, they have to use the
people they've got on the stage to hide their policies.  When we want to
show harmony and inclusion, all we have to do is talk about what we've
done, and even more important, what Al Gore and Joe Lieberman are going to
do.  There's a big difference.  (Applause.)

     And so, I just want to say when I heard them talking about how we
coasted through the last eight years -- (laughter)
-- I sort of thought, where did I get all this grey hair anyway?
(Laughter.)  I sort of thought, where do they think those jobs came from,
where do they think those educational statistics came from, where do they
think the cut in the welfare rolls in half, the decline in the crime rate,
and the fact that over 40 million more Americans are breathing clean air --
and I could talk here until dawn about it.

     Do you remember when they were in -- they took credit when the sun
came up in the morning.  (Laughter.)  The Republicans are in and it's
morning in America, the sun came up again today.  (Laughter.)  Look at it,
there it is in the sky.  We did it.  There it is.  (Laughter and applause.)

     Well, God made the sun rise, not the Republicans or the Democrats.
But President Kennedy once reminded us that here on Earth, God's work must
truly be own.  That is what this Cabinet has tried to do -- has tried to
make the work of making this a more decent, more just, as well as a more
prosperous country, their work.

     Let me just tell you one story.  One night in a rather dark period for
the administration, not long after the American people decided to give the
Republicans a chance to run the Congress in the '94 election -- in early
'95, Vice President Gore and I invited a couple of presidential scholars to
come to the White House to talk to us in a very quiet way about where we
were at this moment in history, what was going on, what we ought to be
thinking about and looking at.  And one of these scholars looked at me and
the Vice President and he said, you guys don't have to worry, you're going
to win reelection.  And I said, why do you say that?  He said, I spent my
whole life studying administrations; you have the most loyal Cabinet since
Thomas Jefferson's second administration.  (Applause.)

     Now, you may take that for granted, but you've got to understand, we
live and work in a town where most of the people who write about things
think loyalty is a vice, not a virtue --  (laughter) -- and where all the
pressures are designed to get people to think about anything other than the
work they're doing for the American people -- to divert their attention, to
break their concentration, to undermine long-term plans.  It's about
politics, not people.

     This administration has been about people, not politics.  And that's
why these folks behind me have done so much good.  A lot of them have been
here the whole eight years.  (Applause.)  Let me say to all of you -- I
don't want to give the speech I'm going to give tomorrow night --
(laughter) -- but I do want to say this --

     AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Practice on us.  (Laughter.)

     THE PRESIDENT:  Practice on us.  (Laughter.)  It's kind of like these
singers who have been around a long time, they always sing their old songs.
I once went to a concert where Tina Turner sang "Proud Mary," and she said,
I've been singing this song for 25 years, but it gets better every time I
sing it.  (Laughter.)  So there won't be any surprises.  (Laughter.)

     What I want to say to you is this.  Elections are about the future.
And people get -- the people who vote in elections are all of us, and
they've been making pretty good decisions for over 200 years, or we still
wouldn't be around here.  But the world is growing ever more complex and
they have access to more and more information than ever before -- which is
good, on the one hand, but on the other hand, it means it may be harder to
concentrate on and distill out the essential meat of any decision that has
to be made.

     When I was a boy coming up we had three television stations, one for
each of the networks.  And we didn't have much option on what we watched at
night in the news.  Now you can watch news in seven or eight different
formats, and if you just want to watch a movie and skip it altogether, you
can.  So there's more information than ever before out there, but it's also
harder to get clarity.

     And I want to ask you something seriously.  All of us have done our
best, and we've still go the a little ways to go and we've got a lot of
things we think we can get done before we leave.  But this is a political
convention to nominate the next President and Vice President, and to
clarify for the American people the choices before them.

     The modern role of the political convention is to get the American
people, just for a few moments every night for four days, to stop, look and
listen.  That's what it is.  And in those four days the two parties get to
say, I know you're busy, I know you've got other things on your mind, you
may think you already know what this is about, but we want you to know who
our leaders are, what their values are, what their vision is, what they
intend to do.

     Now, I've said this all over America, and you've heard me say it until
the cows come home, but we have a big mission this year, first to convince
the American people how important this election is.  We cannot allow the
Democrats to be punished by the good job all these folks have done
, by the good job Al Gore's done, by the good job Joe Lieberman and our
senators have done, by the good job Dick Gephardt and our House members
have done, because people will be in such a good humor that they think,
well, everything is rocking along here, what could possibly be the
consequences of these elections.

     So you have to say, hey, what a country does with its prosperity, a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, is as big a hurdle, as big a test, and as
important a decision as what we did in adversity in 1992.  You have to get
that out.  (Applause.)

     Now, that is not a case we had to make in '92.  Everybody knew what
the deal was, right?  You didn't have to be as bright as a tree full of
owls to know we had to change the economy -- (laughter) -- and the social
direction of the country.  You didn't.  But you've got -- listen, this is
serious.  You have to do that.

     The second thing you've got to do is to convince the American people
that there are big, meaningful differences between the two candidates for
President and Vice President and our Senate and our House candidates.  And
that will be harder because, as you saw from their convention, we're the
only side that wants the American people to know what the differences are.
Because if the other side -- you know, they know if the American people
figure out what the real differences are, we win.  Right?  You don't have
any doubt of that do you?

     AUDIENCE:  No!

     THE PRESIDENT:  Do you have any doubt at all?

     AUDIENCE:  No!  (Applause.)

     THE PRESIDENT:  If people know what Al Gore stands for and will do as
President as compared with what his opponent will, the difference in Joe
Lieberman's voting record in the Senate and Dick Cheney's voting record in
the House -- (applause) -- if people know the difference in what's in our
vision for the future and what we're going to build on and what they intend
to dismantle, do you have any doubt what the decision will be?  Of course,
you don't.

     Therefore, you should be of good cheer because we can turn around
these polls.  But it's not the work of a day.  It's going to take every day
between now and November, and you're going to have to go to every friend
you have.  And most of the people you know are not as political as your
are.  Isn't that right?  Even the Democrats -- they're not as political as
you are.  And you've got to go out of this convention committed to telling
people this is a big election, there are big differences.  In spite of all
the good that's been done in the last eight years, you haven't seen
anything yet.  You give Al Gore and Joe Lieberman eight years and you will
see that the best is yet to be.  That's what we want you do to for us.

     Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

END                               12:02 P.M. PDT

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