Statement by the President: the Death of Lars-Erik Nelson (11/21/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                      November 21,

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     Hillary and I are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Lars-Erik
Nelson, one of New York?s most distinctive voices and one of America?s
leading journalists.  He was a fearless, independent, no nonsense reporter
and columnist who believed in getting to the heart of a story and getting
it right.

     Lars-Erik Nelson distinguished himself as a foreign correspondent and
as a skilled Russian translator, but his real gift was translating complex
stories about our democracy for the American people.  He did it with humor
and a dogged pursuit for the truth.  As his friends knew, beneath his gruff
exterior was a gentle spirit and a warm heart.  Hillary and I will miss him
and the unique insight that he shared with New York and the entire nation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Mary and his entire family.


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