Informal Exchange With Reporters

July 20, 1985

Q. Mr. President, how are you feeling today?

The President. What?

Q. How do you feel?

The President. Great. A little sad. I was beginning to like it here. [Laughter] I know I can't say individual goodbyes, but I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. [Inaudible] I'm going to -- [inaudible]. There's another cartoon in the paper this morning. It's the second cartoon I've seen in which a Navy nurse is portrayed. And I'm going to wage a one-man campaign to shape those guys up and get them much closer to the truth about Navy nurses -- [laughter] -- and the way you've been portrayed.

God bless you all, and thank you all.

Audience. Thank you!

The President. Thank you. I'm looking forward to coming back for seconds. [Laughter]

Q. Mr. President, how does it feel to be up and around and on your feet, sir?

The President. What?

Q. How does it feel to be up and around and walking around on your feet?

The President. Feels great. Yes?

Q. Mr. President, did you pay for this or did you get free care?

The President. What? I've never asked anyone. If I don't, they'll send a bill.

Note: The exchange began at 12:15 p.m. as the President was leaving Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, MD. He returned to the White House after greeting and thanking hospital staff members.