Remarks at a White House Briefing for Women Entrepreneurs
Thank you everyone, and let me say a special hello to an old friend and trusted adviser, the cochairman of the Republican National Committee, Betty Heitman. Betty will be retiring from the RNC, and I just want to thank her for a job well done, especially for her efforts on behalf of women. And to all of you here today, welcome to the White House complex. I always feel a little funny saying that about the White House over there and this great big granite monster over here and calling it part of the White House. It ought to be the other way around.
a pleasure to see all of you, the representatives of
Now, it'd be easy to stand up here and take credit for starting America on that path -- for the low inflation and the low interest rates and the creation of more new jobs in the last 4 years than Europe and Japan combined -- but as I've said many times since our recovery began, the credit belongs not just to an administration, it belongs to the American people. We trusted the American people, and they did the rest. I always have said mainly my philosophy about government has been, for many years, just get out of the way of the people, and they'll do the rest. I can't think of any group of Americans that deserves more credit than the group I see in this room -- America's entrepreneurs, and in this case, entrepreneurs who happen to be women.
You know better than most the importance of entrepreneurship in national life. Since our recovery began, Americans have created millions of new jobs. Yet entrepreneurs -- men and women with businesses that are 5 years old or less and businesses that have 20 or fewer employees -- have created even more jobs than that. In fact, if you took away the jobs that entrepreneurship created during the years of our administration, we would have lost more than 3 million jobs. So, whenever I get a letter from a young man or woman telling me that he or she has an idea for a service or a product, wants to take a chance and, yes, maybe win or lose, but still take the chance and work hard and start a business, I just can't help saying to that young man or woman something I said in another context some time ago: ``Go ahead, make my day!''
thanks to you, we've come far since the days of skyrocketing inflation and
economic stagnation, when the once-powerful American economy was the weakling
of the industrial world. Yes, we're strong again, but our work isn't done --
far from it. We have an agenda for the next 2 years, an agenda for setting
that's not all. We've taken giant steps toward making jobs grow faster by
making exports grow faster. The dollar is down. We've been tough with unfair
trading practices around the world. And we're moving to a new round of trade
talks. But we've got to do more, and it must be a bipartisan effort. For 40
the world, our agenda is one of peace and freedom. We cannot let recent events
distract us from the cause of those brave fighters for freedom around the
world. [Applause] Bless you. Yes, you just did make my day. [Laughter] Nothing
that's happened makes those causes any less just or vital to our country and
all it stands for. And as we work for freedom, we must also work for peace.
Some have been kind enough to say that Mr. Gorbachev and I made more progress
towards eliminating nuclear ballistic missiles in 2 days in
let's, if I could, turn for a moment to the revelations of the past week and to
my announcement yesterday. As I said yesterday, much in this case is hard to
understand, and all Americans are entitled to have their questions answered --
you know I'm talking about
Finally, as I announced yesterday, I've asked Frank Carlucci to become the new Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. Mr. Carlucci is a former Deputy Secretary of Defense, a former Deputy Director of the CIA, and a former Ambassador; and he is among our most distinguished and experienced public servants. So, in short, the machinery is in place to seek answers to the questions that are being asked, to fix what needs fixing, and to restore complete confidence to the conduct of our foreign policy. All of this we intend to do, and that is my pledge to you and to the American people.
saying this here because you, as a group, are so important to the future of our
country and particularly to the growth that we all want for
I know that some people dismiss all this and say that women have tended to stay
in areas in which they traditionally had a role. Well, those who say that ought
to take another look. Women-owned businesses are springing up fastest in fields
where women are relative newcomers, fields like manufacturing, high tech, and
finance. Many of you are examples of that. Fourteen years ago, Joyce Eddy was
an antique dealer in
all of you are leaders. All of you are helping
I have to interrupt and tell a little incident. It isn't a joke; it's an actual happening. And I enjoy telling it. As a matter of fact, I enjoy particularly telling it to audiences of men. But it has to do with an accident, a traffic accident, and the usual scene: a man stretched out on the pavement, unconscious. A woman was ministering over him, and the crowd had gathered around. And a man came and elbowed his way through the crowd, shoved the woman aside, and said, ``I have had lessons in first aid.'' And he started to minister, and she meekly stepped back and stood behind him while he went at putting into practice the things he'd learned in first aid. And then he came to one point; she tapped him on the shoulder and said, ``When you get to that part about calling the doctor, I'm right here.'' [Laughter]
So, if you're ever getting down, just think about that. So, let me just close by saying, for all Americans, thank you for all that you're doing. Thank you, and God bless you.
The President spoke at in Room 450 of the