Remarks at the Presentation Ceremony for the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Awards
Thank you. I don't know why, but it seems to sound better. [The President was referring to lengthy applause.] Thank you. [Laughter] Well, welcome to the White House. You may not have thought this building was a part of the White House; that's what they call it. Maybe White House complex would be better, but that sounds like a neurosis. [Laughter] Well, anyway, it's a pleasure to be here with you today. As you know, we're here to honor the top guns of the Federal Establishment, the best of the best in serving the American people.
our administration came to Washington 6 years ago, we promised the American
people a government that stopped doing what it shouldn't be doing and did well
whatever was left. Our honorees today are helping to fulfill that promise. They
lead the leaders of the Federal Establishment. They've been chosen the most
outstanding members of the Senior Executive Service. We should always remember
that their work is important, not only in the immediate sense of what they do
but in a broader way as well. Yes, their jobs may be managerial or technical,
but in a broader sense their work is to help ensure the success of the greatest
experiment in self-government in the history of the world -- an experiment
And just in case you're thinking that when I went over to Ireland a few years back I sneaked in a side trip and kissed the Blarney Stone, let me tell you about just a few of our awardees. Among them is Frederick Rall, who's been called the father of the modern Air Force. Then there's John Simpson, the Director of the Secret Service, the man who planned protection for all the Presidential candidates in 1984, for the Los Angeles Olympics, for the 40th anniversary celebrations at the United Nations, and who currently serves as President of Interpol. And there's one of the world's outstanding researchers on the workings of the human brain, Dr. Frederick Goodwin. To give you an idea of the impact of Dr. Goodwin's work, I'm told he's in the top one-tenth of 1 percent of all scientists most frequently cited in scholarly writings.
could go on and on, but -- some of you are leaders in the critical work of
getting Federal spending under control. Some of you are leading in rebuilding
So, let me just say, on behalf of the American people, thank you for all you're doing for our country. And now I'm going to turn to Connie Horner, who is going to officiate from here on.
The President spoke at in Room 450 of the