Remarks to the Central American Peace Scholarship Program Participants
know that all the students here have been studying the language as well as
technical skills, so you'll probably understand my English much better than my
Spanish. But I'm going to have a try at it anyway: Buenos dias, y bienvenidos en la
Casa Blanca. [Good day, and welcome to the White House.] It's a genuine
pleasure to welcome all of you here -- Senators and Congressmen and the private
citizens and government officials who've worked so hard throughout the years to
further the cause of peace in
room we're meeting in couldn't be more full of
historical significance. We call it the Roosevelt Room, after two of our
efforts to protect that birthright, to make it real for every
American, is what brings us here together today. In 1983 I appointed the
National Bipartisan Commission on
We responded immediately with a multiyear, multibillion-dollar program of economic assistance, and one that we hope to extend and expand in the nineties. Based on the Kissinger commission recommendations, Congress and the executive branch have worked together to develop programs that have strengthened democratic institutions; helped stabilize economies; and improved health and nutrition; built better housing, water, sewage, and other infrastructures. The fact is, our military assistance has only been a modest fraction of our overall economic aid.
Silber, one of the members of the Commission, was the
inspiration for this scholarship program. Senator Kasten,
who is also here with us today, was instrumental in Congress making it a
reality. And since the program has started, over 4,100 Central American
students have studied in the
know the students have learned much in their studies here, but sometimes I
think an even greater benefit of these programs is the education it gives us in
was this face-to-face contact, this immersion in the problems of
I just want to say to you students: Since you've been in places like
And I'm going to be brave again, maybe foolhardy, and say that though you'll soon be traveling back to your own countries, siempre estaran en nuestros corazones. Vayan con Dios! [you will always be in our hearts. Go with God!]
Thank you all. God bless you.
this point, Oscar Rosales, representing the students, thanked the President for
the opportunity to study in the
Reporter. Mr. President, how serious is your nose, sir? How are you feeling, sir? How are you feeling, sir? How serious is your nose?
The President. Oh, my nose gets laughs all the time. [Laughter] What he's talking about is I went out in the sun too much and -- [laughter] -- had to do a little peeling here on the end of my nose.
Q. How concerned are you about tomorrow, sir?
The President. No more than about any other tomorrow -- [laughter] -- --
Q. How do you feel?
Q. Are you going to stay overnight in the hospital?
The President. -- -- and even a little finer and inspired after coming in here with these young people.
Thank you all.
Note: The President
spoke at in the Roosevelt Room at the White House. In the exchange
with reporters following his remarks, the President referred to the basal cell
carcinoma on his nose, which was removed at