Remarks at the Opening
of the Bob Hope Cultural Center in
Thank you very much. I just, in the last few minutes, have made a decision to tell you a little incident in the world of the theater and entertainment. I have told it on a couple of occasions, but I don't know that anything could be more appropriate for that story than this occasion and this beautiful place.
It was some years ago, and someone in the entertainment world had violated the social codes to such an extent that there was quite a hue and cry about it. But it spread to where it was being leveled against all the people in the world of entertainment, and they charged show people with being childish in their thinking, childish in their attitudes -- complete children in their ways.
And it remained for a columnist named Irvin S. Cobb to respond. And Irvin said: ``If this be true, and if it also be true that when the curtain goes up on eternity all men must approach the gates bearing in their arms that which they have given in life, the people of show business will march in the procession carrying in their arms the pure pearl of tears, the gold of laughter, and the diamonds of stardust they spread upon what might otherwise would have been a rather dreary world. And when at last they reach the final stage door, the keeper will say, `Open. Let my children in.'''
marks the inauguration of a bright new home for the preservation and
development of culture in
of the responsibility of my current job is being Commander in Chief of our
Armed Forces. As such, I have a special place in my heart, as do all Americans, for all that Bob Hope has done to entertain our
servicemen and women overseas, especially in times of conflict and crisis. Bob
recently returned from the
It is my pleasure now to present this award to the man whose name is a description of his life, and where there is life, there is Hope.
Note: The President
spoke at in the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts at the
center. Following his remarks, he presented Bob Hope with the first