Radio Address to the Nation on the Administration's Goals and Achievements
My fellow Americans:
coming week the Republican National Convention will take place in
To begin with, I recently vetoed the defense bill that Congress had sent me. Why? Because Congress, perhaps taking their cue from the other party's leadership, laid on my desk a bill that would have set back our nation's defenses severely. I won't stand for that and neither will George Bush. Now it's up to Congress to come up with a new bill, one that strengthens our defenses instead of weakening them and strengthens our hand still further in dealing with the Soviets.
on foreign affairs, we're seeking from Congress effective aid for the freedom
Turning to matters here at home, we saw the passage this past week of an important fair housing bill. George Bush and I have supported stronger fair housing measures from the first, and I look forward to signing the measure. On Wednesday, I signed legislation that compensates Japanese-Americans who were wrongly interned during the Second World War. And on Thursday, I signed into law the largest disaster relief bill in our history: drought legislation that will help the tens of thousands of American farmers who are suffering from this summer's terrible shortage of rain.
So, while the other party talks about compassion, we put it into action.
also working on important legislation involving trade. And in this connection,
I might as well admit that the leadership of the other party has my Irish up.
You see, they talk as if the country were in some kind of recession, if not in
outright depression. But the truth is just the opposite. Since George Bush and
I put our economic policies in place, we've witnessed the longest peacetime expansion
in American history, an expansion that has created over 17\1/2\ million jobs.
Now the Vice President and I are determined to go still further, opening
This past week we saw the implementing legislation for the U.S.-Canada free trade agreement move closer to final congressional approval. And Congress has passed a trade bill, one that more closely reflects George Bush's and my emphasis on world trade that is both free and, yes, fair.
you see, while the leadership of the other party have been talking, George Bush
and I've been hard at work, putting into practice the ideals you believe in,
the ideals that, at her heart, America has always stood for: strong defenses;
low taxes and limited government; compassion and fair play, like that embodied
in the fair housing bill; faith in our future; and an openness to the rest of
the world, as demonstrated in our trade legislation. And, yes, those are just
the ideals you'll hear us Republicans rededicating ourselves to this coming
know, I'll be addressing the Republican convention on Monday, the opening
night, and taking an active role in the coming campaign. But even so, my name
won't appear on any ballot this fall. What's at stake
for me in this election is my love for
Until next week, thanks for listening, and God bless you.
Note: The President spoke at from the Oval Office at the White House.