Remarks at the
Presentation Ceremony for the Minority
Secretary Verity and Jim Abdnor, ladies and gentlemen: I know you were expecting the Rose Garden -- this isn't the Rose Garden. [Laughter] It's a little drier than the Rose Garden. But thank you very much, and welcome to the White House.
It's an honor to be a part of the Minority Enterprise Development Week and to recognize your contributions to this nation. This year's theme, ``Business to Business: Strategies for the Future,'' reminds us that the national as well as the global marketplace offer great growth potential to all businesses, but especially to minority enterprises.
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Now, we know that there are Americans, unfortunate Americans, who've lost the capacity to dream. These souls may live in neighborhoods where they must fear to walk. Their children go to schools where the teachers fear the students, and when they walk down the hallways of their apartment buildings, they hear the crunching of crack vials beneath their feet. Well, like all Americans, they hope for a better life. They hope for a better life for their children, but somehow it seems that better life never comes. And then the hopes fade and the dreams die. And when that happens, disappointment turns into despair, and despair becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
And that's where you minority business leaders come in. For you prove to those who are less fortunate, who need examples of success if they're to hope for better, that, yes, there is hope and; yes, there's a chance; and, yes, this is a nation of bounties. You prove that hard work and determination overcome all obstacles and that despair is unnecessary. What is necessary is self-esteem and self-confidence. You can teach them the ability to see that the future is contained within the present, that work itself is its own reward, and that with work comes dignity and, eventually, the fulfillment of your dreams.
Minority Enterprise Development Week, and throughout the year, we can all be
deeply thankful for the economic freedom that enables all American business men
and women to seek their vision of a better future for themselves, their children,
and their country. So, thank you,
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