Well, thank you, Gil Minacci. And thanks for that great music to the Upper Darby Marching Royals and the Upper Darby Concert Choir. And someplace in here are two of your Congressmen, Kirk Weldon and Don Ritter, and your former State senator, who is a candidate for the Congress, Ed Howard.
Now, in case you're wondering why I've dropped in -- [laughter] -- I like great teams, and I've heard that for great teams you can't do better than the Royals, the Friars, and, of course, the Pandas.
now, before I start, I have a request from my roommate. [Laughter] She says:
Please, for your family, for your friends, for your country -- but most of all
for yourselves -- just say no to drugs and alcohol. By the way, if you don't
know already, maybe I could tell you where that whole idea came from -- those
three words. It was several years ago, and
you may not know it, but I've heard a lot about your schools, and I like what
I've heard. I've heard, for example, about your code of values, as well as that
you care about the community. I've heard many of you volunteer in the
also heard that you young people here in
I'm here today because I believe you're right to care about the future. I
believe that if we have faith in Him who created us and if we're true to the
values of family, work, and community that He has taught us and that have
Now, I know that many of you are not yet old enough to vote. And yet you have a stake in this year's election, and you can have a role in it, too. As you know, 8 years ago I visited this school and stood in this place as a candidate for the high office that I now hold. The students in this school then now have jobs. They're starting families, and they're establishing themselves in community and career. All we've accomplished in the last 8 years is making their lives easier, better, and more hopeful.
1 year or 2 years or 8 years, you, too, will have a job and a family and big
plans for the future. By making sure that your parents and friends who can vote
cast their ballots, you can help make sure that
The results have been 18 million new jobs since our expansion began, more new jobs than Europe and Japan combined have created in this same period; an unemployment rate the lowest it's been in 14 years; the greatest flowering of new businesses and new technologies in the history of the world; the longest peacetime economic expansion ever recorded; and more people at work today than ever before in the history of the United States of America.
of what 255,000 new jobs in
believe prosperity and economic growth are the products of strong values. In
the last 8 years, we've worked to return
we've had 8 great years. But some ask: Have we done as much as we can do? Have
we gone as far as we can go? You might as well ask Eagles quarterback Randall
Cunningham if after his spectacular game Monday night -- [applause] -- ask him if he's gone as far as he can go. My answer is the
same as I know Randall Cunning-ham's would be: We've only just begun! From here
on in, it's touchdown city. Yes, I believe that the growth that our expansion
Let me tell you about something I heard the other day. It has to do with the technological revolution that is going on all around us and that many say has already surpassed the Industrial Revolution in changing the way humanity lives in the years ahead. The heart of this revolution is a tiny silicon chip that you can hold on the tip of your finger and still see most of the finger. Today that silicon chip has the incredible computing power of a million transistors; that is, of the biggest computers of the 1960's. Yet according to one of our nation's most prominent research directors, in less than 15 years, he says the power of a billion transistors will be packed on a chip. That's the power of 20 of today's most advanced computers all in a laptop computer.
Think of what that can mean in the ability of your generation to cure disease, to make the world more productive and opportunity for all peoples more plentiful, to build a strategic defense against ballistic missiles to end forever mankind's nightmare of nuclear terror, and to pursue your dreams wherever they'll take you. That's the future that awaits you. The only limits will be those of your imagination and your courage. And are there any limits to them? So, yes, the last 8 years have been great, but I've got a hunch that when you get in the saddle, as someone said in an old movie: Well, we ain't seen nothing yet.
hope as you study and work to build
I'm dedicating myself this year to making sure that this future of hope built on opportunity and traditional values remains open to each one of you. I believe that the decisions we Americans make at the polls this year will determine whether or not that future will be bright. And as I said before, even if you can't vote you still have a stake, and you can have a role by getting family and friends who can vote, to vote. An awful lot of our people who are registered, citizens and so forth, don't bother to vote. And just so I'm not hiding my cards, I'll let you in on a secret: I do have a favorite. [Laughter] And to give you a hint, I'll tell you what I kind of like that George Bush said about this election: ``When you have to change horses in midstream, doesn't it make sense to switch to one who's going the same way you are?''
It's not a matter of personality, but of philosophy. For example, it just seems to me that for those who espouse a permissive, liberal judicial philosophy, to turn around and pose as tough on crime is the greatest disguise since monsters inhabited human bodies in the movie ``Aliens.'' [Laughter]
if you're talking to friends about getting out and voting and they aren't sure
they want to go to the trouble, would you ask them for me to think of what it
means to be able to vote? You hold history in your hands. Earlier this year, I
had the privilege of doing something I never thought an American President
would be able to do. I spoke to students in
We hear a lot about the budget deficit these days. But in fact, I've heard my name linked to it. Well, under the Constitution only the Congress can spend money. Yes, the Congress is the only one in government that can spend a dime; the President can't spend a thing. Congress makes the budget. And if you want to see the Federal deficit fall, remember, a vote cast for a Senator or Representative is at least as important as a vote for President.
very disturbing to me that
Well, I know you and your friends are better than that. So, before I go, let me ask you something. I'm going to ask for a commitment now, and if you shout yes, I'll take it as a promise. Remember, you can talk to family and friends you know and make sure they cast their ballots. Now, if you're not old enough to vote, that can be your way of voting -- by getting someone to vote who wasn't sure that he or she would. And if you're old enough to vote, you can do both: Go to the polls yourself and make sure those close to you vote, too. So, let me ask you now: On November 8th, would you get your family and friends to go to the polls and vote? [Applause] You just made my day. [Laughter]
the years ahead, whenever election day rolls around, I
hope you won't forget the privilege and honor of being an American and the
privilege you have of helping to govern this great nation, under God, with
liberty and justice for all. Yes,
I said at the start I've seen much to like about your schools. I've also seen what some of you who have met oppression face-to-face have written about freedom. And I like that, too. Here's one example: ``Freedom reminds me when people left their country they almost died because they wanted a better life.'' And here's another: ``American freedom means to me that every country's people are living together like a family for a new life.'' And another: ``Freedom is the right to be myself, to reach my goals.'' And finally: ``Freedom means I have the power to speak with President Reagan in the White House.''
now, let me explain that a little bit. [Laughter] I have a new hobby, and that
hobby is collecting jokes that I can absolutely prove are created by the people
Well, the one I told him about has a little bit to do with what I had just said back there. One of their stories is that an American and a Russian are arguing about their two governments. And the American said, ``Look, in my country I can walk into the Oval Office. I can pound the President's desk and say, `Mr. President, I don't like the way you're running our country.''' And the Russian said, ``I can do that.'' And the American said, ``You can?'' And he said, ``Yes, I can go into the Kremlin, into the General Secretary's office, pound his desk, and say, `Mr. General Secretary, I don't like the way President Reagan's running his country.''' [Laughter]
now I'll just mention a letter that I received, a letter from a gentleman who
said something I'd never thought of before. He said, ``You
can move to
is just one other thing I'd like to say. I mentioned earlier in my remarks the
Constitution. Every country, I think, has a constitution -- oh, about most of
them that I know of do, including the
And so, today I would just remind you, in closing, you not only have the power to speak to the President but to pick the President and the Congress and the State legislature -- to determine the course of our history and to protect those liberties that have made this good and gentle land, yes, the envy of the world.
And now, thank you, and God bless you all.
Note: The President
spoke at in the gymnasium of