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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 21, 1993

President Instructs Staff to Follow Strict Ethics Rules

Jan. 21, 1993 -- President Bill Clinton today called on his White House staff to uphold the highest possible ethical standards and to put the needs of the American people ahead of personal ambitions.

"We just have to be dominated by high standards and clear vision and we ought to have a good time doing it," the president said at his first meeting with senior White House staff members.

The meeting, held in the historic Roosevelt Room in the White House's West Wing, came one day after Clinton, in his first official act as President, signed an executive order establishing the most stringent ethical requirements of any administration ever.

Executive Order No. 1 requires all senior appointees to pledge that they will refrain from:

"The ethics rules that we have put forward," said the president, "will guarantee that the members of this administration will be looking out for the American people and not for themselves."