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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release March 4, 1993
                      REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
                        IN PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
         DURING AWARD PRESENTATION FROM ROTARY INTERNATIONAL

The Oval Office

3:07 P.M. EST

MR. DOCHTERMAN: Mr. President, as the former president of Rotary International, I have the occasion on several occasions to present an award called the Rotary International Award of Honor presented to selected heads of state. We've only presented this on about 12 occasions. This award is given for humanitarian service. And the service that you're giving for Rotary International's programs of support for immunization of children in the world, as well as our programs of humanitarian aid in Bosnia and Croatia, gives me the opportunity -- if you would accept this award on behalf of 1,100,000 Rotarians of the world in 187 countries -- it would be a great pleasure -- to accept this award.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you for your good work and thank you for the award. I appreciate that.

MR. DOCHTERMAN: It has a ribbon there, but I'll not be so presumptuous to put it over your --

THE PRESIDENT: Isn't it beautiful? Thank you.

MR. DOCHTERMAN: This award has been presented on selected occasions on behalf of those who support humanitarian efforts throughout the world.

THE PRESIDENT: I'm deeply honored.

Q Excuse me, Mr. President, can you tell us anything about the arrest and whether the American people can now believe that they are secure in that someone has been arrested?

THE PRESIDENT: I can tell you that I was informed this morning about it. And the authorities are still working on a statement that I think will be issued to you later this afternoon. I think they'll be able to give you some more information later this afternoon.

Q that it was linked to terrorism, should Americans feel less secure about their safety?

THE PRESIDENT: I think you should wait until the -- I think, first of all, the American people should be very proud of the work done by the law enforcement authorities. They worked hard together. They worked aggressively. They worked without stopping until they made, I think, a very quick arrest. But I'd like for you to wait until the proper authorities have a chance to make their statement to you later this afternoon. And then tomorrow we'll have a -- you know, I will have a chance to make some more comments on it.

Q Can we assume that it's terrorism --

THE PRESIDENT: I don't think you should assume anything until you hear the statement today. I know that an arrest was made. I know who was arrested. I think that at the time I was informed this morning, there were a lot of other questions we did not know the answers to. And they're trying to get as much information together as possible to give you later this afternoon.

Q Thank you.

END3:10 P.M. EST