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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release March 31, 1997
                      REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
          AT THE KICKOFF OF THE WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL

                      The South Portico Balcony

11:20 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Let me say, first of all, it's getting warmer. (Laughter.) And I want to thank all the sponsors who make this possible this year and the more than 500 volunteers. A lot of them worked here all weekend. I went down and visited with them. Let's give them all a big hand. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

This is the 119th year we've had the White House Easter Egg Roll, and every year it gets a little better, I think, and a little different. We've worked hard to make this a good time not only for children but for their parents and family members, so that we could have fun together and we could learn together.

There is a Learn Big Things tent, which I hope you'll all visit. For many of the young people, it will give them a first chance to log on to the Internet or even to visit our White House homepage. There is a Learning Adventures tent where children can learn to use CD-ROMs and learn about things like nutrition. Then there is the opportunity to do Easter Egg painting and to listen to storytelling.

And I want to thank all the people who have been willing to be part of this, especially one of our special guests today who is down here with us along with two of her four children, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Jane Seymour. Thank you, Jane, for coming. We're glad to have you here. (Applause.)

And now, are they ready over there at the Easter Egg roll? Are you all ready? Now, you can't start until I blow the whistle. On your mark -- are you ready? Come on, line up. Shape up here. One of us needs to be able to run. (Laughter.) On your mark, get set, go. (Blows whistle.)

Thank you and God bless you. Happy Easter.

END 11:22 A.M. EST