THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Cape Town, South Africa) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release March 31, 1998
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY IN VIDEOTAPED MESSAGE TO TRACY BROWN
MRS. CLINTON: Tracy, we are so sorry we can't be there to see this book that you've worked so hard on be launched in the way it deserves to be. But we know you are surrounded by your family and friends and colleagues of your dad's. So we're there in spirit, but we're here in Africa. And we're really here in large measure because of what your father did when he served as Secretary of Commerce.
Everywhere we've gone, people have told us what an impact Ron Brown made in their lives and in their nations. I know you know, because of your love for your father and the work you've done on this book, that he's had that kind of impact that is still going on all over the world. We love you, we're proud of you, and we just wish we could be there, but we wanted to do it this way through the good graces of our mutual friend, Bob, and BET to tell you good luck and to thank you for keeping your dad's legacy alive.
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Tracy, I wish you could have been with us when we heard President Rawlings in Ghana, President Museveni in Uganda, talking about your father and how much he did for Africa and how much he did to bring America and Africa in closer contact. And of course on Saturday in Johannesburg, we dedicated the Ron Brown Commercial Center -- your mom was there -- to your dad's memory. His legacy will live on here because the center will promote economic progress and individual empowerment and democracy.
Let me say that I've actually read your book from start to finish, and I loved it. And your daddy would be proud of it. And it's just sort of sassy and braggy enough, right where he was. (Laughter.) So I hope you sell a zillion copies. You certainly deserve it, and I'm very, very proud of you.