THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT OF VIDEOTAPED REMARKS OF THE PRESIDENT ON THE UNIVISION VIDEO/ U.S.-IRAN WORLD CUP GAME
THE PRESIDENT: The World Cup is beloved across our planet because it offers a chance for people from around the world to be judged not by the place they grew up, the color of their skin, or the way they choose to worship, but by their spirit, skill, and strength.
As we cheer today's game between American and Iranian athletes, I hope it can be another step toward ending the estrangement between our nations. I am pleased that over the last year, President Khatami and I have both worked to encourage more people-to-people exchanges, and to help our citizens develop a better understanding of each other's rich civilizations.