For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 15, 2001
Remarks by the President and the First Lady in Photo Opportunity
The South Lawn
2:22 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Hey, look who's here.
MRS. BUSH: Hi, everybody.
THE PRESIDENT: Barney's back. (Laughter.)
MRS. BUSH: Barney had a really good trip.
THE PRESIDENT: Hey, Spot, look who's here.
Q Mrs. Bush, where are you coming from?
MRS. BUSH: I'm coming from Texas. I've been at the ranch.
Q What do you expect out of your meeting with the Irish leaders?
THE PRESIDENT: Pardon me?
Q What do you expect out of your meeting with the Irish PM -- Prime Minister?
THE PRESIDENT: I had a good meeting -- and I'll have one tomorrow, as well. Looking forward to it. We'll be discussing the Good Friday Agreement, what I can do to help. Be reaffirming our trade with Ireland. We had a good visit with him at lunch. I'm looking forward to seeing him tomorrow.
Q Mr. President, are you prepared to send your suggestions on campaign finance legislation to the Hill, and --
THE PRESIDENT: Pretty soon.
Q -- what would you like to see in it?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, wait until I send them up there, but we'll be sending some principles up here pretty soon.
Q Not today?
THE PRESIDENT: Maybe today.
Q Mr. President, to follow up, I mean, do you still support limited soft money contributions?
THE PRESIDENT: I think we ought to get rid of labor union and corporate soft money. And I know we need to make sure we have -- to make sure that shareholders and labor union members have got a say-so on how their money is spent.
MR. JOHNDROE: Thank you all very much.
THE PRESIDENT: Just getting warmed up. (Laughter.)
Q Thank you, Barney.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.
END 2:25 P.M. EST