For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 2, 2001
Remarks by the President
During Visit to the Jefferson Memorial
3:40 P.M. EDT
Q What's the occasion,
THE PRESIDENT: Wanted to come
over. We're looking right out our window every day at the
Jefferson. It's a beautiful day. Wanted to come
over and begin the beginning of the 4th of July celebration here at the
Jefferson Memorial; it's an opportunity to say hello to some of our
Q What does the 4th
mean to you, Mr. President?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, it's an
unimaginable honor to be the President during the 4th of July of this
country. It means what these words say, for
starters. The great inalienable rights of our
country. We're blessed with such values in
America. And I -- it's -- I'm a proud man to be the nation
based upon such wonderful values.
I can't tell you what it's like to be in
Europe, for example, to be talking about the greatness of
America. But the true greatness of America are the
people. And it's another reason we're here, is to be able to
say hello to some of our fellow Americans who are here to celebrate.
It's good to see everybody. John,
when are you getting married?
Q Three weeks, sir.