For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 7, 2001
Remarks by the President
To the Pool
Ridgewood Country Club
17 A. M. Cdt
Q What're You Doing?
It's Nice to be Home, for Starters. This Is My Home,
This Is Where I Intend to Live After I'm the President. It's Good to Be
Back with the People Who Elected Me the Governor of Texas. I'm Working A
Lot of Issues, National Security Matters. I've Got Some Decisions to Make
-- as You Know, Working on Immigration Policy, State Visit with the
President of Mexico.
But I'm getting a lot done, and it's good
to be on my ranch. It's good to be home.
Q Any closer on
stem cell research decision?
THE PRESIDENT: I'll be making
that decision when -- I'll be making that announcement when I'm ready
to make the announcement.
Q How do you deal
with the heat here in this area -- it's awfully hot.
THE PRESIDENT: This is
Texas. I know a lot of you wish you were in the East Coast,
lounging on the beaches, sucking in the salt air, but when you're from
Texas -- and love Texas -- this is where you come home, this is my
home. We built a house in the Crawford area, it'll be the
house where I live in for the rest of my life. I like my own
home, and I don't mind the heat --
Q Are you taking
any naps in the afternoon, sir?
THE PRESIDENT: -- as a matter
of fact, I'm going to get Stretch to come and run with me.
Q Any time you're
THE PRESIDENT: Want to go for a
Q Sure. How about this afternoon?
THE PRESIDENT: It may be a
little too hot, Stretch.
Q Are you taking
any naps in the afternoon, sir?
THE PRESIDENT: I'm working,
enjoying myself -- getting a lot done on the ranch, too. One
of the things I find to be, you know, helpful, is to get
outdoors. Washington, D.C. is a fine place, and I'm honored
to be working in the Oval Office, staying in the compound
there. But I'm the kind of person that needs to get
outdoors. I like to be outdoors, I like to work
outdoors. It keeps my mind whole, it keeps my spirits
up. I think it's important for people to get outside and to
And I'm making a lot of improvements on
the ranch, and I find that to be -- I find that to be a good part of
keeping me a balanced person.
I'm reading a lot. I just
finished "In the Heart of the Sea," by Philbrick. It's a
boat (sic) about the whaler, Essex. It's a really
interesting book. Now I'm into the Adams book, by
Q How do you like
THE PRESIDENT: I like it.
Q I heard it's a
THE PRESDIENT: It is a good
read. It's an interesting book. I'm particularly
paying attention to that part about John Quincy Adams. You
might remember, Quincy and I have got something in common.
Q How does the heat
here compare to the heat of Washington,
PRESIDENT: Politically? Well, I'm amongst friends
in Texas. I think the people of Texas know me, they know
what I'm like, they know I can make decisions. They know I'm
a person who stands on principles. I really don't worry
about polls or focus groups. I do what I think is
right. And so there's no political heat here. I'm
amongst friends. And it doesn't matter whether they're
Democrats or Republicans here in Texas. The people and I got
along really well. In Washington, it's a lot more partisan.
People up there just like to dig in and fight. You know, Bob
Bullock and I showed that you don't have to fight to get things done --
Bob Bullock was the old Democratic Lieutenant Governor.
And I think eventually, over time, if I
stay persistant, that we'll erode that intransigence in Washington,
D.C. -- you know, where people say, let's try to score political
poitns, let's don't try to come together and work for what's
right. But we'll see. We made a lot of progress
the first six months -- a lot more than a lot of people thought we
Q Walking or
THE PRESIDENT: Stretch,
probably ride, since I want to save my legs for a good run.
Q What's the rule
on mulligans today?
THE PRESIDENT: No mulligans --
except on the first tee. (Laughter.) That's just to loosen
up. You see, otherwise -- most people get to hit practice
balls. But as you know, I'm walking out here, I'm fixing to
go hit -- tight back, older guy, I hit the speed limit on July 6th.
Q Who are you
THE PRESIDENT: I'm golfing with
my friend, David Sibley. There he is right here, Senator
Sibley -- the man who helped write the patients' bill of rights in
Texas, and the man who went to testify in Washington to say those who
claim that the Ganske-something-something bill was like the Texas bill
were wrong. More like the Texas bill is the Norwood bill, as
amended -- which I will sign when we get it out of
conference. Right, Sibley?
SENATOR SIBLEY: That's it.
PRESIDENT: Okay. Got get
* * * * *
THE PRESIDENT: You know, word
about the President is supposed to win hasn't gotten here
Q How did it go?
THE PRESIDENT: We came in
Q In a two-man
THE PRESIDENT: Very
SENATOR SIBLEY: Actually, we
THE PRESIDENT: We had a lot of
Q Mr. President,
what do you think of the Italilan scientist that wants to clone a human
being this fall?
THE PRESIDENT: As you know, I
supported the anti-cloning legislation in the Congress. And
I'll be making a statement about my views on how life and science
should interface when I'm ready.
Q Also today,
apparently the Iraqis fired upon some allied planes in the no-fly zone
and we bombed, apparently, some of the sites there. What do you have
THE PRESIDENT: I've been
briefed on it. As you know, our military can make decisions
as they see fit to protect our pilots -- unless, of course, it's close
to Baghdad, in which case it requires my approval. The
missions that took place were fully in accordance with established
allied war plans.
As I said, Saddam Hussein is a menace,
he's still a menace and we need to keep him in check, and will.
Q Are they
ratcheting it up, though? We've had a lot of incidents
THE PRESIDENT: No -- are they,
the Iraqis? He's been a menace forever, and we will do -- he
needs to open his country up for inspection, so we can see whether or
not he's developing weapons of mass destruction.
Q Some of our
allies in the Middle East -- Egypt and Jordan -- are increasingly
calling for a stronger U.S. presence and role.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I told
-- I spoke to the King the other day, King of Jordan, and I
told him that we're very much involved; our administration is in
contact with the Israelis and the Palestinians on a regular
basis. We will continue to do so. It is important
for both sides to break the cycle of violence. And we have
laid out a framework to get to Mitchell. And once into
Mitchell, hopefully, sanity will prevail. But we
haven't gotten into Mitchell yet. And we can't get into
Mitchell until violence stops.
But our administration -- I talked to
Condi this morning, we're in touch with -- constantly in touch, you
know, our Ambassador went to see Prime Minister Sharon
yesterday. And we'll be having -- we'll continue with
high-level contacts with both sides. I spoke to -- I've
written a letter to Prime Minister Mubarak today -- President Mubarak,
today, and --
Q What did you tell
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I told him
we're still very much engaged in the process, obviously; that we take
violence very serious in the Middle East. The Middle East is one of
our top foreign policy -- peace in the Middle East is a top foreign
policy priority, and that we need to work together to convince both
sides to break the cycle of violence.
See you all.
Q Thank you.
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