For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 8, 2001
Remarks by the President
In Visit to Coffee Station
10:40 A.M. CDT
THE PRESIDENT: I've got some of
the local farmers here; I'm going to explain to them the $5.5
supplemental I'm signing here pretty soon. Emergency supplemental for
Q How does it feel
to be here with the people of Crawford?
THE PRESIDENT: It's great to be
here with the people of Crawford.
Q What did you
THE PRESIDENT: I ordered a
cheeseburger and some onion rings. And I'm not sharing any
with you. (Laughter.)
Stretch, you order something
up. You're getting paid too much money anyway.
Q I'll have a bite
of your cheeseburger, how's that?
Q Sir, did the sign
make you decide to come inside?
THE PRESIDENT: What did it
Q Did the sign
outside make you decide to stop?
THE PRESIDENT: I didn't see
it. What did it say?
Q It said, "George
and Laura, come by."
PRESIDENT: No. What made me decide to stop was
the wonderful people who own the place and the
One of the things that I'm talking about
here is how hard it is for a lot of these farmers to make a
living. And one of the things about the farm program that
we've got to make sure happens is that when there's emergency aid like
the bill I'm going to sign here next week, it gets to the farmers who
A lot of times, that money goes to people
who aren't farmers. We want to make sure it goes to help the
farmers who are actually farming the land. There's a lot of
medium-sized farmers that need help, and one of the things that we're
going to make sure of as we restructure the farm program next year is
that the money goes to the people it's meant to help.
I'm also going to tell them that part of
the supplemental -- some folks tried to increase the supplemental, but
that money wasn't going to the farmers. The extra money they
tried to put on that would have busted the budget wasn't going to
farmers, it was going to other matters. And what I'm
interested in is giving -- payments to the people that, like the corn
farmers here at the table, that are working hard to make a living.
Having said that, now we can
Q -- are you going
running this afternoon?
THE PRESIDENT: I'm not going to
run today, but I'll get you out there one of these days. I'm
not going to run today.