Toasts at the State
Dinner for Chancellor Helmut Kohl of the
The President. Well now, normally I would just start saying thank you, and one of the nicer parts of the job I've got is getting to know the leaders of other countries. But I know that the leader of the other country will forgive me for a little American thing that has to be said right now: At the top of the 4th, the New York Mets are 4, the Boston Red Sox, 1 [The President referred to the third game of the World Series].
tonight we honor one of those foreign leaders who's been a joy to know; a man
who has achieved great power and influence, yet has remained unpretentious and
A German philosopher, Heinrich Heine, once said, ``The worst poison is to despair of one's own power.'' Well, despair is not in Chancellor Kohl's vocabulary. He sets his goals and goes about achieving them with great gusto. Chancellor Kohl is a realist, yet he has not lost touch with his ideals. Carl Schurz, born a German, an adopted American, a champion of human freedom, once wrote: ``Ideals are like the stars; we never reach them. But like the mariners of the sea, we chart our course by them.'' Chancellor Kohl charts his course guided by the ideals of liberty and justice. This is the source of his sense of purpose, the source from which democracy draws its strength, a power beyond the reach of tyrants.
Today the Western democracies face challenges that, at times, seem overwhelming. Yet we persevere, and in the end, freedom will triumph. Our victory will not be realized in the crossing of borders by well-equipped armies, certainly not in the launching of missiles or the occupation of other countries. Our victory will come, perhaps little by little, as walls are torn down, missiles dismantled, and as people are freed. Free peoples everywhere share this vision. The friendship and comradery of Chancellor Kohl's visit is testimony that the world we seek is already being built.
In a few short years, the world will not only enter a new century but also a new millennium. And so I would ask you all to join me now in a toast to friends, close partners who are working with us to ensure that the time ahead will be an age of peace, prosperity, and freedom: To Chancellor Kohl and Mrs. Kohl and the German people.
The Chancellor. Mr. President, Mrs. Reagan, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, it's a source of particular pleasure for my wife, my colleagues, and my delegation to be your guests here tonight. With warmth and elegance you, Mrs. Reagan, have extended to us such magnificent hospitality. And as always, we appreciate the cordiality of your welcome and the very friendly and intimate atmosphere that prevails here. And all those who have preserved for themselves a sense of history will certainly enjoy these hours here in this house.
my last appointment before coming to this hospitable occasion here in the White
House was meeting with Youth for Understanding. And there I met with young
Germans who have come here to this country to spend 1 year in American
families, and with young Americans who have just returned from
day, with the serious and important conversations we had when we tried to take
stock after the
I would like to thank you once again, as I have done already today, for having seized
this opportunity in
President, we had good talks. And I think I may say, with your permission, what
characterizes and what is best in our talks is that we don't make so many words
to make ourselves understood to each other. World statisticians who are looking
into a good many things claim that in 1953, when Konrad
Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, paid his
first visit to the
I should now like to propose a toast: To your good health, Mr. President; to your good health, Mrs. Reagan; and to a prosperous future of the great American Nation, the great Americans, our friends.
Note: The President spoke at in the State Dining Room at the White House. Chancellor Kohl spoke in German, and his remarks were translated by an interpreter.