Remarks Congratulating the Eastern High School Choir
The President. How do you say something when there's a lump as big as a tennis ball in your throat? You know, every morning they hand me a schedule that tells me where I'm supposed to be. Believe me, I've been looking forward to this all day. And seeing and hearing all of you beats a budget briefing any day. [Laughter]
talent is manifest; your brilliant performance in
Choir Members. Yes!
The President. Well, I know there are
many others to thank. Maudine Cooper and all the
friends of Eastern Choir did a wonderful job of helping all of you get to
Mel Bradley has sent me some newspaper clippings about you, and I think you've
been saying some very important things. Your choir president, Fredericka
Gordon, brought to life your international tour and that prize you won in
I think Edward Love said something important, too, about what all this meant to
you and to us. He said: ``It makes me very aware that as a person I can do
something and share with other people. I know people who use and sell drugs,
but I don't get caught up in that crowd. I want to look back and say, `I went
So, thank you again for brightening our day at the White House, and my warmest, best wishes to each of you for the future, and God bless you all.
Note: The President spoke at in the East Room at the White House. In his remarks he referred to Joyce Garrett, director of the Eastern High School Choir of Washington, DC; Melvin L. Bradley, Special Assistant to the President for Policy Development; and choir member Edward Love. The choir placed second in the Vienna International Youth Music Festival.