On May 2, President Clinton dedicated the first Presidential memorial
FDR dedicated the Jefferson memorial in 1943. President Clinton honored
achievements, and challenged America to summon the same sense of
hope and purpose to meet today's challenges:
-- FDR opened the doors of opportunity for all: sparking the growth of
great American middle class and creating the G.I. bill, the Social
unemployment systems, mortgage and bank insurance, the minimum wage and
-- FDR made America the world's indispensable nation: leading the crusade
free the world from tyranny, turning America into a world power and
way for the global economy.
-- FDR believed in the American community, writing in the speech he was
on when he died: "If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the
of human relationships -- the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to
together and work together, in the same world, at peace."
-- FDR believed in our national government meeting major national
"The country needs...bold, persistent experimentation. It is common
take a method and try it; if it fails, admit it frankly and try another.
But above all, try something."
-- As we face an age of promise and possibility as great as FDR's,
Clinton will reaffirm FDR's legacy. As he said at the Library of
last night: "Together we will renew our commitment to fight tyranny with
liberty, ignorance with knowledge, fear with hope and confidence."