Remarks by the President in Photo Opportunity

Office of the Press Secretary
(Kasane, Botswana)

For Immediate ReleaseMarch 30, 1998


Chobe National Game Park
Kasane, Botswana

9:55 A.M. (L)

THE PRESIDENT: I learned today that 17 percent of this country isin national parks and national preserves. They've done a great job ofprotecting their wildlife.

Q TASS is quoting Yeltsin as saying he's not going to be partof the 2000 campaign and he's going to support Chernomyrdin.

THE PRESIDENT: Chernomyrdin?

Q Yes.

THE PRESIDENT: That's interesting.

Q What have you seen today, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we've seen probably 20 or 30 different kindsof birds -- fascinating ones -- including some eagles I had never seenbefore and some storks I had never seen before and obviously the vulturesand then a lot of the smaller, very beautiful birds, like this rollers.There you've got a baboon, right there, and is that an impala with it? Animpala, a baboon, and three elephants right here where we're standing.

We saw a water buffalo -- I think you saw it also -- that hadbeen wounded apparently by a lion. We saw the horns of a kudu and theskull, all that remained of what apparently was a lion kill up the roadhere, and the vultures were still kind of hanging around it.

It's amazing. It's been an amazing day.

Q Any warthogs? We saw some.


THE FIRST LADY: We saw hippos.

THE PRESIDENT: We saw a lot of hippos.

THE FIRST LADY: Crocodiles.

Q Did you check out the stars last night?

THE PRESIDENT: It was amazing, wasn't it. The stars wereamazing.

THE FIRST LADY: We saw the lions, too.

Q Oh, you didn't see the lions.

THE FIRST LADY: We did, Sam. We did.

Q You saw a lion?

THE FIRST LADY: Yes, we saw a mother lion and four cubs.

THE PRESIDENT: Oh, yes. They were up underneath a tree.

THE FIRST LADY: One of the lions was in the tree.

THE PRESIDENT: You could barely see them, and the motherlion was on her back, playing with the kids.

Q I would have killed for that. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: It was great. At one point she even had one ofher -- one of the cubs? tail in her mouth. They were playing with it backand forth.

Q Can a Democratic President admire an elephant?

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, and I like to see them concentrated here.(Laughter.)

Q I set you up there.

THE PRESIDENT: Actually, I was kind of jealous that theRepublicans had appropriated such a nice animal as their symbol.(Laughter.) I think they're fascinating, these elephants are.

Q At the restaurant last night, did you check out any of thezebra or crocodile?

THE PRESIDENT: I tried it all.

Q Those elephants produce more dung than any other animals.(Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: If you write that, make sure you say he did it,not me.

Q But make sure you say the President was smiling.

Q Mrs. Clinton, have you enjoyed it?

THE FIRST LADY: Oh, very much.

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