Remarks of the President After Viewing the Movie, "Remember the Titans" (9/26/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release             September 26, 2000

                         REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT

                              Uptown Theater
                                     Washington. D.C.

          THE PRESIDENT:  Folks, come on.  Give them a hand.  (Applause.)
I just want to say two things, besides thanks to Gary and the director and
the stars, for giving us a gift.  First thing is, I've actually had the
honor, as President, of going to T.C. Williams High School.  (Applause.)
And you might be interested to know that that school district is now the
most racially, ethnically, religiously diverse school district in the whole
United States of America.  (Applause.)  That high school now has students
whose families come from more than 80 countries and speak more than 50

          And after some of the troubles at schools around America, I went
out there because they are a model for the whole country and how different
people relate to each other and work together and solve their problems.
And it all started here with them, 30 years ago.  (Applause.)

          The second thing is, I was watching this movie, and you know I
grew up in the South, where football was next to religion, except for
people who were really serious about football.  (Applause.)  And I was
watching this and I was thinking back over the last eight years and all the
times I spent trying to get people in other countries to quit fighting each
other because they were different, and trying to get people in America to
get over their differences.  And I was just thinking, if only we could
learn over again every day the lesson these young men, when they were young
-- and they're still young to me -- (laughter) -- learned from each other.

          The reason that's so powerful is they won a victory of the human
heart.  And I hope that all of us will remember the gift they gave us, and
keep on winning.

          Thank you and God bless you.  (Applause.)


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