President Clinton Comments on South Georgia TornadoesAired February 14, 2000 - 12:08 p.m. ET
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JEANNE MESERVE, CNN ANCHOR: We are going to take you now to the East Room of the White House. President Clinton is addressing a Hispanic-American event, but we think he may make remarks about the Georgia tornadoes. Let's listen in.
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WILLIAM J. CLINTON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: ... And I want to thank our secretary of energy and my dear friend, Bill Richardson, for the wonderful statement that he made in opening this meeting today.
I thank all the people of our administration who are here.
But I would like to especially acknowledge by deputy chief of staff, Maria Echaveste;
... my assistant to the president who deals with all the governors, mayors and half the headaches in America, Mickey Ibarra;
... administrator of the Small Business Administration, Aida Alvarez, whom you've acknowledged already;
... Army Secretary Louis Caldera, who's here;
... the president of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, George Munoz;
... the chairwoman at EEOC, Ida Castro;
... and the director of the Selective Service, Commissioner Gil Coronado. (APPLAUSE)
And there are other present and past members of the administration here. I thank you all.
I have -- before I begin -- and I know you'll all forgive me, because they, too, are a part of our American families. I have to say that I am very saddened by the terrible loss of life and the damage which occurred as a result of the tornadoes which swept Georgia early this morning. And we're working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is already there and providing me with regular updates on the situation.
I know that all Americans join me. Let me say, my home state very often had the largest amount of tornado damage in the country in any given year, and the loss of life in Georgia this morning is unusual and terrible.
And I ask for your prayers for those people today.
Now, let me also say...
MESERVE: You have been listening to President Clinton speaking in the East Room of the White House about the tornadoes in Georgia, which have claimed at least 13 lives. he said he was very saddened by the loss of life, and is working with FEMA on that situation.
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