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Clinton's E-mail to White House Staff

The Associated Press
Friday, February 12, 1999

Text of an e-mail that White House Chief of Staff John Podesta sent to staff on behalf of President Clinton:

I want to thank you personally for all you are doing for this administration and our nation. Working at the White House is a great privilege, but I know it is also often a burden on you, and on the family and friends to whom you turn for support. That has meant long days, late nights, and many weekends here -- and I want you to know how grateful I am.

The past year has been especially difficult for you. I know that my actions and the events they triggered have made your work even harder. For that, I am profoundly sorry. In all this, under the most extraordinary of circumstances, you never lost sight of your first obligation -- to serve the people of our nation. For that, I am profoundly grateful.

The remaining years of this administration can and must be a time of great achievement for our nation. I know you share my pride in what we have accomplished already to strengthen America at home and abroad, including over the past year, when we created the first surplus in three decades and continued dramatic advances in education and other vital areas.

Now, together, we have much more to do to meet our obligations to future generations. We have set our goals before the American people -- from saving Social Security and Medicare, to strengthening education and health care, to advancing peace and security around the world -- and I know you share my determination to act on those priorities. Today, the nation we love is strong and confident. In the months to come, we can move beyond the divisions of the past year to build a nation that is stronger and more united as it enters the 21st century.

Your dedication and loyalty have meant more to me than you can ever know. The best way I can repay you is to redouble my own efforts on behalf of the ideals we share, and to make the most of every day we are here. I thank you again for everything you are doing -- and I ask you to keep working hard in the months ahead. Together, we can achieve great things for the American people.

Bill Clinton.


© Copyright 1999 The Associated Press

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