Remarks at the
The President. That's wonderful. And we look forward to that, Mr. Hilton. It's going to be so great after January 20th, when even Santa Claus can come to the house again. [Laughter]
But I thank you, Merv. You know, when I saw this lineup tonight, I realized that 8 years of the Washington press corps was just to get me warmed up for a tribute from Don Rickles. [Laughter] But now that I'm about to become an elder statesman, I wonder if that means that when Nancy and I go out dancing, Sam Donaldson can't cut in. [Laughter]
But to be serious, lately, when meetings at the White House have got long and a bit dull, I found myself daydreaming about the ranch. You know, just after he left the Presidency, George Washington said -- and these are his words -- ``Rural employments will now take place of toil, responsibility, and the solicitudes of public life.'' And I told George then it sounded good to me. [Laughter]
was very moved by what Governor Deukmejian said.
Every time I come home for a visit, I ask myself, why did you ever leave? You
might say I left my heart in
before I go any further, let me say how much
But we do appreciate all that each of you had done and will do in the fight against drug abuse. I know I've said this before, but while there are many things that I will remember with pride and affection about the last 8 years, right at the top of the list will be the battle a certain lady began long before it was fashionable to get America's young people to just say no to drugs.
wasn't too far from here -- well, in
been deeply touched in the last few months when some people that I greatly
respect have praised the work of our administration and compared it with a few
select administrations of the past. But I must say that, to my way of thinking,
know, I mentioned a few months back that my new theme song is ``
I'll turn it over to my roommate.
Mrs. Reagan. Well, if I can get past the laryngitis -- I wish that I could thank each one of you individually for all that you've done tonight and your generosity. You can't possibly imagine what this is going to mean to a lot of children and their parents. And I'll be forever grateful to all of you, and I do thank you very, very much. And I add my God bless, too. Thank you.
Note: The President spoke at in the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. A tape was not available for verification of the contents of the remarks.