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The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 14, 1994 - 9

Reporters' Notebook
Clinton snarls Detroit traffic, aids

CiltO to deliver major

candidate, 'heals' at least 1 onlooker economic address today

As President Clinton arrived on a
sleepy Sunday afternoon, his travel
plans played havoc with many travel-
ers unaware of his visit. State police
0 shut down westbound Interstate 94 for
the presidential motorcade and his 20-
car escort. The freeway between De-
troit Metropolitan Airport and down-
town Detroit was periodically closed
when foreign dignitaries from the G7
arrived, adding hours of travel time to
unwary motorists.
Air traffic over Detroit was also
rerouted, delaying some flights, while
AirForce One made its way from Wash-
ington in a little more than two hours.
State Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-
Lansing), a gubernatorial candidate,
said she spoke with the president for
several minutes.
"He said he was looking forward to
helping with my campaign.
"He also said he supports my bid to
become the next governor," Stabenow
said. "Now, all I have to do is win the
The Democratic primary is Aug. 8.

As part of an ongoing public rela-
tions campaign with the military to
improve strained relations, Clinton took
extra time to shake the hands of nearly
all in attendence at Selfridge Air Na-
tional Guard Base, despite the cold
weather. This set back the president's
schedule by nearly half an hour.
One spectator in the crowd at
Focus:HOPE was so ecstatic when she
shook Clinton's hand that she lept with
joy hugging those around her.
"I am healed," said Ruby Davis, a
Detroit resident, who attended the con-
ference. "I feel like I have just met
Jesus Christ." Davis added that she
went to the presidential inauguration
last year but only got as far as the outer
For Clinton's speech at the
Focus:HOPE Center for Advanced
Technologies, workers erected large
crates of old machine parts as a sym-
bolic backdrop for the "rebuilding of
Detroit." But the machine parts were
more than just symbolic. The center

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used them to hold up the press risers for
After the speech at Focus:HOPE,
Clinton began shaking hands with hun-
dreds of participants. One such partici-
pant gave him a "Fans of Hillary"shirt,
which Clinton was delighted to hold up.
Ronaele Bowman, who gave
Clinton the shirt, said she represents
about 100 or so fans in the western
suburban area of Detroit.
On the way to Focus:HOPE, Michi-
gan Democratic Sens. Carl Levin and
Donald Riegle rode in the presidential
limousine. In his speech, Clinton re-
marked on the trip. "When we were
pulling in here today ... Carl looked at
me and he said, 'This is what you ran
for president to do -- Focus:Hope.
This is what you wanted to bring to the
entire country. You are going to see
why you wanted to be president of the
United States."
- Compiled by Daily Staff
Reporters James R. Cho and
David Shepardson

DETROIT-Representatives from
the largest industrialized democracies
in the world are meeting here today and
tomorrow to address questions of lin-
gering unemployment and stagnant
President Clinton will kick off the
conference with an address at the Fox
Theatre this morning with what aides
call a major economic policy address.
Clinton will deliver the keynote
address today at the gathering of top
economic decision makers from the
Group of Seven nations - the United
States,Japan, Germany, Britain, France,
Canada and Italy.
Lloyd Axworthy, Canada's human
resources minister, emphasized the
importanceofcooperation. "If we don't
work together, I believe we could, in
some cases, undermine what each is
doing," he said. "If we do this together,
we can reinforce what each other is
After a tour of the Focus:HOPE
jobs-training center, Clinton said, "In
every advanced economy now there
are problems rewarding work with
higher wages. Many, many people are
stuck with wages that do not go up even
when they work harder."
In the afternoon, economic offi-
cials will conduct two closed meetings.
Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen will
host a session on "Creating Employ-
ment Opportunities in the Global
Economy." Later, Commerce Secre-
tary Ron Brown will conduct a discus-
sion on "Technology, Innovation and
the Private Sector."
Later tonight, Vice President Al
Gore will dine with foreign dignitaries
at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Tomorrow, Labor Secretary Rob-
ert Reich will host a session on "Labor
Markets, Investment in Human Capital
and Social Safety Net."
Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen
will deliver a statement tomorrow af-
ternoon summarizing the discussions
along with the otherG7 economic min-
The summit was called to discuss
pressing economic problems.
- The Associated Press contributed
to this report

Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer waits to greet President Clinton yesterday.

Continued from page 1
them for good jobs with a 100-percent
employment rate," Cunnigham said.
Michigan senatorial hopeful Will-
iam Brodhead was among the numer-
ous politicians gathered to hear Presi-
dent Clinton after his tour of the
Focus:HOPE center.
LSA senior Jeff Gourdji, head of
the University's College Democrats
chapter, said he, personally, was in-
terested, but he was not sure how
many college students would be.
"This is about re-employment. Col-

lege students don't need to be con-
cerned directly or indirectly with the
job summit as they are being trained
for a job in college," Gourdji said.
"But when they are 40 or 50 and
are trained for one thing that is then
obsolete, it is nice to know that a
system will be in place that people
who work hard are going to be able to
get good jobs."
But Gourdji said none of the Col-
lege Democrats were going.
"We were invited and we would
have been able to get into these high
level meetings," he said. "None of us
went because we were too busy."


President Clinton shakes hands with spectators yesterday at Selfridge ANG Base.

Continued from page 1.
Gov. John Engler praised the center
for its unique program and plans to
collaborate with industry to put similar
programs on factory floors in the state
"This is a model program. This is
the type of revolutionary school-to-
work program that this country needs.
Engler added that he is pleased the
jobs summit is being held in Detroit.
"We are delighted to have Presi-
dent Clinton here to highlight the revi-
talization of Detroit."
Engler is using the opportunity to
meetwith foreign media topitchMichi-
S gan as an attractive place to locate
business. Nevertheless, some partici-
pants said they are wary about the
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effects of the summit.
"The fact that Clinton decided to
visit Focus:HOPE is a credit to the
center," said U.S. Senate hopeful Wil-
liam Brodhead. But he doubted how
much it would benefit Michigan.
"I don't think this conference will
have much of an impact. It's more
symbolic than anything else," he said.
Clinton aides continued to insist
that the administration is handling the
Whitewater affair appropriately.
Several Clinton aides were subpoe-
naed last week by a federal grand jury

looking into meetings between admin-
istration officials and the head of the
Resolution Trust Corp., the indepen-
dent federal agency that oversees the
bailout of the savings and loans. In the
meeting, the status of an ongoing crimi-
nal investigation was discussed. This
may have violated federal law.
Bruce Lindsay, one of the aides
present during the meetings, said his
grand jury appearance date had been
postponed by the grand jury.
"They had more than they could
handle on any one day," Lindsay said.

See extended coverage of the G7 jobs summit in tomorrow's Daily

Michigan Student Assembly is looking for students who are interested in
getting involved! The Campus Governance Committee of MSA has positions
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Thank You!
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Government Relations Advisory Committee (2 students)
Committee for a Multicultural University (4 students-2 undergrads, 2 grads)
Research Policies Committee (4 students-1 undergrad, 3 grads)
Student Relations Advisory Committee (4 students-2 undergrads, 2 grads)
If you have any questions, or would like more information, please
contact Julie Neenan, Chairperson of Campus Governance Committee, at the
MSA offices 763-3241.
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