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Why President Clinton and Bob Dole Are So Important

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We all heard music.
It was the music from a movie my dad took me to see that is called Patriot Games, which is about nuclear disaster that might happen, and bad government officals. This music was strange and spooky and gave you the feeling that something bad was going to happen.

Then Bob Dole showed up.
Bob Dole is an important, special citizen in our country, and you could tell that because he was surrounded by Secret Service men for protection, and also Bob Dole was not sweating like everyone else. He walked up on the stage and sat there holding his pen and listening to Phoenix citizens tell him all of their troubles. These stories were sad and terrible, with deaths and other problems in all of them, and Bob Dole listened, and you could tell he was really listening by his serious look and his head that nodded many times.

After some very bad stories, he applauded with everyone else but slapped his hand on his knee because his pen hand was injured in a war, and he had to fight and use courage to become a member of our government, and that is why Bob Dole is strong today.

Then it was Bob Dole's turn to speak, and he told a story of a family whose daughter was murdered selling Girl Scout cookies. He said other things as the press people took his picture, and once he promised to "cut drug use in half in this country." This means that many kids will only smoke half a joint or take half of a pill, and for health reasons anyone can see that Bob Dole has a good idea.

One thing Bob Dole liked to do was repeat the ends of his sentences, like in, "The criminal will not be able to get that gun. Get that gun." This man might be our next president, and when he was finished talking, he walked right toward me. As he came closer and closer, Bob Dole made me feel excited, as he did many others.

Then there he was, standing right there, and I couldn't think of anything to say. He was neat and clean and barely sweating, and acted friendly. As he moved away, I thought of a great question: "How does a bill become a law?" The way the film shows it at school is for the bill, which has a smiling face and tiny feet and hands, to walk and jump from one part of the government to another until it becomes a law.

If Bob Dole knows about this, I can't say, because he walked past the Port-O-San and left.

The first thing I noticed that was different from when I went to see Bob Dole than when I went to see President Bill Clinton was that at the Grand Canyon there is no barbed wire or any tents containing criminals. What they have there instead is natural beauty that is beautiful and totally natural, and hundreds of tourists come from many countries every year to see it, proving this.

Also, the president was not coming here to meet Sheriff Joe, but on official business. A lot of local newspapers have written about his visit, and it was to sign a bill (he had to sign "Bill" on the bill!) to make thousands and thousands of acres in Utah into a national monument called Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This is for Spanish and English people, because Escalante means escalator in English.

The Grand Canyon is already a national monument, and the place in Utah is so natural they haven't built roads in there yet, so President Bill Clinton had to come here. Though many of us had not seen the place in Utah, it was easy enough to imagine how natural and beautiful it must be by just closing our eyes, or opening them and actually looking at the Grand Canyon, which everyone there (including our president!) thought was so beautiful.

I noticed a lot more people came to the Grand Canyon to see our president than had been to Tent City, and most of them were really happy to be there, wearing jackets because it was a little cold. The ceremony was outside, and President Clinton was set up to speak to us right at the edge of the canyon. I had seen a Three Stooges episode where Moe was taking Curly's picture next to a cliff and kept telling him to back up a little more and a little more, and then he fell off. I thought about this, but knew that President Clinton would not fall for a trick like that, and he had probably seen that episode anyway.

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Peter Gilstrap
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