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Reagan: National Medal of Arts

This post consists of two speeches from President Reagan.  You may skip the details but pay attention to the parts in bold.  April 23, 1985 The President. Well, thank you, all of you, for being here. It's a great pleasure and an honor for Nancy and me to welcome you to the White House today. This is an historic occasion. Two years ago, I asked Frank Hodsoll to work with Congress to establish a National Medal of the Arts. And last year Congress passed this legislation, and today we award the first medals. Before we do, there's some thanks in order to those who worked to make this ceremony possible. I want to thank the Committee on the Arts and Humanities and its Chairman, Andrew Heiskell. Thanks are due also to Senators Robert Stafford, Claiborne Pell, and Paul Simon and Congressman Tom Coleman for their leadership in enacting this legislation. And thanks also to Frank Hodsoll, the National Council of the Arts, and Robert Graham, the artist who designed the medal that we're