Clinton Proclaims National Character Counts Week

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

( - President Clinton has proclaimed this week as "National Character Counts" week. The president said he believes "The character of our citizens has enriched every aspect of our national life and has set an example of civic responsibility around the world."

In a White House statement, the president said, "The diligence and determination that are part of our nation's work ethic have strengthened our economy, and the firm convictions of our spiritual leaders have helped guide our communities, fostering unity, compassion and humility."

Clinton called on Americans as the new century approaches to "work together, parents, public officials, educators, entertainers, and business and religious leaders, to impart to our youth the core values they need to be good citizens."

In making the announcement the president also cited a report by his Council of Economic Advisers that found parents must spend longer hours at work and many families are headed by a single parent. "We must seek innovative ways to address this problem and to promote stronger families, including greater flexibility in paid work hours, more affordable child care, and increased support for low income families," Clinton said.

The president outlined the administration's agenda to help provide families with "The tools they need to fulfill their responsibilities at home and at work." Clinton said that agenda calls for more money in after school programs and an initiative to make child care better, safer and more afford for working families. Clinton said he believes the Family and Medical Leave Act should be expanded to cover more American workers as well as allowing more leave time for more parental activities, such as parent-teacher conferences and routine doctor visits.