As he closed his remarks, Clinton recalled the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which happened during his presidency and stood as the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil until 9/11. Many of those who died were government employees.
Clinton, subtly seeking to counter anti-government rhetoric from Republicans, said the bombing taught him that no matter his frustrations with bureaucracy, government workers should be treated with respect.
"On this day, of all days, we should know that there are good and noble people who work for the government," he said.
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