Shortly, two more Vietnamese Hueys, laden with refugees and low on fuel, bore in on KIRK and landed on her flight deck, like the twelve others the day before. By now it was routine. But these refugees were quickly transferred to the larger ships nearby, and KIRK sped back to the coast to an almost-surreal sight: hundreds of boats of all sorts were swarming out from the beach, going as fast as their small engines would carry them. Many were precariously loaded to the gunwales with refugees. They gathered around each of the large American ships in the holding area, impatiently waiting their turn to offload their terrified refugees. fig9
President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton honor the Kennedy Center Honorees in the East Room of the White House in Washington, ., December 4, 1994. The honorees are, from the right, actor Kirk Douglas, standing; singer Aretha Franklin; composer Morton Gould; Broadway producer Harold Prince; and folk singer Pete Seeger.
Mr. Clinton said that, after watching Douglas' films with the first lady, he wondered "whether, when the history of this administration is over, it will be more like 'Spartacus' or 'Gunfight at the . Corral.' "