Vol. 65 No. 3 Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Nation Welcomes a New Commander-in-Chief
Editor's Note: Yesterday, Tuesday, Jan.
20, Barack Obama took the oath of office
to become the 44th President of the United
States ofAmerica. Here are excerpts from
his inauguration speech, which recognize
both the historic nature of the event and
the tasks ahead.
My fellow citizens: I stand here
today humbled by the task before us, grate-
ful for the trust you have bestowed, mind-
ful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.
I thank President Bush for his service to
our nation, as well as the generosity and
cooperation he has shown throughout this
Forty-four Americans have now
taken the presidential oath. The words have
been spoken during rising tides of prosper-
ity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every
so often the oath is taken amidst gathering
clouds and raging storms. At these mo-
ments, America has carried on not simply
because of the skill or vision of those in
high office, but because we the people have
remained faithful to the ideals of our fore-
bears, and true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this gen-
eration of Americans...
...On this day, we gather because
we have chosen hope over fear, unity of
purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day, we come to proclaim
an end to the petty grievances and false
promises, the recriminations and worn out
dogmas, that for far too long have strangled
We remain a young nation, but in
the words of scripture, the time has come
to set aside childish things. The time has
come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to
choose our better history; to carry forward
that precious gift, that noble idea, passed
on from generation to generation: the God-
given promise that all are equal, all are free
and all deserve a chance to pursue their full
measure of happiness.
In reaffirming the greatness of
our nation, we understand that greatness is
never a given. It must be earned. Our jour-
ney has never been one of shortcuts or set-
tling for less. It has not been the path for the
faint-hearted for those who prefer lei-
sure over work, or seek only the pleasures
of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the
risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things
- some celebrated but more often men and
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of office as recited by Chief Justice John
Roberts. Yesterday's noon-time oath was the
final step toward his becoming the 44th Pres-
ident of the United States. U. S. Air Force
photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo.
women obscure in their labor, who have
carried us up the long, rugged path towards
prosperity and freedom...
...For we know that our patchwork
heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We
are a nation of Christians and Muslims,
(Cont. on Page 7)
Experienced Officers Start New Career in USCG
By Lt. Cmdr. Todd Weimerskirch
When military personnel think of a Lieutenant Junior
Grade, they might assume that the officer is inexperienced,
fresh to the fleet, and only slightly more knowledgeable than
some "wet behind the ears" Ensign. However, with a com-
bined total of 30 years of officer experience, three Lieutenant
Junior Grades (Lt. j.g.) at Training Squadron TWO (VT-2)
reinforce what happens when people assume.
The Doerbirds currently have five USCG instructors
and annually graduates around 25 Coast Guard pilots. His-
torically, the VT-2 executive staff includes a USCG officer,
and Cmdr. Timothy McGuire USCG is currently assigned as
the Executive Officer of VT-2. It is a uniquely joint program
that trains Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and other allied
services pilots in addition to the Coast Guard. Additional-
ly, all Coast Guard helicopter pilots obtain their "wings" at
The Doerbirds of VT-2 have three U.S. Coast Guard
Lt. j.g.s conducting Instructor Pilot Standardization flights
where they help ensure the highest quality of instruction is
being provided to the students by training the teachers. A
typical Lt. j.g. would never have enough flight experience to
tackle this assignment, but these three officers are not typi-
cal. All three were T-34 Turbo Mentor instructor pilots who
transitioned to the USCG through the Direct Commission
The Direct Commission Aviator program is open
to former active duty military officers who are graduates of
U.S. military flight training. The program provides them the
opportunity to serve, fly, and pursue a career in the Coast
Guard. The main drawback is that individuals receive a
commission as Lt. j.g.s. Commissioning at this rank affords
(Cont. on Page 6)
News and Notes
SOY/FIOY Recognition Banquet The Santa Rosa
County Council of the Navy League is hosting their 2009 Sailor of
the Year and Flight Instructor of the Year recognition banquet Fri-
day evening Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Sikes Hall. Commodore Scott
Walsh of Training Air Wing-FIVE will be the guest speaker for the
event. Tickets are available by calling 623-2339 prior to Tuesday
Feb. 3 Training Air Wing-FIVE and Whiting Field personnel may
RSVP and purchase tickets from Carlotta Majewski. Cost is $15
for Active duty personnel and $25 for Navy League and commu-
Superbowl Sunday MWR is sponsoring a Superbowl Party
Sunday February 1 at Sikes Hall. Doors open at 4 p.m. with kick
off at 5:20 p.m. There will be a Chili Cook-off contest, free food,
a half-time raffle and a best dressed fan contest Call 623-7274 to
sign up for the chili contest or for more information.
Road Rally Sponsored by the Santa Rosa Kids House, the
Inaugural Santa Rosa Historical Road Rally will be held Saturday,
Jan. 24. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the Rally kicking-off at
9:30 a.m. The award ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. The entry
fee is $30 per vehicle and includes lunch for the driver and navi-
gator. The rally will test your knowledge of Santa Rosa County's
history while pushing your navigation skills to the limit. This is
not a speed race, and all traffic laws must be obeyed. Call 623-
1112 or visit www.santarosakidshouse.org for more information.
Celtic Woman The international Irish music phenomenon,
Celtic Woman, will play at the Pensacola Civic Center April 3,
2009. Last year's hit show earned the ladies hundreds of new lo-
cal fans and this concert promises to be even better! Tickets are
on sale now for $63 and $43 at Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at
434-7444 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
MWR Intramurals The 2009 Captain's Cup Season is about
to begin! Basketball Season began Jan. 13 and Soccer will follow
next week. Anyone interested in playing one or both sports please
get with your Squad/Dept. Rep. Players who are not sure who
their representative is should call or email Todd Mooneyham, 623-
7502 ext 23 / todd.mooneyham@ navy.mil. Basketball will be
Jan. 16 at the Operations Auditorium. Cmdr. Thomas Vinson
reenlisted Chester for three years so Chester could take orders to
the USS Roosevelt (CVN-71) next month. U. S. Navy photo by AC1
held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 1700, 1800, and 1900.
Soccer will be on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 1700, 1800,
and 1900. Athletes interested in playing and without a Squad/Dept
team may also contact Mooneyham to be placed on another team.
Disney for the Troops Disney parks celebrate the U. S.
military with free multi-day admisions to theme parks in 2009.
Disney is granting active duty, reserve members on active duty,
and military retirees a free five-day hopper pass. This includes
members of the U. S. Coast Guard and National Guard. Eligible
patrons may also purchase up to five additional five-day (non-hop-
per) passes for $99 each. Tickets are valid up through June 12 for
the California park and until Dec. 23 for the Florida parks. See
www.disneyworld.com/military or your local ITT office for more
Line Dance Santa Rosa Community Line Dance classes will
be held Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. for beginners and from 7:30
to 9 p.m. for intermediate dancers. Classes will be held at Hobbs
Middle School on Glover Lane. Cost is $50 for a 13-week session.
Call 623-4235 or 7234052 for details.
Yoga for Beginners The Milton Community Center will
host beginning Yoga classes from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and 9-10
a.m. as well as 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. on Fridays. Cost is $5 and the
classes are sponsored by the Milton Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment. Call Linsey Williamson at 983-5466 ext 208 for more in-
Cajun Boil The Krewe of Junkanoo will hold a Cajun Boil at
the Sandshaker Lounge on Pensacola Beach Blvd. at 3 p.m. Sun-
day Jan. 25. Call 932-2211 for more information.
Mardi Gras Ball The 13th Annual Arc Santa Rosa Mardi
Gras Ball will be held at Naval Air Station Whiting Field's Sikes
Hall Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. The evening will begin with a social hour
followed by dinner, door prizes and a silent auction. Music will
be provided by the Main Street Band. Tickets are $50 per person
or $350 per table of eight. Please RSVP by Feb. 6. Call 623-9320
Baseball Clinic There will be a free instructional clinic for
boys and girls ages 7 to 14 at the Milton ball fields from 9 11 a.m.
Feb. 7. Pensacola Pelicans coaches will teach various baseball and
softball skills. Interested participants may register from noon to
8 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Milton Community Center.
Call 983-5466 ext. 208 for additional information.
Story Time The Santa Rosa County Librar7y system will
continue its pre-school story time for children ages 3-5.Activities
will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include stories, songs and action
rhymes based on the theme of "Warm in Winter." Story time will
be held Jan. 22 at Gulf Breeze Library and Jan 23 at Pace Library.
Get a Taste for Art The Santa Rosa Arts and Culture foun-
dation will host their fourth annual "Get a Taste for Art" fundraiser
Feb. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Santa Rosa County Auditorium.
Attendees will get a taste of art through displays of culinary mas-
terpieces, original artwork, dance presentations, theatrical perfor-
mances and instrumentals. The fundraiser will include a silent
auction. The event is semi-formal and tickets are $25. Call 981-
1100 for details or visit www.santarosaarts.org.
Bluegrass Jam Session The Gulf Coast Bluegrass Music
Association will hold their monthly concert and jam session at 5
p.m. Jan. 24 at Pensacola Junior College's Milton campus. For de-
tails call Diane Bates at 623-3325 or check out www.gcbma.com.
Fleet and Family Support Center Classes
Developing Your Spending Plan Tuesday, January 27, from 1- 3 pm
This class is not designed to tell you what to do with your money; this class will challenge you to think before you spend. There is no
patent on the "right" way to handle your money, but there are better ways to get your dollar's worth. Class will be held at the FFSC
conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Parenting: 6-18s Tuesday, January 27, from 6 8 pm
Common Sense Parenting: Unfortunately, children do not come with instruction manuals. As a result, FFSC is holding a class that will
provide you with tools that will equip you with the skills for raising responsible and well-adjusted children. This class is for any parent
who wants to "brush up" on their parenting skills or new parents that are not sure of where to begin. For more information, contact a
Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
If you are a flight student, or anyone else desiring to improve your reading skills, the speed reading program at the FFSC can help you
learn how specialized eye movement exercises and other techniques can dramatically increase your reading rate. The program will target
both speed and comprehension skills. You can check out the CD at the front desk and utilize the program in our computer room.
Ten Steps to a Federal Job.
Attend this class in order to learn how to prepare the best application possible. You will learn how to read an announcement, analyze
core competencies for language, analyze vacancy listings for keywords, and how to apply forjobs. Class will be held at the FFSC con-
ference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
How to Survive the Holidays Financially
It's that time of year when stores display holiday decorations, increase their inventory, and gear up to convince you to spend money.
This training will provide the class with information, tools, and ideas necessary to develop a holiday spending plan. Class will be held
ine Energy vampires Are training Your rower
Many Home and Office Devices Remain On Even When Turned Off
Energy vampires are quietly Air conditioners reo receivers
sucking up electricity in your office Back-up power supplies CD Players
and even your homes! Many electrical- Computer monitors DVD Players
ly powered devices in your office and Computers Televisions
home continue to use electricity even Copiers VCRs
when they are turned "off', sometimes Fax machines Any device that has a clock (all
as much as when they're on! A surpris- Power adapters (when not us- clocks do not have a display, i.e. some
ingly large number of these devices -- ing item such as CD player) VCRs). Some examples are;
from air conditioners to VCRs -- can- Printers Clock radios
not be switched off completely without Products with transformers Electric and gas ranges / ovens
unplugging it from the outlet. An aver- (battery chargers, low voltage ac- Microwave ovens
age home can use 1.2 kWh or more per cent lighting) VCRs
day in Phantom Power. These Energy Security systems Any device that has infrared
Vampires use electricity 24 hours a Stereo systems sensors, i.e. security lights
day, 365 days a year, often without the Telephone answering ma- Any device that has one or
Telephone answering ma-
knowledge of the user. s more status lights (L.E.D. or other)
Some names for this unsus- You may find some devices on
pected electricity consumption are: Video games this list that do not use stand-by power,
phantom power, standby power, ener-
gy drain, leaking electrons and hidden
A few typical energy vampires
(Stand-by Energy Users) are:
Any device that has a remote
control (device must have power to re-
spond to the remote control). Some ex-
Cable, satellite and radio / ste-
especially if it is older. Any device that
is warm to the touch near the power
cord after it has been turned "off' for
long period of time is probably adding
Navy Names Virginia Class Submarine USS John Warner
From the Department of Defense
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Secretary of the Navy, Donald
C. Winter announced Jan. 8 that the next Virginia-class attack
submarine will be named in honor of recently retired U.S Sen.
John Warner of Virginia. Warner retired Jan. 3, 2009 after 30
years of service in the U.S. Senate.
"Senator Warner has served his country for over 63
years and has been an unwavering advocate of the men and
women of our nation's armed forces. It gives me great pleasure
to be able to honor him in this manner and I thank him for his
support and mentorship," said Winter.
The USS John Warner, designated SSN 785, honors
Warner's lifetime of service to the nation and the Common-
wealth of Virginia. Warner's career in public service began in
January 1945, the last year of World War II, when he enlisted
at the age of 17 in the U.S. Navy, where he earned the rank of
petty officer third class. In the Fall of 1949, he joined the Ma-
rine Corps Reserve. At the outbreak of the Korean War in Octo-
ber 1950, he volunteered for active duty and was commissioned
in the U.S. Marine Corps and served with the 1st Marine Air
Wing as a ground communications officer in Korea. He con-
tinued his affiliation with the Marine Corps Reserve, reaching
the rank of captain. In February 1969, he was appointed and
confirmed by the Senate as under secretary of the Navy, and
succeeded Secretary John Chafee as the 61st secretary of the
Navy in 1972 following Senate confirmation during the height
of the war in Vietnam. During this period, Warner was desig-
nated as chief negotiator for the conference between the U.S.
and Soviet navies which led to the Incidents at Sea Agreement
which is still in effect today between the U.S. and Russian na-
vies. Entering politics in 1978, he was elected to represent the
Commonwealth of Virginia in the U.S. Senate. He served five
consecutive terms becoming the second longest serving U.S.
senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia in the 218-year
history of the Senate.
During his 30 years of service in the Senate, Warner
was a leader in national defense issues serving continuously on
the Senate Committee on Armed Services. He held leadership
roles as chairman or ranking member for half of his tenure on
this committee and also served many years on the Senate Se-
lect Committee on Intelligence. In this capacity, and throughout
his career, he has shown unwavering support for the men and
women of the armed forces, and has been a champion of mod-
ernizing the structure and operations of the military to ensure
its effectiveness in the 21st century.
The Virginia-class is 7,800-tons and 377 feet in length,
has a beam of 34 feet, and can operate at more than 25 knots
submerged. It is designed with a reactor plant that will not re-
quire refueling during the planned life of the ship. The USS
John Warner will be built by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
in Newport News, Va., in partnership with General Dynamics/
Electric Boat Comoration.
VITA Program Offers Savings to NASWF
Beginning Jan. 21, Naval Air
Station Whiting Field (NASWF) will
once again offer free tax preparation
services through the Volunteer Income
Tax Assistance (VITA) program to ac-
tive duty, dependents, retirees, and re-
servists on active duty for more than
30 days. Through this program, those
eligible individuals not only can save
hundreds of dollars on tax preparation
fees, but they also can electronically
file their return to receive their refund
in the shortest time possible.
During the 2008 tax season,
Navy-wide volunteers with the VITA
program filed nearly 73,000 federal
and state tax returns, saving service
members and dependents more than
$9,100,000 in commercial tax prepara-
tion fees. Locally, last year the NAS-
WF Tax Center filed more than 500 tax
returns, with a savings to the taxpayer
of over $61,000. The VITA program
is a proven winner that improves mo-
rale and readiness and keeps money in
sailors' pockets. VITA significantly
reduces the effort and cost involved in
meeting federal and state tax obliga-
A few of the benefits include:
No preparation fees Commercial tax
preparers may charge in excess of $140
for the average electronically filed re-
turn. VITA/ELF volunteers prepare and
file the same returns at no cost to sailors
and dependents. Faster refunds Paper
returns may take eight or more weeks
to process. By using VITA, refunds are
deposited directly into a sailor's bank
account an average of two weeks from
the date of transmission, even from
overseas and afloat commands. These
rapid refunds greatly reduce the need
for refund anticipation loans (short-
term loans with added charges and high
interest rates). Fewer mistakes VITA
prepared returns are very accurate less
than a 1 percent error rate compared to
15 percent for paper returns.
This year, the NASWF Tax
Center is located in the Supply Depart-
ment, Building 2992, Room 21 (behind
the bowling alley on Wasp Street).
Tax preparation assistance is available
Monday through Friday, 0800-1600
on an appointment-only basis.
Before making an appointment,
please ensure you have all of your tax
documents. You will need W-2's,
1099R's, and bank documents show-
ing interest/dividends earned. You will
also be required to provide last year's
tax return or copies of your Social Se-
curity Card (for each member listed
on the return), and if the return will be
filed electronically, a blank check to
verify RTN and account number. Addi-
tionally for this year, you must provide
the amount received on your economic
stimulus check last year.
Please call 623-7232 to make
Having trouble making ends meet?
DID YOU KNOW THAT NAVY-MARINE CORP RELIEF
SOCIETY (NMCRS) MAY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU WITH AN
INTEREST-FREE LOAN AND/OR GRANT?
C WHAT THE SOCIETY OFFERS:
ASSITANCE WITH FOOD, RENT, UTILITIES
ESSENTIAL CAR REPAIRS
U1 UNFORSEEN FAMILY EMERGENCIES
S(INCLUDING TRAVEL EXPENSES)
AND MUCH MORE.....
g WHO DOES THE SOCIETYASSIST?
g* ACTIVE DUTY OR RETIRED SERVICEMEMBERS
B DEPENDANTS (WITH A POWER OF ATTORNEY)
WIDOW OF AN ACTIVE DUTY OR RETIRED SERVICE
Let the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society help you
d find solutions to those financial problems that you
Can't solve alone. Call today, we have highly trained
wEn Caseworkers waiting to take your call
(850)-623-7177 (NAS Whiting) or (850)-455-8574
t (NAS Pensacola).
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individuals of the program the opportunity to get Coast Guard
experience putting them on "equal footing" prior to competing
for later promotions.
All three officers, in this case, took a reduction in rank
and pay. Lt. j.g. Rebecca Fosha and Lt. j.g. Matthew Herring
were Navy Lieutenants and Lt. j.g. Thomas Hood was a Lt.
Cmdr. prior to converting.
The appeals of the program were greater than the draw-
backs for these three, who were all quick to point out that they
enjoyed their time in the Navy.
"There's a lot of pride in having been a Naval avia-
tor," said Fosha. "I have no regrets about my service. But at
some point soon, I would have had a desk job. Knowing I will
spend the next eight years flying in support of the various Coast
Guard missions is exciting."
Those missions include drug interdiction, search and
rescue, marine law enforcement, homeland security protection
and environmental protection. Search and rescue appealed to
the pilots the most.
"Going out and saving people's lives,
there's a direct tangible success there," Hood
stated. "We are leaving the training environ-
ment to do something where there is a real world
impact that you can see."
Fosha and Herring completed their fi-
nal active duty tours in the Navy at VT-2 this
past summer while Hood was a Naval Reserv-
ist with Training Squadron-SIX (VT-6) before
his transition. In the fleet, Hood flew the EP-3
"Aries" with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squad-
ron-TWO (VQ-2) Sandeman in Rota, Spain.
There he completed numerous electronic recon-
naissance missions during detachments through-
out the Mediterranean Ocean, Middle East, and
Persian Gulf. He has accumulated more than
3,000 flight hours and 1,500 instructional hours
between VT-6 and VT-2.
Herring's fleet experience was with He-
licopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light-FOUR
EIGHT (HSL-48) Vipers based out of Mayport,
Florida flying the SH-60B "Seahawk". His de-
ployments with multiple frigates and destroyers
have put him in the air throughout the Mediter-
ranean Sea and in the southern hemisphere over
South America. He is currently the Instrument
Navigation Stage Leader in VT-2 amassing in
excess of 2,250 total flight hours and 1,000 in-
structional hours in the T-34.
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron
Light-FOUR FIVE (HSL-45) Wolfpack in San
Diego, CA flying the SH-60B "Seahawk" is
where Fosha completed her fleet tour. She par-
ticipated in Operation Enduring Freedom and
Operation Iraqi Freedom and conducted mul-
tiple operations throughout the Pacific. She has
served as the NATOPS officer in VT-2 and is currently the Con-
tact Stage Leader. She has more than 2,500 total flight hours
and 1,300 hours as an instructor in the T-34.
"The Coast Guard gets some truly talented people
through this program. The DCA brings up experience levels as
soon as they walk through the door," said Coast Guard Cmdr.
Timothy McGuire, executive officer VT-2. "These types of
people are dedicated to continue service to the country, and the
Coast Guard can help them do that."
The Coast Guard accepts approximately 45 conver-
sions per year. The program keeps experienced pilots, who
in some cases might otherwise transition to civilian careers,
in service to the country. It also decreases training costs and
increases the experience level of USCG pilots. The program
takes three to four months to process the application, and in-
cludes an interview process and selection board. To find out
more about the USCG Direct Commission Aviator Program,
visit the USCG website at http://www.gocoastguard.com.
President Bush Delivers Farewell Address to the Nation
Editor's Note: Thursday, Jan. 15, Presi-
dent George W. Bush said his farewell to
the nation. Presented below are excerpts
from his final address as America's Com-
Fellow citizens, it has been my
honor to serve as your President. The first
decade of this new century has been a period
of consequence -- a time set apart. Tonight,
with a thankful heart, I have asked for a fi-
nal opportunity to share some thoughts on
the journey that we have traveled together,
and the future of our nation.
Five days from now, the world
will witness the vitality of American de-
mocracy. In a tradition dating back to our
founding, the presidency will pass to a suc-
cessor chosen by you, the American people.
Standing on the steps of the Capitol will be
a man whose history reflects the enduring
promise of our land. This is a moment of
hope and pride for our whole nation. And
I join all Americans in offering best wishes
to President-Elect Obama, his wife Mi-
chelle, and their two beautiful girls.
Tonight I am filled with gratitude -
to Vice President Cheney and members of
my administration; to Laura, who brought
joy to this house and love to my life; to our
wonderful daughters, Barbara and Jenna; to
my parents, whose examples have provid-
ed strength for a lifetime. And above all, I
thank the American people for the trust you
have given me. I thank you for the prayers
that have lifted my spirits. And I thank you
for the countless acts of courage, generos-
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out to greet President-elect and Mrs. Barack
Obama on the morning of the inauguration.
Photo from the White House website.
ity, and grace that I have witnessed these
past eight years...
...Our nation is blessed to have
citizens who volunteer to defend us in this
time of danger. I have cherished meeting
these selfless patriots and their families.
And America owes you a debt of gratitude.
And to all our men and women in uniform
listening tonight: There has been no higher
honor than serving as your Commander-in-
...President Thomas Jefferson
once wrote, "I like the dreams of the fu-
ture better than the history of the past." As
I leave the house he occupied two centu-
ries ago, I share that optimism. America is
a young country, full of vitality, constantly
growing and renewing itself. And even in
the toughest times, we lift our eyes to the
broad horizon ahead.
I have confidence in the promise
of America because I know the character
of our people. This is a nation that inspires
immigrants to risk everything for the dream
of freedom. This is a nation where citizens
show calm in times of danger, and compas-
sion in the face of suffering...
...We have faced danger and trial,
and there's more ahead. But with the cour-
age of our people and confidence in our
ideals, this great nation will never tire, nev-
er falter, and never fail.
It has been the privilege of a life-
time to serve as your President. There have
been good days and tough days. But every
day I have been inspired by the greatness of
our country, and uplifted by the goodness
of our people. I have been blessed to repre-
sent this nation we love. And I will always
be honored to carry a title that means more
to me than any other citizen of the United
States of America.
And so, my fellow Americans, for
the final time: Good night. May God bless
this house and our next President. And may
God bless you and our wonderful country.
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Jews and Hindus and non-believers. We are shaped by every
language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and be-
cause we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation,
and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we
cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass;
that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows
smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that Ameri-
ca must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based
on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the
globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the
West know that your people will judge you on what you can
build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through
corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you
are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if
you are willing to unclench your fist.
To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work along-
side you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to
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rresiaent-eiect JiaracK unama ana vice rresiaent-elect Joe niaen
place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National
Cemetery as part of the events leading up to their swearing-in cer-
emonies Jan. 20. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jeremy Kern/Released)
President Issues Final MLK Proclamation
On the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal manding that the equal rights he fought for are
Holiday, we recognize one of history's most extended to all people, we can ensure that the
consequential advocates for equality and civil dignity of every person is respected and that
rights, and we celebrate his powerful message the hope for a better tomorrow reaches every
of justice and hope. Our Nation is better be- community throughout the world.
cause Dr. King was a man of courage and vi- As we observe Dr. King's birthday, we com-
sion who understood that love and compassion memorate his leadership and strength of char-
will always triumph over bitterness and hatred. acter. We go forward with confidence that if
As Americans, we believe it is self- we remain true to our founding principles, our
evident that all men are created equal and that Nation will continue to advance the cause of
freedom is not a grant of government but a gift justice and remain a beacon of hope to people
from the Author of Life. Dr. King trusted in everywhere.
these beliefs articulated in our founding docu- NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W.
ments even when our country's practices did not Former President BUSH, President of the United States of
live up to its promises. He roused the conscience George W. Bush America, by virtue of the authority vested in
of a complacent Nation by drawing attention to me by the Constitution and laws of the United
the ugliness of discrimination and segregation and by calling States, do hereby proclaim January 19, 2009, as the Martin
on Americans to live up to our guarantee of equality. Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday. I encourage all Americans
Our Nation has seen tremendous progress in re- to observe this day with appropriate civic, community, and
deeming the ideals of America and protecting every person's service programs and activities in honor of Dr. King's life
God-given rights. The historic election of Barack Obama as and legacy.
President of the United States reflects the real advances our IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my
Nation has made in the fight against the bigotry that Dr. King hand this fifteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord
opposed. More work remains, though, and we must heed Dr. two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United
King's words that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
everywhere." By continuing to spread his message and de- GEORGE W. BUSH
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nourish starved bodies and feed hungry
minds. And to those nations like ours that
enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no
longer afford indifference to suffering
outside our borders; nor can we consume
the world's resources without regard to
effect. For the world has changed, and we
must change with it.
As we consider the road that un-
folds before us, we remember with hum-
ble gratitude those brave Americans who,
at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and
distant mountains. They have something
to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes
who lie in Arlington whisper through the
ages. We honor them not only because
they are guardians of our liberty, but be-
cause they embody the spirit of service; a
willingness to find meaning in something
greater than themselves. And yet, at this
moment a moment that will define a
generation it is precisely this spirit
that must inhabit us all...
...Our challenges may be new.
The instruments with which we meet
them may be new. But those values upon
which our success depends hard work
and honesty, courage and fair play, toler-
ance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism
- these things are old. These things are
true. They have been the quiet force of
progress throughout our history. What is
demanded then is a return to these truths.
What is required of us now is a new era
of responsibility a recognition, on the
part of every American, that we have
duties to ourselves, our nation, and the
world, duties that we do not grudgingly
accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the
knowledge that there is nothing so sat-
isfying to the spirit, so defining of our
character, than giving our all to a difficult
So let us mark this day with re-
membrance, of who we are and how far
we have traveled. In the year of America's
birth, in the coldest of months, a small
band of patriots huddled by dying camp-
fires on the shores of an icy river. The
capital was abandoned. The enemy was
advancing. The snow was stained with
blood. At a moment when the outcome
of our revolution was most in doubt, the
father of our nation ordered these words
be read to the people:
"Let it be told to the future world
... that in the depth of winter, when noth-
ing but hope and virtue could survive...
that the city and the country, alarmed at
one common danger, came forth to meet
America, in the face of our com-
mon dangers, in this winter of our hard-
ship, let us remember these timeless
words. With hope and virtue, let us brave
once more the icy currents, and endure
what storms may come. Let it be said
by our children's children that when we
were tested we refused to let this journey
end, that we did not turn back nor did we
falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon
and God's grace upon us, we carried forth
that great gift of freedom and delivered it
safely to future generations.