Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 04, 2009
What a page in history we've turned with this administration and that any one of us, at our so choosing, may be addressed so personally and timely. My mom would have been so touched, you can be sure, had she survived, - she'd be reading "Dear Georgia."
Our family's history with the democratic party is profound, from all of us having chanced to meet JFK*, in the early 60's, to present, there couldn't be stronger ties. And more so now than ever, especially given the current fiscal disaster out west and Arnold's necessity to panhandle his way out of a corrupt housing crisis, all can be quite humble and thankful this administration is on the page of "America."
Thank you for the note Mr. President.
Subject: A day to celebrate and aspire
Date: Saturday, July 4, 2009 2:02 PM
From: President Barack Obama
To: John Pendley
This weekend, our family will join millions of others in celebrating America. We will enjoy the glow of fireworks, the taste of barbeque, and the company of good friends. As we all celebrate this weekend, let's also remember the remarkable story that led to this day.
Two hundred and thirty-three years ago, our nation was born when a courageous group of patriots pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the proposition that all of us were created equal.
Our country began as a unique experiment in liberty -- a bold, evolving quest to achieve a more perfect union. And in every generation, another courageous group of patriots has taken us one step closer to fully realizing the dream our founders enshrined on that great day.
Today, all Americans have a hard-fought birthright to a freedom which enables each of us, no matter our views or background, to help set our nation's course. America's greatness has always depended on her citizens embracing that freedom -- and fulfilling the duty that comes with it.
As free people, we must each take the challenges and opportunities that face this nation as our own. As long as some Americans still must struggle, none of us can be fully content. And as America comes ever closer to achieving the perfect Union our founders dreamed, that triumph -- that pride -- belongs to all of us.
So today is a day to reflect on our independence, and the sacrifice of our troops standing in harm's way to preserve and protect it. It is a day to celebrate all that America is. And today is a time to aspire toward all we can still become.
With very best wishes,
President Barack Obama
July 4th, 2009
P.S. -- Our nation's birthday is also an ideal time to consider serving in your local community. You can find many great ideas for service opportunities near you at http://www.serve.gov
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*In 1960 James Gavin (cousin) was a personal pilot for JFK, and entourage (and RFK?), during various primary stops in southern California. Gavin later went on to become a highly successful 2nd Unit Director in Hollywood starting with movies as early as Disney's "Monkeys Uncle," "Love Bug," to "Bridges of Madison County" to "Pearl Harbor" (2001). Gavin was pivotal in my father, an aspiring pilot himself, having secured a civilian contractor's position ferrying aircraft, helicopters, between Palomar Airport in San Deigo to Pt. Mugu, California where they were boarded military vessels reroute to Vietnam for the war. My father’s untimely death at 38, September 12, 1968 due to a helicopter crash in Bakersfield, found Gavin personally responsible to the family and remained close and supportive countless years thereafter.