|To: Cactus Jack who wrote (59837)
|11/27/2003 9:26:57 AM
|Morning Cactus! Happy Thanksgiving.
Another story along those lines that comes to mind is one day when I was working with one of the newer folks on a case. I guess that I had been pretty nit-picky and it was wearing on the guy. The person was standing in my door way and said, sort of jokingly, something like, "Do you have to have excellence everyday?"
I said, "As a matter of fact, I do." Then I pulled off a little yellow stick on note from my computer monitor on the side that only I can see and showed it to him. It read, "Seek excellence everyday."
We both smiled.
Now that guys is still with us today. In fact, he's been designated to take over a lot of the special work I do once I'm gone.
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|To: RR who wrote (59840)
|11/27/2003 9:35:50 AM
|Happy Thanksgiving, my Friends. What a great little neighborhood in cyberland, this Porch. Great folks.
I hope everyone can enjoy the holiday and reflect on how much we do have to be thankful for. Yep, we have bad days and, yep, sometimes we think it's not going our way. But, in the grand scheme of things, I think everyone on the Porch is blessed.
Think of those overseas fighting. Think of those less fortunate. Go visit a childrens hospital some day. That will be dose of reality when you get to feeling sorry for yourself.
It doesn't take long to really realize how good we've got it. It's not about money. Like I've said before, some of the richest people I know don't have a dime.
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|To: RR who wrote (59841)
|11/27/2003 10:44:46 AM
|China has been mentioned on here a few times the past several weeks. Jill and I were talking about it and I mentioned that I'm in PTR and TDF.
In the past few days, I've added to both of those positions in PTR and TDF, especially TDF.
Tried to add to the PTR options, March 30's, but couldn't get a nibble.
FYI and FWIW for those China bugs.
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|To: Cactus Jack who wrote (59844)
|11/27/2003 10:15:37 PM
|Secret mission delights soldiers
Remarks by the President to the Troops
November 27, 2003
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
TO THE TROOPS
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. I was just looking for a warm meal somewhere. (Laughter and applause.) Thank you for inviting me to dinner. (Applause.) General Sanchez, thank you, sir, for your kind invitation and your strong leadership. Ambassador Bremer, thank you for your steadfast belief in freedom and peace. I want to thank the members of the Governing Council who are here, pleased you are joining us on our nation's great holiday, it's a chance to give thanks to the Almighty for the many blessings we receive.
I'm particularly proud to be with the 1st Armored Division, the 2nd ACR, the 82nd Airborne. (Applause.) I can't think of a finer group of folks to have Thanksgiving dinner with than you all. We're proud of you. Today, Americans are gathering with their loved ones to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. And this year we are especially thankful for the courage and the sacrifice of those who defend us, the men and women of the United States military. (Applause.)
I bring a message on behalf of America: we thank you for your service, we're proud of you, and America stands solidly behind you. (Applause.) Together, you and I have taken an oath to defend our country. You're honoring that oath. The United States military is doing a fantastic job. (Applause.) You are defeating the terrorists here in Iraq, so that we don't have to face them in our own country. You're defeating Saddam's henchmen, so that the people of Iraq can live in peace and freedom.
By helping the Iraqi people become free, you're helping change a troubled and violent part of the world. By helping to build a peaceful and democratic country in the heart of the Middle East, you are defending the American people from danger and we are grateful. (Applause.)
You're engaged in a difficult mission. Those who attack our coalition forces and kill innocent Iraqis are testing our will. They hope we will run. We did not charge hundreds of miles into the heart of Iraq, pay a bitter cost in casualties, defeat a brutal dictator and liberate 25 million people only to retreat before a band of thugs and assassins. (Applause.)
We will prevail. We will win because our cause is just. We will win because we will stay on the offensive. And we will win because you're part of the finest military ever assembled. (Applause.) And we will prevail because the Iraqis want their freedom. (Applause.)
Every day you see firsthand the commitment to sacrifice that the Iraqi people are making to secure their own freedom. I have a message for the Iraqi people: you have an opportunity to seize the moment and rebuild your great country, based on human dignity and freedom. The regime of Saddam Hussein is gone forever. (Applause.)
The United States and our coalition will help you, help you build a peaceful country so that your children can have a bright future. We'll help you find and bring to justice the people who terrorized you for years and are still killing innocent Iraqis. We will stay until the job is done. (Applause.) I'm confident we will succeed, because you, the Iraqi people, will show the world that you're not only courageous, but that you can govern yourself wisely and justly.
On this Thanksgiving, our nation remembers the men and women of our military, your friends and comrades who paid the ultimate price for our security and freedom. We ask for God's blessings on their families, their loved ones and their friends, and we pray for your safety and your strength, as you continue to defend America and to spread freedom.
Each one of you has answered a great call, participating in an historic moment in world history. You live by a code of honor, of service to your nation, with the safety and the security of your fellow citizens. Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth. I'm proud to be your Commander-in-Chief. I bring greetings from America. May God bless you all. (Applause.)
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