President Trump and VP Pence host a roundtable with small businesses to discuss the Administration’s Fall Unified Agenda, a report on the Administration’s annual Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions taken in the past year along with an update on net cost savings.
Ex-FBI Agent and Attorney LISA PAGE is WORRIED and is preempting what is coming down the Pike – The IG REPORT that is due out around 12/9/2019. There is a long line of Obama White House people involved in all these illegal investigations of a President whom Democrats never thought would win. All this took place and now Democrats work to build a case with NO EVIDENCE for Impeachment of the same President.
Here is what Judicial Watch has to say about Lisa Page and Peter Strzok:
THE FBI is slow walking the document release regarding the Page & Strzok love affair and Treason. You MUCH WATCH THIS VIDEO
THE FBI IS PROTECTING THE RELEASE OF EVIDENCE OF THIS CORRUPTION.
FBI Agent, Peter Strzok tried to explain away his reasons for his texting comments. This Peter Strzok did not want to investigate what a foreign country did to America, but started investigating Trump before he was even elected and making negative remarks about President Trump’s alleged smelly Walmart Followers, which I find to be insulting to any party supporter. It’s un-american. No matter what party, those comments are personal.
These two Lovers, who were having an affair, who were Senior FBI Agents, Who were anti-Trump activists, who were/are PRO-HILLARY CLINTON ACTIVISTS, STRZOK & PAGE said terrible things about President Trump and his followers. This same Peter Strzok was running the Clinton Investigation as a Senior Intelligence Investigator for the FBI. Later on, Strzok was running the investigation for Mueller on the Trump/Russia investigation hoax. Mueller secretly fired Strzok when the FBI lovers’ texts were exposed.
Strzok and Page were having an affair
Two Senior FBI Agents with the full power of the law who were working together Vs. Trump
Two Senior FBI Agents who SUFFERED anti-Trump bias and were working to ESTABLISH an insurance policy in case Trump was Elected
Two Senior FBI Agents who are Pro-Hillary, were planning a coupe against candidate Trump and then President Trump
This is the Fundamental corruption of the entire targeting of President Trump.
The gull, hate and corruption of these two FBI agents is shocking. Democrats, with the guidance and support of Barack Hussein Obama, fully used America’s intelligence machine against a private citizen (then candidate Trump) and now POTUS Trump.
This same Lisa Page who wanted an insurance policy Just in case Trump were TO BE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. What was Page talking about, murder, a plan to undermine this Presidency? what? Who will hold these traitors Lisa Page and Peter Strzok accountable? The unethical, unlawful, unprofessional behavior portrayed by these two agents is shocking. Shocking in that they have control of anyone’s fate if they want to destroy them. Who protects Mr. and Mrs. U.S. citizen from them?
The IG Report is about to come out and it is our belief that Page is working to preempt the report.
What will ever happen to these FBI agents who committed treason? Candidate Trump and then President Trump’s Fourth Amendment Rights have been abused. He was illegally investigated with no cause or proof. Trump has had to suffer:
A year long investigation by the FBI, including months before Trump was elected
Two-years of investigation by the special counsel Mueller
Now the Ukraine investigation by Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Nadler
Impeachment or Censure for what? No Crime has been committed!
We have deferred hopes that anyone out there in the Justice Department will do their damned job and hold traitors and criminals accountable. If U.S. Intelligence can do this to a President, what will they do to us if they decide they don’t like us???
JUDGE JEANINE SAYS: I’d give anything to be a fly on the wall and see real justice in the Senate.
There is a portion in the attachment below where it shows that Page said: Trump should go F himself! Page now says that it should be taken in the PROPER CONTEXT. America would like to know in what context LANGUAGE like that is ok, when speaking about the U.S. President. Obviously, Lisa Page thinks SHE IS ABOVE THE LAW.
Lisa Page is Anti-Trump in the Russia Probe – Disgraced for a reason – She used the FBI as a big stick to HIT PRESIDENT TRUMP or take HIM DOWN IF HE WON!
BAGRAM, Afghanistan, President Trump took an overnight trip to Afghanistan to greet the troops and spend time with them for Thanksgiving. A very stealthy mission when President Trump flew to the Middle East. Nick Mulvaney and Stephanie Grisham, John Barrasso from Wyoming and others flew with him, so reports Fox News and the Associated Press!
I am thankful that this beautiful Country, America, is My HOME! America is what millions of people dream of when they want to be free! My father is an immigrant, my family, from the last century, legal Immigrants and we are thankful that America is our home. My European Grandparents wanted to live here since they were young but their dream was not to be.
America is the hope of all the world. For those who don’t understand the value of this wonderful country, who oppose freedoms given to us by our forefathers, the U.S. Constitution, need to wake up and realize, they get to oppose our President, Flag, Constitution in a free land. Anywhere else, they would already be dead and buried. This country allows you freedom of speech, of assembly, freedom to worship our Lord God Almighty. What do we give in return? We honor America with our behavior, our work, love for others and support for the community.
6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I am thankful that we have President Trump as our President. He loves this country and all its people. If the media would stop indoctrinating the masses with lies, the whole country would be shocked with all his daily, mounting accomplishments. This man is protecting the fabric of America and the world. He is not politically correct and that’s why we elected him. Same old, same old does not work anymore. With outside forces working to destroy America and make it part of the new world order, America is blessed that this patriot has given up his life and that of his family to SERVE AND PROTECT THIS WONDERFUL COUNTRY. Many don’t like him because they listen to the media, many don’t appreciate him because they are indoctrinated into their party way of thinking. If they would just open their hearts for a second and see that President Trump is fighting for them also. For all Americans, they might change their tune.
I am thankful for my Parents. Both hardworking, GOD fearing, decent, honorable Patriots who LOVE the U.S.A. I learned to love this country by their example. They taught me to love Our Flag, the Constitution and all it stands for. My mother pointed to the FLAG one day and said: “see that Flag? that is your Flag, Honor it! My Parents sacrificed it all. My Dad, a former GM Engineer, lost his job in the old country, so he came here and started from the ground up. He started cleaning the shop floors for Toyota and worked himself back up to testing Toyota model’s aerodynamics and engines and becoming part of the core that made Toyota great in the late 60s, 70s, 80s
I am thankful for my husband who supports us and protects us and is a very hard worker and pays the bills and puts up with me?!
I am thankful for my friends. The dears who fought with me in front of Trump Towers and served as Trump volunteers making phone calls, going to rallies, facing Antifa, BLM, Linda Sarsour and Jill Epstein and all the others who seem to want to turn America into a Socialist nightmare. I am surrounded by Patriots. Those wonderful days of waving the U.S. Flag in honor of our Military, Police and President. The Trump Rallies that are LOVE FESTS of peoples of all colors, origins and religions. We are still fighting, we will fight till we can’t move any more. These will are the memories that will stick with me forever. Honoring America and fighting to keep it free. A digital soldier working to save America. I am thankful to be able to do all that and other things to help America and our President that I can’t go into detail here. Anything for America, anything for God, Family, Country.
I am thankful to GOD Almighty for giving me another day to live, love, laugh and cry. I encourage you to make a list of all the thinks you are thankful for. You will be shocked when you see a whole page filled with all the things we all take for granted.
I am thankful for YOU ALL who read my work and who take precious moments from your life to look through and read what I have to say. It’s improving, I am working to improve and to write more every day.
Happy Thanksgiving! and may GOD Almighty Richly Bless You All!
1 Thessalonians 5New International Version (NIV)
The Day of the Lord
5 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you,2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
4But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
16 Rejoice always,17 pray continually,18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit.20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt21 but test them all; hold on to what is good,22 reject every kind of evil.
23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us.26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss.27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Thank You President Trump for ALL The GOOD Works You Do Sir, for America and the People of the World! #TruthHerald
While DEMOCRATS make up stories about President Trump and call him all kinds of names, President Trump and His Administration continues to do the work of GOD for America and the world.
Soon the world will find out how much work President Trump and Our Military have been doing behind the scenes to retrieve and liberate children and women from Sex Slavery across the world. This is the reason for his wall. To Protect the precious people inside the wall and to stop the migration north where “Migrant” Women and Children are exploited and/or killed.
Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order to protect many More Women and Children across the Country.
President Donald J. Trump Is Committed to Supporting and Protecting Native American Women and Children Across The Country
We remain committed to preserving and protecting Native American cultures, languages, and history, while ensuring prosperity and opportunity for all Native Americans.
President Donald J. Trump
PROTECTING NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN AND CHILDREN: President Donald J. Trump is committed to protecting Native American women and children from harm.
Today’s executive order establishes Operation Lady Justice – an interagency task force charged with developing an aggressive, government-wide strategy to address the crisis of missing and murdered women and girls in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
The task force will establish multi-jurisdictional teams comprising representatives from Tribal and Federal law enforcement to review unsolved cases.
In addition, this new task force will promote greater cooperation among Federal, local, state, and Tribal law enforcement agencies in responding to cases.
To better equip communities to respond to the crisis, the task force will undertake efforts to increase public awareness of the issue.
This executive order also directs the Department of Justice to issue grants to help improve safety in Native American communities.
ADDRESSING THE CRISIS: The Administration is working to address the crisis of missing and murdered women in Native American communities.
The heartbreaking crisis of missing and murdered women is especially severe in Native American communities.
One study found that Native American women in certain Tribal communities are 10 times more likely to be murdered than the average American.
In October, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded over $273.4 million in grants to improve public safety, serve victims of crime, combat violence against women and support youth programs in Native American communities.
Earlier this month, DOJ launched a national strategy to address missing and murdered Native Americans.
SUPPORTING TRIBAL COMMUNITIES: Operation Lady Justice is the latest step in the President’s efforts to support our Tribal communities.
President Trump became the first president to officially recognize the grave issue of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives by issuing a “Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day” proclamation.
In March 2019, President Trump announced the Presidential Task force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health Service System.
This task force helps to safeguard Native American children from abuse in the healthcare system.
President Trump signed legislation that restored the opportunity to receive promised land allotments to nearly 3,000 Alaska Native veterans who served in Vietnam.
To help expand broadband development in Indian country, the Administration held a National Tribal Broadband Summit this past September.
This year, President Trump secured an agreement with President Niinistӧ of Finland to repatriate American Indian ancestral remains and funerary objects to the United States.
Source: The White House
Remarks by President Trump at Signing of an Executive Order Establishing the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives
THE PRESIDENT: Okay. Thank you very much. It is my honor to sign an executive order — we’re going to be doing it right now — to address a tragedy facing Native American communities: the crisis of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, in particular women and children. It’s a tremendous problem. It’s been going on for a long time — many, many decades, beyond that. And we’re going to address it. We’ve addressed it very strongly.
We’re grateful to be joined by Attorney General William Barr, Secretary David Bernhardt, other members of my administration, and several terrific Native American leaders. These are great leaders.
The statistics are sobering and heartbreaking. Recently, more than 5,000 Native American women and girls were reported missing in a single year. While the majority return home or are found, too many are still missing and their whereabouts are unknown — and they usually don’t find them.
One study showed that Native American women in certain tribal communities are 10 times more likely to be murdered than the average American. The victims and their families deserve action. And this should have happened many years ago.
With my order today, we’re launching Operation Lady Justice — an interagency task force led by Attorney General Barr and Secretary Bernhardt to develop an aggressive, government-wide strategy to end this terrible situation. The Department of Justice will also be issuing grants to improve safety in Native American communities.
We will leverage every resource we have to bring safety to our tribal communities, and we will not waver in this mission. We’re taking this very seriously. This has never been done before. And I’ve seen it, just by reading and watching the news — it’s a very serious problem. It’s a horrible problem.
This is only the latest action my administration has taken to support American Indians and Alaska Natives. I signed legislation restoring benefits that were unfairly taken away from Alaska Natives serving in Vietnam. In March, I launched an initiative to improve the health and safety of children in the care of Indian Health Service. And in September, we hosted the first-ever National Tribal Broadband Summit. And earlier this month, the White House hosted the first-ever Native American Veterans Conference. Some of the folks in the room were there.
With Operation Lady Justice, we will bring new hope to Native American communities across the nation. We will deliver justice for the victims, closure for the families, and safety to those in harm’s way. And on behalf of every missing or murdered Native American woman and child, I am going to sign this order, and it will be a great honor to be signing this order. And thank you all for being here. Thank you very much.
(The executive order is signed.)
THE PRESIDENT: So that’s something that should have been done a long time ago — decades ago, frankly. (Applause.)
So we have with us some of the great leaders: Melanie Benjamin, Chief Executive of Mille Lacs Band.
MS. BENJAMIN: Of Ojibwe.
THE PRESIDENT: We have Myron — and would you say some- — would you like to say something? Come here a minute, Melanie. Say a few words, please.
MS. BENJAMIN: (Speaks in Ojibwe.) And it is my honor and my privilege to be here today with the signing, because we cannot have this happening anymore. It’s a historical day to know that our missing and murdered women have a place and a remembrance, and that we care about them and their families.
So, Mr. President, chi-miigwech. Thank you very much.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you, Melanie. That’s really nice.
MS. BENJAMIN: I really appreciate that.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Melanie. I appreciate that.
We have Myron Lizer, Vice President of the Navajo Nation, and Dottie Lizer and Halle Lizer. Myron, maybe say a few words, if you would, please.
MR. LIZER: Yes, sir. I’m honored, President. Thank you for having us at this historic legislat- — executive order. The Navajo Nation thanks you, and much more First Nations thanks you. As the host people of the land, we feel that our prayers are being answered. And First Nations’ prayers are powerful. So thank you, Mr. President.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.
MR. LIZER: We look forward to seeing some improvement in Indian country.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. I appreciate that. Thank you very much, Myron.
We have a man whose name I want to use. I maybe have to change my name, because I love this name: Alvin “A.J.” Not Afraid. (Laughter.) Chairman of the Crow Nation. I love this name. (Laughter.)
MR. NOT AFRAID: Thank you, Mr. President.
THE PRESIDENT: Where are you? Come here. Say a few words.
MR. NOT AFRAID: Yes, sir. First of all, President, we are honored that you recognize the Native Nations, as well as the Crow Nation. We have been proponents of the Trump administration and all the endeavors.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.
MR. NOT AFRAID: And understanding that I personally am affected by the missing and murdered indigenous women events that are circulating. So knowing that you support in the realm of this executive order, the Crow Tribe is honored. Thank you, Mr. President.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you for coming. I appreciate it very much.
Is that true — you’re not afraid? Are you not afraid of anything?
MR. NOT AFRAID: I also — yes, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: (Laughs.) I want to know.
MR. NOT AFRAID: I also have a gift of our support of the Trump administration.
THE PRESIDENT: Oh, that’s beautiful. Thank you. That’s very nice. Thank you. Thank you very much. That’s very nice.
Kevin DuPuis, Chairman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Where is —
MR. DUPUIS: Right here, Mr. President.
THE PRESIDENT: Good. Thank you, please.
MR. DUPUIS: Thank you. (Speaks in Ojibwe.) Mr. President, this directly affects me, just as — like it did to my brother over there, and Marine — as my sister, was one of these statistics at one time.
The importance to us, as one of — as tribal leaders and as a unique people — to take a look this. And how we look at it is: Our women are the ones who raise our children. Our women are the ones who take care of our village. Our women are the ones who take care of communities — our teachers. Our children are our future. And these are both being affected in that way.
And it’s absolutely — what’s the right word to use? How about if I just say this way —
THE PRESIDENT: Imperative.
MR. DUPUIS: It’s — yes, it’s imperative that this changes, in a manner that we’re looked at not as the second-class citizens, but looked like — looked at as any other group that exists within the continent of the United States.
It’s — because it’s very, very important that we, as a people, have a true identity. And when we lose our women and we lose our children, that goes with them. And if we look at the principles of seven generations forward — for every child that has gone, every woman that’s gone, that’s seven generations.
So it’s imperative that this is taken care of in a manner that we unite, we become one, and we look out to protect all women and children. It doesn’t matter what color they are — all women and children. So thank you.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very — it was very well stated. I appreciate it.
And Roger Smith. Where is Roger?
MR. SMITH: Right here.
THE PRESIDENT: Roger, come on over. Go ahead.
MR. SMITH: I like to say, in Ojibwe, “Miigwech, Mr. President.” As a member of law enforcement for over 20 years, in looking at — in the tribal government — I’m also honored to be sitting on Governor Walz from Minnesota’s Task Force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. And to see — to do away with the party line of addressing this very important issue. And, again, I thank you for this today.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Great to have you here.
Maybe I could ask our great Attorney General to say a few words, and then David Bernhardt. They’ve worked very hard on this.
ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR: Mr. President, this is very much in keeping with your commitment to focus on the issues of those who haven’t gotten the priority they deserved in the past. This is — as you know, this is a very vexing and dangerous issue in Indian Country, and I appreciate your leadership on it. And I’m looking forward to working with the Secretary on this task force.
THE PRESIDENT: Good. Thank you very much. Thanks, Bill.
And David? Please.
SECRETARY BERNHARDT: Mr. President, this is an opportunity to bring the expertise of the Department of Justice, and the experience and expertise of Interior, together with our teams to work for these communities that desperately can use our help. And we’re excited about it.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. You’re doing a great job.
SECRETARY BERNHARDT: Thank you, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: A very great job.
So this is very important. It’s very important to me, and to David, and to Bill, and to everybody here. And these are great leaders. They’ve suffered tremendously, and we’re going to see if we can stop that.
So thank you all for being here. Thank you very much. Appreciate it. Thank you.
Q One question on Hong Kong, sir. Did you watch the results coming in of the election they just had in Hong Kong?
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, I did. Yes, I did.
Q And what’s your message to the people who voted for those democracy parties?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, we’re with them. I have a very good relationship, as you know, with President Xi. We’re in the final throes of a very important deal — I guess you could say, one of the most important deals in trade ever. It’s going very well. But at the same time, we want to see it go well in Hong Kong, and I think it will. I think that President Xi can make that happen. And I know him, and I know he’d like to make it happen.
Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you. Thank you.
President Trump presented the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal from the East Room today to the following people:
4:09 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Please. The First Lady and I would just like to welcome everyone to the White House, a special place. It’s very, very special. No matter where you go in the world, this is one of those places that you never forget.
This afternoon, it is my immense privilege to present our nation’s highest honors for contributions to American art and culture: the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal. Please join me in congratulating each of today’s recipients on their really — and I mean truly phenomenal achievement. It’s an incredible achievement. And congratulations to all. (Applause.)
With us today are Vice President Mike Pence. Mike, thank you very much. Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Secretary Betsy DeVos. Thank you very much, Betsy. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a great warrior and a man who has done some incredible things two weeks ago. Al-Baghdadi. He did a very great job. Al-Baghdadi, the terrorist leader, the head of ISIS, is dead. Thank you very much, Mark Milley. Please stand up, Mark. (Applause.) Thank you.
Also with us is a friend of ours and a great congressman and a warrior in his own right: Congressman Phil Roe. Phil? Thank you, wherever you may be. Thank you, Phil, very much. Along with the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Mary Anne Carter, and the Chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities, Jon Peede. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. (Applause.) Appreciate it. Thank you. Thank you.
Great nations produce great thinkers, artists, musicians, and scholars who make our world a more beautiful, enlightened, and joyful place. Each of today’s recipients has made outstanding contributions to American society, culture, and life. They exemplify the genius, talent, and creativity of our exceptional nation. (“Midnight Cowboy” song is played.) (Applause.)
I want to hear that whole song, but I don’t know, Jon, maybe we got to get it moving a little bit. (Laughter.) But what a — what a great movie. You’ve made some of the greatest movies of all time. Thank you very much.
Actor and friend Jon Voight is one of America’s greatest living legends in cinema. He has captivated audiences for more than half a century, starring in dozens of Hollywood blockbusters, including “Midnight Cowboy,” “Coming Home,” “Mission Impossible,” and “National Treasure.” And another one — I think it’s, frankly, the greatest boxing movie of all time — “The Champ.” And that was some great movie. Everyone was crying at that movie. I tried not to, Jon — (laughter) — but wasn’t easy. It wasn’t easy — “The Champ.” And that was with Ricky Schroder, right? Ricky Schroder. A really great job. That was incredible.
SHARON PERCY ROCKEFELLER – Renowned Champion of the Arts, Pioneer Supporter of Charity and a Champion of Public Policy
Sharon Rockefeller has been a strong advocate for the arts and public broadcasting. The First Lady of West Virginia, Sharon fought on behalf of the state’s schoolchildren and served on the board of the West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority. She is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the National Gallery of Art, and has helped the institution acquire breathtaking works of beauty. Some of the best anywhere in the world.
Sharon has also served as President of the Washington Educational Telecommunications Association for 30 years. She helped establish WETA as one of the preeminent public broadcasting networks in the nation, producing “PBS NewsHour” and “Washington Week,” among other programming. And now, maybe I’ll start getting some good publicity on those particular shows, Sharon. Could you please start working on that, Sharon? (Laughter.) They tend to be on the other side of things a little bit. I think now I have a better chance.
Sharon, as you receive the National Medal of Arts, we thank you for enriching the lives of millions. And I want to thank you very much for being here, Sharon. Great job you’ve done. (Applause.) Incredible job.
Another friend of mine, author James Patterson, is one of the most prolific and talented fiction writers of all time. James has authored or co-authored 277 books and sold more than 400 million copies worldwide. And I always tell James that I don’t talk about the books that I’ve done, when I’m in his presence, because he’s outdone me by a lot. You’ve sold a lot more books than me — (laughter) — and I guess you’ve sold a lot more books than anyone but maybe one. I don’t know, the Bible, I think, has you. Right, James? The Bible has you by a little bit, right? But James is most prolific and highly, highly talented. Two hundred and eighteen of his titles have earned a spot on the New York Times bestseller list, and 95 of them have been ranked number one. From “Alex Cross” to “Invisible,” James has entertained adults and children alike with gripping action, stirring adventure, and thrilling mystery. He’s also given millions of dollars and countless books to charity.
James, I want to just congratulate you. I know him so well, and he’s a special, special man with a very, very special family. So, congratulations on receiving the National Humanitaries [Humanities] Medal. And I want to just congratulate you because it’s fantastic. (Applause.) Fantastic job. Fantastic job. Thanks, James.
Alison Krauss —(“Down in the River to Pray” song begins to play.)
THE PRESIDENT: Oh, I like the music better. Go ahead. (Laughter.)
(“Down in the River to Pray” continues to play.)
THE PRESIDENT: Alison Krauss is one of the most acclaimed musicians in America. She picked up a fiddle for the first time at the age five, signed her first record at 14, and earned her first Grammy at 19. During a career spanning over three decades, Alison has never been confined to one musical genre or style. She has received more than 25 top awards for gospel, country, and bluegrass. She has sold over 12 million records worldwide; won more Grammys than any woman in history. Wow, that’s pretty good. (Laughter.) That’s a big — that’s a big statement. Look how shy she is. (Laughter.)
And today, we proudly present her the National Medal of Arts. And, Alison, I want to thank you very much for sharing your wonderful gift with the world. Thank you very much. It’s fantastic. (Applause.)
Chef and restauranteur Patrick O’Connell is a preeminent culinary artist and a trailblazing industry pioneer. Patrick showcases the brilliance of American technique, the depth of American ingredients, and the limitless potential of American high cuisine at its absolute finest.
In 1978, Patrick opened The Inn at Little Washington in the small rural town of Washington, Virginia. Patrick transformed the former gas station into one of the most renowned fine-dining establishments on Earth. For the past two years, The Inn at Little Washington has been one of the — just handful of restaurants in America to receive three Michelin stars. Every day, Patrick and his team pursue absolute perfection. They are true artists who fill us with pride in our national cuisine.
Patrick, as we award you the National Humanities Medal — a very special, very powerful award — we thank you and your entire team for the enduring contribution to American culture. And I think the First Lady and I will have to stop by very soon — (laughter) — because it sounds good to me, and I’ve heard incredible things. Thank you very much. Thank you, Patrick, very much. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Thank you, Patrick.
I’d like to acknowledge the extremely talented White House chefs here this afternoon, including Tommy Kurpradit. Where is Tommy? Tommy, you have to be around here. Tommy? Thank you, Tommy. What a job you do. You do too good a job, as far as I’m concerned. (Laughter.) Who once worked under Patrick at The Inn.
And as one of America’s leading think tanks, the Claremont Institute has made invaluable contributions to the history of American conservative thought. Claremont educates, reminds, and informs Americans about the founding principles that have made our country the greatest nation anywhere on Earth.
Through publications, seminars, and scholarship, they fight to “recover the American idea”; I know it well. By teaching about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the writings of Abraham Lincoln — whose bedroom is right above us. It’s a great thing to see that bedroom — isn’t it, General? Isn’t that something? The General went up and saw it recently, and it’s something very special. The Claremont Institute helps preserve our national traditions for generations to come.
Accepting the National Humanities Medal on behalf of the organization is Claremont Institute President Ryan Williams. Thank you very much, Ryan, for being here. Thank you. Great job. (Applause.)
Teresa Lozano Long is an extraordinary philanthropist and supporter of education and the arts. With her husband Joe, she has given over $130 million to universities and cultural organizations in Texas. They created the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas, in Austin, which helps maintain one of the best archives on Latin American history anywhere in the world.
Teresa was also the first Hispanic American to receive a doctorate in health and physical education from the University of Texas, in Austin. She has also served as a member of the National Council on the Arts. Teresa, we are so honored to have you. And it’s a great privilege to present you the National Humanities Medal. Thank you very much, Teresa. (Applause.)
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Thank you very much. So, next, I have the honor to recognize not just one, but 6,656 tremendous artists and patriots: the musicians of the United States Military. That is really something, the job you do. Thank you very much.
Forming 136 bands worldwide, these awe-inspiring men and women in uniform perform over 35,000 times each year, from concert halls to warzones. They touch the hearts of service members of the frontlines, wounded veterans in hospitals, Gold Star Families at military funerals, and Americans everywhere. They’re not just magnis- — magnificent performers — and they really are the finest anywhere in the world — they’re also courageous warriors.
We’re joined this afternoon by the Premier Band Commanders. And accepting the National Medal of Arts on behalf of all military musicians is now 21-year-old — then 19-year-old when he joined — Staff Sergeant Jan Knutson, the youngest Premier Band musician in the United States military. And thank you very much, Staff Sergeant. We appreciate it that you’re here.
And I will say that I have had the privilege of listening to — along with the First Lady and many of the people in the room — Vice President — some of the greatest music I’ve ever listened to. These are incredibly talented musicians. Many of them could be in the great concert halls of the world, but this is what they want and this is where they want to be. And they wouldn’t trade it for anything. I think we can say that with surety.
The recipients of today’s awards have uplifted the mind, spirit, and soul of this country. You have made the life of our nation more rewarding, entertaining, and fulfilling. You have brought joy, comfort, and meaning to the homes and hearts of countless Americans. I want to congratulate you all, and I want to congratulate your loved ones. We’re immensely grateful for everything you’ve done for our country.
And I would like, now, to ask the military aide to come forward and to please read the citations. Thank you.
MILITARY AIDE: Alison Krauss for making extraordinary contributions to American music, blending bluegrass, folk, gospel, and country into a unique style. She has entertained and enriched the souls of millions.
(The National Medal of Arts is presented.) (Applause.)
Sharon Percy Rockefeller for being a renowned champion of the arts, a generous supporter of charity, and a pioneer of new ideas and approaches in the field of public policy.
(The National Medal of Arts is presented.) (Applause.)
The musicians of the United States military for personifying excellence in music and service to country. For –from concert halls to warzones, these extraordinary patriots have inspired and uplifted their fellow Americans over generations with their incredible courage and breathtaking musical talent.
(The National Medal of Arts is presented.) (Applause.)
Jon Voight for his exceptional capacity as an actor to portray deeply complex characters. Captivating audiences, he has given us insights into the richness of the human mind and heart.
(The National Medal of Arts is presented.) (Applause.)
The Claremont Institute for championing the nation’s founding principles and enriching American minds. Its publications and public events have deepened our understanding and appreciation of American freedom, democracy, justice, and rule of law.
(The National Humanities Medal is presented.) (Applause.)
Teresa Lozano Long for supporting the arts and improving educational opportunities. Through scholarship and philanthropy, she has helped America’s children and young adults learn the skills they need to succeed.
(The National Humanities Medal is presented.) (Applause.)
Patrick J. O’Connell for being one of the greatest chefs of our time. Through The Inn at Little Washington, he has raised the culinary arts to new heights of excellence by embracing regional flavors and celebrating local farmers.
(The National Humanities Medal is presented.) (Applause.)
James Patterson for being one of the most successful American authors of our time. His prodigious imagination has resulted in fascinating works that have been enjoyed by millions. His championship of literacy in America has inspired many to realize their potential.
(The National Humanities Medal is presented.) (Applause.)
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all very much. (Applause.)