tv Reel America President Reagan Farewell Remarks to Staff - 1989 CSPAN January 19, 2021 12:47pm-1:09pm EST
history but perhaps, too, with god's help they might found a new world, a city upon a hill, a light under the nations. those words and that destiny beckon to us still. whether we seek it or not, whether we like it or not, we americans are keepers of the miracle. the we are asked to be guardians of a place to come to, a place to start again, a place to live in the dignity god meant for his children. may it ever be so. thanks for listening, and god bless you.
[ cheers and applause ] >> mr. president -- mr. president, mrs. reagan, during the past few weeks over and over again so many members of the white house staff have asked for a chance as a group to say so long and job well done. so today the staff has gathered for the last time to thank you both for the opportunity and the
privilege of helping as you have south to both change a nation and change the world. you both have succeeded in both endeavors. [ applause ] [ applause ] for most americans, the president and the first lady are two people they see on television or read about in the newspapers and magazines. and the white house is a place that is the symbol of american leadership at home and abroad. you have given all of us the honor of being here with you up close to help in the challenges you faced.
you have allowed us to play a role in the history of your great country. we have had a chance to help you frame the options just as we have helped you promote your policies, schedule your trips, and bring your unique message to the american people. mr. president, mrs. reagan, you both have made america proud again and respected throughout the world. i know, mr. president, for the longest time you have been looking for the guy who has been telling youet where to do and wt to do every 15 minutesáe day. [ laughter ] well, mr. president, there are a lot of those individuals and frankly they're all standing before you today. [ laughter ] on a serious note, you've allowed us to be part of your lives and you were very much a part of ours. we will cherish the trust you have given us and the warmth you have shown us. you have our respect and our
thanks but you also have our affection as well as our love. for all of us who have served on your staff, being part of your administration is the highest honor of our lives. it was a labor of love that came from the heart. some have had that honor longer than others. mr. president, mrs. reagan, i would like to call on the director of the presidential greetings having been on board since january 20th, 1981. she is among the longest-serving members of the president's white house staff and she has a presentation on behalf of all of us, mr. president, on behalf of you. [ applause ]
>> mr. president, i know i speak for all of my fellow staff members when i ask you to please accept this gift as a token of our affection. we hope one and all of us that it will help you remember us when you're out there in god's country with one of those horses we know you'll be riding. thanks on behalf of all the staff for all you've done for us. we will miss you terribly, we wish you good health, good life, lots of fun, and god's blessing. thank you, sir. [ applause ] [ laughter ]
horse. [ laughter ] thank you very much. >> now, i would like to ask another original plank owner, elaine crispin, to come forward and present mrs. reagan with a gift from the staff. [ applause ] >> if anyone notices mrs. reagan's look, she knows i'm not going to get through it. we've tried these things before. originally i had prepared a long list of accomplishments, everything from restoring this grand old house and making us proud of the residence of it and the place itself to a million children that just say no to drugs because of you and everything that goes between it. but there isn't time and i
wouldn't get through it. so instead, as the person who hasn't allowed you to keep any secrets in the last four years, i'm presenting your gift from the staff and letting you know what's inside. it's a box for your collection of boxes but it's crammed full of love and hugs and you can share. and it has a bit of magic to it because no matter how many times you open the box and take out a hug from us, it will always replenish itself because we aren't going to forget you. we'll always be thinking of you and that love will come across the miles and always be in there. you can open it, see us, give us a hug. and we're there for you. [ applause ]
[ applause ] actually, i didn't finish because we've been proud to call you our first lady, or nancy, or as that taxi driver in new york said, a classy broad. but it's been nice to call you our friend. [ applause ] >> and finally, mr. president and mrs. reagan, we knew you would not want us to leave out
>> mr. president, mrs. reagan, thank you for what you have done for our country, our world, and for each of us. good luck and may god bless both of you. [ applause ] >> thank you. thank you. thank you, all. and not alone for the gifts, although they're wonderfully, particularly this last one because he's already taken over this white house. i'm glad he has one of his own
now. and you know something, he doesn't get kicked out of it in two terms. [ laughter ] [ applause ] there aren't any words to properly tell you how bittersweet these days are and the things that we would like to see to all of you. i keep remembering back and not too far when some place along the line there would always be a picture of a president standing in the oval office, looking out the window, usually the picture from behind and his words are quoted as a tag for that picture about this is the loneliest place and what a lonely -- and
so forth. i don't know about them. i haven't been lonely one minute. [ laughter ] i think both of us have been aware every minute we're here that we're surrounded by you, by others who may not be here in this room today. here in this house, over there in the west wing, just here in washington, all a part of everything we came here to do and it couldn't have been done without you. and we've all shared and i like to think maybe it's kind of close to what happened 200 years ago. we were all revolutionaries and the revolution has been a
success. but there just aren't any -- aren't enough words to thank you for all that you've meant to all of us and how hard it is to say good-bye to all of you. but as i say, the only thing we -- that can make it bearable at all is to remember all that you did and how much of a team we did become. god bless you all and, as i say, there just aren't words enough to express our appreciation to all of you. thank you and god bless you all. [ applause ] [ applause ]
[ applause ] [ applause ] week nights this months, we're featuring american history tv programs as a preview of what's available every weekend on c-span3. tonight on the eve of joe biden's swearing in as the nation's 46th president, we look at past presidential inaugurations beginning with john f. kennedy's from january 20th, 1961. our lineup includes inaugural ceremonies with franklin roosevelt and ronald reagan. watch tonight beginning at 8:00 eastern and enjoy american history tv every weekend on
c-span3. you're watching american history tv. every weekend on c-span3, explore our nation's past. american history tv on c-span3, created by america's cable television companies and today we're brought to you by these television companies who provide american history tv to viewers as a public service. president lyndon johnson delivered his final state of the union address january 14th, 1969, less than a week before the inauguration of his successor. the speech served as his good-bye to the american people as he did not give a farewell speech. president johnson spoke about what he saw as his accomplishments, including the passage of the voting rights act and the creation of medicare. our coverage comes from cbs news.