The Friends in DC: Eddie Pangelinan and Becky Cruz with the Friends of the Monument...and my Mom!
Historic kind of guy: That's Delegate Kilili and me.
Uncle Ben: The Governor, his First Lady...and me.We spent about an hour at Kilili's new office. We left around 12:15 PM and took a cab over to the White House. Actually, we took two cabs to the White House. Our first cab got rear-ended, so we got out and flagged down another one.
The Pew Team: Me, Rebecca, Josh and Jay
Famous people: Jean-Michel Cousteau and Sylvia Earle with the Friends of the Monument.
8 years of Bush and the environment: President Bush gave remarks on his environmental record before declaring the monuments.
Done Deal: Governor Ben Fitial and First Lady Jose Fitial look on as President Bush declares the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument.
Gift from the Marianas: Vice Chair Agnes McPhetres presented First Lady Laura Bush with two of our orange campaign t-shirts.
Exit Stage Left: President Bush and the First Lady thanking the other atteendees. Notice the orange t-shirts under the First Lady's arm.
The Chairmen: James Connaughton and Jean-Michel Cousteau with the Friends of the Monument.So it is done. We have a monument.
I wish I had gotten my picture taken with the President, but I have to be honest that sitting in the front row for the event was a real treat.
Thank you, President Bush.