Monday, February 09, 2009

My Presidential Letter

Now that I've been home for all of 72 hours, I've begun the process of catching up on the backlog of work I was supposed to be doing these past five weeks. I've got a few bills to pay, a  number of letters to send out and so on.

We're working on our Thank You list, which we'll be adding to during the Friends of the Monument meeting tonight. Over 6000 residents and 200 businesses signed our petitions, we had over 60 volunteer petition gatherers, 50 plus people wrote letters to the President, and dozens wrote letters to the editor. We also had several associations, like the Chamber of Commerce, Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands, Mariana Island Nature Alliance, and Beautify CNMI show us strong support.  We also have to thank all of our local leaders for working with the federal government on this issue.

Basically I'm saying we're going to need a lot of stamps.

I was mentioned in the letter from the White House to the Pew Charitable Trusts thanking them for their involvement in the monument process.
I also greatly appreciate the cooperative and effective way the Pew Charitable Trusts worked with my staff here at the Council on Environmental Quality, and I want to thank you, Joshua Reichert, Jay Nelson, Matt Rand, Angelo O'Connor Villagomez, and the rest of your staff for providing early assistance and support throughout the process. [emphasis mine]

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