Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Well, the President Knows…

Posted in Foreign Service Life at 4:48 pm by graceandpoise

The following was heartening to read today in President Obama’s letter to federal employees:

[…] Today, I wanted to take a moment to tell you what you mean to me — and to our country.

That begins by saying thank you for the work you do every day — work that is vitally important to our national security and to American families’ economic security.  You defend our country overseas and ensure that our troops receive the benefits they deserve when they come home.  You guard our borders and protect our civil rights.  You help small businesses expand and gain new footholds in overseas markets.  You guide hundreds of thousands of people each day through the glory of America’s national parks and monuments, from Yosemite to the Statue of Liberty.  And much more.

You do all this in a political climate that, too often in recent years, has treated you like a punching bag.  You have endured three years of a Federal pay freeze, harmful sequester cuts, and now, a shutdown of our Government.  And yet, you persevere, continuing to serve the American people with passion, professionalism, and skill.

None of this is fair to you.  And should it continue, it will make it more difficult to keep attracting the kind of driven, patriotic, idealistic Americans to public service that our citizens deserve and that our system of self-government demands. […]

Well said, Mr. President.  Now, if only we could get the American public, or at least other politicians, to see things this way.

Oh well, a girl can dream.