THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
we do it. That’s the very
definition of the work I’ve been privi-
leged to do, that I will pursue now in
different clothes, and that I leave to you.
That’s the sermon, and in a moment
I will let you go in peace. First, I want
to thank you for so many messages of
support and appreciation. One of you
here compared the situation to the scene
in “Star Wars” when Obi-Wan Kenobi is
struck down, and I found that touching.
Another compared it to the scene when
Princess Leia strangles Jabba the Hutt,
and I found that confusing.
The most meaningful came frommy
son Stefan, a future Nobel laureate in
physics, who wrote: “I am proud of your
decades of service to this country and
the world. You gave everything you could
for the people of this world in a slow
and painful line of work. You have given
more than your share. The values you
upheld in your career are part of what
makes me who I am.”
And that is
we do it.
Even if you don’t have your own
children, what you do in this building
tomorrow can mean another genera-
tion will live in a habitable world and
can enjoy peace and liberty. If we are
firm in our principles, steadfast in our
ideals and tireless in our determina-
tion to uphold our oath—to “defend the
Constitution against all enemies, foreign
and domestic”—then for many genera-
tions, other Americans will stand in this
spot with the same satisfaction and hope
I feel today.
I leave you with one last thought,
from one of my favorite philosophers. If
you’ve never read him, or not for many
years, I urge you to take the time now.
His name is…Winnie the Pooh. And he
said: “How lucky I am to have something
that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
Thank you and God bless you!