When Martha Miller, who called me on behalf of the preisdent, asked me to represent President Bush at the World Expo 2005, I was so excited for another opportunity to do something for my country, and the president. People often ask me of my best moment in baseball, and I immediately talk about the 2000 Olympic Games when I managed the baseball team to its first-ever gold medal. I say that because I did something great for my country. So naturally, being a Presidential Delegate at the World Expo gave me the same opportunity, and patriotic fervor.
120 countries were present at the expo, which lasts for 185 days. Each country gets their own National Day, which features their exhibit at their respective pavilion. Our delegation had a chance to see many of the exhibits, which was educational, and inspiring.
The U.S. exhibit is named, ?The Franklin Spirit,? after inventor, statesman and founding father, Benjamin Franklin. To see his many inventions and discoveries, and how they continue to play an important role in
America today is incredible. I wish every American youngster gets the opportunity to see the exhibit, study Franklin?s life and use his wisdom to improve our society.
Benjamin Franklin?s spirit, devotion and knowledge are still with us today. He was the embodiment of the American spirit; progressive, thoughtful, courageous and bold.
Our delegation was able to communicate with many other delegations and relate that America continues to stand for freedom, and how we continue to bring democracy to those in need. I was so proud to see hundreds of thousands of people visit our pavilion and absorb the exhibit and all it represents.
It made me proud; it made me proud to be an American.
The Honorable Margaret Spellings, Secretary of Education, was the head of our delegation. She did a tremendous job inspiring people. To see how she touched people was inspirational. Her speeches were intelligent, and her delivery, precise. She is outstanding! Also included in our delegation was the Honorable Tom Schieffer, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, The Honorable Lisa Gable, Commissioner General of the U.S. Exhibition, Gary Nakamoto, CEO of Base Technologies, Jeff Eubank of the U.S. Department of State and Christian Vanderbrouk, Protocol Officer for the U.S. Department of State. All of them gave tirelessly of their spirit representing our country.
Next time you go to a ballpark, as you stand to honor our country with the singing of our National Anthem, remember what a privilege it is to live in the greatest country in the world. Remember what it means to be American, and how you can help your fellow American prosper, succeed and be as happy as they can living in the land of the free.