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Interview With Sam Ryan of CBS Sports in Philadelphia

December 06, 2008

Army-Navy Football Game

Ms. Ryan. Mr. President, we know this is one of the most storied rivalries in all of sports. What does the Army-Navy game mean to you?

The President. Well, it means to me that I have—I got a chance to come and be with people who will be joining the finest military in the history of the world.

Members of the U.S. Armed Forces

Ms. Ryan. When you look at these young players and the seniors, and you know that they enrolled in the academies after 9/11, what does that say about them?

The President. I stand in awe of somebody who would volunteer to serve America in a time of danger. It says that we are blessed to have people of such character in our country.

The Presidency

Ms. Ryan. Mr. President, I know you're probably doing a lot of reflecting here on December 6. What will you miss the most about being President?

The President. I will miss a lot of things. But one of the things I have treasured the most is to be the Commander in Chief of men and women of courage and character and decency.

Ms. Ryan. Thank you, Mr. President.

NOTE: The interview began at 12:11 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field. A tape was not available for verification of the content of this interview.

George W. Bush, Interview With Sam Ryan of CBS Sports in Philadelphia Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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