Independence Day Remarks

Excellences Mesdames et Messieurs les Membres du gouvernement de la République du Tchad ;

Excellences Madame l’Ambassadrice, Mesdames et Messieurs les Ambassadeurs, et Membres du Corps Diplomatique accrédités au Tchad;

Chers représentants des organisations internationales;

Honorables invités;

My fellow Americans

It is my great pleasure and honor to welcome you all to our celebration of the 239th anniversary of the independence of the United States of America.  The Fourth of July of the year 1776 marked the start of the struggle for our independence — the first revolution of its kind in modern history.  The Spirit of ’76 which drove our Revolution was not simply a slogan for a colonial revolt.  Our Revolution marked the emergence of a new kind of government, of the people, by the people, and for the people, a government whose duty it was and remains to recognize that all human beings are created equal, and that God has granted all human beings the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

I am very proud to be the representative of the government and people of the United States and our President, Barack Obama, here in Chad.  The people of Chad and its government share the values which drove the Spirit of ’76.  It is my duty to support and widen the efforts of our government and all Chad’s partners to pursue and protect these inalienable rights.

We all know that the people and government of Chad face urgent challenges to these rights.  The stark, tragic events of this past fifteenth of June are indelible reminders of these risks, and of our duty as Chad’s partners to strengthen Chad’s capacity to protect its people, its territory, and its future.  We offer the victims of those attacks and their families our deepest condolences, and promise them and all the people of Chad our best efforts to help defeat Boko Haram, al-Qaeda, and their allies in their evil struggle to deny Chadians the rights we Americans believe are inalienable.

We have and will continue to support Chad’s security forces as they confront these enemies.  We will continue our support for the refugees, returnees, and other victims of such violence.  We are looking into new and better ways to help Chad grow its economy to assure its people, especially its youth, do not fall victim to radicalization, especially by attracting international investment and improving its international commerce.  We will continue to work with our Chadian and international partners to widen protection and support for its vulnerable populations, including women, children, and the handicapped.  We applaud Chad’s leadership in facing these challenges, and we will continue to work in partnership with Chad and the international community to strengthen regional and international responses to the economic, social, and security challenges to Chad and its neighbors.

Long live the United States of America!

Long live Chad!

Long live the partnership of the government and people of the United States with the government and people of Chad!