I used to debate Kwanzaa here at Cobb. It has been many years since I have. But I happened upon an old link and read some history. After reading that, I was reminded that GWBush wished us all a happy Kwanzaa for several years during his administration. It was something I would like to have in my archive. All I could find was this:
Bush Extends Greetings To All Celebrating KwanzaaUS Dept of State ^ | December 19, 2005 | George W. Bush
Posted on Wed Dec 28 2005 11:40:33 GMT-0800 (PST) by presidio9
President Bush December 19 sent warm greetings to all who are celebrating Kwanzaa -- a seven-day observance emphasizing seven principles of African culture.
Kwanzaa, which will begin December 26, represents an African-American and pan-African holiday celebrating family, community and culture.
For additional information see Holidays and African Americans.
Following is the text of the statement:
THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary December 19, 2005
I send greetings to those observing Kwanzaa.
African Americans and people around the world reflect on African heritage during Kwanzaa. The seven days of this celebration emphasize the seven principles of Nguzo Saba -- unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. These values contribute to a culture of citizenship and compassion, and Kwanzaa activities help pass on African values and traditions to future generations.
As families and friends gather for Kwanzaa, Americans remember the many contributions African Americans have made to our country's character and celebrate the diversity that makes our Nation strong. May your commitment to family, faith, and community thrive during this holiday season and throughout the coming year.
Laura and I send our best wishes for a happy Kwanzaa.
Which is pretty good, except that I couldn't get it from the original link to the State Department where the official press release was hosted on the US Government website. It turns out that the current Administration has deleted the reference. Damn.
I have no doubt that I can access very few items from the previous administrations. There's no excuse.