Governor Schwarzenegger was KVML´s Tuesday morning Newsmaker:
“Hi, this is Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with another California Report.
On Monday, we celebrate the life and the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. who inspired millions to dream of an America where everyone is equal and everything is possible.
What an amazing tribute that the very next day, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the first African-American President in our nation´s history.
A man born in the time of Jim Crow and separate but equal who rose from humble beginnings to the most powerful office in the world.
Imagine the incredible pride Dr. King would feel if he were with us today.
All of our nation should be proud of what President-elect Obama´s election says to the world about American openness and renewal.
President Reagan used to tell about the letter that he got from a man who said that you can live in Turkey but you can´t become a Turk.
You can go and live in Japan but you cannot become Japanese.
But the man said, anyone from any corner of the world can come to America and become an American.
And now we know that any American child no matter what corner of the world his father or mother comes from can even become President of the United States.
No one understands the endless possibilities of the American Dream more than me.
Because everything I have I owe to this country.
I came here with nothing but a gym bag full of sweaty workout clothes and look at the opportunities that America and California have afforded me.
Right now, this American Dream is becoming harder and harder to attain.
Our country is facing great challenges.
The only way we will push through is to come together with a renewed sense of cooperation and shared sacrifice.
Dr. King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Like Lincoln, Dr. King would not accept a nation and its people divided.
Nor can we.
I look forward to working with President-elect Obama from across the country and across the aisle as he strives to bring a new spirit of bipartisanship to our nation´s capital.
And as we celebrate Dr. King´s birthday, I want to remind each and every Californian of the tremendous power that you have to effect positive change.
Visit CaliforniaVolunteers.org and you will find a wide range of service opportunities in your area.
Let´s make Martin Luther King Day a Day On not a Day Off and spend some time helping to lift up our own communities.
I can´t think of a better way to honor Dr. King´s legacy.
Thanks for listening.”
The Newsmaker of the Day can be heard each weekday morning at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47 on AM-1450 KVML.
Written by Mark Truppner