Governor Schwarzenegger was KVML’s Tuesday morning Newsmaker:
"Hi, this is Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with another California Report.
This week we celebrated the 200th birthday of one of my favorite presidents Abraham Lincoln.
I have a sculpture of the 16th president in my office at the State Capitol and I look at it every day.
Lincoln is an inspiration for me and so many other people like me who have made the American dream a reality.
And his work on behalf of the people has had a strong and lasting effect on our country.
Two-hundred years later he lives on as does his message of equality for all.
Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which led to the end of slavery.
And he led our country through one of its greatest crises preserving the union of our nation.
These days I can tell you that governing in Sacramento has had its own challenges. Our elected leaders have been deeply divided over how to solve California’s budget crisis.
I draw inspiration from Lincoln because he remained determined to do what was right not what was easy. Or popular.
And in the midst of a crisis he seized the opportunity to create real change. Lasting change that we live every day in this great country the greatest country in the world.
In Sacramento we are also seizing the opportunity. We are working to create real lasting reform.
As a matter of fact today the Legislature is voting on a budget plan that makes serious spending reductions brings in needed revenues focuses on job creation and makes government run more efficiently.
Passage of this plan will include budget reform and mean future governors and legislatures never find themselves in the situation we faced this year.
So I look to Lincoln and I hope that you will too as he is celebrated across the country and throughout the year during this bicentennial of his birth.
Oh, by the way, the celebration will come to California and to our fantastic California Museum in Sacramento.
The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition will travel here in June and I am so proud that our museum will be the exhibition’s first stop after it leaves Washington D.C. and the only stop on the West Coast.
I can’t wait to see it. And I hope you will see it too and join with me in celebrating this great thinker, dreamer and leader:
Thank you for listening."
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