Republicans Abroad-Korea had its third annual Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, November 17th.
About 35 people were on hand this year (a slight increase from about 30 last year and roughly 25 in 2005). We all had a good time and enjoyed a real American feast together, despite being half-a-world away from our homeland.
Our guest speaker this year was Lee Dong-bok, a professor, fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former National Assemblyman. He gave an interested message on US-Korean relations and the aftermath of the resent summit between Kim Jong-il and Roh Moo-hyun.
Thanks go to Bob Gilbert for procuring the food, George Geddes for organizing the dinner and RAK Chairman John Lee for getting our guest speaker. Special thanks go to Michael Maddox and his staff at the USO canteen for their assistance in making this year's dinner a success.
We conducted a straw poll at the end of the dinner. Added by a contingent from the Seoul Ron Paul meetup group, the Texas Congressman won handily. The results:
Ron Paul - 13
Rudy Giuliani - 6
John McCain - 4
Mike Huckabee - 1
Mitt Romney - 1
Fred Thompson - 0
other - 1
McCain also got one vote from one of our non-American guests. Asside from our normal Korean guests, this year's dinner also had guests from Canada, Mongolia and New Zealand.
Kurt Mohay (white shirt) enjoys dinner.
Republicans Abroad-Korea Chairman John Lee with guest speaker Lee Dong-bok.
Guest speaker Lee Dong-bok. Adelia Jackson is sleeping in her stroller on left side of the picture.
I, on behalf of Republicans Abroad-Korea, congratulate president-elect Obama on his victory.
Like Republicans elsewhere, I will support him when we agree and oppose him when we disagree. But in any case, as the incoming duly elected president of my republic, he has my loyalty. When I oppose him, it will be a loyal opposition.
Tonight, more than any night, I hold in my heart nothing but love for this country and for all its citizens, whether they supported me or Senator Obama, I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president.
And I call on all Americans, as I have often in this campaign, to not despair of our present difficulties but to believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here.
Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history, we make history.
I thank Senator McCain and Governor Palin for their efforts in this election.