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 President George H.W. Bush Joins the 25th Anniversary of  The Washington Times

 

 

On May 17, 2007 the 25th anniversary gala for The Washington Times was held in the National Building Museum in Washington D.C.  More than 1,100 leading figures in politics, international diplomacy, culture, and journalism representing 82 nations took part in the celebration.

On hand to commemorate the occasion that evening were George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, The Washington Times founders, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Moon; their 3rd son, Dr. Hyun Jin Moon; and Mr. Douglas Joo, chairman of The Washington Times Corporation.

 

 

Current U.S. president George W. Bush, U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki Moon, and Lady Margaret Thatcher were among those who sent their messages congratulating The Washington Times for 25 years of excellence in journalism.

In his message U.N. secretary general Ban Ki Moon congratulated the Washington Times for being a champion of democracy and the free press and for contributing to peace.

Lady Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of the United Kingdom emphasized that "conservative views will never be drowned out. And, if they are heard, they will prevail" and asked that The Washington Times continue its work in strengthening the Anglo-American relationship.

 

 

Times chairman, Mr. Douglas Joo spoke of his expectations for the next 25 years and his hopes to build upon the successes The Washington Times achieved by overcoming the Cold War and Cultural War during the past 25 years.

In his keynote address, former U.S. president George H.W. Bush noted how "The Washington Times was not shy about challenging the more established media outlets--along with what many of us felt was a prevailing liberal bias," and thanked the founder, Dr. Moon "for his vision in launching this newspaper" and reminded the audience that "without him, there would be no Washington Times."  The 41st president also emphasized the unique role of The Washington Times during the Reagan Presidency: "The editors and the editorial writers of The Washington Times understood the stakes of the Cold War and were not the least bit shy about voicing their support for national leaders in the two great political parties who were trying to end the threat posed by the Soviet Union."
 

 

 

Dr. Sun Myung Moon delivered the founder's address entitled, "A Providential View of the Pacific Rim Era in Light of God's Will." In his address he warned that "powerful nations such as China and Russia are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to aggressively pursue their own interests with the powerless and small island nations" and emphasized that "the small island nations dispersed in both the northern and southern regions of the Pacific, on either side of the equator, as well as Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, Australia, New Zealand and other countries, should become as one country and form one union to sustain peace throughout the Pacific Rim civilization."

Four community leaders--Robert L. Woodson Sr., Douglas M. Johnston, Gregory H. Stanton and Michele Weiner-Davis--received the newspaper's inaugural Founding Spirit Awards, recognizing their work in community activism.

 

Founder's Keynote Address

 

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