Happy, Happy Birthday, Mr. President!
Thanks for giving us the real gifts.
The gift of a Republic.
While you definitely worked on that with friends, you modeled sacrifice in maintaining its newness.
The gift of character.
You practiced it with tremendous faithfulness.
The gift of vision.
Even in many hours of seeming impossibility and darkness, you pressed on; convinced of the truth you were representing.
The gift of faith.
Valley Forge and your prayer there acknowledging Providence and the Hand of God that is necessary for all things, comes to mind.
The gift of freedom.
While again, so many have sacrificed (and continue to) so much, we have experienced more freedom in more ways than most of the world ever has.
The gift of purposeful reflection.
Looking at your life, one can’t help but be inspired to press on for the greater good in all things. Freedom depends on it.
Your greatness challenges, comforts, and inspires. What we do with that inspiration could very well end up being the best gift we could ever give.
Once again, Happy Birthday!