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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
December 6, 2008

Interview of the President by Sam Ryan at Army-Navy Football Game, CBS Sports
Army-Navy Football Game
Lincoln Financial Field
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


12:11 P.M. EST

Q Mr. President, we know this is one of the most storied rivalries in all of sports. What does the Army/Navy game mean to you?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, it means to me that I have -- I got a chance to come and be with people who will be joining the finest military in the history of the world.

Q When you look at these young players, and the seniors, and you know that they enrolled in the academies after 9/11, what does that say about them?

THE PRESIDENT: I stand in awe of somebody who would volunteer to serve America in a time of danger. It says that we are blessed to have people of such character in our country.

Q Mr. President, I know you're probably doing a lot of reflecting here on December 6th. What will you miss the most about being President?

THE PRESIDENT: I will miss a lot of things. But one of the things I have treasured the most is to be the Commander-in-Chief of men and women of courage and character and decency.

Q Thank you, Mr. President.

END 12:12 P.M. EST