WASHINGTON (Jan. 19, 2012) — President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama send their best wishes to everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year, including Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
“Growing up in Hawaii, I remember all the excitement surrounding the Lunar New Year – from the parades and the fireworks to the smaller gatherings with family and friends,” said the President. “It has always been a time for celebration and hope. And this year, as Americans here at home and around the world welcome the Year of the Dragon, it’s important to remember that our country is stronger because of our diversity. We are richer because of the different cultures that make up this country.
“So to all those celebrating the Lunar New Year, I wish you and your loved ones peace, prosperity, and good health.”
U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton also sends a message on behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, that she is delighted to send best wishes for peace, prosperity, and good health to everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year.
“Around the world, people will welcome the Year of the Dragon with rich and varied traditions,” said Clinton. “Asian Americans will gather with family and friends in communities across the United States to celebrate their vibrant heritage and the ties that unite all of us. President Obama and I are committed to our 21st century partnership with the people of the Asia-Pacific region, and we will continue to deepen ties with our allies and partners, while strengthening lasting bonds of friendship and cooperation.
“Throughout this new year, and in the years to come, let us continue to work together to realize new opportunities and make progress on the shared challenges we face.”