President Hope Finch Speaks to the People of Omnibus for the first time
Good evening. This is the first time I have spoken to you from the center of Cheles, where announcements have been made that have changed the course of Omnibus. In all of those changes past Presidents have made in their public lives, they have always tried to do what was best for the Nation. Throughout the long and difficult period of instability, I feel it is my duty to persevere, to make every possible effort to complete my term of office.
In the past few days, however, it has become evident to me that the people do not want the ideals of the LCP. As long as there was such people, that could make up a majority that identified with the ideals of the LCP I felt strongly that it was necessary to see the process through to its conclusion, that to do otherwise would be unfaithful to the spirit of that deliberately difficult process and a dangerously destabilizing precedent for the future. But with the disappearance of that base, I now believe that my purpose, to end a denial of the people's rights has been served, and there is no longer a need for the process to be prolonged.
I would have preferred to carry through to the finish of my term as President whatever the personal agony it would have involved, and my family unanimously urged me to do so. But the interest of the Nation must always come before any personal considerations. I believe I do not have the people in the Senate to back the very difficult decisions and carry out the duties of this office in the way the interests of the Nation would require.
I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. But as President, I must put the interest of the people of Omnibus first. Omnibus needs a President and Senate that will work for them and not their own special interests, particularly at this time with problems we face at home. To continue to fight through the years ahead for my personal vindication would almost totally absorb the time and attention of both the President and the Senate when our entire focus should be on the issues of the people of Omnibus.
Therefore, I shall resign the Presidency effective tonight. Chief Executive Consul Liddy Hopper will be sworn in as President after I am finished tonight.
As I recall the high hopes for Omnibus with which we began this nation, I feel a great sadness that I will not be here in this office working on your behalf to achieve those hopes in the next 8 years. But in turning over direction of the Government to Liddy Hopper, I know, as I told the Nation that the leadership of Omnibus will be in good hands.
In passing this office to Liddy Hopper, I also do so with the profound sense of the weight of responsibility that will fall on her shoulders tonight and, therefore, of the understanding, the patience, the cooperation she will need from all people of Omnibus. As she assumes that responsibility, she will deserve the help and the support of all of us. As we look to the future, the first essential is to begin healing the wounds of this Nation, to put the bitterness and divisions of the recent past behind us, and to rediscover those shared ideals that lie at the heart of our strength and unity as a great and as a free people.
By taking this action, I hope that I will have hastened the start of that process of healing which is so desperately needed in Omnibus.
I regret deeply any injuries that may have been done in the course of the events that led to this decision.
So, let us all now join together in affirming that common commitment and in helping our new President succeed for the benefit of all people of Omnibus.
I shall leave this office with regret at not completing my term, But the challenges ahead are equally great, and they, too, will require the support and the efforts of the Senate and the people working in cooperation with the new President. We must complete a structure of peace so that it will be said of this generation, our generation, by the people of all nations, not only that we ended our disasters but that we prevented future disasters.
I pledge to you tonight that as long as I have a breath of life in my body, I shall continue in that spirit. I shall continue to work for the great causes to which I have been dedicated throughout my years the cause of peace not just for Omnibus but among all nations, prosperity, justice, and opportunity for all of our people.
There is one cause above all to which I have been devoted and to which I shall always be devoted for as long as I live.