President Bush Will Speak at Monticello's Fourth of July Event

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

June 27, 2008

"It's hard to imagine a more appropriate place to be than at Monticello on July the 4th," said Dan Jordan, director at Monticello.

A sentiment that it seems president Bush agrees with. Deciding to spend his final Independence Day as president at the home of the main author of the Declaration of Independence.

"Jefferson died on July the 4th, 1826 on the 50th anniversary of that great document and of course John Adams died in Massachusetts on the same day. So it's a special venue, a very patriotic venue for Independence Day," said Jordan.

And it's not the first presidential visit to Monticello. Bush following in the footsteps of Roosevelt, Truman, and Ford. Now the planning to prepare for a visit from this president has begun.

"Planning for the visit of a head of state does require a lot of work, we have a veteran team. Everybody has the same goal. we want this to be a spectacular success for the president and for Monticello," said Jordan.

The president will be the featured speaker at a naturalization ceremony for 75 people from 30 different countries who will be sworn in as U.S. citizens. and while officials don't want to presume what Jefferson would have thought of the ceremony.

"He realized that people from other parts of the world bring a very rich culture into the American mix. So I'd like to think Jefferson would be smiling," said Jordan.

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