President Obama wishes Coast Guard happy birthday

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama phone call in the Oval Office to Admiral Robert J. Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard, in recognition of the Coast Guard's 220th birthday, Aug. 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Today is a special day for our nation. As the Coast Guard celebrates its birthday, so does the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

The President honored the Coast Guard men and women stationed across the Gulf Coast, the nation and the world with a phone call and letter thanking them for the valued service they provide to the American public.

During the phone call, President Obama said:

Admiral Papp participates in a phone call from President Obama.

Admiral Robert J. Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard, participates in a phone call from President Obama to wish Coast Guard men and women a happy 220th birthday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Bender)

“I know that everybody within ear shot has been working extraordinarily hard. Not just to protect and clean up the Gulf but to help keep America safe and secure each and every day. I want all of you to know that I stand with you, as I stand with the Gulf communities, even as you continue the critical mission that you are on but also over the long term until the people of the Gulf have fully recovered from this most recent disaster.

It is a great privilege to share a birthday with the Coast Guard. I am full of admiration for the courage and the dedication and the hard work that each of you do.

I, obviously, am especially looking forward to celebrating sometime this month having finally killed the BP well and gotten the relief well completed. But, I want everybody to know that we could not have done this without you. We still have a lot of work to do. We’re going to need to recover fully in the Gulf and that’s going to take all the efforts of the Coast Guard. We still have a hurricane season ahead of us, which is going to involve all of you in one capacity or another.

Just know that your Commander in Chief is proud of you, the nation is proud of you, and we are very very appreciative of your service.

Happy Birthday Coast Guard and, again, it is a great privilege to share a birthday with you.”

President Obama's letter to the Coast Guard

President Obama's birthday letter to the Coast Guard. Click the photo to see the full-size document.



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37 Responses

  1. James Koshar, LT, USCG(Ret.) says:

    Thank you President Obama and also, Happy Birthday to you!

  2. jose villalon says:

    The best letter any Coast Guardsman could read any day of the year from a true man….Barrack Obama!!!

  3. DYLAN says:

    From the Bering Sea, and the CGC Munro, it is an honor to be serving durring my 3rd CG Day.

  4. Jay Leahr, AST, USCG says:

    It is an honor to service within a service that provides so much to our nation during times that require so much grace.

    Thank you Mr. President for your thoughts and prayers.

    Semper Paratus,

    “So Others May Live”

  5. JoAnn Manigault says:

    Truly a remarkable day, for the United States Coast Guard and all of the many employees and Guardsman of the Coast Guard. Happy birthday to our 44th President Barrack Hussein Obama.

  6. Tony Reardon says:

    Happy Birthday to the President and to the Premier Maritime Service The United States Coast Guard

  7. FN Jesse Lucas says:

    It is a distinct pleasure to wish a Happy Birthday to both the service I love, and to the leader of the nation I love every shred as much. With all the sincerity under an Oahu rainbow, congratulations Mr. Obama, and congratulations United States Coast Guard. May both find success in all their years.

  8. Jeff Moore says:

    Happy Birthday, to my 44th President of our United States; I have served our country in “BDUs” through many types of rough terrain, now I serve in civilian clothes continuing my pledge of protecting our country and its way of life; so, I stand by you, support your administration and its efforts defending our constitution! The greatest opportunity any American can wish for on their birthday is to serve our country as President; for you Mr. President it came to past! Thank you for serving our country as an upright, dignified man, to my Commander In Chief Happy Birthday!

    In Hoc Signo Vinces

    Jeff Moore, 32

  9. PA3 Tara Molle says:

    Happy 220th to the service I have called ‘home’ over the past seven years and a very happy 49th birthday to my commander-in-chief, Mr. Barack Obama! I feel extremely proud and honored to be a part of an organization as special as the Coast Guard. Semper Paratus!

  10. FRANZ AZUOLAS says:

    From a former SGT in the US Marine Corp and now a USCG Auxiliarist, I thank the Commander in Chief for his notable words regarding one of the most worthy military/ life saving services of these United States. All the best to all in the Coast Guard family and to our President. Semper Paratus!

  11. AFRICOM says:

    From all the Guardians serving at AFRICOM in Stuttgart, “Happy Coast Guard Day”!!!!
    We celebrated with a toast of German beer!

  12. Johari M. Rashad, Ph.D. says:

    Happy 220th Birthday, U.S. Coast Guard! I’m proud to have been a civilian employee of the U.S. Coast Guard (G-PC-3) from 1986-1990 and that I attended the 200th birthday ball celebration in Washington, D.C. and rode on the USCG float in the Endymion parade in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. It’s a MARVELOUS service with some of the best people I’ve ever worked with. I still have my USCG name pin. Once a Coastie, ALWAYS a Coastie!

  13. Jim Grainger(Pre-Service) says:

    Happy Birthday Mr. President! Happy Birthday to the United Staes Coast Guard! I servved proudly as a Coast Guard Photographer during the Vietnam era, and in California as a part of the 11th District. I completed my service as apart of Search and Rescue……Proudly!
    Again, Happy Birthday Mr. President, and to the U.S. Coast Gaurd!

  14. EM3 IVAN PALACIOS says:

    I wanted to wish everyone a “HAPPY COAST GUARD DAY”, all the way from Guam!

  15. Stan Robbins says:

    Mr. President, if you truly want to show your appreciation for all the Coast Guard does, how about bumping up that budget? These 40 year old ships need replacing NOW!

  16. D Douglass says:

    Happy birthday Coast Guard…3rd District 64/68

  17. Michael Sealfon says:

    Happy birthday to you, Mr. President. Thank you for the very kind words for a unique branch of the Armed Forces. As a retired O6 (Arm) and a USCG Auxiliary pilot, I am very proud to be a member of this great team. D13 (Seattle).

  18. Sherry Carton says:

    My husband’s birthday is tomorrow. Happy Birthday Mr. President.

    (from a Coast Guard Wife celebrating her husband’s 34th Coast Guard Birthday.

  19. Rich Liebe says:

    Happy Birthday Mr. President and the United States Coast Guard! I can proudly say that after a 30-year Army career in which I served as a senior officer, I continue to serve our country as a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and have learned first hand just how dedicated and professional all members of Team Coast Guard truly are. Our motto is Semper Paratus, but to that I would add, Ne Plus Ultra, which loosely translates to None Finer. Believe it!

  20. BM3 POWERS, P. says:

    It was a great honor to serve our nation. helped rebuild ATON IN HOUSTON after IKE and saved a couple people….Happy Birthday.

  21. John Gallagher says:

    I had the honor of spending CG Day in uniform standing watch at Station New York as a member of the Auxiliary, I’d like our Commander in Chief to know that nothing gives me more satisfaction than working beside the wonderful men and women who are the active duty members of the Coast Guard. They make me confident that the future of the nation is full of promise. Great people who reallly do their best for our nation and our world. Bless you all!

  22. R. C. DePascale says:

    Thank you, Mr. President. We are proud to be of service, and we look forward to continuing to do so, without appropriate resources (personnel and material) and by any means necessary.

  23. Angel Pla says:

    Congratulations to all who serve in the United States Coast Guard! Bravo-Zulu for the outstanding job that each one of you perfom every day. From a submariner who has a son serving in the best maritime service in the world! Happy birthday, Mr President!

  24. John Rodzianko says:

    Thank you Mr. President. As an Orthodox Christian, we have a traditional birthday saying, “May God grant you many years.” Happy Birthday to you and to the Coast Guard.

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  26. ET3 Wolf, Gary says:

    Happy Birthday to you too Mr. President.

  27. Buddy Rowell says:

    Happy Birthday to you Mr. president… You have had a busy two years.. but I appreciate your diligence and hard work… Thanks

  28. Brian Keogh says:

    Well happy birthday to you Mr.President and to USCG with whom my son is so proudly serving in Hawaii one of your former homes greetings from Ireland we all love you over here.

  29. FS3 Evaristus Odinikaeze says:

    Happy Birthday too, Mr President. I appreciate your words of support and encouragement. God bless you. And God bless America.

  30. SN DE JESUS says:

    Happy Birthday to the Coast Guard! I am proud to be serving my nation and following my father’s footsteps. In in my first unit and loving every moment. Happy Birthday to you Mr. President! Great leaders should have their day too!

  31. S King says:

    I wish you would take a second look and our nation’s defense budget..the US is getting weaker…no money, no America.

  32. P.O. Otis Merritt says:

    It is with great honor and a broad smile on my face that I read such a heartfelt and encouraging letter from our Commander in Chief himself. Thank you so very much Mr. Obama and a special Happy Birthday wish to you as well!

  33. SK2 JESSICA KELLER says:

    I am glad to have shared my b-day with my military branch, as well as the President! Happy B-day to you Sir!

  34. Nicola Tewhare says:

    Happy Birthday…. Now I will always know when to celebrate it. Good job

  35. vallarta sun says:

    Yes happy birthday to all. The Coast Guard is one of the most under appreciated yet vital services to America and the safety of Americans. Keep up the great work you do, even though you rarely make the headlines we know you are working hard every day for America.

  36. David G. Sox says:

    Two hundred twenty years ago, my GGGGGG Grandfather’s GG Grandson, John Foster Williams, was called by Alexander Hamilton to be the first Captain of the first revenue cutter, forerunner of the Coast Guard. Another contemporary cousin of my GGG Grandfather was the founding Chief of Engineers, and I have served in both services as a civilian environmental planner. I am proud of my more than 35 years of Federal civilian service and my four years in the Army, mostly in Vietnam, and in a few short months, I will start on my next journey in life. Happy Birthday to all Coasties and to our President.

  37. The How To Save Your Marriage Guy says:

    My father turned 76 this year and I still have the wool Pea Coat he wore in the US Coast Guard.

    Thanks to all the brave men and women who are serving our nation today in the USCG. Happy 220th Birthday and God Bless America!!!