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Radio and Internet Address to the Nation
Aug 24, 2009
  Good morning, fellow Koreans, Yesterday, we bid an eternal farewell to a great political leader in modern Korean history. All Koreans joined in mourning the passing of President Kim Dae-jung. May he rest in peace. This year, some of our great leaders who left behind indelible footprints on our society p...

Address by President Lee Myung-bak on the 64th Annivers...
Aug 15, 2009
  My fellow Koreans at home and abroad, distinguished guests, and expatriates in Korea, About 90 years ago, our ancestors, who had then lost their country, established a government in exile in Shanghai, showing the world that Korea was an independent country that would not tolerate being governed by foreign f...

Radio and Internet Address to the Nation
Aug 10, 2009
Good morning, fellow Koreans, Last Friday was already Ipchu, the onset of autumn by the lunar calendar. Now is the time for us to prepare for the fall harvest and brace for possible typhoons. At the extended G8 Summit held in Italy earlier last month, the participating leaders agreed to limit the average rise i...

Radio and Internet Address to the Nation
Jul 27, 2009
ANCHOR: Good morning. Today, the 20th Radio and Internet Address to the Nation by President Lee Myung-bak will proceed in the form of an interview. During the program, I will ask the President questions about pending issues concerning state affairs, and the President will answer. Good morning, Mr. President. Pr...

Radio and Internet Address to the Nation
Jul 13, 2009
Good morning, my fellow Koreans, I have just arrived in Sweden, the last leg of my visit to European countries. One goal of the visit this time was to take part in the expanded G8 summit held in Italy and to engage in discussions on issues concerning trade, climate change and the food crisis together with other...

President's remarks about his donation to society
Jul 06, 2009
Today, I am happy to announce the establishment of the "Lee Myung-bak & Kim Yoon-ok Foundation." It is a heartening and emotional moment for me because I am now able to mark a chapter of my life which has given me so much. I myself wondered many times when this day would come. My life's journey can be ...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Jun 30, 2009
Good morning, fellow Koreans, Last week, we were faced with an unexpected and unbearably sad incident. My heart ached when I stood before the portrait of the former President and his grieving family at the funeral service held in the front courtyard of Gyeongbokgung Palace. I would like to offer my deep condolences ...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Jun 29, 2009
    Good morning, fellow Koreans, I have recently met with a lot of people in person and listened to what they had to say. I have also read carefully those writings posted on the bulletin board of the Cheong Wa Dae website. Today, I would like to talk about those postings. Many people have asked wh...

President's remarks at George Washington University in ...
Jun 17, 2009
The Honorable Steven Knapp, President of George Washington University, Dear students, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, It is great to see all of you. I must thank President Knapp once again for personally attending my Inaugural ceremony last year. I remember it was one of the coldest days in Seoul. It ...

Radio and Internet address to the nation by President L...
Jun 15, 2009
    Good morning, fellow Koreans, There has been much concern about rice farming this year due to the severe spring drought. Fortunately, rain have come at an opportune time, and farmers have been able to carry on with their rice farming as usual. I am really thankful, indeed. In about an hour, I will...