33. Presidential Office

Welcome to your office. In some ways, this is the most important room on Air Force One: the Oval Office in the sky.

At the end of the day, this is what so many people come to see.

In this room, you have everything you need to run the country. We have all the communications technology to address the nation, even if you’re on the other side of the world - 40,000 feet in the air.  

If a real situation develops on the ground, you can continue your job, uninterrupted, from this room.

What would George Washington thought of that?  

Remember… the person who sits at that desk — the most powerful person in the world — was put there by the American people. They didn’t take power by force. They talked to the country; traveled the nation; talked to people from every social class, different religions, racial backgrounds. And they came to power… through a peaceful process. American citizens exercised their right to vote — and they chose the person to sit here.

They chose… you.

Look at the chair… that desk. Many difficult decisions, agonizing decisions, have been made by the individuals who occupied this office before you. Those moments — you’ll have them, too. Where you feel weight of the nation on your shoulders.

Okay, we don’t have much time. We only have one room left — so meet me when you’re standing in the next room.