35. Get Ready to Face the World!

Well, it’s been an eventful first flight aboard Air Force One. You’ve learned about the history of presidential travel — an American story and an important part of our democracy.

So much has changed. But at the end of the day, the principles of the United States remain.

We still hold sacred this idea that our leader will be freely elected by the people; that his or her mission is to serve the people. And this aircraft is a symbol of our democracy.

After all, we call it the President’s plane… but it belongs to the American people.

Now, it’s time to leave Air Force One, wave to the public, and take that iconic walk down the stairs to the tarmac — like you’ve seen so many times before.

So take a deep breath. Let’s look at you. Hair? Fabulous. Teeth? Yep, all clean.

Okay, the photographers are waiting.

I’m going to leave you with just one question. When you walk out the door and face the world… are you going to wave with the right hand — or the left?

It’s been my pleasure to serve you on this flight. May God bless you — and may God bless the United States of America.

Oh, and good luck with the press!