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Editorial

President Biden Welcomes Greek Americans to the People’s House

On Thursday, April 4, 2024, President Joe Biden warmly welcomed the Greek-American community to the White House, affectionately referred to as “your house,” to celebrate Greek Independence Day. This event, a continuation of a revered tradition, showcased the deep-rooted friendship and mutual admiration between Greece and the United States, emphasizing their shared dedication to the ideals of democracy.

The ceremony, attended by notable figures from the political, business, and artistic spheres, highlighted the enduring bonds of friendship between the two nations. President Biden, amidst this vibrant gathering, recounted his affectionate nickname, “Bidenopoulos,” a testament to his deep connections with the Greek-American community that dates back to his early political career in Delaware.

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, representing the spiritual ties between the countries, praised the event’s significance in honoring the democratic ideals and the heroes who have sacrificed their lives for freedom. He acknowledged President Biden’s longstanding support for Greece and the broader Orthodox Christian community, including the Ecumenical Patriarchate, underscoring the President’s role in advocating for peace and supporting Ukraine amid its ongoing struggle.

The President’s speech also celebrated the diverse contributions of Greek-Americans across various fields, from academia to business, reflecting on the shared values of dignity and respect that define both American and Greek societies. He emphasized the intrinsic connection between the two countries, rooted in the democratic principles first conceived in ancient Greece, which continue to inspire global aspirations for freedom and dignity.

This gathering not only commemorated the 203rd anniversary of Greek Independence but also reaffirmed the dynamic and flourishing partnership between Greece and the United States. The event’s timing was particularly poignant, following the Hellenic Parliament’s approval of a significant defense deal with the U.S., signaling a high point in Greek-American relations.

As President Biden eloquently put it, the relationship between the two nations is not just historical but vibrantly alive, echoing the shared belief in the power of possibilities and the collective duty to defend and champion democracy for future generations. This celebration served as a profound reminder of the enduring friendship and mutual respect between Greece and the United States, united in their commitment to democracy and the common good.

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