WASHINGTON.- President George Bush congratulated Greek prime minister Costas Karamanlis, on the successful staging of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, in a statement on Thursday. White House spokesman Scott McClellan said that President Bush telephoned Karamanlis and thanked him for Greece’s efforts in providing protection to the athletes and spectators at the Olympic Games in Athens, and also thanked him for the successful hosting of the Games in Greece. McClellan added that Karamanlis, in turn, congratulated Bush on the achievements of the US Olympic team at the Games.
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Terry McAuliffe also issued a statement on Greece’s success in hosting the 2004 Olympic Games, and on the lessons learned from the Games:
“I would like to applaud the people of Greece for hosting a safe and spectacular Olympic games that will be remembered for generations to come.
“Now more than ever we need a President in the White House who will hear the message of cooperation and respect among nations still echoing from Athens”.
Four top U.S. foreign policy leaders wrote to Greek PrimeMinister Kostas Karamanlis to congratulate Greece on hosting “a superb OlympicGames.” In a letter dated September 2, signed by the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate and House Committees that handle foreign affairs, they said, “Greece set the standard for the world with respect to dealing with the size, complexity and security concerns in any post-September 11, 2001 Olympics.”
These leaders stated that, “Ancient Greeks provided the world with noble ideals, such as democracy, and major developments in science, philosophy and culture. We recognize that Greece has been a great friend of the United States, allied with us in all major international conflicts for over 100 years, in support of the same principles, values and ideals. Greece demonstrated an extraordinary ability to handle over 10,000 athletes from 202 countries, and hundreds of thousands of spectators and journalists and did so efficiently, securely and with your famous Greek hospitality.”
The letter was signed by the Chairman and Ranking Democrat of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Joseph Biden (D-DE), respectively, as well as the Chairman and Ranking Democrat of the House International Relations Committee, Congressmen Henry Hyde (R-IL) and Tom Lantos (D-CA).
The members of the AHEPA, are elated by the successful staging of the 28th Olympiad and congratulate the Athens Organizing Committee, the Government of Greece, the City of Athens, and the citizens of Greece for an excellent job, announced Supreme President Franklin R. Manios.