Quotes from U.S. Presidents about great Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko


The sculptures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota
The sculptures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,
Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. Source: http://editorials.voa.gov/

Leaders of the USA made a unique contribution to honoring Shevchenko.

Harry Truman was an honorary head of the Shevchenko Monument Committee.

Dwight Eisenhower finally cleared the way for the monument to be installed in Washington.

John F. Kennedy sent his greetings to American Ukrainians as they dedicated the site in September 1963 and facilitated implementation. In his letter, he called Shevchenko’s poetry a “noble part” of American historical heritage.

Lyndon B. Johnson said: "He was more than a Ukrainian — he was a statesman and citizen of the world. He was more than a poet — he was a valiant crusader for the rights and freedom of men. He used verse to carry on a determined fight for freedom.”


President of the USA George Bush, 1992-1993US President George Bush Sr. recites Taras Shevchenko's words which are placed on the monument to the poet in Washington, D.C. (the President's news conference on May 6, 1992)
Our soul shall never perish,
Freedom knows no dying,
And the greedy cannot harvest
Fields where seas are lying;
Cannot bind the living spirit,
Nor the living word,
Cannot smirch the sacred glory
Of th'almighty Lord

William J. Clinton, Presidents of the United States 1993-2001From speech of President William Jefferson Clinton made in the State Dining Room at the White House on November 22, 1994 during the State Dinner for President Leonid Kuchma of Ukraine.


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