November 8, 2016
I am so excited to be here tonight with so many of our Lithuanian friends. Election Day is finally here! It feels like all of you are as eager to see the outcome of our presidential election as we are.
I was in Vilnius four years ago during our last presidential election. So it is especially exciting for me to be back here tonight, this time as the American Ambassador. As a diplomat, I have witnessed seven presidential elections – this one is my eighth, and my fifth while working abroad. It is always fascinating to see our elections through the eyes of others. And I know that many Lithuanians have been watching this presidential campaign very closely.
Right now, the polls are open and Americans are casting their ballots, as we have done for more than two centuries. After such a long time, we Americans sometimes take democracy for granted. But in fact, it is rather extraordinary that for more than 200 years the American people have selected their leaders and have peacefully transferred power from one president to the next.
Tomorrow morning we will know who will be the next president of the United States. Regardless of the outcome, I have no doubt that the great friendship between the United States and Lithuania will continue as it has for decades.
In the meantime, let’s enjoy ourselves tonight. We have a great program planned, including live music, special guests, a few games, and, of course, the latest election news.
Thank you all for coming out tonight and thank you, Andrius, for being our master of ceremonies!