Christchurch in New Zealand was my home for six years. I didn't choose the city though. Rather, it got chosen for me.
Once again I am pleased to thank New Zealand. No country, outside of my native United States, has treated me better than New Zealand.
Despite the debt crises, the Prime Minister was able to meet with many of the most important Cabinet officials, lawmakers, and the president. He met with the president for about a half an hour, and then they made statements to the press corps.
Mexico City has developed a series of initiatives to better enable both Mexico City's government and our 20 million citizens to respond quickly to a deadly earthquake.
The resilience and the determination of the New Zealand people cannot be underestimated. They are rebuilding their beautiful city of Christchurch, even as new earthquakes continue.
Mother Nature today, yesterday the loss of a job, the illness of a friend or the unspeakable violence of someone wielding a gun in Arizona forces us to re-decide where to place our faith and what really matters.
Few understand the unique nature of this fiercely proud and independent country which is now suffering the terrible loss of so many in the recent Christchurch earthquake.
Perhaps it's the small size of the New Zealand government, or the tight-knit nature of Kiwis, or the Kiwis' propensity for enjoying a tough scrum, but I know New Zealand will recover from this disaster with its spirit intact.
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