tv Queen Elizabeth II Delivers Christmas Message CSPAN December 25, 2016 5:50pm-6:01pm EST
the 67 medals at this year's games in rio, and 147 at the paralympics, meant that the gb medalists reception at buckingham palace was a crowded and happy event. throughout the commonwealth, there were equally joyful celebrations. the bahamas, jamaica, and new zealand. winnersthis year's spoke of being inspired by previous generations.
inspiration fed aspiration, and having discovered abilities a scarcely knew they had, these efforts allowed inspiring others. months ago, i saw .nspiration of a different kind it was not hard to be moved by the dedication of the highly skilled doctors, paramedics, and crew who were cowed out on average five times a day. but to be inspirational, you don't have to save lives or win medals. strength from eating ordinary people doing .xtraordinary inks -- things goodnity organizers, and neighbors. unsung heroes whose quiet
dedication makes them special. they are an inspiration to those who know them. and our lives frequently embody a truth expressed by mother teresa, from this year, saint teresa of calcutta. she said, not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love. this has been the experience of two remarkable organizations, the duke of edinburgh and -- edinburgh's award, and the president's trust, which are 60 and 40 years old this year. these started as small initiatives that go beyond any expectations, and continue to transform young people's lives. to mark my 90th birthday, volunteers and supporters of the 600 charities of which i have -- many of came to
these organizations are modest in size, but inspire me with the work they do. giving friendship and support to our veterans, the elderly, or bereaved, to championing music and dance, providing animal welfare, or protecting our fields and forests. the devotion and generosity of spirit is an example to us all. challenge, face a they sometimes talk about taking a deep breath to find courage or strength. in fact, the word inspire literally means to breathe in. but even with the inspiration of others, it's understandable that we sometimes think the world's problems are so big that we can do little to help.
on our own, we cannot end wars or wiped out injustice. the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of goodness can be bigger than we imagine. at christmas, our intention is drawn to the birth of a baby, some 2000 years ago. it was the humblest of beginnings, and his parnets -- parents did not think they were important. jesus christ lived of his life and never traveled far. he was maligned and rejected by many, though he had done no wrong. and yet, millions of people now follow his teaching, and finding him the guiding light for their lives. i am one of them, because christ's example helps me see the value of doing small things with great love, whoever does them, and whatever they themselves believe.
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is next with lee saunders, president of the american federation of state, county, and the invisible employees. after that, we take a look at the career of vice president-elect mike pence. at 8:00, our conversation with a journalist and author on q&a. on this holiday weekend, our guest on "newsmakers" this week is lee saunders. thank you very much for being here. let's to talk about with the trap administration coming in. let me introduce our reporters. press employment and economy reporter, any labor reporter for politico. i wanted to ask you, mr. saunders, wheelers and news out of the trump corporation, which is that they have agreed to
allow union and a do you have any reaction to that? all, the first contract for quite a while, and donald trump and his managers in las vegas have been blocking them from even sitting at the table. but they won a major victory. they stood strong and we hope that spreads. clearly, i think it was because of the will of the employees. theyer