March 17th, 2011 – This is a marathon, not a sprint – Take time to go outside and enjoy the spring

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From: Brenner, Eliot
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2011 10:02 PM
To: Hayden, Elizabeth; Burnell, Scott; Harrington, Holly; McIntyre, David; Couret, Ivonne;
Shannon, Valerie; Janbergs, Holly; Akstulewicz, Brenda; Wittick, Susan; Royer, Deanna;
Bonaccorso, Amy; Deavers, Ron; Tobin, Jennifer; Taylor, Robert; Steger (Tucci), Christine;
Ghneim, Munira; Widomski, Michael
Subject: kudos to all

Four hours ago, the chairman called me to tell me to go home and get some rest. So, here I sit in a hotel room finishing up my emails and listening to some guy from Burson-Marstetler hustle me for business. I finally told him I had to get off the line because I had something important to do. (he made some good points that perhaps we can use going forward, but I don’t think I’ll hire him.)

What I had to do was tell you what the chairman also said to me. He told me that he thought Public Affairs was doing a great job in dealing with all the issues being thrown at us. I always agree with the chairman, well most of the time, and this happens to be one of them.

Not only have OPAers pitched in with long days and long nights, others in the agency have now come to our aid and it is making our collective job much easier. In fact, we are now bringing in some additional help and I suspect when all the paperwork is done you may recognize at least one of the names.

I am so honored to be working with such a bunch of professionals. I can go out with the chairman on his many rounds and know without fail that the job is getting done.

As reporters, many of us had front row seats at history. Today, we are part of making history and it is a time we will never forget. The days will continue to be long, but hopefully we can start giving folks some time off. One thing to remember: This is a marathon, not a sprint. (Yeah, how many times have you hard that metaphore used?) Pace yourself. Take time to go outside and enjoy the spring, feel the sun on your face, and come back
knowing you are doing a damn fine job.

I thank you.

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