Mr. Vice President,
Members of the Senate,
and of the House of Representatives:
Yesterday, December 7th, 1941
—a date which will live in infamy—
the United States of America was suddenly,
and deliberately, attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation and,
at the solicitation of Japan,
was still in conversation with its government
and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.
Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons
had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu,
the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague
delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message.
It is the principle which permits a state,
in the selfish pursuit of power,
to disregard its treaties and its solemn pledges;
which sanctions the use of force, or threat of force,
against the sovereignty and independence of other states.
Such a principle,
stripped of all disguise,
is surely the mere primitive doctrine that might is right;
and if this principle were established throughout the world,
the freedom of our own country and of the whole British Commonwealth of Nations
would be in danger.
But far more than this – the people of the world would be kept in the bondage of fear,
and all hopes of settled peace and of the security of justice and liberty among nations would be ended.
I could ask you, uh I wanna highlight the folks here who worked on these products.
I could ask them to sit down, but you wouldn’t see them.
So if we all could sit down, I could ask them to stand stand up.
Could all the folks around here,
who worked on these products stand up?
Let’s get ’em a round of applause.
There’s a lot of them back in Cupertino as well, so thank you guys so much.
And we will never stop fighting.
We will never stop fighting for this planet,
and for ourselves, our future,
and the future of our children and grandchildren.