The first President to light the National Menorah, Jimmy Carter spoke of hostages held by Muslim terrorists in Iran in 1979 and said: "Commitments to be free are ever present in the hearts of all Americans because 50 of our fellow citizens are not free." Ronald Reagan, the second President to give a HANUKKAH
Message, 1983, remarked: "Whether we be Americans or Israelis, we are all children of Abraham, children of the same God. The bonds between our two peoples are growing stronger, and they must not and will never be broken." In his 1991 HANUKKAH Message, George H.W. Bush stated: "When Judah Maccabee and his followers prepared to rededicate the Temple in Jerusalem, they found..only enough oil to light the menorah for one night. Miraculously, it lasted eight." Bill Clinton, in his 1993 HANUKKAH Message, said: "The eternal lesson of HANUKKAH is that faith
gives us the strength to work miracles and find light in times of darkness." President George W. Bush said in his 2001 HANUKKAH Message: "For the first time in American history, the HANUKKAH menorah will be lit at the White House residence...America and Israel have been through much together...A better day is coming when this Festival will be celebrated in a world free from terror."