Postmaster General addresses National Press Club

Farewell Address offers perspective and advice for postal stakeholders/Congress

January 06, 2015

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe was the featured speaker at the January 6, 2015 National Press Club Newsmakers news conference in Washington, DC. Speaking to reporters collectively for the last time prior to his retirement, Donahoe praised postal employees for their hard-work and accomplishments and also offered postal stakeholders some unsolicited advice for a profitable future.

Below is the text of the speech. Please note that the remarks as delivered may vary from the prepared text.

Good morning.

It’s nice to be back at the National Press Club. I would like to thank Herb Perrone and the Newsmakers Committee for making some room on the schedule for a lame duck.

About 40 years ago I was rousted out of my bed by my uncle Bob….because he wanted make sure I got down to the Pittsburgh General Post Office on time to take a postal job exam.  If he hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t be here now.

I ended up working afternoons while I was going to the University of Pittsburgh during the day – it wasn’t so easy managing those two demands on my time.  Today, I consider getting that job a very lucky start to my career.


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