: President Robert KellyWhen
: Midday Friday, February 10th, 2006Where
: White House Conference, Washington DC
Eloquent in dress and form, he stood upon the platform staring out over the crowd made up of both reporters and simply people of the public, intermingled with the heavy security presence always surrounding such ones of high status. His gaze caught the many but did not linger for too long all the same. President Robert Kelly’s demeanor gave off the sense of leadership and political height he had attained, nonetheless, his eyes held a renewed passion for something the man had only thus far addressed the public once since the events that’d paved the way for the change of outlook concerning those among them with unique abilities. The homo-superior were slowly being recognized not as something to be feared, but revered; fellow human beings with something special to offer, particularly to those not ‘blessed’ with such a skill sets.
His silence was louder than any words really ever could be, for it was clear the President of the United States of America was currently dealing with his own anger-filled reaction to what this speech, held at Midday on February 10th, 2006 was about. Gone was the need to plead; replacing was the urge to order, but he wouldn’t, for it was not in his best interest to start ordering the general public to change feelings so deep within them. However, he could relate, and, in this, he would tell them:
“I stand here as a man who would have once condoned what Jeremiah and Sylvia Crestmere were trying to achieve in the now ousted facility near the US and Canadian Border. At one time I would’ve wholeheartedly agreed with experimenting on mutants to find a way to not only control them, but perhaps one day erase the ‘disease’ that is mutant kind completely.
I look back on those days and wonder why? What could have driven me to look at a child and decide they had no more right to live than a baseline human being just because of the changes in their DNA? How could I have possibly EVER condoned doing whatever it took to eradicate this weakness, this infirmity, by any means necessary? I wanted to cleanse human kind from what I perceived as a threat and a danger to our very survival…
Then came the night Man’s Best Friend, the ever loved canine, the puppy you grew up with, the ever loyal companion your children play with, turned on every person, human or mutant, young or old. It didn’t matter, they came and they destroyed, yet, do we now sit back and demand the death of every canine within the city limits? Within the world?” Kelly paused for a few moments to let that sink in. “Have we not forgiven and moved past these events? Have we not understood our beloved pet was driven to commit these atrocities, made for a purpose that was not by any means their choice?
I ask you, the Citizens of the United States, if your pet survived that night and you have taken it back in and love it even though it was a part of something so horrible, ask yourself, how much more precious is the life of a human mutant, who just wants to live, who doesn’t ask for anything in return, and who perhaps aided in your survival of one of the worst nights in the history of this country? We have an obligation to be the first nation to show the world mutants are humans too and they were there for us even when we did not want them to be.
I will be renewing my talks with Professor Charles Xavier and his X-Men about the proposal of Agency X, and I open this offer up to all mutants, everywhere.
We need them!
So many of us would not be standing here if a mutant or mutants didn’t put their own life on the line to save us, despite how some of us had previously and so openly treated them. I now reiterate to any and ALL of you still harboring such heavy and unbridled hatred for the next step in the evolutionary chain of the Homo Sapien. Just like any other criminal activity, whether against human or mutant, you
will be found out, and you will
be punished accordingly.”
: Along with some brutal honesty of his own, President Kelly lays it all out on the table – the push for mutant rights and the promise that the United States of America will be the first country to pave the way for human/mutant equality, the reemphasis of the Agency X proposal, and the future consequences of committing such acts as the Crestmeres have done. NB
Part V Closed. Speech posted both here and in the Agency X Plotting Forum.