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January 01 2008

Public Statement From John Hope Bryant of Operation HOPE About the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions

LOS ANGELES, CA -- September 4, 2008 --- John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, makes the following statement about the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions:

I was extremely pleased and honored to have received an invitation to speak on behalf of the organization I founded 16 years ago, Operation HOPE, at both the 2008 Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention.

I spoke last week at the DNC in Denver, and was scheduled to speak this week before the RNC. Due to weather and travel-related issues beyond my control, returning to the United States from Venezuela, I was unable to make this week's scheduled engagement in Minneapolis. That said, Operation HOPE was represented and acknowledged for its work.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Operation HOPE is non-partisan by law.

Pursuing the mission-driven issues of financial literacy, economic education, dignity and the economic empowerment of the under-served communities that HOPE serves, both here and abroad, or what Operation HOPE calls its growing "silver rights" movement, Operation HOPE sees the critical work it does by necessity as bi-partisan.

This is why we have worked closely with former U.S. President William Jefferson Clinton, along with current U.S. President George W. Bush. Furthermore, I was honored to be recognized for my work in business and community by both former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and former U.S. President George H.W. Bush during their Administrations.

As I often say, "you cannot eradicate poverty along partisan lines." I have gone on to say that "my community is in a crisis. And so, I don't care whether one is Republican or Democrat, black or white, rich or poor, conservative or liberal. And so, with our generation it is not so much an issue of the Democratic Party or the Republican Party, but the non-existent Get It Done Party. And I just want to get it done."

Financial literacy, silver rights and eradicating poverty in our lifetime, in this country, are not partisan issues. The Operation HOPE family of organizations remain committed to working with those that seek to bring hope and opportunity to the under-served communities we serve.

As the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, as well as the vice chairman of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, I was honored to be asked to speak at both the DNC and the RNC this year.

A special thank you to the Financial Services Roundtable, along with its President and CEO Steve Bartlett, for extending this special invitation for me to speak on behalf of our "silver rights" movement and financial literacy empowerment in the under-served communities we serve.

The work continues.