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Peter Jennings Takes Up U.S. Citizenship ... Finally!!!
The Ottawa Citizen | July 8, 2003. | Randy Boswell

Posted on 07/08/2003 7:01:01 AM PDT by BluH2o

Peter Jennings takes up U.S. citizenship

After pondering the idea seriously for a decade -- and weathering a recent controversy in which his Canadian roots were an issue -- ABC News anchor Peter Jennings has become an American citizen.

The Toronto-born journalist, who was raised in Ottawa and still retreats from fame every summer to a farm in the nearby Gatineau Hills, said yesterday the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. and his recent travels throughout the country have made him feel "much more connected to the Founding Fathers' dreams and ideas for the future."

Mr. Jennings, who turns 65 later this month, has been working in the U.S. since 1964 and has been anchoring the ABC network's nightly newscast since 1983.

"It's been on my mind for many years, obviously, I've been here such a long time," he told CanWest News Service from his office in New York. "As a Canadian friend said to me today, I've always made clear my love for America. And it was a good time to formally declare that affection, along with a sense of debt and gratitude to the country that's made it possible for me to have a wonderful life both professionally and personally."Mr. Jennings, who will retain his Canadian citizenship, quickly added: "That does not for a second, as any smart American will tell you, mean you have to renounce your roots."

The broadcaster's formal pledge of allegiance came during a regularly scheduled citizenship ceremony on May 30 at a government office in Lower Manhattan.

"The Immigration Service said, 'Well, we just thought that if you really wanted to tell your friends first, we'd keep this a little bit quiet,' " Mr. Jennings recalled. "But I went in the front door and came out the front door. They were regular people. They were very touching. And I cried a little bit -- my kids didn't cry, but I cried a bit -- but I'm a fairly emotional character anyway.

"The process to become an American citizen is neither quick, nor easy," he added. "Among other things, you have to take a test. I'm very proud: I got 100. Good thing, too, as I'd just finished a book on America with a friend of mine."

In fact, says Mr. Jennings, it was while travelling to write and then promote the book -- titled In Search of America -- that he decided to apply for U.S. citizenship.

"I think that 9/11 and the subsequent travel I did in the country afterwards made me feel connected in new ways," he said. "And when we were working on the America project I spent a lot of time on the road, which meant away from my editor's desk, and I just got much more connected to the Founding Fathers' dreams and ideas for the future."

At this time last year, Mr. Jennings was at the centre of an uproar over the scratching of a jingoistic country song from the lineup of a live Independence Day telecast he was hosting. A decision by producers to drop Toby Keith's Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue -- which includes a line warning potential foes that the U.S. will "put a boot in your ass" -- made Mr. Jennings and his Canadian citizenship popular targets for attack on talk radio stations and Internet sites.

"I thought that was a bit silly to be honest," he said, insisting that the issue played no part in his decision to apply for American citizenship.

"Of course not. You don't make decisions like this based on political grounds. I'm aware that, over the years, that if people took exception to me it was, on occasion, easy to club me around a bit, saying, 'Well, he's Canadian'.... (But) one doesn't make life-defining decisions for superficial reasons."

Mr. Jennings said the strong cultural nationalism of his parents had prevented him from giving serious thought to dual citizenship before their deaths. His father, Charles, was a pioneering CBC broadcaster and his mother, Elizabeth, who died in 1992, was a prominent supporter of the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company.

"I clearly was never going to be really active about it while my mom was alive. I think she would have been surprised, to say the least. My mom was very, very, very deeply Canadian, and to some extent quite anti-American."

Mr. Jennings first mused publicly about becoming a U.S. citizen last September in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, in which he admitted feeling "more American than Canadian."

He said yesterday that he consulted his wife, Kayce Freed, his adult children Christopher and Elizabeth, and his sister Sarah -- an Ottawa writer and businesswoman -- before making his final decision.

Last week, barely a month after being granted his American citizenship, Mr. Jennings was invited to make a toast to the United States at a Fourth of July ceremony in Philadelphia.

"After giving this toast on Friday night, I was sitting next to Justice (Antonin) Scalia of the Supreme Court, who said, 'Well, not bad for a Canadian.' And I said, 'Well, can you keep a secret?' He said, 'What?' I said, 'I'm actually an American.' "

With news of his American citizenship to be revealed in the U.S. today, Mr. Jennings said he wanted to alert Canadians at the same time "that my life has changed."

His annual vacation in Canada, he said, "gives me such spiritual refreshment as a human being. We're getting to that time of year where we're on our way up there for a month, and that will forever be 'going home.' "


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After telling Americans for decades how they should vote (democ"rat") Peter Jennings can now participate in an election as a voter.
1 posted on 07/08/2003 7:01:01 AM PDT by BluH2o
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2 posted on 07/08/2003 7:02:04 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: BluH2o
ABC News anchor Peter Jennings has become an American citizen.

... and lowered the IQ of BOTH countries...

3 posted on 07/08/2003 7:02:57 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: BluH2o


He ain't American.....He's Canadian thru and thru and I wish he'd go back home.
4 posted on 07/08/2003 7:02:57 AM PDT by SouthernFreebird
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To: BluH2o
His ratings must be suffering and he thinks this will help.
5 posted on 07/08/2003 7:03:11 AM PDT by lady lawyer
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To: BluH2o
He thought it over for a decade? Why am I not impressed with his decision?
6 posted on 07/08/2003 7:03:11 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: BluH2o
Petah: "My mom was very, very, very deeply Canadian, and to some extent quite anti-American."

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!

7 posted on 07/08/2003 7:03:30 AM PDT by Constitution Day (My mind is aglow with whirling,transient nodes of thought careening thru a cosmic vapor of invention)
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To: BluH2o
The only question that springs to my mind is 'Why?'
8 posted on 07/08/2003 7:04:58 AM PDT by Steel Wolf (The slow blade penetrates the shield.)
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To: BluH2o
Pleased to see it.

Now we have an answer when the Yanks as us to take him back.

9 posted on 07/08/2003 7:05:55 AM PDT by Clive
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To: BluH2o
Peter Jennings can now participate in an election as a voter.

He can also donate to the Democrats, above board for a change.

10 posted on 07/08/2003 7:06:08 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: Steel Wolf
Maybe he was afraid he would get deported soon for being an enemy alien, so he did this just to be safe.
11 posted on 07/08/2003 7:06:34 AM PDT by dogbyte12
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To: BluH2o
Peter Jennings takes up U.S. citizenship

This is good news. Now, we can legally charge Peter with Treason!

12 posted on 07/08/2003 7:07:02 AM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: SouthernFreebird
He's Canadian thru and thru and I wish he'd go back home.

He's retaining his Canadian citizenship ...

13 posted on 07/08/2003 7:07:16 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: BluH2o
I've always made clear my love for America

Stop trying to make monkeys come flying out of my butt, eh?

14 posted on 07/08/2003 7:08:19 AM PDT by VoiceOfBruck (I know everything.)
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To: BluH2o
Mr. Jennings, who turns 65 later this month,

Iguess he wants his SS payments.

15 posted on 07/08/2003 7:11:21 AM PDT by 1Old Pro (The Dems are self-destructing before our eyes, How Great is That !)
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To: SouthernFreebird
I am amazed that he didn't apply to The Peoples Republic of China for citizenship. That would better suit his political philosopy!
16 posted on 07/08/2003 7:12:17 AM PDT by albee
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To: BluH2o
It won't work, Pete. I am still not watching.
17 posted on 07/08/2003 7:14:51 AM PDT by lawgirl (God's divine and all-knowing punishment for the Clintons: America loves George W. Bush)
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To: BluH2o
So there is no restriction on granting citizenship to anti-American subversives, eh?
18 posted on 07/08/2003 7:15:07 AM PDT by etcetera
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To: BluH2o
GREAT! Now we can have him tried for sedition!
19 posted on 07/08/2003 7:15:53 AM PDT by Vinnie_Vidi_Vici
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To: BluH2o
Is this now a national holiday?
20 posted on 07/08/2003 7:19:26 AM PDT by Lost Highway
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To: BluH2o
What America needs, another stupid voter for Clintons.
21 posted on 07/08/2003 7:20:03 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Here's to Hillary's book sinking like the Clinton 2000 economy)
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To: lawgirl
It won't work, Pete. I am still not watching.

I watch ... just to get the liberal dribble for the day ... then switch back to FOX.

22 posted on 07/08/2003 7:20:57 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: BluH2o
Jennings must be preparing his Estate and Trust Funds in preparation for retirement. Paying Canadian taxes will not allow him the leeway he will need to be an international "Playa" ala Clinton.

Also Canada will never allow his ego a wide enough area of operation and influence. He will need to party and hold court in Europe where the real America Thrashers hang, funded in part by his Postmodern Liberal buddies from Amnesty International, Greenpeace and a host of other middlemen who transfer our media/entertainment dollars into Left Wing activities.

23 posted on 07/08/2003 7:32:15 AM PDT by Helms
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To: BluH2o
Jennings isn't qualified to be naturalized... New citizens have to take an oath to support the Constitution, which he considers contrary to his journalistic responsibilities (i.e., destroying the Constitution).
24 posted on 07/08/2003 7:33:44 AM PDT by Sloth ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" -- Jacobim Mugatu, 'Zoolander')
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To: BluH2o
The Toronto-born journalist, who was raised in Ottawa and still retreats from fame every summer to a farm in the nearby Gatineau Hills, said yesterday the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. and his recent travels throughout the country have made him feel "much more connected to the Founding Fathers' dreams and ideas for the future."

Hogwash! This is more of a political move than a patriotic one.

25 posted on 07/08/2003 7:36:22 AM PDT by al_c
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To: Helms
I agree with you.
26 posted on 07/08/2003 7:43:46 AM PDT by Judith Anne (Lead me not into tempation....I can find it by myself....)
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To: Helms
"Jennings must be preparing his Estate and Trust Funds in preparation for retirement. Paying Canadian taxes will not allow him the leeway he will need to be an international "Playa" ala Clinton."

I'm surprised that it took 23 responses to this story to get to the root of the matter. The MAIN reason Jennings took US citizenship is for TAX purposes. His financial guys have been telling him - "Peteh, sooner or later, you're going to have to become a US citizen or you're going to lose up to half of 'all this.'" - "all this" meaning all the goodies and accounting gimmicks that have preserved and grown his assets. The accounting behind his compensation is predicated on US laws and only as they applies to US citizens. A lot of it is deferred compensation - money he is technically owed for services in one year but actually paid in another. A lot of deferred comp gets put in investment instruments in an account the payer holds and reserves for the payee - but the payee doesn't pay tacks on it until it is actually paid...and that moment is fast approaching.

He timed his citizenship so he could get paid without penalty of the Canadian Tacks system taking half of it.

Michael

27 posted on 07/08/2003 7:46:11 AM PDT by Wright is right! (Have a profitable day!)
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To: 1Old Pro
BINGO.....he'll be eligible for social security soon, and wants it. (We have friends from Canada who've done the same thing. And, with their dual citizenship, I believe they could get a lot of benefits from Canada, too.)
28 posted on 07/08/2003 7:46:51 AM PDT by goodnesswins (If you're not learning......you're not living.)
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To: 1Old Pro
While I don't much care for the windbag, I have to say he looks pretty good for his age. I would not have figured 65, IMHO.
29 posted on 07/08/2003 8:03:39 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: BluH2o
He'll probably choke when it comes to taking the oath to support and defend the Constitution.
30 posted on 07/08/2003 8:12:29 AM PDT by wildbill
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To: BluH2o
Toby Keith said "Peter Jennings ain't he Canadian it's our fourth of July what would he know about it ! "
32 posted on 07/08/2003 8:20:30 AM PDT by Newbomb Turk (Live from the ladies room here at Tubbys DriveIn.)
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To: BluH2o
He did this to boost his value at the next contract negotiation. Not the only factor but one of them.
33 posted on 07/08/2003 8:31:59 AM PDT by dennisw (G-d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: BluH2o
Send that bipedal butthole back to Al Qanada. The "Prince of PC" is not wanted here. Let him go back to the arms of Hanan(shudder!) Ashrawi!
34 posted on 07/08/2003 8:45:47 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: Frank_Discussion
I have to say he looks pretty good for his age. I would not have figured 65 ...

He appears to have lost some weight recently, however, I'm sure a make-up session is part of his routine prior to going on the air. Hell, if they can make Hildabeast look good, they can do it for anyone.

35 posted on 07/08/2003 10:23:47 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: wildbill
"He'll probably choke when it comes to taking the oath to support and defend the Constitution"

Not at all.
He will simply lie, as do most leftists in office - whose ultimate goal is to destroy the Constitution...

Need I name the bastards that have recently proved my point?
INCLUDING Presidents, Senators, Congresscritters, Govenors and Supreme Court Justices?

Semper Fi

36 posted on 07/08/2003 10:58:39 AM PDT by river rat (War works......It brings Peace... Give war a chance to destroy Jihadists...)
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To: BluH2o
American?

Hell Peter Jennings couldn't become an American with a piece of paper...
It would require a new brain and some testicles...

I will NEVER forgive him for a position he took once.
That he would NOT warn an American patrol to avoid ambush by a NVA group he was with as a Journalist...
He stated: "As a journalist, I should do nothing to alter the story I am there to cover"....or words to that effect.

A POX on his leftist ass....

Semper Fi

37 posted on 07/08/2003 11:04:39 AM PDT by river rat (War works......It brings Peace... Give war a chance to destroy Jihadists...)
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To: BluH2o
Jennings just figured this out after Spet. 11?
38 posted on 07/08/2003 11:06:17 AM PDT by ewing
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To: 1Old Pro
To: BOBTHENAILER

Free Republic is show prep for the "world" Many a time I have seen Rush take the same topic as previously discussed on "hot" FreeRepublic threads.

Me too, many times he reads responses verbatim. He once read one of my posts word for word, exactly, verbatim.

16 posted on 07/07/2003 10:56 AM PDT by 1Old Pro (The Dems are self-destructing before our eyes, How Great is That !)
39 posted on 07/08/2003 11:08:31 AM PDT by Helms
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To: BluH2o
(Jennings) said yesterday the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. and his recent travels throughout the country have made him feel "much more connected to the Founding Fathers' dreams and ideas for the future."

Is this from The Onion?

40 posted on 07/08/2003 11:08:31 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: BluH2o
I hope to have my citizenship before the next election - so I will cancel out his vote!
41 posted on 07/08/2003 11:24:44 AM PDT by Churchillspirit
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To: BluH2o
After telling Americans for decades how they should vote (democ"rat") Peter Jennings can now participate in an election as a voter.

I hope that is the extent of it. Maybe he wants to run for public office.

42 posted on 07/08/2003 11:30:37 AM PDT by ko_kyi
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To: BluH2o
He's retaining his Canadian citizenship ...

I don't think that America supports much dual citizenship.

I tried to find details explaining it on a government site but could not (quickly). Here is a website that went into it. If Petah had been born in Canada to American parents (and raised in America) then he might have qualified. I beleive that our loyalty oath prohibits dual alligence.

Dual Citizenship FAQ: Dual Nationality and United States Law

Countries usually frame their citizenship laws with little or no regard for the citizenship laws of other countries. In my son's case, for instance, the US does not care that Canada thinks he is a Canadian citizen, and Canada does not care that the US thinks he is a US citizen. Sometimes a country may seek to restrict dual citizenship by requiring one of its citizens born with some other citizenship to renounce (give up) the other citizenship upon reaching adulthood. Newly naturalized citizens may similarly be required to renounce their previous citizenship(s); the US has such a requirement, for example, but Canada does not. In some cases, a country will automatically revoke the citizenship of one of its citizens who acquires another country's citizenship by naturalization, even if no explicit renunciation was involved.

Where one country requires a citizen to renounce the citizenship of another country, this renunciation may or may not be recognized by the other country. This can sometimes lead to sticky legal situations. Also, countries which require such renunciations differ in how seriously they treat this requirement. In some cases (such as Singapore), an applicant for naturalization may be required by his new country to go to an embassy or consulate of his old country and renounce his old citizenship in a manner prescribed by his old country's laws. Other countries (such as the US in recent years) may treat their own naturalization oaths' renunciatory language as essentially meaningless and take no steps to enforce it at all.


43 posted on 07/08/2003 11:45:56 AM PDT by weegee
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To: Helms
At least it shows that we are not mind numbed robots if the "master" is taking bits from us.

Rush reportedly gave FR a plug yesterday in reference to the moron.org online activism and poll that put Howard Dean on top.

I think that one thread even said he had a hot link on his website to Free Republic in his writeup about conservative activism on the web.

44 posted on 07/08/2003 11:52:00 AM PDT by weegee
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To: weegee
I don't think that America supports much dual citizenship.

A former Canadian I became a US citizen in 1974. At that time you could not carry dual citizenship. Don't recall the specifics but in order to have US citizenship you had to give up your claim to your original citizenship.

45 posted on 07/08/2003 11:57:04 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: BluH2o
bump
46 posted on 07/08/2003 12:07:07 PM PDT by foreverfree
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To: Sloth; wildbill; river rat; weegee

The Oath of Citizenship

I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God. In acknowledgement whereof I have hereunto affixed my signature.

Cordially,

47 posted on 07/08/2003 12:11:48 PM PDT by Diamond (Husband of wife over 40)
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To: BluH2o
HILLARY running for Pres/2004 =

Friend of HILLARY ..TOM BROKAW.. holds off retiring till after the 2004 Election

Friend of HILLARY ..PETER JENNINGS.. suddenly becomes an American Citizen prior the the 2004 Election

Propaganda is as Propaganda does..?
48 posted on 07/08/2003 12:21:52 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.comw)
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To: BluH2o
"Mr. Jennings, who will retain his Canadian citizenship, quickly added: "That does not for a second, as any smart American will tell you, mean you have to renounce your roots."

This should never be allowed. One or the other, we don't need no steeekin dual loyalties.

49 posted on 07/08/2003 12:25:26 PM PDT by Protagoras (Putting government in charge of morality is like putting pedophiles in charge of children.)
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To: Steel Wolf
Answer: One more communist vote against all conservative candidates.
50 posted on 07/08/2003 12:29:46 PM PDT by AMNZ
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