The President of the Republic of Palau said on the Must Read Alaska Show that he was a great admirer of Congressman Don Young of Alaska. Young died on March 18, and the two had spent time together in October of 2021.
President Surangel S. Whipps Jr., speaking with Must Read Alaska Show host John Quick, said he loves America, appreciates having a U.S. military base in his country, worries about young people leaving Palau for college and never returning to the island nation. He said that rising ocean levels are a big concern, as was the disappearance of jellyfish at the world-famous Jellyfish Lake, which appears to be a cyclical occurrence.
President Whipps joined the show on Thursday, saying that he recognizes the Must Read Alaska Show has fans across the world and his staff decided it would be a worthwhile use of his time.
He met Congressman Young on other occasions, but last year on Oct. 21, President Whipps had meetings with Young and the Pacific Islands Caucus, which Congressman Young chaired until his death. “It was my great honor to welcome Surangel Whipps, Jr, President of Palau, to the Capitol. In the years ahead, I look forward to working w/ him & my Caucus colleagues on issues ranging from trade to national security and econ growth,” Young wrote of the meeting.”
Located in the Western Pacific Ocean, Palau is an archipelago of islands that form a nation to the east of the Philippines. It shares maritime borders with the Philippines, Indonesia, and the Federated States of Micronesia.
The episode with President Whipps can be found at several podcast providers, including Amazon, iTunes, Pandora, GooglePlay, and YouTube.
Must Read Alaska Show is in the top .5% and in the top 200 on iTunes in three countries. John Quick predicted that Palau will likely join that list.