By Robert H. Tembeckjian
(Editor’s note: The following are the remarks that the author delivered at the Armenian Bar Association Dinner Honoring Public Servants, April 25, 2019, at the Yale Club in New York City, at an event he was being honored, as was Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. He is a frequent critic of President Trump and continuous defender of public servants.)
Your Eminences, members of the Armenian Bar Association, my fellow honoree Rod Rosenstein, ladies and gentlemen:
It is a great pleasure for me to be at an Armenian event, where the names are pronounced as easily as they are spelled, and where “Rosenstein” is harder for people to get right than “Tembeckjian.”
Thank you, Judge Acosta, my esteemed colleague and friend, for your kind introduction. Listening to you, I realize just how old I am. I guess this ceremony demonstrates that if you hang around long enough, you will eventually be recognized for something more than a passing resemblance to Mr. Bean.
I am somewhat bemused, given my line of work, that so many judges are here tonight. Perhaps they think this is a valedictory and they came to celebrate my departure. Sorry. This is not my retirement dinner.