We came to Old Orchard Beach, Maine today for our last stop of our current Coast-to-Coast Tour spanning some 8,000 miles. We had come here to learn about a $4 million pilot project to harness clean, renewable energy from ocean waves. While here in this vaction spot, we also did a whistle-stop event on a corner that sees the foot traffic of people from all over the country (helps us cut down on the need for all the million dollar national TV ads). Toward the end of the event, we met Fred Ptucha from Santa Rosa, California. He provided Naval Intelligence for “Swift Boats” (including the one presidential candidate John Kerry was on) during the Vietnam War. Ptucha is now a member of Veterans for Peace and is recently back from a trip to Vietnam — where he and other veterans were helping build homes for families who became homeless after the war. I told local reporter Liz Gold that our adminstration would promote a U.S. Department of Peace that would include just such an initiative, and more. Note: This week marked the successful coast-to-coast bicycle trip of John Paquet from nearby Wells, Maine. The Coast Star newspaper here said Paquet left San Francisco June 6 and “dipped the front tire of his bicycle in the Atlantic Tuesday…” In that tradition, but not being able to get the “average Joe” Mobile over the beach to the water (it doesn’t have four wheel drive); we instead dipped our feet in the Atlantic. And while we were there, and because we have kids who wouldn’t have had it otherwise, we also swam in the Atlantic to mark the end of the tour.