Obama’s Thanksgiving Message: ‘It’s Not About Left or Right. It’s About Us’ (Video)
November 25, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—On this day when we give thanks for our many blessings, President Obama reminds us that despite our differences, we are one people living together under one nation who must reject partisan hatred to overcome our problems together. “We come together and do what’s required to make tomorrow better than today. That’s who we are,” said Obama in his Thanksgiving weekly address, echoing themes from his, now iconic, 2004 Democratic National Convention speech, in which he drew inspiration from the Latin phrase, “E pluribus unum: Out of many, one,” the motto inscribed on our nation’s official seal. Obama also honored our generosity as a people, pointing out the “distinctly American impulse to give something of ourselves.” And he remembered our men and women in uniform who are far away from their families today serving their country.
While Thanksgiving is a time of thanks, it’s also a time to take stock of our strengths as a nation.
“This is also a holiday that captures that distinctly American impulse to give something of ourselves. Even as we speak, there are countless Americans serving at soup kitchens and food pantries; contributing to their communities; and standing guard around the world.”
“And in a larger sense, that’s emblematic of what Americans have always done. We come together and do what’s required to make tomorrow better than today. That’s who we are.”
Obama noted that although America is a young nation, we have persevered to become a beacon of Democracy and innovation in the world.
“Against tough odds, we are a people who endure – who explored and settled a vast and untamed continent; who built a powerful economy and stood against tyranny in all its forms; who marched and fought for equality, and connected a globe with our own science and imagination.”
Despite the rabid partisanship dividing our nation, the President still has hope we can overcome hate and mistrust to solve our economic problems. He holds out hope, when meeting with Republican leaders next week, that some common ground can be found.
Sigh, that’s a nice holiday sentiment, but Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made it clear that his Party’s goals are not to make American a better place. The Republican Party’s main priority is to destroy the Obama presidency at any cost.
“But we won’t do it as any one political party. We’ve got to do it as one people. And in the coming weeks and months, I hope that we can work together, Democrats and Republicans and Independents alike, to make progress on these and other issues.”
“That’s why, next week, I’ve invited the leadership of both parties to the White House for a real and honest discussion – because I believe that if we stop talking at one another, and start talking with one another, we can get a lot done.”
“For what we are called to do again today isn’t about Democrats or Republicans. It’s not about left or right. It’s about us. It’s about what we know this country is capable of. It’s about what we want America to be in this new century.”
Obama invokes the pioneer spirit of the first settlers, as inspiration for our country coming together, once again, to build a thriving nation for the future.
“That’s who we are. We shape our own destiny with conviction, compassion, and clear and common purpose. We honor our past and press forward with the knowledge that tomorrow will be better than today. We are Americans. That’s the vision we won’t lose sight of. That’s the legacy that falls to our generation. That’s the challenge that together, we are going to meet.”
Will next Thanksgiving be better for the majority of Americans now out of work and about to lose their homes? If our leaders help us to aim high, and our lawmakers work together to solve our problems, based on reason and rational thought, rather than a blind allegiance to partisan ideology, sure. But we have to find a way to block out the constant stream of hate and bigotry spewed out by Fox News and right-wing talk radio.
Meanwhile, let’s revisit a memorable passage from then-Sen. Barack Obama’s 2004 convention speech:
“Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us — the spin masters, the negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of “anything goes.” Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America — there’s the United States of America.”
Those words still resonate. And there is nothing holding us back from achieving such a future, except ourselves.
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