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Obama:Give Thanks For Those Who Serve This Thanksgiving

Obama:Give Thanks For Those Who Serve This Thanksgiving


From my family to yours, I’d like to wish
you a happy Thanksgiving. Like millions of Americans, Michelle, Malia, Sasha and I will
spend the day eating great food, watching a little football, and reflecting on how truly
lucky we truly are. As Americans, each of us has our own list
of things and people to be thankful for.  But there are some blessings we all share.
We’re especially grateful for the men and women who defend our country overseas. To
all the service members eating Thanksgiving dinner far from your families: the American
people are thinking of you today.  And when you come home, we intend to make sure that
we serve you as well as you’re serving America.  We’re also grateful for the Americans who
are taking time out of their holiday to serve in soup kitchens and shelters, making sure
their neighbors have a hot meal and a place to stay. This sense of mutual responsibility
– the idea that I am my brother’s keeper; that I am my sister’s keeper – has always
been a part of what makes our country special. And it’s one of the reasons the Thanksgiving
tradition has endured. The very first Thanksgiving was a celebration
of community during a time of great hardship, and we have followed that example ever since.
Even when the fate of our union was far from certain – during a Civil War, two World
Wars, a Great Depression – Americans drew strength from each other. They had faith that
tomorrow would be better than today.   We’re grateful that they did. As we gather
around the table, we pause to remember the pilgrims, pioneers, and patriots who helped
make this country what it is. They faced impossible odds, and yet somehow, they persevered. Today,
it’s our turn. I know that for many of you, this Thanksgiving
is more difficult than most. But no matter how tough things are right now, we still give
thanks for that most American of blessings, the chance to determine our own destiny. The
problems we face didn’t develop overnight, and we won’t solve them overnight. But we
will solve them. All it takes is for each of us to do our part.  
With all the partisanship and gridlock here in Washington, it’s easy to wonder if such
unity is really possible. But think about what’s happening at this very moment: Americans
from all walks of life are coming together as one people, grateful for the blessings
of family, community, and country. If we keep that spirit alive, if we support
each other, and look out for each other, and remember that we’re all in this together,
then I know that we too will overcome the challenges of our time.
So today, I’m thankful to serve as your President and Commander-and-Chief. I’m thankful
that my daughters get to grow up in this great country of ours. And I’m thankful for the
chance to do my part, as together, we make tomorrow better than today. 
Thanks, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Reader Comments

  1. I like how America is up in arms on how Obama didn't thank god for Thanksgiving. In case you guys didn't know, not every single American believes in god, and slandering your president by slandering another religion and then associating him with that religion is not only stupid, but it makes the rest of the world look down on your country.

  2. your teleprompter forgot to mention God. I suppose WE should be grateful he wasn't thanking allah. Sheesh. 2012andyouGTFO:)

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