The White House – Press Office – Remarks of President Barack Obama — Address to Joint Session of Congress

From President Obama’s speech to the joint session of Congress (or as twitter called it, the “not State of the Union” #nSOTU):

To overcome extremism, we must also be vigilant in upholding the values our troops defend – because there is no force in the world more powerful than the example of America.  …

In words and deeds, we are showing the world that a new era of engagement has begun.  For we know that America cannot meet the threats of this century alone, but the world cannot meet them without America.  We cannot shun the negotiating table, nor ignore the foes or forces that could do us harm.  We are instead called to move forward with the sense of confidence and candor that serious times demand.  …

But in my life, I have also learned that hope is found in unlikely places; that inspiration often comes not from those with the most power or celebrity, but from the dreams and aspirations of Americans who are anything but ordinary.

I was hoping (and still am) that action for peace in Darfur could be an example of that “example of America” – the “new era of engagement”.  It just seems like it will take a little more pushing.

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About Martha Heinemann Bixby

Advocacy. Politics. Life. Martha Heinemann Bixby.
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