Common Ground for an Inclusive America

I always smile at the line, “Democracy is not a spectator sport.” Democracy isn’t easy as President Barack Obama reminded us in his farewell remarks. Participating in preserving and strengthening our democracy requires work, hard work–from each of us. I want to remember and return to his words to “be vigilant but not afraid,” to “share a proud title–citizen,” “to show up and dive in.” It has been inspiring to have a President who is an avid reader, who knows bookjoy.

Together, diverse as we are, all of us who want an inclusive America can find common ground for the common good. I am so grateful to Barack Obama and his family for their personal sacrifice and their fine example. Onward together.

Pat
ARLINGTON, VA - DECEMBER 17: U.S. President Barack Obama reads a book to second graders at Long Branch Elementary School December 17, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama is expected to sign the compromise $858 billion tax legislation later in the day. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)


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