A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good.
One thing is clear to me: We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves.
Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.
What the people want is very simple - they want an America as good as its promise.
More is required of public officials than slogans and handshakes and press releases. More is required. We must hold ourselves strictly accountable. We must provide the people with a vision of the future.
We are a people in a quandary about the present. We are a people in search of our future. We are a people in search of a national community.
Let each person do his or her part. If one citizen is unwilling to participate, all of us are going to suffer. For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us, is realized in each one of us.
There is no executive order; there is no law that can require the American people to form a national community. This we must do as individuals and if we do it as individuals, there is no President of the United States who can veto that decision.
There is no obstacle in the path of young people who are poor or members of minority groups that hard work and preparation cannot cure.