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President Obama's Weekly Radio Address, July 4, 2009

President Obama's Weekly Radio Address, July 4, 2009

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President Obama's Weekly Address, July 4, 2009 with transcript and video link
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Remarks of President Barack ObamaWeekly AddressThe White House July 4, 2009
Hello and Happy Fourth of July, everybody. This weekend is a timeto get together with family and friends, kick back, and enjoy alittle time off. And I hope that’s exactly what all of you do. But Ialso want to take a moment today to reflect on what I believe isthe meaning of this distinctly American holiday.  Today, we are called to remember not only the day our countrywas born – we are also called to remember the indomitable spiritof the first American citizens who made that day possible. We are called to remember how unlikely it was that our Americanexperiment would succeed at all; that a small band of patriotswould declare independence from a powerful empire; and thatthey would form, in the new world, what the old world had neverknown – a government of, by, and for the people.  That unyielding spirit is what defines us as Americans. It is whatled generations of pioneers to blaze a westward trail. It is what led my grandparents’ generation to persevere in theface of a Depression and triumph in the face of tyranny. It is what led generations of American workers to build anindustrial economy unrivalled around the world. It is what has always led us, as a people, not to wilt or cower at adifficult moment, but to face down any trial and rise to anychallenge, understanding that each of us has a hand in writingAmerica’s destiny.  That is the spirit we are called to show once more. We are facingan array of challenges on a scale unseen in our time. We arewaging two wars. We are battling a deep recession. And oureconomy – and our nation itself – are endangered by festering
 
problems we have kicked down the road for far too long: spiralinghealth care costs; inadequate schools; and a dependence onforeign oil. Meeting these extraordinary challenges will require anextraordinary effort on the part of every American. And that is aneffort we cannot defer any longer. Now is the time to lay a new foundation for growth andprosperity. Now is the time to revamp our education system,demand more from teachers, parents, and students alike, andbuild schools that prepare every child in America to outcompeteany worker in the world. Now is the time to reform an unsustainable health care systemthat is imposing crushing costs on families, businesses, large andsmall, and state and federal budgets. We need to protect whatworks, fix what’s broken, and bring down costs for all Americans.No more talk. No more delay. Health care reform must happenthis year. And now is the time to meet our energy challenge – one of thegreatest challenges we have ever confronted as a people or as aplanet. For the sake of our economy and our children, we mustbuild on the historic bill passed by the House of Representatives,and make clean energy the profitable kind of energy so that wecan end our dependence on foreign oil and reclaim America’sfuture.  These are some of the challenges that our generation has beencalled to meet. And yet, there are those who would have us trywhat has already failed; who would defend the status quo. Theyargue that our health care system is fine the way it is and that aclean energy economy can wait. They say we are trying to do toomuch, that we are moving too quickly, and that we all ought to just take a deep breath and scale back our goals.  These naysayers have short memories. They forget that we, as apeople, did not get here by standing pat in a time of change. We

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