Thursday, 24 November 2016

Outgoing President Obama thanks Americans on Thanksgiving day.

President Barack Obama made use of  the Thanksgiving day to thank Americans for their trust and support during the eight years of his presidency.

Here are his words

“On this Thanksgiving, I want to express my sincere gratitude to
the American people for the trust that you’ve placed in me over
these last eight years and the incredible kindness that you’ve
shown my family.

“On behalf of Michelle, and my mother-in-law, and our girls, we
want to thank you so very, very much,” this he said at the event to
kick-start the National Thanksgiving Day.

The President also listed some of his achievements in office as president.

“Of course, we have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Six
straight years of job creation – the longest streak ever; low
unemployment; wages are rising again.

“Inequality is narrowing. The housing market is healing. The stock
market has nearly tripled. Our high school graduation rate is at an
all-time high.

“Our uninsured rate is at an all-time low, thanks to the 20 million
more Americans, including millions of children, who finally know
the security of health insurance.

“Proud families across the country are finally complete now that
marriage equality is the law of the land.

“And there are many families of service members who had empty
chairs at the table in recent years but who on this Thanksgiving
can celebrate with our brave troops and veterans who we’ve
welcomed home.”

The outgoing president emphasized that Americans, in spite of their
diversity, are stronger.

“We are a people that look out for one another and get each
other’s backs. We keep moving forward, defined by values and
ideals that have been a light to all humanity.

“We have to see ourselves in each other because we’ve all got
families we love, and we all have hopes for their better future.
“We lose sight of that sometimes, and Thanksgiving is a good time
for us to remember that. We have a lot more in common than
divides us.”

He called on all Americans to use the day to reach out to the less-
privileged, saying no one should lack something to eat on the day.

“The holidays are also a time when it’s even more important to
reach out to those who need a helping hand.

“I believe we’re judged by how we care for the poor and the
vulnerable, the sick and the elderly, the immigrant, the refugee,
everybody who’s trying to get a second chance.

“I believe that in order to truly live up to those ideals, we have to
continually fight discrimination in all its forms and always show
the world that America is a generous and giving country.

“We should also make sure everyone has something to eat on
Thanksgiving,” Obama said.

Thanksgiving is a public holiday celebrated in the U.S. on the last
Thursday in November.

So today, I say a blissful thanksgiving day my US readers.

Enjoy your turkey day.

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