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President Obama's closing remarks at the Al Smith Dinner in NYC, October 18, 2012

I couldn't be more honored to be here this evening. I'm honored to be here with leaders of both the private and public sectors, and particularly the extraordinary work that's done by the Catholic Church. You know it's written in scripture that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance character, and character hope. This country's fought through some very tough years together. And while we still have a lot of work ahead, we've come as far as we have mainly because of the perseverance and character of ordinary Americans. It says something about who we are as a people that in the middle of an election season, opposing candidates can share the same stage, and that people from both parties can come together to support a worthy cause.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

First Inaugural Address, President Barack Obama



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