Barack Obama, President Obama — November 3, 2012 at 7:44 am

President Obama’s Weekly Address: Being there for the victims of Sandy


Here’s President Obama’s Weekly Address. As his opponent runs around the country, cheering for bad economic news for the USA and painting our government as reckless and oppressive, President Obama makes the very strong case for government’s role in society and our lives. I particularly loved this line:

This week, we have been humbled by nature’s destructive power. But we’ve been inspired as well. For when the storm was darkest, the heroism of our fellow citizens shone brightest.

The nurses and doctors at NYU Medical Center who evacuated fragile newborns, carrying some down several flights of stairs.

The firefighters in Queens who battled an inferno from flooded streets, and rescued people from an apartment building by boat.

The Coast Guard crews from North Carolina who saved a sinking ship in stormy seas – and their rescue swimmer who, when he reached those in need, said, “I’m Dan, and I hear you guys need a ride.”

That’s who we are. We’re Americans. When times are tough, we’re tougher. We put others first. We go that extra mile. We open our hearts and our homes to one another, as one American family. We recover, we rebuild, we come back stronger – and together we will do that once more. Thanks, God bless you, and God bless America.

We care about each other and we’re better together. It’s a pretty simple message and it’s one he’s had from the very start, going all the way back to 2004.