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President Obama gave his weekly address two days early, sending a holiday message of thanks from the First Family—and their newest member, Sunny—reminding Americans of all they have to be grateful for: family, friends, early American settlers, Native Americans, the men and women in the country's military.

As a nation, he said, we have much to be thankful for.

We give thanks for the men and women who set sail for this land nearly four centuries ago, risking everything for the chance at a better life – and the people who were already here, our Native American brothers and sisters, for their generosity during that first Thanksgiving.

We give thanks for the generations who followed – people of all races and religions, who arrived here from every country on Earth and worked to build something better for themselves and for us.

We give thanks for all our men and women in uniform – and for their families, who are surely missing them very much today. We’re grateful for their sacrifice too.

We give thanks for the freedoms they defend – the freedom to think what we want and say what we think, to worship according to our own beliefs, to choose our leaders and, yes, criticize them without punishment. People around the world are fighting and even dying for their chance at these freedoms. We stand with them in that struggle, and we give thanks for being free.

Even as he gave thanks for those who volunteer out of compassion to help those in need, in soup kitchens and shelters, in their neighborhoods and everywhere needed, creating what he called "the fabric of our nation," we should not forget those who are hurting:
And we remember that many Americans need that helping hand right now. Americans who’ve lost their jobs and can’t get a new one through no fault of their own. Americans who’ve been trapped in poverty and just need that helping hand to climb out. Citizens whose prayers and hopes move us to act.
He closed with a reminder of what makes this country, and this holiday, so special in the eyes of Americans:
We are a people who are greater together than we are on our own. That’s what today is about. That’s what every day should be about. No matter our differences, we’re all part of one American family. We are each other’s keeper. We are one nation, under God. That core tenet of our American experience has guided us from the earliest days of our founding – and it will guide us to a future that’s even brighter than today.
To read the transcript in full, check below the fold or visit the White House website.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address -- Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hi, everybody. On behalf of all the Obamas – Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Bo, and the newest member of our family, Sunny – I want to wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

We’ll be spending today just like many of you – sitting down with family and friends to eat some good food, tell stories, watch a little football, and most importantly, count our blessings.

And as Americans, we have so much to be thankful for.

We give thanks for the men and women who set sail for this land nearly four centuries ago, risking everything for the chance at a better life – and the people who were already here, our Native American brothers and sisters, for their generosity during that first Thanksgiving.

We give thanks for the generations who followed – people of all races and religions, who arrived here from every country on Earth and worked to build something better for themselves and for us.

We give thanks for all our men and women in uniform – and for their families, who are surely missing them very much today. We’re grateful for their sacrifice too.

We give thanks for the freedoms they defend – the freedom to think what we want and say what we think, to worship according to our own beliefs, to choose our leaders and, yes, criticize them without punishment. People around the world are fighting and even dying for their chance at these freedoms. We stand with them in that struggle, and we give thanks for being free.

And we give thanks to everyone who’s doing their part to make the United States a better, more compassionate nation – who spend their Thanksgiving volunteering at a soup kitchen, or joining a service project, or bringing food and cheer to a lonely neighbor. That big-hearted generosity is a central part of our American character. We believe in lending a hand to folks who need it. We believe in pitching in to solve problems even if they aren’t our problems. And that’s not a one-day-a-year belief. It’s part of the fabric of our nation.

And we remember that many Americans need that helping hand right now. Americans who’ve lost their jobs and can’t get a new one through no fault of their own. Americans who’ve been trapped in poverty and just need that helping hand to climb out. Citizens whose prayers and hopes move us to act.

We are a people who are greater together than we are on our own. That’s what today is about. That’s what every day should be about. No matter our differences, we’re all part of one American family. We are each other’s keeper. We are one nation, under God. That core tenet of our American experience has guided us from the earliest days of our founding – and it will guide us to a future that’s even brighter than today.

Thank you, God bless you, and from my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Thankful for our President (14+ / 0-)

    who has proven more than human with some of his decisions the past few years, many good and a few bad.   A gentleman in every respect.

    From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

    by satrap on Thu Nov 28, 2013 at 08:23:08 AM PST

  •  Thanks Susan & thanks to our President Obama (6+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Thu Nov 28, 2013 at 08:26:40 AM PST

  •  Thank you (5+ / 0-)

    for your vision for our country.

  •  I give thanks the Obamas are in the White House (12+ / 0-)

    setting a great example for the rest of us and I give thanks this wonderful man can ignore the slings and arrows being hurled at him daily, being blamed for a website design and any other ridiculous thing the corporate media can fabricate (Benghazi, anyone?) to denigrate him, blaming him for high gas prices, but never mentioning his name when those same prices fall.  And that's just today.  And still, he fights on daily to get that website fixed so millions of uninsured Americans can finally afford healthcare.  He fights daily for immigration reform and infrastructure investment to keep families together and get more people jobs while improving the roads, bridges, ports and airports that keep this country moving.  I find him simply amazing on so many levels.  Really wish they'd call me when they take those polls.  He'd get top scores from me and mine.

    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Thu Nov 28, 2013 at 08:36:24 AM PST

  •  Thank you, Mr. President. (10+ / 0-)

    Your message is a bit more comforting than that of my county's sheriff:

    Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has planned a particularly economical meal for the roughly 7,500 to 10,000 inmates in his jail system this Thanksgiving.

    The meal comes in at a cost of just 56 cents per inmate, and its main entrée will be 24-cent vegetarian turkey soy casserole. Arpaio tweeted the Thanksgiving menu Wednesday morning.

    “Hope the inmates give thanks for this special meal being served in the jails tomorrow," Arpaio's tweet said.
    The official Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office website features a bio of Arpaio that touts his accomplishments in providing inmates with “the cheapest meals in the U.S.” by feeding inmates “only twice daily, to cut the labor costs of meal delivery." Arpaio has “even stopped serving them salt and pepper” to save taxpayer money, according to the bio.

    ...

    He also announced in March a plan to charge inmates $1 for their meals, according to ABC15.

    "Everybody else has to pay for their food, why should [inmates] get freebies?" Arpaio said in an ABC15 news video.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Thu Nov 28, 2013 at 08:43:05 AM PST

  •  Happy Thanksgiving (5+ / 0-)

    To the Obama family.  

    "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    by SottoVoce on Thu Nov 28, 2013 at 08:49:40 AM PST

  •  Thank you Mr. President. And Happy Thanksgiving (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    shopkeeper, MLP

    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Thu Nov 28, 2013 at 09:01:48 AM PST

  •  Thanks to this president and his family (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Janet 707, Observerinvancouver

     They get nickled and dimed by complaints with/on so many problems by so many people including myself at times, but when one looks to what has been achieved this president has alot of positive accomplishments. Best president in my adult lifetime and I'm 1/2 a century young.  

  •  thanks Mr. President for bringing back WH dignity (1+ / 0-)
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    satrap

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Thu Nov 28, 2013 at 09:02:25 AM PST

  •  Thankful for a President Who Cares (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    satrap, MLP, Wildthumb, Janet 707

    An excellent address that hits the issues.

  •  About those Pilgrims... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Observerinvancouver

    They would be at home with today's far right...

    The Pilgrims were a subgroup of a Puritans of England; radicals from radicals. The name “Puritan” comes from the expression ‘to purify’. They didn’t call themselves Puritans; it was used by others and not in a positive way.  The originally called themselves “Precisians” as they wanted everything in religion precise viz. this is how it should be (translation: things should be OUR WAY). The Puritans thought Queen Elizabeth I had not gone far enough in eliminating all traces of Catholicism from the newly formed Church of England. She had no love for Catholics but she saw these pushy people as just a threat to political stability as the Papists. When they tried to boss her around and/or ‘take over’ she persecuted them as well.  This annoyed the Puritans who saw themselves as ‘real English’ and not at all like Papists. As far as I can tell, The Pilgrims left England for Holland not so much out of persecution but wanting their own way. In Holland they were shocked to find the place too lax in their religious tolerance. Worse, the Dutch didn’t care to be converted to Puritanism.  Finally, their children were taking a liking to Dutch culture. So they scrammed for North America to make their own theological community.

    They were blown off course and landed in New England just in time for bad weather. These genteel idealists had little if any experience with frontier living, so many died off that first winter. Rather than concluding it was all a big mistake, they saw it as God testing them. The next year the survivors gave some sort of thanksgiving service and supper, which no one to this day knows what they ate. It certainly wasn’t turkey and pumpkin pie.

    Eventually other Puritans showed up. They tried to make a “City on the Hill” but this splintered into various Protestant factions. Merchants rather than ministers made the area grow prosperous.

    http://sporeflections.wordpress.com/...

    Obama: self-described Republican; backed up by right-wing policies

    by The Dead Man on Thu Nov 28, 2013 at 09:35:40 AM PST

  •  I'd have been more thankful if (0+ / 0-)

    the President had left the "We are one nation, under God." line to David Barton and the other Christianists who strive to marginalize their fellow citizens who don't follow their religion.

    I expected him to be a bit more inclusive (as he's been in the past) and was surprised when I got to that line.

    •  Pretty sure that (0+ / 0-)

      every transcript of the President's I've read this week on this Website features, at minimum, a "God bless you." This particular speech contained an additional "under God," although the President chose not to beseech God to bless the entire United States of America as he (not He) has done in other speeches this week, including one to wealthy donors in the SF Bay Area.

      What's there to be said, though? As someone pointed out upthread, there's actually hope that constant prayer to a single, clearly Christian deity will mollify the President's opponents. To my mind, it seems more a space-filling phrase, like "umm." Automatic, unnecessary, and meaningless.

  •  Right wing: He forgot to mention God again! (0+ / 0-)

    Of, course, he didn't, he just saved it for the last paragraph, but they'll go apoplectic again anyway.

  •  E Pluribus Unum (0+ / 0-)
    We are one nation, under God. That core tenet of our American experience has guided us from the earliest days of our founding – and it will guide us to a future that’s even brighter than today.
    No Mr President - you have been One Nation Under God since the mid 1950s.

    You used to be From Many One

    and as John Adams so rightly pointed out:

    As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion
    And you know that

    So no thanks for yet again kow towing to those religulous reich goobers

    Its supposed to be turkey on the menu, not porky pies.

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