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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-24-08 02:09 PM
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Obama holiday radio address remembers troops, unemployed (full text)
Source: CNN

President-elect Barack Obama's holiday radio address pays tribute to troops serving overseas, and to those struggling amid the nation's economic woes....

Full text: Remarks of President-Elect Barack Obama
Holiday Radio Address
December 24, 2008

Good morning. This week, Americans are gathering with family and friends across the country to celebrate the blessings of Christmas and the holiday season.

As we celebrate this joyous time of year, our thoughts turn to the brave men and women who serve our country far from home. Their extraordinary and selfless sacrifice is an inspiration to us all, and part of the unbroken line of heroism that has made our freedom and prosperity possible for over two centuries.

Many troops are serving their second, third, or even fourth tour of duty. And we are reminded that they are more than dedicated Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guard - they are devoted fathers and mothers; husbands and wives; sons and daughters; sisters and brothers.

This holiday season, their families celebrate with a joy that is muted knowing that a loved one is absent, and sometimes in danger. In towns and cities across America, there is an empty seat at the dinner table; in distant bases and on ships at sea, our servicemen and women can only wonder at the look on their child's face as they open a gift back home.

Our troops and military families have won the respect and gratitude of their broader American family. Michelle and I have them in our prayers this Christmas, and we must all continue to offer them our full support in the weeks and months to come. .

These are also tough times for many Americans struggling in our sluggish economy. As we count the higher blessings of faith and family, we know that millions of Americans don't have a job. Many more are struggling to pay the bills or stay in their homes. From students to seniors, the future seems uncertain.

That is why this season of giving should also be a time to renew a sense of common purpose and shared citizenship. Now, more than ever, we must rededicate ourselves to the notion that we share a common destiny as Americans - that I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper. Now, we must all do our part to serve one another; to seek new ideas and new innovation; and to start a new chapter for our great country.

That is the spirit that will guide my Administration in the New Year. If the American people come together and put their shoulder to the wheel of history, then I know that we can put our people back to work and point our country in a new direction. That is how we will see ourselves through this time of crisis, and reach the promise of a brighter day.

After all, that's what Americans have always done.

232 years ago, when America was newly born as a nation, George Washington and his Army faced impossible odds as they struggled to free themselves from the grip of an empire.

It was Christmas Day - December 25th, 1776 - that they fought through ice and cold to make an improbable crossing of the Delaware River. They caught the enemy off guard, won victories in Trenton and Princeton, and gave new momentum to the beleaguered Army and new hope to the cause of Independence.

Many ages have passed since that first American Christmas. We have crossed many rivers as a people. But the lessons that have carried us through are the same lessons that we celebrate every Christmas season - the same lessons that guide us to this very day: that hope endures, and that a new birth of peace is always possible.

Thank you, and have a wonderful New Year.



Read more: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/12/24/obama-r...
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roody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-24-08 02:10 PM
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1. What a pile of imperialist crap.
Edited on Wed Dec-24-08 02:12 PM by roody
I don't think the families are experiencing joy this Xmas. Another reason to hate Christmas; the president-elect feels the need to spew bullshit.
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-24-08 02:11 PM
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2. (facepalm)
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-24-08 02:18 PM
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3. Sorry you're having a bad day.
I'm proud of Obama. I'm proud of us for electing him.

There are some things that must be said. He's out in front of bush this time... where's bush's address?
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roody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-24-08 02:59 PM
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7. I'm having a great day.
I don't need to believe the myths he is repeating. How does he know that all the soldiers are devoted mothers and fathers? There might be one flaky one in there. I guess he didn't hear that soldiers were torturing Iraqis. And when is the last time U.S. soldiers protected our freedom? Or protected us? He got it right about the prosperity. That is what the soldiers are doing, protecting U.S. economic interests. I am very happy to be free of the burden of believing these myths. And are there no atheist, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, etc. soldiers that do not have to get all choked up about Christmas?
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Lost-in-FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-24-08 02:43 PM
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6. Opinions are like ass holes, everyone has one. nt
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Hydra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-24-08 02:36 PM
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4. "If the American people come together and put their shoulder to the wheel of history,"
He most recently told us to stop doing that, since he didn't direct us to do so.

That's ok- my shoulder is still there.
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-24-08 02:40 PM
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5. I will continue to support this man this is not going to be any small feat.
Edited on Wed Dec-24-08 02:41 PM by alyce douglas
just remember the alternative McCain and Palin.
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