I've never been able to resist story time with my grandchildren, charlotte and aidan. that's why i was inspired to release my new children's book, "it takes a village." i hope you share it with the kids in your life, and enjoy it as much as we have! learn more at the link in my profile.
"i often quote marian when she says that service is the rent we pay for living. well, you don’t get to stop paying rent just because things don’t go your way. i know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election. i am too, more than i can ever express. but as i said last week, our campaign was never about one person or even one election. it was about the country we love and about building an america that is hopeful, inclusive, and bighearted." —hillary with children’s defense fund founder marian wright edelman
"when hillary was young, her mom taught her the methodist creed: do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as you ever can. that’s her north star. that’s what guides her. she believes in that. she believes we can summon what’s best in each of us and make this country better for all of us.
that’s what america is about. we are a country like no other not because of the size of our skyscrapers or the power of our armies, but because we are a place founded for the sake of an idea. 'we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights.' we don’t have to be born into wealth or privilege in this country. we don’t have to practice a certain faith. we don’t have to have a certain last name. we just have to be willing to contribute. we just have to be willing to put our shoulder to the wheel of history, and we can be a part of this community that we call america.
that’s what drove patriots to choose revolution over tyranny. that’s what led gis to liberate a continent. that’s what gave women the courage to reach for the ballot. that’s what gave marchers the courage to cross a bridge in selma. that’s what allowed workers to organize for collective bargaining and better wages. that’s what made america exceptional. that’s what makes america great.
in other words, america depends on you—you, all of you. america has never been about what one person says he’ll do for us. i didn’t say 'yes, i can.' i said, 'yes, we can.' it’s about what can be achieved by us, each of us, together, through that hard, slow, and, yes, sometimes frustrating work of self-government. that means all of us." —president obama
"the good news is, all of you are uniquely qualified to make sure this guy who is uniquely unqualified does not become president. you just got to vote. you just got to vote. and the nice thing is, you don’t just have to vote against that guy because you’ve got a candidate who is actually worthy of your vote—who is smart, and who is steady, and who is tested, is probably the most qualified person ever to run for this office, and that is the next president of the united states, hillary clinton.
hillary, she just works through whatever is in front of her. she’s got grit and she’s got resilience. and if she gets knocked down, she just comes back up and she goes back at it. and she knows, most importantly, what the decisions that a president makes means to you.
this isn’t abstract stuff we’re talking about here. if you’re a student, whether you get a pell grant or were able to make sure that you don’t have a mountain of debt when you get out of school, that depends on decisions that are made in part by the president. if you’re a soldier, whether you get deployed to some far-off land, that is up to the commander-in-chief. if you’re a young person who was brought to this country as a child, has grown up as an american but maybe doesn’t have the papers and now you’re trying to figure out how you can contribute to this country you call home, that is something the president has influence over. veterans, seniors, a single mom who needs some help with child care—that’s what these decisions are about. and hillary understands that, and she knows those folks need a champion.
and she’s actually got plans to help. she’s actually got plans. the other guy is not a big plan guy. she’s got plans. she can show you how she’s going to make sure more people have early childhood education. she’s going to show how young people can have more affordable college education. and while she’s executing those plans, she’s also going to respect working americans and the values we care about." —president obama