President Barack Obama wished the nation a Happy Thanksgiving in a recent video address, and also called for bipartisan cooperation and action from the community on current issues that are under the national spotlight.
Obama said that his family plans to have a holiday similar to those shared by millions of Americans at this time of year: good food, good family, and good football.
“And just as folks have done in every Thanksgiving since the first, we’ll spend some time taking stock of what we’re thankful for: the God-given bounty of America and the blessings of one another,” Obama said.
The president also asked for Americans to think about those who are less fortunate, and ways in which they can give back during this holiday season. On Wednesday, the Obama family spent an hour handing out Thanksgiving dinner packages to people at Martha’s Table, a local aid organization in Washington, D.C.
He also used his address to highlight a call for political action that involves bipartisan cooperation. According to Obama, this time of urgent need calls for unity and for all individuals to have a shared sentiment towards improving our nation.
“We won’t do it as any one political party,” he said in his address. “We’ve got to do it as one people. And in the coming weeks and months, I hope that we can work together, Democrats and Republicans and independents alike, to make progress on these and other issues.”
According to the president, now is the time to get the job done—together.
“For what we are called to do again today isn’t about Democrats or Republicans,” he said. “It’s not about left or right. It’s about us. It’s about what we know this country is capable of. It’s about what we want America to be in this new century.”