Obama’s speech from Afghanistan, standing in front of military vehicles at Bagram Air Base, was fairly predictable.

Yet in this moment of spiking the football, Obama needed to remind us that we are not yet worthy as a nation (emphasis mine):

Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, coast guardsmen and civilians in Afghanistan have done their duty. Now, we must summon that same sense of common purpose. We must give our veterans and military families the support they deserve, and the opportunities they have earned. And we must redouble our efforts to build a nation worthy of their sacrifice.

As we emerge from a decade of conflict abroad and economic crisis at home, it is time to renew America. An America where our children live free from fear, and have the skills to claim their dreams. A united America of grit and resilience, where sunlight glistens off soaring new towers in downtown Manhattan, and we build our future as one people, as one nation.

Like I said, fairly predictable.


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