With the election just weeks away, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the incredible day we’ve all been living through.
It’s not that we didn’t have fun in 2017.
We had fun.
But in doing so, we were also living through a time of great upheaval.
A time when we all knew what was coming.
A moment when we knew that the country was on the brink of a major, dark moment.
A turning point in our history.
And we all felt that there was a responsibility we owed to each other to come together to make sure we didn´t fall into the trap of complacency.
There were a lot of emotions that were being felt throughout the year.
The sense of urgency that was felt by people across the country.
The uncertainty that was being felt by businesses.
And the sense of vulnerability felt by millions of Americans across the nation.
And as we came together as a country, we felt the need to find ways to share that energy.
The response to the day, and to the event, was overwhelming.
Many of us who worked together for many years, the many of our best friends, our fellow workers, were also inspired by the outpouring of support we received.
And many of you are going to be very disappointed if you didn’t take the opportunity to join us.
And for that, I’m sorry.
This event is not for you.
It is not the way you should feel.
It won´t make you feel better.
And you will be asked to leave.
You will have to take it from here.
But it is a chance for you to reflect.
A chance to reflect with your loved ones, and for you and your friends and family to reflect and understand the challenges that exist in this country.
And to make the best of it.
So please, come join us on this historic day.
To be in this moment is a gift.
And, if you can take one minute to do that, thank you.
You are truly a blessing to our country and the world.
And this is the day that the United States is finally ready to celebrate our freedom.
We will not be silenced.
And it will not end until we have our democracy back.
This moment is not about you.
This is about the future of this country and what is possible together.
And on that day, I want to tell you that we will come together as one.
That this is not a time to be afraid.
That we are not going to let the dark clouds of division, division and division cloud our dreams, our hopes and our dreams of a better future.
That in fact, our dreams are stronger today than they were the day before, because this is a moment of hope.
And a moment for hope.
We are on the road to victory.
This day is a celebration.
It´s a day to remember.
It has a purpose.
And I know that we are all going to do everything in our power to make this happen.
But I also know that this moment has never been about us.
It will never be about us if we allow it to be.
I know you are all in this together.
We have all come together because this country is in peril.
It needs you.
And all of us, in the most important way, need you.
As the first black president of the United State, I know what it is like to stand up to an oppressive regime.
To stand up for a marginalized group.
To fight for what is right.
And because we have been standing up for that truth and standing up, we are stronger than we ever have been.
And so, I will do everything that I can to ensure that our future generations know that you were not forgotten, but that you will always be heard, and that you are always welcome.
You were never forgotten.
And now, we can turn this historic moment into a day that will be remembered.
Because we can.
Because together, we will bring together this nation to stand in solidarity and together to fight for our common humanity and for the values that unite us all.