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This President’s Day, let us remember that as a nation, we’ve persisted through many dark periods in history and emerged stronger. We must believe today is no different. Let’s reflect on the words of past Presidents that have inspired us to hold together, shape alliances, and never waver from our commitment to establishing peace and equality.

01 | “The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do, at all, or cannot, so well do, for themselves – in their separate, and individual capacities.” – Abraham Lincoln

02 | “It is time for a new generation of leadership to cope with new problems and new opportunities. For there is a new world to be won.” – John F. Kennedy

03 | “We can gain no lasting peace if we approach it with suspicion and mistrust or with fear. We can gain it only if we proceed with the understanding, the confidence, and the courage which flow from conviction.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

04 | “Why would anyone want to be President today? The answer is not one of glory, or fame; today the burdens of the office outweigh its privileges. It’s not because the Presidency offers a chance to be somebody, but because it offers a chance to do something.” – Richard Nixon

05 | “We must act on what we know. I take as my guide the hope of a saint: In crucial things, unity; in important things, diversity; in all things, generosity.” – George H.W. Bush

06 | “Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.” – Jimmy Carter

07 | “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” – Bill Clinton

08 | “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson

09 | “In this springtime of hope, some lights seem eternal; America’s is.” – Ronald Reagan

10 | “I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written: Yes We Can. Yes We Did.” – Barack Obama

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