Dear Mr. President -
Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure.
This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success, so I don't know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years.
First, we've both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune. Not everyone is so lucky. It's up to us to do everything we can (to) build more ladders of success for every child and family that's willing to work hard.
Second, American leadership in this world really is indispensable. It's up to us, through action and example, to sustain the international order that's expanded steadily since the end of the Cold War, and upon which our own wealth and safety depend.
Third, we are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions -- like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties -- that our forebears fought and bled for. Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it's up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them.
And finally, take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They'll get you through the inevitable rough patches.
Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can. Good luck and Godspeed, BO
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When you fall, the real test is whether you can ignore the naysayers, pick yourself up and come back stronger.Motivation, NeuanfangKommentieren0
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A few of them were here a couple of years ago for a pickup game on my birthday. Now, I’m not trying to take all the credit, Coach, but I think that it’s clear that going up against me prepared them to take on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. It sharpened their skills. It gave them the competitive edge that they needed. And I think part of the reason they came back today is they want another shot at the old guy.Kommentieren0
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My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it - so long as we seize it together.Amerika, 2013Kommentieren0
Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free.Freiheit, 19. JahrhundertKommentieren0
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Think about the America within our reach:
A country that leads the world in educating its people.
An America that attracts a new generation of high-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs.
A future where we're in control of our own energy, and our security and prosperity aren't so tied to unstable parts of the world.
An economy built to last, where hard work pays off, and responsibility is rewarded.
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And there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.Kommentieren0
Die Welt hat einen Visionär verloren.
The world has lost a visionary.VisionKommentieren0
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