US President Barack Obama celebrated his final thanksgiving at White House on Thursday and sent a message for unity in his last address as the President. He urged the people to reflect on what truly binds them together. “As a country, we’ve just emerged from a noisy, passionate, and sometimes divisive campaign season,” said Obama.
“After all, elections are often where we emphasize what sets us apart. We face off in a contest of ‘us’ versus ‘them.’ We focus on the candidate we support instead of some of the ideals we share … But a few short weeks later, Thanksgiving reminds us that no matter our differences, we are still one people, part of something bigger than ourselves,” said Obama in his Thanksgiving address.
Watch President Obama’s Thanksgiving
Remembering President Lincoln, he said, President Lincoln boldly proclaimed a Thanksgiving to be a National holiday where the nation’s gift should be “solemnly and gratefully acknowledged is with one heart and one voice by the whole American people.”
Obama honoured all people who continued to maintain the founding values of America, who helped shaping the nation and enriching the heritage of America. He also spoke about race and religion and said, “We are bound to a common belief that all of us are created equal, the gift of democracy is ours to nurture and protect and that is what makes us Americans.”
President elect Donald trump also called for Unity in his message released on Thursday and said that he will bring the country together for common purpose.