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Obama at Coolidge High School

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MLK: Day Of Service

January 19, 2009 , Washington D.C.,(Cable Muse Network) On Martin Luther King Jr Day, less than 24 hours before his presidential inauguration, Barrack Obama gives the American people a call to action. Joining his wife, Joe Biden and a throng of volunteers at the public, magnet Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington D.C., Obama gave an apparently impromptu speech regarding individual responsibility to act.

Obama: I will save all my best lines for tomorrow. The main reason Michelle and I wanted to come here today is just to say thank you. Both of us contributed today in service this morning. And on a day where we remember not just a dreamer, but a doer, an actor; somebody who dedicated his life to working, at the grass roots level, on behalf of change, on behalf of making communities better, on behalf of bringing about justice and equality. It is fitting that all of you and hundreds of thousands, maybe more than millions of people through 11 thousand service projects all across the country; today commemorated Dr. King and got involved in this process of remaking America.

If we are waiting for someone else to do something it never gets done. We’re going to have to take responsibility, all of us.

Now, I am making a commitment to you as your next president, that we are going to make government work and we are going to make sure that government is listening to you and focused on you and making sure that people have healthcare and that kids can go to college and that people can pay their bills and folks are able to stay in their homes and get good jobs that pay a living wage; that’s my job. But, I can’t do it by myself; Michelle cannot do it by herself.  Government can only do such much and if we are just waiting around for somebody else to do it for us, if we are just waiting around for someone else to clean up the vacant lot or waiting for someone else get involved in tutoring a child. If we are waiting for someone else to do something it never gets done. We’re going to have to take responsibility, all of us. So, this is not just a one day affair.

Through www.USAservice.org we are going to make sure that there are service opportunities for people all throughout the year.

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