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May 22, 2014

The president's words at the HOF

(Continued)

So we’ve faced challenges before, but we don’t respond with cynicism and we can’t respond with gridlock.  Every generation faces tough times.  But, in the words attributed to the great Yogi Berra, they’re just “déjà vu all over again.”  (Laughter.)

We know we are up to these challenges.  And just as our parents and our grandparents faced challenges a lot tougher than the ones we face, and just as they went ahead and built an economy where hard work was rewarded and responsibility was rewarded, and opportunity was open to all people, we can do the same.  They passed those values on down through the generations. They passed them down to us.  And when you come to the Baseball Hall of Fame, part of what you’re learning is that there is some eternal, timeless values of grit and determination and hard work and community, and not giving up, and working hard.  Those are American values -- just like baseball.

And there’s no reason we can’t do the same.  That’s what I’m going to be working on as long as I’m President of the United States.  I’m going to be fighting to make sure that those values live out in better jobs, higher wages, stronger economy, stronger communities.  And I hope you’ll join me.

Thank you, everybody.  God bless you.  God bless America.  (Applause.)

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