President Obama answered the question, is America going to be ok? His answer was both reassuring and galvanizing.
“I think America will be fine as long as people of good will across the political spectrum participate and make sure that they vote. When people vote, then Congress reflects the values of the country,” he stated. “But it’s gonna require folks getting out of the mindset that we’re helpless and there’s nothing we can do and it’s gonna require them to step up and devote a relatively modest amount of time to make sure that you’re casting your ballot.”
Obama reiterated that the country’s system only works when people are actually committed to change. He also urged citizens to remember what fundamental values they believe in, not just which political party they affiliate with. But, among everything, he stressed the importance of people, particularly young people, getting out and voting.
“If we [vote], then that set of values that the majority of the American people hold dear will be reflected,” he stated. “And... it doesn’t mean every problem will be solved, but we won’t be concerned about the continuity of our democracy, and the fact that ultimately it’s accountable to the people.”