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  • [ANNOUNCER]

  • We've been through a lot together.

  • But we've known tough times before.

  • What carries us through and helps us endure?

  • What are the qualities so essential to us and the leaders who have occupied this office?

  • [BILL CLINTON]

  • He did some things knowing that they wouldn't be popular in the short run that would lay

  • the foundation for recovery.

  • No other country in the world would give up the capacity to manufacture cars, and so he

  • did what a government's supposed to do in a case like that. Do not rescue the automobile

  • industry. I mean, it was overwhelming, look at the polling number.

  • [MICHELLE OBAMA]

  • A country in the midst of a financial crisis that no one really knew the depths of the

  • challenges that were coming. I think he had a sense.

  • [BARACK OBAMA]

  • My grandparents came out of the Depression. They knew what it was like for people not

  • to have work.

  • We all understand that work is something more than just a paycheck. It gives you dignity,

  • it gives you a sense of purpose.

  • [BILL CLINTON]

  • He said you guys got to work together and come up and everybody's got to have some skin

  • in the game here. You've got to have a give-up, you've got to modernize the automobile industry.

  • Everybody said, ah, it's never going to work. But guess what?

  • 80,000 more people working in the care business than we did before the restructuring was passed.

  • [JOE BIDEN]

  • They're middle class jobs. People can raise a family on a decent wage.

  • [MICHELLE OBAMA]

  • We've gone from an economy that was shedding jobs to one that's consistently creating jobs

  • at all sectors.

  • Every night he's up until one, two o'clock in the morning with his big stack of briefing

  • books and he reads the letters he gets from people all over America. They are, as he put

  • it, some of the most informative pieces of material that he gets, that keeps him grounded.

  • And anyone who has kids knows that no matter what you do, your kids still think that they

  • are the most important people in your world. So we sit around the dinner table and he's

  • the last person to be asked, oh yeah, how was your day dad? You know, I mean really,

  • he's an afterthought.

  • [JOE BIDEN]

  • He never starts a conversation by saying, what's the best political decision here? What'll

  • help us the most? Never.

  • [MICHELLE OBAMA]

  • So he wasn't going to back out just because it got hard. Just because it didn't poll well.

  • That's just never been who he is and that's certainly not how he will ever govern this

  • country.

  • [BARACK OBAMA]

  • When my mom got cancer, she wasn't a wealthy woman, and it pretty much drained all of her

  • resources.

  • [MICHELLE OBAMA]

  • Watching your mother die of something that could have been prevented, that's a tough

  • thing to deal with.

  • [BILL CLINTON]

  • The reason that he pushed ahead, knowing that there could be horrible political consequences

  • for him, just as there were for me, is that healthcare costs had gone up three times the

  • rate of inflation. This is a huge economic issue, because we spend 17 and a half percent

  • of our income on healthcare.

  • [MICHELLE OBAMA]

  • Anybody who gets medical care, hundreds of thousands of dollars. Imagine a working class

  • mom opening up that kind of bill with somebody sending that to her with a straight face.

  • That understanding of that kind of reality for millions of Americans drove him to make

  • sure that this legislation got passed. It takes a conscious effort to stay connected

  • with what's going on in people's lives.

  • [JOE BIDEN]

  • This was a matter of principle for him. He ran on it, he said he was going to do it and

  • he did it.

  • [BILL CLINTON]

  • You hire the president to make the calls when no one else can do it. He had to decide. That's

  • one thing that George Bush said that was right: the president is the decider-in-chief.

  • [BARACK OBAMA]

  • We were only about 50 percent sure that Bin Laden was in that compound. But I had 100

  • per scent confidence in our Navy Seals.

  • [JOE BIDEN]

  • I sat in that room with him when we were getting feeds on what was going on at the time. He

  • sat there resolute, concerned, just watching. We got him. Confirm it. Just, boom boom boom.

  • Then came and explained to everybody the next day in the cabinet room what happened.

  • I mean, this is a guy who, I said, has a backbone like a ramrod.

  • [BARACK OBAMA]

  • Good evening. Tonight I can report to the American people and to the world...

  • [BILL CLINTON]

  • He took the harder and more honorable path, and the one that produced, in my opinion,

  • the best result. When I saw what had happened, I thought to myself, I hope that's the call

  • I would have made. It was just the right thing to do.

  • [ANNOUNCER]

  • We have a long way to go.

  • But with every new beginning, every homecoming, every step forward, we remember who we are.

  • [BARACK OBAMA]

  • What's really allowing this economy to heal and get us moving again is the resilience

  • and the strength and the character of the American people.

  • They don't quit. They don't give up.

  • Partly because of family, partly because a sense of community, patriotism and pride in

  • this country. They keep going.

  • That's the incredible gift that the American people keep giving back to me in this job.

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