President Barack Obama, speaking in Dallas this afternoon to a community -- and a nation -- reeling from last week's deadly sniper attack, said Americans must reject despair during these tough times.
"We turn on the TV or surf the internet and we can watch positions harden and lines drawn and people retreat to their respective corners," Obama said. "Politicians calculate how to grab attention or avoid the fallout. We see all this and it's hard not to think sometimes that the center won't hold. And that things might get worse. I understand. I understand how Americans are feeling. But, Dallas, I'm here to say we must reject such despair."
Obama continued, "I'm here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem. And I know that because I know America. I know how far we've come against impossible odds. I know we'll make it because of what I've experienced in my own life. What I've seen of this country and its people, their goodness and decency as president of the United States."
Obama said, “this is the America I know” citing how protesters and police officers are grieving side-by-side, before mentioning those who grieve for the five slain officers, as well as the two black men recently killed by police, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
“In this audience I see what's possible," Obama said. "I see what's possible when we recognize that we are one American family. All deserving of equal treatment. All deserving equal respect. All children of god. That's the America I know.”
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