Obama urges nation to come together for holiday

Obama urges nation to come together for holiday

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(R to L rear) US President Barack Obama, daughter Sasha, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughter Malia and mother-in-law Marian Robinson, distribute food at the Capitol Area Food Bank on November 21, 2012, a day ahead of Thanksgiving, in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on November 22, 2012 at 7:36 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 22 at 11:58 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging Americans to put aside partisan differences and come together as a nation for Thanksgiving.

Obama, just re-elected to a second term, says in his weekly radio and Internet address that the country has "just emerged from a campaign season that was passionate, noisy and vital to our democracy."

While the election required voters to make choices, Obama says Thanksgiving offers "a chance to put it all in perspective — to remember that, despite our differences, we are and always will be Americans first and foremost. "

In the GOP address, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state said Republicans are ready to work with Obama to avert impending tax increases, big spending cuts and other problems.

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Online:

Obama address: http://www.whitehouse.gov

Republican address: http://www.youtube.com/gopweeklyaddress

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