Transcript for President Obama Toasts Colleagues at Luncheon
Michelle and the speaker of the house. Came to a meeting of the minds that is. I may be delaying the proceedings too much. And so I'm just -- be extraordinarily brief and say thank you. To my vice president who. It has not only been an extraordinary partner. But an extraordinary friend. And to doctor Joseph Biden who has. Partnered with -- my wife. -- extraordinary generosity. On behalf of our men and women in uniform. Two. The entire cabinet that is here. I'm grateful to you somewhere you're staying somewhere you're leaving but. I know the extraordinary sacrifices that you wouldn't. My team of made. To try to advance. The cause of progress in this country and I'm always going to be grateful to you for that. Two. And the speaker of the house. And -- to Pelosi. To. Democratic leader Harry Reid. As well as. Republican leader Mitch McConnell and tall -- congressional leaders. And all members of congress were here. I recognize that democracy is not always easy. I recognize there are profound differences in this -- But I just want to say thank you for your service and I want to thank your families. For their service because regardless of our political persuasions and perspectives I know that all the service because we believe that we can make. America for future generations. And I'm confident that. We can act at this moment in a way that makes a difference. For our children our children's children. No I noticed for President Carter. President Clinton's. They. Understand. The irony here the presidential office which is the longer there the more humble you become. And the more mind for you are. That. It is beyond your world war powers individually. To. Move this great country. You can only do it because you have. Extraordinary Parker's. And -- spirit of goodwill and most of all but because of the strength and resilience and fundamental goodness of the American people. And so I would like two join. All of you not only in toasting extraordinary work that Chuck Schumer. Lamar Alexander. And others have done. Create this special day for us but I also want to thank each and everyone of you. For not only your service in the past but hopefully your service in the future as well. And our. Like to offer one last hosts. And that is to my extraordinary wife Michelle there is controversy. About the call -- of the president. No controversy about the quality of our current First -- Thank. You everybody. God bless you. -- -- -- --
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