Obama: U.S. Great, 'We Get Each Other's Backs'

President says if nation maintains common purpose, U.S. "will always be strong."
2:50 | 01/24/12

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Which brings me back to where -- began. Those of us. -- sent here to serve. Can learn a thing or two from the service of our troops. When you put on the uniform. It doesn't matter if you're black or white. Asian Latino and native Americans conservative. Liberal. Rich poor gay straight. -- -- -- -- -- -- Look out for the person next week. We're mission fails. Murdered in the thick of the fight. You rise or fall as one unit. Serving one nation. Leaving no one behind. To one of my proudest possessions. Is the flag -- the seal team. Took with them on the mission to get -- lot. -- -- each of their earnings. So maybe Democrats. So maybe Republicans. But that doesn't matter. Just like it didn't matter that day in the situation room. When I sat next to Bob gates a man who was George Bush's Defense Secretary. And Hillary Clinton the woman who ran against me for president. All that mattered. That day what the mission. No -- thought about politics. No one thought about themselves. One of the young men involved in the -- later told me that he didn't deserve credit for the mission. It only succeeded he said because. Every single member of that unit did their job. The pilot who landed the helicopter that spun out of control. The translator who kept others from entering the compound. The troops -- separated them. Women and children from the fight. The seals who charged a -- More than met the mission only succeeded because every member of that unit. Trusted each. Because you can't charge up posters. In the darkness. And danger. Unless you know that there's somebody. Behind you watching your back. So what is what America. Each time I look at that flag I -- reminded that our destiny is stitched together like those fifty stars and those thirteen stripes. No one built this country on the wrong. This nation is great because we built -- together. This nation is greater because we worked as -- team. This nation is great because we get each other's backs. And if we -- -- that truth in this moment of trial there is no challenge too great no mission to art. As long as we are joined in common purpose. As long as we maintain our common resolve. Our journey moves forward. In our future result. And the state of our union will always be strong. Thank you god bless you and -- --

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