Celebrating the Workers That Built America

President Obama discusses the Labor Day holiday during his weekly address.
2:42 | 08/31/13

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Hi everybody. This Labor Day weekend as we gather with family and friends will also come together as a nation to honor someone -- The working men and women of America who across the generations built this country up and help make us who we are today. On Monday we'll celebrate that proud history. We'll pay tribute to the values working Americans -- hard work responsibility. Sacrificed. Looking out for one another. And we also need to recommit ourselves to their cost to secure for them a better -- so that everyone who works hard and America has a chance to get ahead. You see over the past four and a half years we fought our way back from the worst recession of our lifetimes. And thanks to the grit and resilience of the American people we've begun to lay a foundation for stronger more durable economic growth. But as any working family will tell you we're not yet where we need to be. For over a decade working Americans have seen their wages and incomes stagnate even as corporate profits -- and the pay of -- fortunate few explodes. Freedom longer than that inequality is steadily risen. The journey of upward mobility has become part. And too many communities across this country the shadow poverty continues to cast a Paul over fellow citizens. Reversing that trend needs to be Washington's highest priority and it sure is -- That's why over the past month I've traveled all across America laying out my ideas for how we can build on the cornerstones of what it means to be middle class. A good job the pays a good wage a good education. Home of your own health care when you get sick. A secure retirement even if you're not rich. And more chances for folks to earn their way into the middle class as long as they're willing to walk -- The truth is it's not going to be easy to reverse the forces that have conspired for decades against working Americans but if we take a few -- -- us. And if Washington is able to come together with common purpose and common resolve. We'll get there. Our economy will keep getting stronger and more Americans will be able to join the ranks of the middle class. So this Labor Day while you're out there growing in the backyard -- taking the final trip for the summer. I hope you'll also take a moment to reflect on -- many contributions. Of our working men and women. For generations it was the great American middle class that made our economy the envy of the world. As long as I'm president I'm gonna keep fighting to make sure that happens again. Thanks and -- we can.

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