While addressing the annual Lincoln Banquet in Springfield, Illinois, President Barack Obama spoke about how the former president fought on the side of the people; recognizing that each must do their own part both individually and together as a union.
Obama acknowledged that, at times, government has overstepped. “I understand there have been times in our history when our government has misjudged what we can do by individual effort alone and what we can only do together. When we didn’t draw the line as effectively as we should have, when government has done things people can and should do for themselves.”
“In recent years we have seen the pendulum swing too far in the opposite direction. What has dominated is a philosophy that says every problem can solved if government would step out of the way, if government were dismantled and divvied up into tax breaks it would somehow benefit us all. Such knee jerk disdain for government, this constant rejection of any common endeavor cannot rebuild our levies or roads or bridges or lead to the next medical discovery or yield the research technology that will spark a clean energy economy. Only a nation can do those things,” he said.
This video is from MSNBC’s Countdown, broadcast Feb. 12, 2009.