I have read much about athletes being role models and I believe Sir Charles Barkley said it best…
Charles Barkley – I am not a role model.
Humans are always looking to others to be their role models, which is an EPIC FAILURE because why expect another to be or do something you yourself are incapable of accomplishing. As Gandhi said, be the change you seek, in other words do NOT seek out Politicians, Religious Leaders, Celebrities or especially Athletes as your role models….be the role model you seek.
With the influx of domestic abuse/violence cases coming out of the NFL, people are speaking up on the subject of role models. I don’t comprehend. What makes a person think a paid athlete is a role model? Cause they can run, pass, catch, hit a ball, dunk a ball or tackle, even slap a puck into a net?
The highest percentage of domestic abuse/violence is in the law enforcement profession…..NOW THEY SHOULD BE ROLE MODELS!!
The Bengals had no choice but to cut him in September. However, the team re-signed him to the practice squad so Still would continue to get a paycheck and health insurance.
In an effort to help raise money and awareness about pediatric cancer, Still coordinated a fundraising drive in which donations will be made based on the number of sacks the Bengals record this season.
The team announced Sept. 8 that it was donating all proceeds from sales of Still’s jerseyto pediatric cancer research. Less than 24 hours later, more of the defensive tackle’s black No. 75 jerseys had been sold in that time span than any jersey featuring any other Bengals player — ever.
After just four days of sales, he and the Bengals have raised about $400,000. Still said more than 5,000 of his jerseys have been purchased in the week since the team launched the jersey-sale campaign.
The Bengals on Sept. 11 signed Still off the practice squad and added him to the 53-man roster, where they had a spot available. “I rolled right out of bed,” Still told reporters. “I made it here about five minutes later before they could change their mind.”
Still was born in Camden, New Jersey. He attended Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware, where he was a standout lineman for the Howard Wildcats high school football team. Still was a team captain during his senior season, recorded 59 tackles, 18 of them for a loss, and was recognized as the Lineman of the Year by the Delaware Interscholastic Coaches Association. He also was a member of the Howard Wildcats basketball and track and field teams.
Still attended Penn State, where he played for coach Joe Paterno‘s Penn State Nittany Lions football team from 2008 to 2011. He was named the 2011 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, becoming only the second defensive tackle to win the award (along with former teammate Jared Odrick). He was also named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year,consensus All-Big Ten, and to 10 first-team All-American teams. He was a finalist for both the Outland and Bednarik awards. Still was elected a team captain for the Nittany Lions as a senior in 2011. He is a charter member of the Eta Alpha chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. He graduated with a degree in crime, law, and justice.
At the 2012 NFL Draft, Still was selected in the second round by the Cincinnati Bengals, with the 53rd overall selection. He played two seasons with the team before being cut in late August 2014, prior to the start of the season. The following day, the Bengals re-signed Still to the practice squad to help him pay for his daughter’s cancer treatment. On September 10, 2014 it was announced that Still was being moved to active status. In the game that followed, the Bengals’ second of the season, he recorded three tackles against the Atlanta Falcons.
Still’s cousins, Art Still and Levon Kirkland, also played in the NFL. In June 2014, his daughter, Leah Sari, was diagnosed with cancer.
Cincy Shirts release Devon Still shirts to help cause
Amid all the bad news coming out of the NFL lately, one story that emerged from the league is about as uplifting as it gets — even if casual sports fans probably missed it altogether.
This is the story of Devon Still, the Cincinnati Bengals and a powerful statement in support of anyone affected by pediatric cancer.
Still is a 25-year-old defensive tackle who was an All-American at Penn State University. The Bengals picked him in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, but he hasn’t been too great on the field since then, registering just 28 tackles, half a sack and no starts in two seasons with the team.
The Bengals cut Still in late August, just before the start of the 2014 season. Injuries had dulled his athleticism, according toESPN, but there was something else weighing him down too: A four-year-old daughter named Leah battling Stage 4 cancer. She’s reportedly been given a 50-50 chance of survival.
So there’s Still, in late August, left unemployed by the only NFL team he’s ever played for and with a daughter at home who’s as likely to die as she is to live. But the Bengals did Still a solid even while cutting him loose; coach Marvin Lewis gave him a spot on the practice squad so he could continue drawing a paycheck to pay for Leah’s cancer treatments.
NFL practice squad players are paid a minimum of $6,300 per week that they stay among the group of 10 players that practices with a team but does not suit up for games. Stay on for a full 17 weeks and you make about $107,000. That’s not bad money — but it’s nothing compared to the $570,000 minimum salary for NFL players, such as Still, with two years of playing experience, according the site Spotrac, which analyzes sports salaries.
Still said at the time that he was grateful for the opportunity, given the more pressing concerns in his life.
“I completely understand where they were coming from,” he said last week. “I can’t give football 100% right now. In the business aspect they want guys to solely focus on football, which is understandable. We are here to win this city a Super Bowl and right now I am not in a position where I can give football 100% of everything I have.”
But then the Bengals did something even more awesome: They moved Still up to the 53-man active roster this week.
And the story gets even better — much better. The Bengals announced late Monday night they will donate all proceeds from sales of Devon Still jerseys to pediatric cancer treatment and research facilities at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Within 24 hours, the sales of Still jerseys had outpaced those of any other player in Bengals history over a one-day span.
In two days, the Bengals sold more than 1,000 jerseys, according to Cincinnati’s local Fox affiliate. The sales keep ringing up, and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton bought 100 jerseys on his own.
With the jerseys going for $100 a pop, each purchase is much more than a symbolic show of support for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Payton’s 100-jersey order alone translates to $10,000.
The show of support from the Bengals, NFL community and random fans and supporters around the country has clearly touched Still. His Twitter feed is a steady procession of posts expressing gratitudes and retweets of well-wishers.
Meanwhile, Leah continues to fight — but there are a lot more people keeping her in their thoughts now.
Bengals DT Devon Still explains how he has been able to cope with his four-year old daughter Leah’s stage 4 cancer diagnosis with the help of the Bengals organization and support from fans and even Saints coach Sean Payton.
One minute, Devon Still was preparing for his 4-year-old daughter’s dance recital. The next, the Bengals defensive tackle was at a hospital, learning that she had cancer. Here is their heart-wrenching story and how others are rallying to help.
The Leah Still story has come close to capturing the nation. At least the sporting nation, at a time when football desperately needs some small bit of good news. Leah, 4, is three-and-a-half months into her fight with pediatric cancer—neuroblastoma, to be specific. She has a Sept. 25 surgery scheduled to remove a tumor that has been shrunk from softball-size in June to something smaller through four rounds of chemotherapy. Doctors have told her father, Cincinnati defensive tackle Devon Still, that Leah has about a 50 percent chance of survival.
“I’ll remember that day, June second, the day she was diagnosed,” Still recalled the other day. “I was in Delaware for a dance recital that she was having that day.” They never made it to the recital. “She had a fever, and so we took her to the emergency room. They thought it was some kind of infection, and they did some tests. They would touch her hip, and she would jump—there was a lot of pain there. So they did an ultrasound test and saw a mass. One of the doctors said there was about 10 things it could be, and they went over the list of things and the last thing was ‘cancer.’ I never took it very seriously, because it was the last thing they said.
“That night they did an MRI and a CAT scan on her. They told me to wait, and they would come out and talk to me. I’ve had those scans before, and I know how long they take, maybe 45 minutes. So they were in there about two hours, and I figured, ‘This isn’t good.’ I kind of got ready for some news.
“The doctor came out. And her lips started quivering. All I heard was they found a tumor.
“I felt empty. I felt sick. Shocked. I had to go out and tell my father and grandmother, and they were out there waiting for me, and when I went there, they were laughing, and I thought, ‘I am going to knock the smiles right off their faces.’
“And I started to tell them, and I just broke down crying.”
A few days after the Stage Four neuroblastoma diagnosis that changed his family’s life forever, Still lay next to Leah in a bed in the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware. A nurse was sticking the 4-year-old—who hates needles—for some more tests, and she was crying, and the big football player was trying to comfort her. “Dad!” she yelled through her tears. “This is all your fault! You never brought me to the hospital in time!”
“I broke down then,” Still said the other day, sounding emotional about it again. “That is a tough thing to hear from your daughter.”
So now he waits. And he takes strength from a whole lot of people he has never met.
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What does a man with a dream of being a great football player think when one moment he’s getting ready to attend a dance recital and the next he’s told his daughter has a 50-50 chance of living?
He thinks he can defer football for a while, and maybe forever. That’s what Devon Still wanted to do. Leah’s mother, Channing Smythe, lives with her in Delaware, and Still is there often, in between playing and training for the Bengals. But when she was diagnosed, “Football stopped crossing my mind. When I heard she had a 50 percent chance of survival, and then I heard the cancer went into her bones, I just wanted to spend all my time with her—in case her time ran out. You know, that is not time you could ever get back.”
He called the Bengals and explained he’d have to take some time off to be with his daughter, and 10 minutes later coach Marvin Lewis was on the phone with him, telling him not to worry about rushing back. He should take all the time he needed.
Still thought he wouldn’t play football—he’d just walk away, and spend as long as he had to with Leah while she fought the cancer. But then some cold reality hit: He was told her treatment, depending on the extent of the cancer, would cost at least $1 million. So he came back to camp, and Lewis told him he could go home whenever he needed. At the end of training camp the Bengals waived Still—they knew he couldn’t devote the time necessary to be a full-time contributor—but offered him a spot on the practice squad. This way he could keep his insurance and pay for Leah’s treatment. Still was grateful … grateful for the insurance, grateful that the Bengals wanted to stick with him, and grateful that they would allow him to commute back and forth to support his daughter.
While that was happening, two sources of goodness sprang up. The Bengals announced that proceeds from sales of Still’s number 75 jersey, available on the team’s website for $100 apiece, would be given to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to support pediatric cancer research. Sean Payton bought 100 of them—$10,000 to fight cancer. “If I saw him,” said Still, “I’d give him a hug.” As of the weekend, about 5,000 jerseys had been sold. Another site, PLDGIT, began to accept donations or pledges per Bengals sack this year, with the money going to fight cancer and to provide financial assistance to families who have to drop everything when their children are diagnosed. As of Monday night, people had pledged $408.38 per team sack.
With Still healthy and the Bengals in need of a rotational tackle after Week 1, Lewis told him he wanted to activate him for the Week 2 game against Atlanta. Still felt he was ready. Lewis told him that regardless of his active status he could go home to Delaware when he wanted to be with Leah.
Still, who had two solo tackles and one assist in 16 snaps against the Falcons on Sunday, continues to come to terms with news that still makes him shudder.
“At times,” he said, “I’ve felt like I couldn’t go on. This has hit me harder than any obstacle I’ve faced in my life. It makes no sense to me. I never heard of neuroblastoma before, and now I am an expert on it. But the Bengals have been so good to me. People I don’t know have been so good to me. Fans have been so good.
“The whole experience … I have been just stunned. It has helped so much. I can’t believe that in this sport that has no so-called heart, it’s really so full of heart. That’s the truth: Football is full of heart.”
Devon Still didn’t like the phone call he received Saturday from coach Marvin Lewis saying he didn’t make the team’s 53-man roster. But he understood, and was grateful for being offered a position on the practice squad in order to help pay for his 4-year-old daughter’s cancer treatments.
“They could have just washed their hands completely of it,” Still said. “Say we don’t care what’s going on in his personal life, we just want people who can care 100 percent on football, that’s what they pay us to do. But they thought about my personal issues and allowed me to come back on the practice squad so I still have insurance. They said if I keep working on my physical with my injury and mentally prepared myself to focus on football, then they can move me back up to the roster, so I am not all the way out of the loop.”
The 2012 second-round pick can openly admit he’s been in no position to impact the team to his full ability.
“I completely understand where they were coming from,” Still said. “I can’t give football 100 percent right now. In the business aspect they want guys to solely focus on football, which is understandable. We are here to win this city a Super Bowl and right now I am not in a position where I can give football 100 percent of everything I have.”
Instead, 24-year-old defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi took the final spot in the defensive line rotation.
Cutting Devon Still tough decision for Lewis
As a member of the practice squad Still won’t travel on road trips. This instead affords him an opportunity to travel back to Philadelphia to see his daughter, who recently began her fourth round of chemotherapy.
Leah continues to handle the treatments and is doing well, according to Still, but the anxiety level hasn’t decreased.
Still injured his hamstring early in the third preseason game against Arizona and been sidelined ever since. This adds onto a career marred by ailments to this point. He injured his elbow and suffered a herniated disc in his back last season.
In two full seasons with the Bengals, Still has played in 18 games without a start, notching 28 tackles and half a sack.
Flowers, Porter can exhale after making roster
Lewis suggested Monday the decisions to place both Still and center Trevor Robinson into the two spots now reserved for players with more than a year experience on the practice squad were being debated until the final days.
Expectations are both will play a role with the 2014 Bengals.
“We have two good quality guys who at some point will be on the 53-man roster, almost undoubtedly,” Lewis said. “We’re fortunate enough to have them here right now as reserves for us.”
Still will focus on healing his hamstring and allowing his personal life to sort itself out in the meantime so eventually he can repay the Bengals for keeping him around.
“The Bengals were loyal to me,” he said. “I’m not about to up and leave them. Loyalty is something I really need right now because I never know what direction this is going to go with my daughter.”
Devon Still on Leah
Published on Sep 15, 2014
Devon Still was active for today’s game, and had some good news about his daughter Leah, too.
It’s a sad sad commentary when our society can focus on the abuse stories coming out of the NFL the past two weeks, but hardly a mention of this story of compassion, heart, kindness and love……coming straight from the hated National Football league.
I told myself I was finished writing about Ray & Janey Rice. Watching Deion Sanders talk down and bad about Ray Rice almost made me laugh but instead I decided to write this post.
The new bandwagon everybody is now leaping onto is this investigation into NFL commissionerRoger Goodell, and whether Goodell should resign his position as NFL commissioner. My questions is this…why should NFL commissioner Goodell do a damn thing? Who did Goodell punch? Whom did Roger Goodell assault?
Was NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the elevator? Did Goodell drag Janey Rice from that elevator? Did I miss Goodell punching Ms. Rice?
Many disagree with this statement I’m about to make but it’s a fact…..Ray Rice was indicted on March 27th. Ray Rice and Janey Palmer were married on March 28th. Now if they moved on and past Ray knocking her the fuck out in that elevator, and the assault charges were dropped…..and Ray lost his NFL football job and has since been suspended indefinitely….what would YOU like to have happen to Ray, his wife Janey and their daughter?
Here’s the thing folks…you can’t take out all your anger, hatred and emotion at all the domestic violence that this planet contains, on Ray & Janey Rice. Which is exactly what the majority of humanity is doing right now. Ray has been punished to the 9th degree for his punching out his fiancée, double punished in fact. Ray lost two games from the NFL upon his being charged with aggravated assault. Then with the release of the actual punching video, he was fired from the Ravens of Baltimore and suspended indefinitely from all NFL activity.
In contrast, and just ponder this for a moment, George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin as did Darren Wilson kill Michael Brown, and neither man has suffered the attention nor anger that Ray Rice is now suffering. Neither man who killed Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown have ever had an investigation screamed for in the manner people are demanding an investigation into NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Miriam Carey, remember her, the young Black woman gunned down in Washington, D.C. by Capital Hill police, with her baby in the backseat, for ramming her car into a White House barrier….remember the screaming for an investigation into her senseless murder? No you don’t remember that because there was no demand for an investigation. NOBODY screamed for Miriam Carey.
Need I bring up the brutal beating of 51-year-old Marlene Mardella Pinnock,, by California Highway Patrolman Daniel L. Andrew, who is now on desk duty (administrative leave with pay)? If you think a single punch to the face of Janey Rice is reason to demand an investigation into NFL commissioner Goodell, who was NOT present during that domestic violence…what say YOU about this…..
How many of you screaming for an investigation into the NFL and NFL commissioner Goodell actually demanded the California Highway Patrol commander resign HIS job?
I am muthafuckin sick of real serious violence being ignored when it comes to the average American citizen, but everybody and his/her momma is calling for the lynching of Ray Rice and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL nor Roger Goodell are required by law or morality to do a damn thing about Ray & Janey Rice airing their nasty dirty personal laundry in a public casino elevator.
The NFL handed down what they considered to be proper punishment before this latest video mysteriously appeared. AFTER the new video was made public, Ray Rice received double jeopardy and was fired from his employment, and suspended from the NFL indefinitely
He was sentenced to community service, anger management and domestic violence intervention. Kindly explain what else you folks would have happen to Ray & Janey Rice and their daughter.
I do not know the Rice family. I do wish them the best of luck and my blessings to get their family life and their marriage in order and have the best of luck here forward.
Ray & Janey Rice, along with their daughter, will need all the best wishes, blessings and good luck they can get.
President Obama Addresses the Nation on the ISIL Threat
President Obama lays out the strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL.
Remarks of President Barack Obama Address to the Nation
September 10, 2014
As Prepared for Delivery
My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.
As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people. Over the last several years, we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists who threaten our country. We took out Osama bin Laden and much of al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We’ve targeted al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, and recently eliminated the top commander of its affiliate in Somalia. We’ve done so while bringing more than 140,000 American troops home from Iraq, and drawing down our forces in Afghanistan, where our combat mission will end later this year. Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, America is safer.
Still, we continue to face a terrorist threat. We cannot erase every trace of evil from the world, and small groups of killers have the capacity to do great harm. That was the case before 9/11, and that remains true today. That’s why we must remain vigilant as threats emerge. At this moment, the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain. And one of those groups is ISIL – which calls itself the “Islamic State.”
Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.
In a region that has known so much bloodshed, these terrorists are unique in their brutality. They execute captured prisoners. They kill children. They enslave, rape, and force women into marriage. They threatened a religious minority with genocide. In acts of barbarism, they took the lives of two American journalists – Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.
So ISIL poses a threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, and the broader Middle East – including American citizens, personnel and facilities. If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region – including to the United States. While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, ISIL leaders have threatened America and our allies. Our intelligence community believes that thousands of foreigners – including Europeans and some Americans – have joined them in Syria and Iraq. Trained and battle-hardened, these fighters could try to return to their home countries and carry out deadly attacks.
I know many Americans are concerned about these threats. Tonight, I want you to know that the United States of America is meeting them with strength and resolve. Last month, I ordered our military to take targeted action against ISIL to stop its advances. Since then, we have conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes in Iraq. These strikes have protected American personnel and facilities, killed ISIL fighters, destroyed weapons, and given space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory. These strikes have helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.
But this is not our fight alone. American power can make a decisive difference, but we cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves, nor can we take the place of Arab partners in securing their region. That’s why I’ve insisted that additional U.S. action depended upon Iraqis forming an inclusive government, which they have now done in recent days. So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.
Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.
First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.
Second, we will increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. In June, I deployed several hundred American service members to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi Security Forces. Now that those teams have completed their work – and Iraq has formed a government – we will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq. As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission – we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq. But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment. We will also support Iraq’s efforts to stand up National Guard Units to help Sunni communities secure their own freedom from ISIL control.
Across the border, in Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Tonight, I again call on Congress to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters. In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its people; a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all.
Third, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve our intelligence; strengthen our defenses; counter its warped ideology; and stem the flow of foreign fighters into – and out of – the Middle East. And in two weeks, I will chair a meeting of the UN Security Council to further mobilize the international community around this effort.
Fourth, we will continue providing humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by this terrorist organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities. We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homelands.
This is our strategy. And in each of these four parts of our strategy, America will be joined by a broad coalition of partners. Already, allies are flying planes with us over Iraq; sending arms and assistance to Iraqi Security Forces and the Syrian opposition; sharing intelligence; and providing billions of dollars in humanitarian aid. Secretary Kerry was in Iraq today meeting with the new government and supporting their efforts to promote unity, and in the coming days he will travel across the Middle East and Europe to enlist more partners in this fight, especially Arab nations who can help mobilize Sunni communities in Iraq and Syria to drive these terrorists from their lands. This is American leadership at its best: we stand with people who fight for their own freedom; and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.
My Administration has also secured bipartisan support for this approach here at home. I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL. But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. So I welcome congressional support for this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in confronting this danger.
Now, it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL. And any time we take military action, there are risks involved – especially to the servicemen and women who carry out these missions. But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years. And it is consistent with the approach I outlined earlier this year: to use force against anyone who threatens America’s core interests, but to mobilize partners wherever possible to address broader challenges to international order.
My fellow Americans, we live in a time of great change. Tomorrow marks 13 years since our country was attacked. Next week marks 6 years since our economy suffered its worst setback since the Great Depression. Yet despite these shocks; through the pain we have felt and the grueling work required to bounce back – America is better positioned today to seize the future than any other nation on Earth.
Our technology companies and universities are unmatched; our manufacturing and auto industries are thriving. Energy independence is closer than it’s been in decades. For all the work that remains, our businesses are in the longest uninterrupted stretch of job creation in our history. Despite all the divisions and discord within our democracy, I see the grit and determination and common goodness of the American people every single day – and that makes me more confident than ever about our country’s future.
Abroad, American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world. It is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists. It is America that has rallied the world against Russian aggression, and in support of the Ukrainian peoples’ right to determine their own destiny. It is America – our scientists, our doctors, our know-how – that can help contain and cure the outbreak of Ebola. It is America that helped remove and destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons so they cannot pose a threat to the Syrian people – or the world – again. And it is America that is helping Muslim communities around the world not just in the fight against terrorism, but in the fight for opportunity, tolerance, and a more hopeful future.
America, our endless blessings bestow an enduring burden. But as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead. From Europe to Asia – from the far reaches of Africa to war-torn capitals of the Middle East – we stand for freedom, for justice, for dignity. These are values that have guided our nation since its founding. Tonight, I ask for your support in carrying that leadership forward. I do so as a Commander-in-Chief who could not be prouder of our men and women in uniform – pilots who bravely fly in the face of danger above the Middle East, and service-members who support our partners on the ground.
When we helped prevent the massacre of civilians trapped on a distant mountain, here’s what one of them said. “We owe our American friends our lives. Our children will always remember that there was someone who felt our struggle and made a long journey to protect innocent people.”
That is the difference we make in the world. And our own safety – our own security – depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation, and uphold the values that we stand for – timeless ideals that will endure long after those who offer only hate and destruction have been vanquished from the Earth.
May God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America.
How does a President of The United States Of America ask Americans to risk life fighting in a foreign land for that foreign lands freedoms when we right here in AmeriKKKa have to fight daily for our U.S. Constitutional rights and freedoms? American citizens who are Women, People Of Color and members of the LGBTQA1 community have to battle for our freedoms.
How does POTUSA Barack Hussein Obama fix his mouth to take action against ISIL, but ignore the systematic genocide of Black Americans, and People Of Color, by AmeriKKKan law enforcement agencies RIGHT HERE IN MUTHAFUCKIN AMERIKKKA?
Something is seriously wrong when you care more for Iraq, Israel, Syria, Ukraine than you do for where YOU priside….where you reign as President, The United States Of America.