| Diane -- |
Here's where we were eight years ago, when President Obama took office:
Our economy was rapidly heading toward a second Great Depression, as millions of Americans lost their homes and millions more saw their hard-earned savings vanish. We were losing hundreds of thousands of jobs each month.
Families across the country were being denied health coverage because they had previously gotten sick, or had already hit a limit on their care -- or the rapidly rising costs of care simply put it out of reach.
Our country's carbon pollution was projected to increase indefinitely.
And Americans didn't have the right to marry -- or even serve openly in the military -- just because of who they loved.
But it's always been true of the American spirit to rise to meet our challenges. Millions of people were inspired to fight for a better tomorrow -- and this is where we are today:
We bounced back from recession and have seen the longest streak of total job growth in U.S. history -- our economy has added 15.8 million private-sector jobs since February 2010.
Thanks to Obamacare, 20 million Americans have gained quality, affordable health care, as our country's uninsured rate has fallen to its lowest level ever.
We're leading on climate change. President Obama finalized the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever national carbon pollution standards for power plants. And just a few months ago, nearly 200 countries came together to adopt the Paris Climate Agreement, the most ambitious global climate agreement ever created.
Our country took a big step forward in the fight for equality for all, as LGBT Americans in all 50 states gained the right to marry who they love.
Let that sink in. We've made lasting strides toward a more perfect union. Together, we're capable of making big things happen.
But none of these achievements happened by themselves. They took work from people like you, who put in extra hours, had uncomfortable conversations, shared something that mattered, and chipped in whatever you could to make change a reality.
Now, more than ever, we can't afford to be cynical or wait on the sidelines. As the last eight years have shown, this work matters -- a lot. We've got to protect the progress we've made, and to keep fighting to make our country as tolerant, optimistic, and inclusive as it can be. It's up to us.
So today, take a moment to reflect on what we've achieved together -- and then gear up for the fights ahead.
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