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“Obviously, there has been no shortage of news to cover over these past few weeks. ... But even when the days seemed darkest, we have seen humanity shine at its brightest. Weve seen first responders and National Guardsmen who have dashed into danger, law enforcement officers who lived their oath to serve and to protect, and everyday Americans who are opening their homes and their hearts to perfect strangers.

”And we also saw journalists at their best especially those who took the time to wade upstream through the torrent of digital rumors to chase down leads and verify facts and painstakingly put the pieces together to inform, and to educate, and to tell stories that demanded to be told.

“If anyone wonders, for example, whether newspapers are a thing of the past, all you needed to do was to pick up or log on to papers like the Boston Globe. When their communities and the wider world needed them most, they were there making sense of events that might at first blush seem beyond our comprehension. And thats what great journalism is, and thats what great journalists do. ...

”And in these past few weeks, as Ive gotten a chance to meet many of the first responders and the police officers and volunteers who raced to help when hardship hits, I was reminded, as Im always reminded when I meet our men and women in uniform, whether theyre in war theater, or here back home, or at Walter Reed in Bethesda Im reminded that all these folks, they dont do it to be honored, they dont do it to be celebrated. They do it because they love their families and they love their neighborhoods and they love their country.

And so these men and women should inspire all of us in this room to live up to those same standards; to be worthy of their trust; to do our jobs with the same fidelity, and the same integrity, and the same sense of purpose, and the same love of country. Because if were only focused on profits or ratings or polls, then were contributing to the cynicism that so many people feel right now."

-- Pres. Barack Obama striking a serious note at the end of his speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner, Sat. April 27, 2013. Particularly like the last line.

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Posted at 01:45 PM on Mon. Apr 29, 2013 in category Quote of the Day  

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