Hill Harper recently attended the a thank dinner for the President’s National Finance Committee. The dinner was “thank you from Obama and the Democratic National Committee to members of his presidential campaign’s national finance committee and members of the DNC’s National Advisory Board.” * I’m not sure if Hill served on the finance committee (I think he did) but he was a huge supporter of the president from the beginning of his campaign.
“We knew from the start that change wouldn’t be easy. But we also understood we were living in extraordinary times and that we’ve been asked to confront challenges of a size and a scope that hadn’t been seen in recent history –- a set of challenges that few generations of Americans have ever been asked to confront: two wars, a debilitating recession, a global financial crisis, a crisis that faces the planet when it comes to climate change.
And we understood that meeting these challenges was going to require some tough choices. It required us to do what was right, even if it wasn’t necessarily always popular — at least not at first. It required taking on the status quo in Washington that unfortunately tends to favor inertia over action, and tinkering over real reform. And we knew that it would require looking beyond the next news cycle and the next election to the next generation; to do what we had to do to ensure that our children and grandchildren inherit an America that is as ascendant, as bold, as imaginative as the America that we inherited from our parents.
Now, that’s not just a responsibility. Meeting these challenges is a privilege and an opportunity, for in our hands lies the chance to shape the world for good and for ill. “