The man you fantasize will walk you down the aisle at your wedding was being honored at the Museum of Modern Art and forwent the usual, boring acceptance speech to deliver a message to his 319 million children.
"We are going to be all right. America has been in worst places than we are at right now," he said, before out-dadding himself and breaking into song.
We have this magnificent thing that is in place, it's a magnificent document, and it starts off with these phrases that if you're smart enough, you memorized in school, or, just read it enough so you learned it by heart, or, you kind of watched those things on ABC where they taught you little songs, and the song goes like, [sings] "We the People ... in Order to form a more perfect Union. establish Justice and insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare," and it goes on and on. That. That document is going to protect us, over and over again, whether or not our neighbors preserve and protect and defend it themselves.
Dad goes on to say:
We are going to be all right, because we constantly get to tell the whole world who we are. We constantly get to define ourselves as Americans. We do have the greatest country in the world. We may move at a slow pace, but we do have the greatest country in the world, because we are always moving towards a more perfect Union. That journey never ceases. It never stops. Sometimes, like in a Bruce Springsteen song, one step forward, two steps back. But we still, aggregately, move forward. We, who are a week into wondering what the hell just happened, will continue to move forward. We have to choose to do so. But we will move forward, because if we do not move forward, what is to be said about us?
Dad made a point to send out the link, too.
Read the whole inspiring speech over at Vulture.
Plus, now that we're here, let's revisit Hanksy's pre-election pep talk, from when there was still hope.
Thanks, Dad. Love you.