Ladders of Opportunity

“We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.”

– President Barack Obama, Inaugural Address,
   January 21, 2013

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President Obama Speaks at the National Urban League Convention

President Obama discusses his Administration’s work to holistically strengthen communities at the National Urban League Convention on July 25, 2012.

We’re not a nation of people who are looking for handouts… But we do expect hard work to pay off. We do expect responsibility to be rewarded. We do expect that if you put in enough effort, you should be able to find a job that pays the bills. You should be able to own a home you call your own.... You should be able to give your kids the best possible education.

President Barack Obama
July 25, 2012