As a massive tornado touched ground and headed for Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20, it became frighteningly clear that three of Moore’s public schools were directly in its path. With only a few minutes’ warning, the teachers and staff rushed to protect the children.
President Obama and the four living former presidents gathered today at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus on Southern Methodist University. They showed up, I presume, as a sign of respect for the office and for their extraordinary shared experiences, and, perhaps, as a nod to their shared concerns about legacy.
Friends, Last week, as so many of us tried to make sense of the terrible events in Boston, this message from the beloved children's television host Fred Rogers began to pop up on Facebook pages, twitter posts and in the news media: "Look for the helpers. You will always find people helping.'"
Friends, President Obama's 2014 budget includes a small investment for those who care about volunteer service and a big tribute to the father of the modern-day volunteer movement.