We may do different jobs, and wear different uniforms, and hold different views than the person beside us. But as Americans, we all share the same proud title:
We are citizens.
It’s a word that doesn’t just describe our nationality or legal status. It describes the way we’re made. It describes what we believe.
It captures the enduring idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations;
that our rights are wrapped up in the rights of others;
and that well into our third century as a nation, it remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the next great chapter in our American story.
- President Obama,from: The State of the Union Address, 2/12/13.