Dad, husband, President, citizen.

“Now is the time for the U.S. Senate to do the right thing…Future generations are counting on us.”

This piece was originally published in USA Today on January 12, 2022.

When I spoke at John Lewis’ memorial service two years ago, I emphasized a truth John knew better than just about anyone. Our democracy isn’t a given. It isn’t self-executing. We, as citizens, have to nurture and tend…

He was always, unfailingly, himself.

Mr. President and First Lady Biden, Vice President and Second Gentleman Harris, Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, Elder Ballard, most of all to Harry’s beloved Landra, the Reid children and grandchildren, friends and former staff, it’s a great honor to be with you today to pay tribute to my friend, Harry…

When Harry Reid was nearing the end, his wife Landra asked some of us to share letters that she could read to him. In lieu of a statement, here’s what I wrote to my friend:


I got the news that the health situation has taken a rough turn, and…

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a mentor, a friend, and a moral compass for me and so many others. A universal spirit, Archbishop Tutu was grounded in the struggle for liberation and justice in his own country, but also concerned with injustice everywhere. He never lost his impish sense of humor and willingness to find humanity in his adversaries, and Michelle and I will miss him dearly.

Here’s my annual list of favorite books, music, and movies. Art always sustains and nourishes the soul. But for me, music and storytelling felt especially urgent during this pandemic year — a way to connect even when we were cooped up.

Since these are works I have actually listened to…

If we pledge to do our part and then follow through on those commitments, I believe we can secure a better future.

Hello, Glasgow. Oh, it is wonderful to be back in the UK. It is, let’s face it, wonderful to be traveling anywhere these days, and thank you Sheila for that outstanding introduction and for all the work that you are doing in a part of the world that is feeling…

In a country as large and diverse as ours, progress can often feel frustrating and slow, with small victories accompanied by frequent setbacks. But once in a while, it’s still possible to take a giant leap forward.

That’s what the framework announced today represents. It’s a testament to President Biden…

Barack Obama

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