Today we remember President John F. Kennedy. Since 2009 I have had the honor of occupying his Senate office.
President Kennedy inspired a generation of Americans to serve their country at home and around the world and to help their fellow man. He also had a remarkable ability to look towards the future always searching for new ideas and new opportunities.
As we remember President Kennedy today let us recommit to his vision, to this country and to our shared future. As President Kennedy once said: “I can assure you that we love our country, not for what it was, though it has always been great -- not for what it is, though of this we are deeply proud -- but for what it someday can, and, through the efforts of us all, someday will be.”
Today would be President John F. Kennedy's 92nd birthday. At the start of the new Congress this year I had the opportunity to move into the office President Kennedy used when he was a Senator from Massachusetts. This is a great honor, and as I think of President Kennedy today I think of his great ability to look towards the future always searching for new ideas and challenges.
President Kennedy once said, "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future." This is as true today as it was in John F. Kennedy's time. Today we are presented with many opportunities and confront many challenges as we look
to reform our health care system to ensure everyone has access to high quality affordable health care; to develop clean energy initiatives and help enact meaningful climate change policy; to harness all the resources of our Nation to develop new jobs and opportunities to help our Nation grow and prosper; and to invest in our children so the bright light inside of every one can shine in to adulthood. We must embrace change and the idea of the possible so we do not "miss the future."
As we remember and honor President Kennedy today, let us also remember one of the greatest lessons he taught us: to look to the future and imagine what could be if we try.