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Remembering President John F. Kennedy

President  John F. Kennedy, 11 July 1963

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.

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