When I was a kid, I was taught that if you were to lose your mind, you should put your life on hold and go somewhere else to get help.
I learned that if I got my life together and had the courage to speak out, I could get my life back.
That was my motto as a kid: I want to make it through whatever it takes.
I know how to survive.
But today, I know that I can’t.
In the face of a rising tide of nationalism, intolerance, and hate, the world’s largest democracy and the leader of a major economic and political superpower is finding itself caught between a rock and a hard place.
It’s hard to know what to say to my fellow Americans and Japanese Americans who are caught in a dangerous world.
The people of this country and Japan, we love you.
We want to do what we can to help you.
And we will.
But this is a tough time for our country, and we will work with the world to keep the United States strong.
But we cannot allow this to become a new dividing line.
I’m asking you to be strong.
I’m asking the people of the world: be strong together.
And I’m begging you to do that.
To help you, we’re giving you our word that we will continue to provide information and support to our partners and allies, as they pursue the full truth of the events of the past week.
We’re offering you our sincere thanks for your support, for helping us track down the attackers, and for helping to secure the safety and security of the American people.
And I’m grateful to you for all of your work and commitment over the last year to keeping this nation safe.
We know that you have your own ideas about how to make America safe again.
We’re also confident that you’ll continue to work hard to make sure we remain a strong, safe, prosperous, and peaceful nation.
I ask you to keep working together, because the American Dream is at stake.
As you have always shown in the past, our democracy is in good hands.
You can count on me to make a difference, to stand up for you, and to keep fighting for you. Thank you.