Obama Gives Thanks For America's Founders, Troops, Volunteers

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Americans have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

In a holiday edition of his weekend radio and Internet address, Obama gives thanks for the country's founders, the generations who followed, and members of the military, and their families, for the sacrifices they make.

He expresses gratitude for the freedoms service members defend, including speech, religion and the right to choose America's leaders.

He also has kind words for those who work to make America a more compassionate place.

"That big-hearted generosity is a central part of our American character," Obama said. "We believe in lending a hand to folks who need it. We believe in pitching in to solve problems even if they aren’t our problems. And that’s not a one-day-a-year belief. It’s part of the fabric of our nation."

Obama says Americans are greater together than they are alone. He says togetherness is what every day, including Thanksgiving, should be about.

In the Republican address, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham pays tribute to service members spending the holiday away from home, and their families.

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