Washington (CNN) - President Obama wished the nation a happy Thanksgiving on Thursday and also used his weekly address to renew his call for bipartisan cooperation on addressing major issues facing the nation.
In the remarks usually delivered on a Saturday, Obama said the first family will have the same kind of holiday experienced by millions of Americans - filled with friends and relatives, good food and football.
"And just as folks have done in every Thanksgiving since the first, we'll spend some time taking stock of what we're thankful for: the God-given bounty of America and the blessings of one another," the president said.
He called for Americans to think about those less fortunate and saluted the "countless" Americans serving their country and communities, from soldiers on guard around the world to volunteers at local soup kitchens and food pantries.
On Wednesday, the first family spent an hour handing out Thanksgiving dinner packages to people at Martha's Table, a local aid organization.
Such service is "emblematic of what Americans have always done," Obama said in his weekly address.
"We come together and do what's required to make tomorrow better than today," he said. "That's who we are."
That means supporting the nation's soldiers and working together to help spur faster economic recovery from the recession, he said.
"But we won't do it as any one political party," he said. "We've got to do it as one people. And in the coming weeks and months, I hope that we can work together, Democrats and Republicans and independents alike, to make progress on these and other issues."
Noting his scheduled meeting on Tuesday with congressional leaders from both parties, Obama said it was time for "a real and honest discussion - because I believe that if we stop talking at one another and start talking with one another, we can get a lot done."
"For what we are called to do again today isn't about Democrats or Republicans," he said. "It's not about left or right. It's about us. It's about what we know this country is capable of. It's about what we want America to be in this new century."
Mr. President have a nice Thanksgiving and thank you for doing your best to make sure our country moves forward and not back to the middle ages.
Most of us stand behind you. Don't listen to your enemies and those who want to bring you and us down.
"It's about what we want America to be in this new century," Obama said.
In this new century, I want America to be as prosperous as it was during the 1950s.
The totally ignorant voters sent more of the Party of No to Washington in November. I guess they don't want bipartisanship? I call it the "Dumbing Down of America!" I think they figure with unemployment now coming way down, thanks to the Stimulus Bill, that to give the repulsive republicanst another chance to ruin us economically!
I hate all republicans!
I like the picture. The kid seems to be grateful and happy that the day has come, thus making the rest of us to feel the same!
Oh... this coming from Mr "I won".... THAT's rich!!
Part-Time Palin, full-time divider.
Short-cut Sarah, the mud slinger.
The Grumpy grizzly, gutless governor.
The Wasilla wizard, witch supporter.
Then, there is Michelle.
Unfortuantely, the republicans have proven during the last two years their only interest is in defeating this president, they don't give a damn about whats best for the country. People better get that or we will be in real trouble. Just saying no is not a policy position or an answer.
Advise to Obama on Tday...do not even think of going to rescue any one...let China, and other nations deal with N. Korea...enough wars, and enough this fiscal mess by GOP thugs...we did not recuperate with Iraq war....you are doing fine and excellent what this nation needs to be doing...good luck and god bless you obama....
I hope Roland Martin doesnt eat all the turkey
This continued negativity from the Republican Party is affecting all of us. Nothing getting done means your interests are being ignored for petty political bickering. I think the "will of the people" was very clear. Take care of the problems we face and stop the foolishness. You are like school yard kids pouting. Grow up and govern!
do not worry too much about N. Korea....we just stay out of it...enough Iraq mess...we do not have money with that...
Bipartisanship is not going to happen. When the GOP is hell bent on increasing our debt with Bush cuts paid for by borrowing from the Chinese, eliminating health reform which helps over 30 million people while reducing the deficit, eliminating the START treaty which makes the world safer, repeal all regulations on the same group that brought us to a near depression, and making sure jobs are shipped overseas to give the wealthiest more profit, we are screwed.
Same old same old. He talks the talk, but he has never done the walk, never. If he wants to step up and do so now, it's his last chance
He just won't learn. They have shut down the senate for 2 years. They will continue to do so.
Good luck with that Mr. President. It hasn't happened yet so with this new Congress I don't know why you would think it will happen now. Have a happy holiday, sir.
Thank you Mr.President and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!~The words you spoke today have never been more true,we ARE basically a nation of mostly good and kind people and we must return to those values asap! That is why the folks like us ,who believe in you, will include you in our prayers of things to be thankful for today Mr.President.~And yes,we too salute our troops around the world and all those who work,and volunteer in every possible way,to make life better for those less fortunate~THAT TRULY IS AMERICA! GOD BLESS~AND IT MATTERS NOT WHAT RELIGION OR PLACE YOU ARE FROM~THIS AMERICA CARES FOR ALL.