(CNN) -– Drawing from the spirit of Thanksgiving, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged Washington to sidestep the partisan bickering that has taken center stage in American politics this year.
“With all the partisanship and gridlock here in Washington, it’s easy to wonder if such unity is really possible,” Obama said in his Thanksgiving address. “But think about what’s happening at this very moment: Americans from all walks of life are coming together as one people, grateful for the blessings of family, community and country.”
Obama added: “If we keep that spirit alive, if we support each other and look out for each other, and remember that we’re all in this together, then I know that we too will overcome the challenges of our time.”
The president, who said he’ll spend the day eating food and watching football with his family, also thanked military service members and those working in soup kitchens and shelters on the holiday.
“This sense of mutual responsibility –- the idea that I am my brother’s keeper, that I am my sister’s keeper –- has always been a part of what makes our country special,” Obama said. “And it’s one of the reasons the Thanksgiving tradition has endured.”