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Obama: 'Love Neighbors As Ourselves' Amid Turmoil (Video)

| by Lauren Briggs

In a post-Veterans Day address to the nation, President Barack Obama urged his fellow Americans on Nov. 12 to love one another and "get each other's backs" as a display of love for the country (video below).

"We can practice kindness," the president said in a video uploaded to the White House's YouTube channel. "We can volunteer, serve and respect one another. We can always get each other's backs. And we can show how much we love our country by loving our neighbors as ourselves."

In the weekly address, Obama made no mention of the election or the subsequent protests that have happened across the nation. Instead, he pointed to the military, whom he praises for its diversity.

"This weekend, as we search for ways to bridge our differences, we look to the principles that are more enduring than politics," he said. "And some of the best examples are found in the men and women we saluted yesterday, and every day -- our troops and veterans. It is the example … of a military that meets every mission, one united team, all looking out for one another, all getting each other's backs."

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Obama urged followers to mirror the "courage and humility our veterans show," particularly those who have re-entered the workforce after serving their countries.

"It is the example of the single most diverse institution in our country — soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and coastguardsmen who represent every corner of our country, every shade of humanity, immigrant and native-born, Christian, Muslim, Jew, and nonbeliever alike, all forged into common service," he said, adding that "we can never serve them in quite the same they serve us."

Though Obama avoids directly discussing the election in the video, he has spoken about President-elect Donald Trump with optimism in several speeches, including one that he made on Nov. 16 in Athens, Greece, in which he advocated a peaceful transition of power despite admitting that he and Trump "could not be more different," according to the New York Times.

"American democracy is bigger than any one person," the president said. "That is why we have a tradition of the outgoing president welcoming the new one -- as I did last week."

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Sources: White House/YouTubeNew York Times / Photo Credit: White House/YouTube

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