President Barack Obama is laying out his vision for America’s future during a trip to Texas, saying he wants to “make America great” again.
Obama made the comments Friday morning in the capital of Houston, where he and first lady Michelle Obama are visiting a public high school.
“What we have to do is take a step back and think about where we are as a country,” he said.
“We have to make it a place where everyone can live their lives.
We have to build on our strengths and make sure that everybody gets a fair shot.”
Obama said he believes America’s prosperity can be built on a broad spectrum of shared prosperity, including for African-Americans, women, people of color, the elderly, and others.
He said the first lady’s focus on “equal pay, equal opportunity, equal access” is part of her plan to change that.
Obama spoke for roughly 15 minutes, stopping at the school to sign autographs for kids, as he toured the school and met students and teachers.
He also spoke with students, many of whom wore a T-shirt that read, “I can’t believe I’m going to Texas.”
Obama told the kids to “be careful” because the school is “a really good place to raise a child” and that he is not in charge of their education.
“If we can find a way to have a good education, if we can get everybody back to a place that is stable and secure and we can make sure we have the best education for everyone, I think we can be great,” Obama said.
The president made a point of talking about the importance of the Supreme Court, saying it is “probably the biggest threat” to the future of America.
Obama said the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) is “trying to make sure they are prepared to defend us in a world that’s increasingly divided” and he wants “to be prepared to do that.”
Obama called for a “fundamental shift” in the military and said he hopes to work with Congress to find solutions to “what we have been doing over the past four years.”
Obama also took aim at some of the country’s worst problems, including racial inequality, a lack of affordable housing, a crumbling infrastructure, and a broken criminal justice system.
“There’s no doubt that there are structural issues that we have got to deal with,” Obama told students.
“And we need to work together to fix them.
And I think that’s what we can do, I don’t know if it’s a perfect solution, but it’s one we should pursue.”