Last night, Tom Hanks was honored at the Film Benefit at the Museum of Modern Art, presented by Chanel. Instead of giving a regular acceptance speech, Hanks stepped into his role as “America’s Dad” and gave the country a much-needed pep talk. “We are going to be all right,” he assured the audience, “because we constantly get to tell the whole world who we are. We constantly get to define ourselves as Americans.”
Here’s an excerpt from the speech, via Vulture:
In my own lifetime, our streets were in chaos, our generations were fighting each other tooth and nail, and every dinner table ended up being as close to a fist fight as our families would allow. We have been in a place where we looked at our leaders and wondered what the hell were they thinking of? We’ve had moments with administrations and politicians and leaders and Senators and governors where we asked ourselves, Are they lying to us?…
We are going to be all right, because we constantly get to tell the whole world who we are. We constantly get to define ourselves as Americans. We do have the greatest country in the world. We may move at a slow pace, but we do have the greatest country in the world, because we are always moving towards a more perfect Union. That journey never ceases. It never stops. Sometimes, like in a Bruce Springsteen song, one step forward, two steps back. But we still, aggregately, move forward. We, who are a week into wondering what the hell just happened, will continue to move forward. We have to choose to do so. But we will move forward, because if we do not move forward, what is to be said about us?
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