The energy was awesome. And the intensity of his conviction was like a blow torch burning away all those layers of complacency and comfort. Show up. Stand up. Swimming The ocean is calling and I must go poster. We can do better. He didn’t let anybody off the hook. He said, “Yeah, I want to help you, but you’ve got to work hard. And all you comfortable middle-class people who don’t have a lot of money to give away, you need to do something to serve your community. And all you people who are rich like me, we don’t need this much. You need to give more so we can grow together and prosper together. And oh, by the way we’ll all be better off, but you should do it because, as you heard, it’s the right thing to do. There’s something for everybody to do.”
Swimming The ocean is calling and I must go poster
Fifty years later he would say, “I’m 92 now and you have to listen to me from a distance. I still try to speak to the young.” We stood up for Emma. Swimming The ocean is calling and I must go poster. You know why I love that? Because she and her generation are the first people who have made sensible, sane gun safety laws a voting issue in this country. When I was President, we passed the assault weapons ban and the magazine limit, but we couldn’t make it a voting issue and we got our brains beat out in the next election. When she and her colleagues said “We do not deserve to die in school, schools need not be killing grounds,” America recognized finally that these students need our support not just sympathy.