The topic this week’s Presidential address was to update the nation on the situation in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota as massive flooding affects the region. He details the Government’s rescue efforts and assures us that they are doing everything they can to ease suffering.
He also discusses the hard work of the men and women who volunteered to fill sandbags in order to save their communities from the water. According to the President, volunteers at the Fargodome filled 2.5 million sandbags in just five days. Others worked in adverse conditions to build up the levies around the river. He uses these and other examples of self sacrifice to argue that people all over the country have made positive differences in their communities through volunteerism.
Finally, President Obama expresses gratitude for the passage of the bipartisan public service bill, which will, according to a Reuters report, “establish and expand community service programs to work in education and healthcare, respond to disasters, provide opportunities for low-income individuals and help military veterans as well as developing countries.”