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"We’re at a turning point right now, both here in America and around the world," Obama told a crowd of about 2,000 gathered outdoors on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. "Because there's a mood out there. There's a politics of meanness and division and conflict, of tribalism and cynicism. That's one path. But the good news is there's another path where we pull together and we solve big problems."

Remember when:

People, regardless of their political party, got the Salk vaccine?
It was developed in a hurry, and nobody knew what the long-term effects would be. They just didn't want their kids to get polio.

I'm sure that you can think of many other examples of how political divisions are hurting the country. Then there's the matter of meanness. The majority of Republicans don't seem to care who gets hurt, as long as the Republicans retain power.

I can remember when the GOP wasn't The Party of Meanness.
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