This feature has been missing for a couple of weeks, for which I apologize. I’ll try to be more consistent in posting these.
This week the president recorded his address from Colorado, which he visited because of the horrific wildfires there.
The president thanks the firefighters and all the people who are working hard to help protect the people of Colorado. He urges people to donate to the American Red Cross to help with relief, and he stresses the idea that we Americans pull together in these times to help those who have been struck by misfortune.
To my mind, there are some parallels to be drawn between the devastation of wildfires in a community to the devastation of unexpected health crises in individuals’ lives. We recognize that sometimes bad things happen to good people, and we act as a community to not only put out fires but to prevent fires from happening, and when fires do destroy homes and communities, we react as a people, often (but not exclusively) through our government, to help pick up the pieces.