During his weekly address, U.S. President Barack Obama says the America he knows ''is just not as divided as some folks try to insist.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) In his weekly address to the nation on Saturday (July 16), U.S. President Barack Obama spoke about the fatal police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota, as well as the five police officers who were killed by a sniper in Dallas. "I know that for many, it can feel like the deepest fault lines of our democracy have suddenly been exposed and even widened. But the America I know, the America I saw this week, is just not as divided as some folks try to insist," said Obama. "If we can worry less about which side has been wronged and worry more about joining sides to do right, as equal parts of one American family, then I'm confident that together we will lead our country to a better day," the president said. During a memorial service in Dallas, Obama placed last week's violence within the larger context of a divided political system that lacks the will to change the conditions of abject poverty, institutional racism, easy access to guns and racial tensions, which contributes to a seemingly endless cycle of violence, resentment and anxiety.