- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tom Hanks offered a message of hope to Americans still reeling from Donald Trump’s stunning Election Day victory, saying the “greatest country in the world” will move forward and prevail just as it always has.

The 60-year-old actor gave a monologue following a tribute to his film career at the Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday night.

“We are going to be all right,” he told the audience, Vulture reported. “America has been in worse places than we are at right now.

“In my own lifetime, our streets were in chaos, our generations were fighting each other tooth and nail, and every dinner table ended up being as close to a fist fight as our families would allow,” he continued. “We have been in a place where we looked at our leaders and wondered what the hell were they thinking of? We’ve had moments with administrations and politicians and leaders and Senators and governors where we asked ourselves, Are they lying to us? Or do they really believe in this?”

But Mr. Hanks assured Americans that no matter what happens or who is in power, they are protected under “this magnificent thing” called the U.S. Constitution.

“That document is going to protect us, over and over again, whether or not our neighbors preserve and protect and defend it themselves,” he said. “We are going to be all right, because we constantly get to tell the whole world who we are. We constantly get to define ourselves as Americans.

“We may move at a slow pace, but we do have the greatest country in the world, because we are always moving towards a more perfect Union,” he said. “That journey never ceases. It never stops. Sometimes, like in a Bruce Springsteen song, one step forward, two steps back. But we still, aggregately, move forward. We, who are a week into wondering what the hell just happened, will continue to move forward. We have to choose to do so. But we will move forward, because if we do not move forward, what is to be said about us?”

Mr. Hanks and Mr. Springsteen are among the 21 recipients of President Obama’s 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom award.

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