In Obama's Thanksgiving Day remarks, he asked the American people to united in support of his administration. "As a nation, we've just emerged from a campaign season that was passionate, noisy, and vital to our democracy," he said. "But it also required us to make choicesÂ—and sometimes those choices led us to focus on what sets us apart instead of what ties us together; on what candidate we support instead of what country we belong to." For Obama, Thanksgiving Day is the perfect time to put the election results behind you no matter how you feel about the tactics or results. The President admonished Americans to "remember that, despite our differences, we are, and always will be, Americans first and foremost."
Obama is asking for the popular support he did not receive in the election. Obama attained 10 million votes less in 2012 than in 2008, a drop from 69.4 million to 59.8 million votes. Even McCain earned more votes in 2008 than Obama did in 2012, with 59.9 million votes. Whites voted overwhelmingly for Romney in 2012, voting 59-39% in his favor. Obama recognizes his lack of support in the country and so used Thanksgiving Day as an opportunity to acquire some goodwill from the American people.
The Daily Caller pointed out that President Obama neglected to thank God in his Thanksgiving Day address, a tradition he started his first Thanksgiving. At least he is being honest that he is not thankful to God. Isn't this better than presidents pretending to be thankful to God when they really aren't? Obama skipped the tradition of Godless politicians making trite remarks about God and instead talked about what he really wantedÂ—popular support for his Presidency after a controversial re-election in the midst of a disastrous economy with little indication for recovery.