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              President Barack Obama speaks at the Jerusalem Convention Center in Jerusalem, Israel, Thursday, March 21, 2013, (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama: Democracy allows ‘allows each generation to reimagine … our union’

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      Vince Coglianese

      Vince Coglianese is the executive editor of The Daily Caller.

      His reporting has received wide coverage, including in the pages of The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Drudge Report, among others. Vince has appeared as a guest on the Fox News Channel, CNN and CNBC, as well as other cable news networks. Additionally, Vince has been a guest on "The Sean Hannity Radio Show," Sirius XM''s "The Press Pool with Julie Mason," "The Schnitt Show" and Glenn Beck's TheBlaze TV.

      Prior to joining TheDC, Vince was the Web Editor for CarolinaCoastOnline.com, and a radio talk show host for The Talk Station (WTKF/WJNC) in Morehead City, N.C.

In a speech to the people of Israel Thursday, President Obama told an audience at the Jerusalem Convention Center that democratic discourse serves to allow “each generation to reimagine and renew our union.” (Emphasis added):

“But the source of our friendship extends beyond interests, just as it has transcended political parties and individual leaders. America is a nation of immigrants. We are strengthened by diversity. We are enriched by faith. We are governed not simply by men and women, but by laws. We are fueled by entrepreneurship and innovation. And we are defined by a democratic discourse that allows each generation to reimagine and renew our union once more. So in Israel, we see values that we share, even as we recognize what makes us different.”

Five days before his first election in 2008, then-Senator Obama relied on a similar assertion to rally his base. “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” he said then.

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The president’s critics leaned on that phrase throughout his first term, finding him at fault for wanting to “transform” the country “fundamentally.”

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