Yes, we confront a whole range of challenges…What is preventing us from making more progress really has to do with our politics and our civic life. The only folks who are going to be able to solve that problem are young folks ,the next generation. The question then becomes: What are the ways we can create pathways for them to take leadership and to get involved? Are there ways we can knock down some of the barriers that are discouraging them from a life of service? If there are, I want to work with them to knock down those barriers and get that next generation to celebrate their move towards leadership because I think if that happens, we’re going to be fine.
--President Barack Obama, University of Chicago, April 24, 2017