President Obama at the United Nations General Assembly

President Barack Obama addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, N.Y., Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, center, and Peter Thomson of Fiji, President of its seventy-first session listen. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

I believe that at this moment we all face a choice. We can choose to press forward with a better model of cooperation and integration. Or we can retreat into a world sharply divided, and ultimately in conflict, along age-old lines of nation and tribe and race and religion.

I want to suggest to you today that we must go forward, and not backward.

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