Tom Hanks was honored by the Museum of Modern Art for his film career, but he turned his speech into a call for unity in America. He offered up some sobering words for his peers in Hollywood.
We are going to be all right because we constantly get to tell the world who we are. We constantly get to define ourselves as American. We do have the greatest country in the world. We move at a slow pace. We have the greatest country in the world because we are always moving towards a more perfect union. That journey never ceases, it never stops. Sometimes, to quote a Springsteen song, it’s “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 of us?
Then this happened…
“This is the United States of America. We’ll go on. There’s great like-minded people out there who are Americans first and Republicans or Democrats second,” Hanks told The Hollywood Reporter. “I hope the president-elect does such a great job that I vote for his re-election in four years.”
Finally someone in Hollywood with some common sense. We should be rooting for the President, not wanting failure. If the President fails, America fails.
His remarks were met with a standing ovation.