"Ceremonies are important. But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops, and once-a-year Memorial Day ceremonies. We honor the dead best by treating the living well."
"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."Jennifer M. Granholm on John F. Kennedy
"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."Jennifer M. Granholm on Mark Twain
"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism."Jennifer M. Granholm on George Washington
"I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually."Jennifer M. Granholm on James A. Baldwin
"A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle."Jennifer M. Granholm on George William Curtis
"Sometimes leadership is planting trees under whose shade you'll never sit. It may not happen fully till after I'm gone. But I know that the steps we're taking are the right steps."
"This is the place where anybody - like an African American kid raised by a single mom - can be president."
"Rush Limbaugh, we expect nonsense from him. But the Vatican, that's another story. When the Vatican is so threatened that it launches attacks on nuns, well, you know what they say in politics, a hit dog hollers."
"Our strength is not just in the size of our defense budget, but in the size of our hearts, in the size of our gratitude for their sacrifice. And that's not just measured in words or gestures."
"As governor, when I visited our troops in Kuwait and Iraq, I served them Thanksgiving dinner. It was a small gesture compared to their sacrifice."