Eric Garcetti on Principles & Values



There ARE two Americas: Washington DC, and the rest of us

In his speech to SNHU, Garcetti spoke about navigating borders both physical and psychological. "To get here today, each one of you had to navigate borders--borders of geography, of opportunity, borders of identity and of your own doubt," said Garcetti. He spoke of his own grandfather, who crossed the border from Mexico as a baby, and his great-grandparents, who fled anti-Semitism in Russia. "I'm an average American. As I joke, I'm the average Mexican American Jewish Italian mayor of the most diverse city in the world," he said.

The theme of borders extended to national politics. Garcetti urged the audience to talk to people with opposing political views. "The pundits call it right now in our country that there are two Americas--there's the rural and urban divide, the immigrant and native-born, the coasts and the heartland, red and blue," Garcetti said. "I do believe there are two Americas, but it's none of those--it's Washington, D.C., and the rest of us."

Source: Los Angeles Times on 2020 presidential hopefuls , May 13, 2018

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