Though there was mistrust and misunderstanding on both sides, and a certain necessary amount of forgetting, with the passage of time Clemente and the city of Pittsburgh built a bridge. They came to honor, respect and even treasure each other. Like the people of Pittsburgh, Barack Obama understands that we live in a Nation of Bridges -- his life and his history are the proof of it. In steel, stone or acts of human daring, that is the grace bestowed on all of us by those who, in spite of the terrible downward pressures of gravity, or bitterness, or fear, build bridges.
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