President Obama specifically thanked Secretary of State John Kerry for his role in achieving the Iran nuclear deal, recognizing his long record of service.
Kerry “began his service to this country more than four decades ago, when he put on our uniform and went off to war,” Obama stated, and was “making this country safer through his commitment of strong, principled, American diplomacy.”
Obama noted the historic nature of the moment, pointing out that American principals were more important than military force.
“History shows that America must lead not just with our might, but with our principles,” he said. “It shows we are stronger, not when we are alone, but when we bring the world together.”