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Obama Says Service Would Be A Cornerstone Of His Presidency

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Barack Obama is urging Americans to find a way to help make the American dream a reality not just for themselves, but for all.      

His call to service is part of a flag-draped week focused on God, country, veterans and freedom.      

The Democratic presidential candidate told a University of Colorado crowd that loving your country shouldn't just mean watching Independence Day fireworks.      

As Obama describes it, the problem isn't that Americans aren't willing to serve. It's that they haven't been asked aggressively enough or given enough opportunities. He recalled that Americans eager to pitch in after the Nine-Eleven attacks were merely "asked to shop."       Obama plans to offer repeated calls for American sacrifice as president and expand government national service programs. Besides expanding the Peace Corps and Americorps, Obama proposes creating a "Green Vet Initiative." It would offer counseling, job placement and mediation with industry for veterans wanting to enter the growing renewable energy field.      

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