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President Obama finds relevance today in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's words and actions from more than a half century ago. He notes that change takes "persistence" and comes from not just leaders like King, but the thousands of people who committed countless acts of heroism and were the "foot soldiers for justice." "This monument is yours, as well", President Obama told the crowd. President Obama saw echoes of King's work in today's Occupy Wall Street movement. "If he were alive today, I believe he would remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there; that the businessman can enter tough negotiations with his company?s union without vilifying the right to collectively bargain. He would want us to know we can argue fiercely about the proper size and role of government without questioning each other?s love for this country -- (applause) -- with the knowledge that in this democracy, government is no distant object but is rather an expression of our common commitments to one another. He would call on us to assume the best in each other rather than the worst, and challenge one another in ways that ultimately heal rather than wound."