Obama issues a challenge: Time to reflect on positive news of 2017, too

Obama issues a challenge: Time to reflect on positive news of 2017, too

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In a series of tweets Friday, Barack Obama urged Americans to end 2017 on a high note.

"For all the bad news that seemed to dominate our collective consciousness, there are countless stories from this year that remind us what's best about America," wrote Obama, who is spending the holidays with his family in the islands.

Obama then shared three inspirational stories: About a wedding planner who turned a postponed wedding into a volunteer opportunity for Hurricane Harvey victims; Eagles defensive end Chris Long, who handed over paychecks for six NFL games to fund scholarships in Charlottesville, Va.; and the 10-year-old Chicago boy who's helping homeless people with "blessing bags" full of toiletries and food.

The tweets instantly went viral, and prompted others to share positive stories that happened over the year.

Obama ended his Twitter thread with an inspirational message for the new year: "All across America people chose to get involved, get engaged and stand up. Each of us can make a difference, and all of us ought to try. So go keep changing the world in 2018."

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