President proclaims blessings of family, community and country

President Barack Obama has given his Thanksgiving proclamation:

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 22, 2012, as a National Day of Thanksgiving. I encourage the people of the United States to join together — whether in our homes, places of worship, community centers, or any place of fellowship for friends and neighbors — and give thanks for all we have received in the past year, express appreciation to those whose lives enrich our own, and share our bounty with others.”

A tradition dating back to George Washington in 1789, presidents use their Thanksgiving proclamation to make a formal declaration of the holiday and call on Americans to give thanks.

I noted yesterday that for non-Americans living  in the U.S., the holiday can pose some particualr challenges.

But it appears I may be saved from existential doom and have reason to give thanks due to friend from journalism school days kindly inviting me to join him and his family in Houston for Thanksgiving.

And not just any old Thanksgiving, but a big fat American-Italian-style one. I’ve started my stomach stretches in preparation.