Only in America. My life would have been an impossible dream anywhere else, so I tell everyone I am not self-made, I'm American-made. I am grateful every day that this country accepted me with open arms and made my impossible dream a reality, and I am so truly thankful to all of the men and women who have bravely served throughout our history and made America great. Happy birthday, U.S.A. #fourthofjuly
I started my trip with a message to @universityofhouston graduates about the importance of recognizing the help we all get along the way and giving back, and I ended it with my good friend @justinjames99 at his charity softball game which raises money for after-school programs - a perfect example of giving back!
Today my speech to the graduates at the University of Houston was all about the people who helped me and inspired me throughout my life - to show that I'm not a self-made man. Because when you acknowledge that you are the product of a lot of help, you will give back and help others. I was so lucky afterward to have lunch with two of my greatest inspirations. President Bush and Barbara have always put this country first and it will always be my great honor to call them friends and mentors. They inspired me to enter public service.