From a transcript of the joint press event with Congresswomen Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, and Tlaib, July 15, 2019:
REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (D-NY):
Good afternoon. I will try to keep this as brief as I can. But who knows, when I get on a roll, right?
When I was a little girl, my father took me to the reflecting pool here.
We were on a road trip from New York to Florida to visit family.
I have told this story before. It was my first time visiting Washington D.C.
He rested me on the side of the reflecting pool
and had my toes dipped in the water
and had me look at the Washington Monument.
The capital, the entirety of the capital of our great country.
He pointed to all of it.
He said, “This belongs to all of us.
This belongs to you, and it belongs to me.”
So the first note I want to tell children across this country
is that no matter what the president says,
this country belongs to you,
and it belongs to everyone.
From top: Christina Aguilera performs “Reflection” from Mulan: Steve Rogers, Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool from Captain America: Winter Soldier: Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming; White Tigers Angela del Toro and Hector Ayala; Kamala Khan from MAGNIFICENT MS. MARVEL #1; Danielle Cage as alternate-future Captain America: Jessica Cruz joins the Green Lantern Corps; Meme-shaped quotation with America Chavez, Green Lantern, Riri Williams/Ironheart, and Ms. Marvel. Apologies for the lack of artist citations. See you at SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2019!