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I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.
by Barack Obama

I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996.
It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor.
I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S.
Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying.
- Barack Obama

I cannot swallow whole the view of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator.
- Barack Obama

In the end, that's what this election is about.
Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?
- Barack Obama

I don't oppose all wars.
What I am opposed to is a dumb war.
What I am opposed to is a rash war.
- Barack Obama

 

No one is pro-abortion.
- Barack Obama

Americans...
still believe in an America where anything's possible -
they just don't think their leaders do.
- Barack Obama

I will cut taxes - cut taxes - for 95 percent of all working families,
because, in an economy like this, the last thing we
should do is raise taxes on the middle class.
- Barack Obama

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We have now just enshrined, as soon as I sign this bill,
the core principle that everybody should have some
basic security when it comes to their healthcare.
- Barack Obama

Why can't I just eat my waffle?
- Barack Obama

We have real enemies in the world.
These enemies must be found.
They must be pursued and they must be defeated.
- Barack Obama

Community colleges play an important role in helping
people transition between careers by providing the
retooling they need to take on a new career.
- Barack Obama

I've been fighting with Acorn, alongside Acorn,
on issues you care about, my entire career.
- Barack Obama

The United States is not, and never will be,
at war with Islam.
- Barack Obama

I don't take a dime of their [lobbyist] money,
and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House.
- Barack Obama

John Kerry believes in an America where hard work is rewarded.
- Barack Obama

You know, my faith is one that admits some doubt.
- Barack Obama

If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking,
eventually you'll make progress.
- Barack Obama

If everybody that voted in 2008 shows up in 2010,
we will win this election.
We will win this election.
- Barack Obama

I think when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody.
- Barack Obama

You will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime.
- Barack Obama

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.
We are the ones we've been waiting for.
We are the change that we seek.
- Barack Obama

Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.
- Barack Obama

Contrary to the claims of some of my critics and some of the editorial pages,
I am an ardent believer in the free market.
- Barack Obama

There's not a liberal America and a conservative America -
there's the United States of America.
- Barack Obama

What I worry about would be that you essentially have two chambers,
the House and the Senate, but you have simply,
majoritarian, absolute power on either side.
And that's just not what the founders intended.
- Barack Obama

We all knew this.
We all knew that it would take more time than any of
us want to dig ourselves out of this hole created by this economic crisis.
- Barack Obama

My job is not to represent Washington to you,
but to represent you to Washington.
- Barack Obama

Al Qaeda is still a threat.
We cannot pretend somehow that because Barack Hussein
Obama got elected as president,
suddenly everything is going to be OK.
- Barack Obama

After a century of striving, after a year of debate,
after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise.
It is the law of the land.
- Barack Obama

I found this national debt, doubled,
wrapped in a big bow waiting for me as I stepped into the Oval Office.
- Barack Obama

I've said very clearly, including in a State of the Union address,
that I'm against 'don't ask, don't tell' and that we're
going to end this policy.
- Barack Obama

Issues are never simple.
One thing I'm proud of is that very rarely will you
hear me simplify the issues.
- Barack Obama

My administration is the only thing between you [CEO's] and the pitchforks.
- Barack Obama

I consider it part of my responsibility as President
of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes
of Islam wherever they appear.
- Barack Obama

I'm a Christian by choice.
- Barack Obama

We need to internalize this idea of excellence.
Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.
- Barack Obama

We proved that we are still a people capable of doing
big things and tackling our biggest challenges.
- Barack Obama

What do you think a stimulus is? It's spending -
that's the whole point!
Seriously.
- Barack Obama

The thing about hip-hop today is it's smart,
it's insightful.
The way they can communicate a complex message in a
very short space is remarkable.
- Barack Obama

It was not a religion that attacked us that September day.
It was al-Qaeda.
We will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker
down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust.
- Barack Obama

The fact that my 15 minutes of fame has extended a
little longer than 15 minutes is somewhat surprising
to me and completely baffling to my wife.
- Barack Obama

We are not at war against Islam.
- Barack Obama

What Washington needs is adult supervision.
- Barack Obama

We're not going to baby sit a civil war.
- Barack Obama

A good compromise, a good piece of legislation,
is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music.
Everybody can recognize it.
They say, 'Huh.
It works.
It makes sense.'
- Barack Obama

I think it is important for Europe to understand that
even though I am president and George Bush is not president,
Al Qaeda is still a threat.
- Barack Obama

People of Berlin - people of the world -
this is our moment.
This is our time.
- Barack Obama

As a nuclear power - as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon -
the United States has a moral responsibility to act.
- Barack Obama

In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's
leading role in the world.
- Barack Obama

I know my country has not perfected itself.
At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty
and equality for all of our people.
We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times
when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions.
- Barack Obama

If the people cannot trust their government to do the
job for which it exists -
to protect them and to promote their common welfare -
all else is lost.
- Barack Obama

With the changing economy, no one has lifetime employment.
But community colleges provide lifetime employability.
- Barack Obama

Since I'm the president and Democrats have controlled
the House and the Senate,
it's understandable that people are saying,
you know, 'What have you done?'
- Barack Obama

Over the last 15 months, we've traveled to every corner of the United States.
I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.
- Barack Obama

Our combat mission is ending, but our commitment to Iraq's future is not.
- Barack Obama

We need earmark reform, and when I'm President,
I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.
- Barack Obama

Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation
and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine.
It may make you feel like you're flying high at first,
but it won't take long before you feel the impact.
- Barack Obama

On every front there are clear answers out there that
can make this country stronger,
but we're going to break through the fear and the frustration people are feeling.
Our job is to make sure that even as we make progress,
that we are also giving people a sense of hope and vision for the future.
- Barack Obama

When BP was not moving fast enough on claims,
we told BP to set aside $20 billion in a fund -
managed by an independent third party -
to help all those whose lives have been turned upside down by the spill.
- Barack Obama

It was the labor movement that helped secure so much
of what we take for granted today.
The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage,
family leave, health insurance, Social Security,
Medicare, retirement plans.
The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label.
- Barack Obama

This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet.
Let us resolve that we will not leave our children
a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and
terrible storms devastate our lands.
- Barack Obama

There is probably a perverse pride in my administration...
that we were going to do the right thing,
even if short-term it was unpopular.
And I think anybody who's occupied this office has
to remember that success is determined by an intersection
in policy and politics and that you can't be neglecting of marketing and P.R.
and public opinion.
- Barack Obama

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a
certain poverty of ambition.
It asks too little of yourself.
Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something
larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.
- Barack Obama

We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition,
where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice
clothes and live in nice apartments but don't want
to work hard to accomplish these things.
Everyone should try to realize their full potential.
- Barack Obama

In fact, the best thing we could do on taxes for all
Americans is to simplify the individual tax code.
This will be a tough job, but members of both parties
have expressed an interest in doing this,
and I am prepared to join them.
- Barack Obama

It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today,
but we have just begun.
Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that
the world we leave our children is just a little bit
better than the one we inhabit today.
- Barack Obama

But what we can do, as flawed as we are,
is still see God in other people, and do our best to
help them find their own grace.
That's what I strive to do, that's what I pray to do every day.
- Barack Obama

In the absence of sound oversight,responsible businesses
are forced to compete against unscrupulous and underhanded businesses,
who are unencumbered by any restrictions on activities
that might harm the environment,
or take advantage of middle-class families,
or threaten to bring down the entire financial system.
- Barack Obama

When we think of the major threats to our national security,
the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation,
rogue states and global terrorism.
But another kind of threat lurks beyond our shores,
one from nature, not humans - an avian flu pandemic.
- Barack Obama

It's time to fundamentally change the way that we do business in Washington.
To help build a new foundation for the 21st century,
we need to reform our government so that it is more efficient,
more transparent, and more creative.
That will demand new thinking and a new sense of responsibility
for every dollar that is spent.
- Barack Obama

One of the great strengths of the United States is...
we have a very large Christian population -
we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or
a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation.
We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are
bound by ideals and a set of values.
- Barack Obama


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