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Barack Obama Quotes and Sayings

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What Washington needs is adult supervision.
- Barack Obama

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I'm a Christian by choice.
- Barack Obama

We are not at war against Islam.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No one is pro-abortion.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 task over the last two years hasn't just been to stop the bleeding.
My task has also been to try to figure out how do we
address some of the structural problems in the economy
that have prevented more Googles from being created.
- Barack Obama

It's not surprising, then, they get bitter,
they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people
who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or
anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
- Barack Obama

And so our goal on health care is, if we can get,
instead of health care costs going up 6 percent a year,
it's going up at the level of inflation,
maybe just slightly above inflation,
we've made huge progress.
And by the way, that is the single most important thing
we could do in terms of reducing our deficit.
That's why we did it.
- 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

This is the moment when we must build on the wealth
that open markets have created,
and share its benefits more equitably.
Trade has been a cornerstone of our growth and global development.
But we will not be able to sustain this growth if it favors the few,
and not the many.
- Barack Obama

Where the stakes are the highest, in the war on terror,
we cannot possibly succeed without extraordinary international cooperation.
Effective international police actions require the
highest degree of intelligence sharing,
planning and collaborative enforcement.
- Barack Obama

The Bush Administration's failure to be consistently
involved in helping Israel achieve peace with the Palestinians
has been both wrong for our friendship with Israel,
as well as badly damaging to our standing in the Arab world.
- Barack Obama

I've got two daughters.
9 years old and 6 years old.
I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals.
But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby.
- Barack Obama

I can make a firm pledge, under my plan,
no family making less than $250,000 a year will see
any form of tax increase.
Not your income tax, not your payroll tax,
not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.
- Barack Obama

Now we're in the midst of not just advocating for change,
not just calling for change - we're doing the grinding,
sometimes frustrating work of delivering change -
inch by inch,
day by day.
- 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

Of course, violence will not end with our combat mission.
Extremists will continue to set off bombs,
attack Iraqi civilians and try to spark sectarian strife.
But ultimately, these terrorists will fail to achieve their goals.
- Barack Obama

Poorly secured nuclear material in the former Soviet Union,
or secrets from a scientist in Pakistan could help
build a bomb that detonates in Paris.
The poppies in Afghanistan become the heroin in Berlin.
The poverty and violence in Somalia breeds the terror of tomorrow.
- 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

My family, frankly, they weren't folks who went to church every week.
My mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew
but she didn't raise me in the church,
so I came to my Christian faith later in life and it
was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me
in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead.
- Barack Obama

We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing
in our students and our schools.
We must make sure that people who have the grades,
the desire and the will, but not the money,
can still get the best education possible.
- Barack Obama


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