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538 Inspiring Quotes by Barack Obama

  • Last updated Jul 27 2021

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Wikipedia Summary for Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II ( bə-RAHK hoo-SAYN oh-BAH-mə; born August 4, 1961) is an American politician and attorney who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Obama was the first African-American president of the United States. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004.

Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduating from Columbia University in 1983, he worked as a community organizer in Chicago. In 1988, he enrolled in Harvard Law School, where he was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating, he became a civil rights attorney and an academic, teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. Turning to elective politics, he represented the 13th district in the Illinois Senate from 1997 until 2004, when he ran for the U.S. Senate. Obama received national attention in 2004 with his March Senate primary win, his well-received July Democratic National Convention keynote address, and his landslide November election to the Senate. In 2008, he was nominated by the Democratic Party for president a year after beginning his campaign, and after a close primary campaign against Hillary Clinton. Obama was elected over Republican nominee John McCain in the general election and was inaugurated alongside his running mate, Joe Biden, on January 20, 2009. Nine months later, he was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Obama signed many landmark bills into law during his first two years in office. The main reforms that were passed include the Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as ACA or "Obamacare"), although without a public health insurance option, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 served as economic stimuli amidst the Great Recession. After a lengthy debate over the national debt limit, he signed the Budget Control and the American Taxpayer Relief Acts. In foreign policy, he increased U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, reduced nuclear weapons with the United States–Russia New START treaty, and ended military involvement in the Iraq War. He ordered military involvement in Libya for the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1973, contributing to the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. He also ordered the military operation that resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden.

After winning re-election by defeating Republican opponent Mitt Romney, Obama was sworn in for a second term in 2013. During this term, he promoted inclusion for LGBT Americans. His administration filed briefs that urged the Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional (United States v. Windsor and Obergefell v. Hodges); same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide in 2015 after the Court ruled so in Obergefell. He advocated for gun control in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, indicating support for a ban on assault weapons, and issued wide-ranging executive actions concerning global warming and immigration. In foreign policy, he ordered successful military interventions in Iraq and Syria in response to gains made by ISIL after the 2011 withdrawal from Iraq, continued the process of ending U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan in 2016, promoted discussions that led to the 2015 Paris Agreement on global climate change, initiated sanctions against Russia following the invasion in Ukraine and again after interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, brokered the JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran, and normalized U.S. relations with Cuba. Obama nominated three justices to the Supreme Court: Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan were confirmed as justices, while Merrick Garland faced partisan obstruction from the Republican-led Senate led by Mitch McConnell, which never held hearings or a vote on the nomination. Obama left office in January 2017 and continues to reside in Washington, D.C.

During Obama's terms in office, the United States' reputation abroad, as well as the American economy, significantly improved. Obama's presidency has generally been regarded favorably, and evaluations of his presidency among historians, political scientists, and the general public frequently place him among the upper tier of American presidents.

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Our destiny is not written for us, but by us.

--Barack Obama

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Yes, we can. Yes, we can change. Yes, we can.

--Barack Obama

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Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy.

--Barack Obama

Longer Version:

Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future. I loved Spock.


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The Russians don't make determinations about what our defense posture is.

--Barack Obama

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We can't just drill our way out of the energy and climate challenge that we face.

--Barack Obama

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There's nobody to guide through the process of becoming a man... to explain to them the meaning of manhood. And that's a recipe for disaster.

--Barack Obama

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We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that's who we are. This happened because of you. Thank you.

--Barack Obama

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We are defined not by our borders but by our bonds.

--Barack Obama

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Some banks won't make it. Other banks are going to make sure that we strengthen. All deposits are going to be safe for ordinary people, but we're going to have to bring out some of these bad assets.

--Barack Obama

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Our values call upon us to care about the lives of people we will never meet.

--Barack Obama

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Our relationship with the European Union, which has done so much to promote stability, stimulate economic growth, and foster the spread of democratic values and ideals across the continent and beyond.

--Barack Obama

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The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans. Many other Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim-majority country -- I know, because I am one of them.

--Barack Obama

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The violence engulfing the region today has made too many Israelis ready to abandon the hard work of peace. But let's be clear: the status quo in the West Bank and Gaza is not sustainable.

--Barack Obama

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In our democracy and our civic discourse, it seems as if folks who take religion the most seriously are sometimes also those who are suspicious of those not like them.

--Barack Obama

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A brighter future is ours to write. Let's begin this new chapter -- together -- and let's start the work right now.

--Barack Obama

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Some people only speak of freedom of speech while they're out of power. Once they're in power, they're ruthless in suppressing the rights of others.

--Barack Obama

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There is not a black America and a white America; a Latino America, an Asian America. There is the United States of America.

--Barack Obama

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America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.

--Barack Obama

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There are few things in life that are harder to find and more important to keep than love. Well, love and a birth certificate.

--Barack Obama

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Don't just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.

--Barack Obama

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Peace depends upon compromise among peoples who must live together long after our speeches are over, long after our votes have been tallied.

--Barack Obama

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With effort we can protect the foundation of our democracy, for which so many marched across this bridge, the right to vote.

--Barack Obama

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I invigorated the grassroots in the Republican Party as well as the Democratic Party.

--Barack Obama

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I can be much more sarcastic and, I think, sometimes withering in my assessments of things than I allow to show in my public life.

--Barack Obama

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We live in a culture that discourages empathy. A culture that too often tells us our principle goal in life is to be rich, thin, young, famous, safe, and entertained.

--Barack Obama

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Perfect is unattainable. Better is possible.

--Barack Obama

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The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.

--Barack Obama

Longer Version:

The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.


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Look, Americans will go for leadership that makes sense. Our job, you know, as public officials, is not to put our finger in the air. Our job is to listen, and then lead.

--Barack Obama

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Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled.

--Barack Obama

Longer Version:

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.


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Weapons that were designed for soldiers in war theaters don't belong on our streets.

--Barack Obama

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I'm measuring my actions against that inner voice that for me at least is audible, is active, it tells me where I think I'm on track and where I think I'm off track.

--Barack Obama

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Sustaining the energy and focus involved in doing a good job I think starts to gets tougher the longer you do it.

--Barack Obama

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Instead of having a set of policies that are equipping people for the globalization of the economy, we have policies that are accelerating the most destructive trends of the global economy.

--Barack Obama

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Excuses are tools of the incompetent used to build bridges to nowhere and monuments of nothingness.

--Barack Obama

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The cyber world is sort of the Wild, Wild West, and to some degree, we're asked to be the sheriff.

--Barack Obama

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Political gerrymandering makes the incentive for most members of Congress to play to the extremes of their base rather than to the center.

--Barack Obama

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Government without a tough and vibrant media is not an option for the United States of America.

--Barack Obama

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Don't let your failures define you.

--Barack Obama

Longer Version:

Don't let your failures define you--let them teach you.


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The first thing I would do would be to move forward with an agenda to make sure that we give D.C. the opportunity to elect its own representatives and have some political power on Capitol Hill.

--Barack Obama

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You didn't elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth.

--Barack Obama

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Today, I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year.

--Barack Obama

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We understand the concerns that people have with not only protecting our values, but our privacy interests as well. We think that the USA Freedom Act was a good resolution of that.

--Barack Obama

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I just miss -- I miss being anonymous.

--Barack Obama

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There's no reason why Americans should die when Afghans are perfectly capable of defending their own country.

--Barack Obama

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I think we want to see new voices and new ideas emerge -- that's part of the reason why term limits are a really useful thing.

--Barack Obama

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With Donald Trump we are moving into an era where a lot of people get their information through tweets and sound bites and some headline that comes over their phone.

--Barack Obama

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I believe in term limits for presidents because I think that there is no doubt I'm a better president now than I was when I start.

--Barack Obama

Longer Version:

lI believe in term limits for presidents because I think that there is no doubt I'm a better president now than I was when I start. I would argue that I am the best president I've ever been over the last year or two. My team is more effective than it's ever been.But what is also true is that number one, this is grueling.


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Jesus lived a life of peace, love, kindness and forgiveness, during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, may we all do our best to follow his example.

--Barack Obama

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Without regard to whether some place is wealthy or poor, everybody should have the chance at clean air and clean water.

--Barack Obama

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Africa doesn't need strongmen, it needs strong institutions.

--Barack Obama

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Our founders made it extraordinarily difficult to amend the Constitution.

--Barack Obama

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Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.

--Barack Obama

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Those who oppose reform will also tell you that under our plan, you won't get to choose your doctor -- that some bureaucrat will choose for you. That's also not true.

--Barack Obama

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Even when our heart aches, we summon the strength that maybe we didn't even know we had, and we carry on; we finish the race.

--Barack Obama

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A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.

--Barack Obama

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We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world -- including in my own country.

--Barack Obama

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There are certain occupations -- probably, most prominently, politics -- where there would be a bias against somebody who's agnostic or atheist in running for office.

--Barack Obama

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We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.

--Barack Obama

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Sometimes if your only approach is cutting spending at a time when the economy's contracting, then the economy will contract further.

--Barack Obama

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Two-thirds of Americans believe that, after a baby's heart is beating and they can feel pain, that they need some protection.

--Barack Obama

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The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it.

--Barack Obama

Longer Version:

The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries, we must claim its promise. That's how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure-our forests and waterways, our crop lands and snow-capped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That's what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.


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I'm a strong believer in strong encryption.

--Barack Obama

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While freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by his people here on earth.

--Barack Obama

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We're going to achieve our goal. We are going to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL.

--Barack Obama

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The United States wants a strong United Kingdom as a partner. And the United Kingdom is at its best when it's helping to lead a strong Europe.

--Barack Obama

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We'll build new ties of trade and of commerce, culture and education that unleash the potential of the Iraqi people.

--Barack Obama

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This is a core principle of my presidency -- if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.

--Barack Obama

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It is absolutely important that we have a unified alliance and that we explain to the Russians that you cannot be a 21st-century superpower, or power, and act like a 20th-century dictatorship.

--Barack Obama

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It is my firm belief that it will be in the interests of the United States, especially our economic interests, to pursue comprehensive immigration reform.

--Barack Obama

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This is American leadership at its best: We stand with people who fight for their own freedom, and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.

--Barack Obama

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It's useful for activists just to be out there to keep you mindful and not get complacent, even if ultimately you think some of their criticism is misguided.

--Barack Obama

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The challenge there is that ISIL doesn't have an air force, so the damage done there is not against ISIL, it's against the Syrian regime.

--Barack Obama

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Islam has always been part of America.

--Barack Obama

Longer Version:

Islam has always been a part of America’s story.... And since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States.


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It's not a nice-to-have -- it's a must-have. It's time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a women's issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.

--Barack Obama

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We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.

--Barack Obama

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Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.

--Barack Obama

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Let's be honest -- tracking down, rounding up, and deporting millions of people isn't realistic. Anyone who suggests otherwise isn't being straight with you. It's also not who we are as Americans.

--Barack Obama

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Sergeant first class Cory Remsburg never gives up and he does not quit.

--Barack Obama

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We can't change the way Washington works unless we first change how Congress works.

--Barack Obama

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The truth of the matter is that the problem of police shootings and reactions in the community.

--Barack Obama

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You haven't seen a lot of turnover in my campaign. And the culture of my campaign is one in which I think everybody feels a great sense of ownership.

--Barack Obama

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What we have to do moving forward is to make sure that small businesses that account for most of the job growth in our economy are getting the kind of financing that they need.

--Barack Obama

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We can make sure that people who don't have health insurance can buy into an insurance pool that gives them better bargaining power.

--Barack Obama

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Because of the internet and communications, the clash of cultures is much more direct. People feel, I think, less certain about their identity, less certain about economic security.

--Barack Obama

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The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn't bend on its own.

--Barack Obama

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The issue of climate change is one that we ignore at our own peril.

--Barack Obama

Longer Version:

The issue of climate change is one that we ignore at our own peril. There may still be disputes about exactly how much we're contributing to the warming of the earth's atmosphere and how much is naturally occurring, but what we can be scientifically certain of is that our continued use of fossil fuels is pushing us to a point of no return. And unless we free ourselves from a dependence on these fossil fuels and chart a new course on energy in this country, we are condemning future generations to global catastrophe.


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The War on Drugs has been an utter failure. We need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws.

--Barack Obama

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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

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America leads -- not with bluster, but with persistent, steady resolve.

--Barack Obama

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It's important to make sure that we're talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.

--Barack Obama

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

--Barack Obama

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The easiest way to save money is to waste less energy.

--Barack Obama

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We the people declare today that the most evident of truth that all of us are created equal ... that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.

--Barack Obama

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My powers of empathy, my ability to reach into another's heart, cannot penetrate the blank stares of those who would murder innocents with abstract, serene satisfaction.

--Barack Obama

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The shift to a cleaner energy economy wont happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way. But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.

--Barack Obama

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Let's not only provide a jumpstart to the economy and immediately or save 3 million jobs, but let's also put a down payment on some of the structural problems that we have in our economy.

--Barack Obama

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There are times where I've made mistakes or our administration hasn't always aligned ourselves with the values we need to align ourselves with. It's a work of constant improvement.

--Barack Obama

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I am reminded every day of my life, if not by events, then by my wife, that I am not a perfect man.

--Barack Obama

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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

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Instead of giving in to cynicism and division, let's move forward with the confidence and optimism and unity that define us as a people.

--Barack Obama

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We should foster a culture in which people's private religious beliefs, including atheists and agnostics, are respected.

--Barack Obama

Longer Version:

We should foster a culture in which people's private religious beliefs, including atheists and agnostics, are respected. And that's the kind of culture that I think allows all of us, then, to believe what we want. That's freedom of conscience. That's what our Constitution guarantees.


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The private sector is doing fine.

--Barack Obama

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There's no way to resolve Syria without Iran being involved, given its financing of Assad and the fact that Hezbollah is probably the most effective fighting force that Assad can count on.

--Barack Obama

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One of the things I've learned about being president is that we'll work on issues for long periods of time, sometimes in obscurity.

--Barack Obama

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I believe that the free enterprise system is the greatest engine of prosperity the world's ever known.

--Barack Obama

Longer Version:

I believe that the free enterprise system is the greatest engine of prosperity the world's ever known. I believe in self-reliance and individual initiative and risk-takers being rewarded. But I also believe that everybody should have a fair shot and everybody should do their fair share and everybody should play by the same rules, because that's how our economy's grown. That's how we built the world's greatest middle class.


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I am a Christian. So, I have a deep faith. So I draw from the Christian faith...So, I'm rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place.

--Barack Obama

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The American people are going to have a good choice.

--Barack Obama

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Just because Iran and Syria may recognize Assad's weaknesses doesn't necessarily mean that Assad recognizes his weaknesses.

--Barack Obama

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Leadership isn't just legislation, that it's a matter of persuading people and giving them confidence, and bringing them together and setting a tone.

--Barack Obama

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The long sweep of America has been defined by forward motion, a constant widening of our founding creed to embrace all and not just some.

--Barack Obama

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Change is never easy, but also possible.

--Barack Obama

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As long as countries like China keep going all in on clean energy, so must we.

--Barack Obama

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For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they've never been self-executing. That while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by his people here on earth.

--Barack Obama

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While the future is unknowable, the winds always blow in the direction of human progress.

--Barack Obama

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What makes cyber security difficult is because it's not just a government problem. It is a private sector and government problem. And there's gotta be a lot more cooperation.

--Barack Obama

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Each wave of immigrants that have come in have been able to assimilate, integrate and then rise up and become part of this great American Dream.

--Barack Obama

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Not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes; tolerance and opportunity, human dignity and justice.

--Barack Obama

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Specifically, the part where in the early 19th century America reconstituted the U.S. Marine Corps to battle the Islamic Barbary Pirates, though I don't think that's what Obama meant.

--Barack Obama

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What we can be scientifically certain of is that our continued use of fossil fuels is pushing us to a point of no return.

--Barack Obama

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What we have done, I think, is build a model from a lot of hard lessons in Afghanistan and Iraq but in other places around the world, where we are working with them in an advisory capacity.

--Barack Obama

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America is number one in wind power.

--Barack Obama

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We have concerns whenever we see people who have large stockpiles of weapons, or appear to be in the process of accumulating weapons and ammunition.

--Barack Obama

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The genius of our founders is that they designed a system of government that can be changed. And we should take heart, because we've changed this country before.

--Barack Obama

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Our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted.

--Barack Obama

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On Easter or Christmas Day, my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.

--Barack Obama

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Nobody wants to put the creditworthiness of the United States in jeopardy. Nobody wants to see the United States default. So we've got to seize this moment, and we have to seize it soon.

--Barack Obama

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The United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

--Barack Obama

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Above all, our freedom endures because of the men and women in uniform who defend it.

--Barack Obama

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Don't just buy a new video game, make one.
Don't just download the latest app, help design it.
Don't just play on your phone, program it.

--Barack Obama

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My conviction is that those fights need to be fought right now and can be won. And if in fact we have finite political capital, energy, resources, we need to win those fights.

--Barack Obama

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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

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Of all the rocks upon which we build our lives, we are reminded today that family is the most important.

--Barack Obama

Longer Version:

Of all the rocks upon which we build our lives, we are reminded today that family is the most important. And we are called to recognize and honor how critical every father is to that foundation. They are teachers and coaches. They are mentors and role models. They are examples of success and the men who constantly push us toward it.


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I had to ask strangers to join me and one another on real-life projects -- fixing up a park, or removing asbestos from a housing project, or starting and after-school program.

--Barack Obama

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Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger. We were strangers once, too.

--Barack Obama

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Too often, we have failed to enforce international norms when it's inconvenient to do so.

--Barack Obama

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Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.

--Barack Obama

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I think we've done a pretty good job staying in touch with the American people. But at a certain point you can't help but lose some feel for what's on the ground because you're not on the ground.

--Barack Obama

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Hostility and hatred are no match for justice; they offer no pathway to peace.

--Barack Obama

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I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.

--Barack Obama

Longer Version:

lI believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that's not what America's about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don't contract them.


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I am who I am. You sort of get what you see with me.

--Barack Obama

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I don't think pot is more dangerous than alcohol.

--Barack Obama

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Young people recognize the big challenges that are coming up.

--Barack Obama

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Why can't I just eat my waffle?

--Barack Obama

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If we're serious about building an economy that lasts, we have got to get serious about education. We are going to have to pick up our games and raise our standards.

--Barack Obama

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Cathleen Falsani: What is sin?
Barack Obama: Being out of alignment with my values.

--Barack Obama

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We need not throw away 200 years of American jurisprudence while we fight terrorism. We need not choose between our most deeply held values, and keeping this nation safe.

--Barack Obama

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History doesn't always move in a straight line. Sometimes it zigs and zags.

--Barack Obama

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So we don't need more top-down economics. We've tried that theory. We've seen what happens. We can't afford to go back to it.

--Barack Obama

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Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism -- it is an important part of promoting peace.

--Barack Obama

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If you want to know who we are, who America is, how we respond to evil-that's it: selflessly, compassionately, unafraid.

--Barack Obama

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Israel must be able to defend itself -- by itself -- against any threat.

--Barack Obama

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We have to acknowledge the progress we made, but understand that we still have a long way to go. That things are better, but still not good enough.

--Barack Obama

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Markets will rise and fall, but this is the United States of America. No matter what some agency may say, we've always been and always will be a triple A country.

--Barack Obama

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

--Barack Obama

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We will continue to deepen our engagement using every element of American power -- diplomacy, military, economic development, the power of our values and our ideals.

--Barack Obama

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Our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in the audience here today.

--Barack Obama

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What is portrayed as high-minded positions on issues sometimes is just designed to carve out some of their commercial interests.

--Barack Obama

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Be the best father you can be to your children. Because nothing is more important.

--Barack Obama

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Never give up on your dreams.

--Barack Obama

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The terms of peace may be negotiated by political leaders, but the fate of peace is up to each of us.

--Barack Obama

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You have to exercise, or at some point you'll just break down.

--Barack Obama

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Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.

--Barack Obama

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There's no black male my age, who's a professional, who hasn't come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn't hand them their car keys.

--Barack Obama

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You might be locked in a world not of your own making, her eyes said, but you still have a claim on how it is shaped. You still have responsibilities.

--Barack Obama

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Keep exploring. Keep dreaming. Keep asking why. Don't settle for what you already know. Never stop believing in the power of your ideas, your imagination, your hard work to change the world.

--Barack Obama

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We rise and fall as one people, one nation.

--Barack Obama

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When individuals get crowbars and start prying open doors to loot, they're not protesting. They're not making a statement. They're stealing. When they burn down a building, they're committing arson.

--Barack Obama

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Religious freedom doesn't mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.

--Barack Obama

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There's no one who I believe has ever captured the soul of America more profoundly than Abraham Lincoln has.

--Barack Obama

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If you want a model for what is possible, if you want to see how to build a peaceful and prosperous and dynamic society, then look at Berlin and look at Germany.

--Barack Obama

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Insist that the first question each of us asks isn't "What's good for me?" but "What's good for the country my children will inherit?"

--Barack Obama

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You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can't visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally.

--Barack Obama

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Let's remember that our leadership is defined not just by our defence against threats, but by the enormous opportunities to do good and promote understanding.

--Barack Obama

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The future rewards those who press on. I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I don't have time to complain. I'm going to press on.

--Barack Obama

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We've got to stop the name-calling and we've got to stop looking at the next election. We've got to be focused on figuring out what we're doing for the next generation.

--Barack Obama

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When it comes to our military, what we have to think about is not, you know just budgets, we've got to think about capabilities.

--Barack Obama

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It is important to combine structural reforms and good fiscal stewardship with a growth strategy, because when your economy's growing and more revenue's coming in, that helps relieve debt.

--Barack Obama

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I have complete confidence in the American people and our legal traditions and the prosecutors, the tough prosecutors from New York who specialize in terrorism.

--Barack Obama

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We USA don't have diplomatic leverage to eliminate every vestige of a peaceful nuclear program in Iran. What we do have the leverage to do is to make sure that they don't have a weapon.

--Barack Obama

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On issues like Ukraine, on issues like Syria, we've had very significant differences with Russia.

--Barack Obama

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Values are faithfully applied to the facts before us, while ideology overrides whatever facts call theory into question.

--Barack Obama

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America's strong bonds with Israel are well known -- this bond is unbreakable.

--Barack Obama

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At the constitutional level, what we of course have assured is that women have the ability to make these reproductive decisions up to the point of viability.

--Barack Obama

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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

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Making products we sell around the world, stamped with three proud words, 'Made in the USA!'

--Barack Obama

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This doesn't mean abandoning our values and ideals; wherever we can, it's in our interest to help foster democracy through the diplomatic and economic resources at our disposal.

--Barack Obama

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Where you are right now doesn't have to determine where you'll end up.

--Barack Obama

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We have a choice. We can shape our future, or let events shape it for us. And if we want to succeed, we can't fall back on the stale debates and old divides that won't move us forward.

--Barack Obama

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I want to make sure that we, as a nation, stay unified because that's how we're going to achieve our missions.

--Barack Obama

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For decades, we've been told that it doesn't make economic sense to switch to renewable energy. Today, that's no longer true.

--Barack Obama

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If you go out and make some things happen, you will fill the world with hope.

--Barack Obama

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The soldier 's courage and sacrifice is full of glory , expressing devotion to country , to cause, to comrades in arms. But war itself is never glorious , and we must never trumpet it as such.

--Barack Obama

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I do not want two classes of citizens in this country. I want everybody to prosper. That's going to be a top priority.

--Barack Obama

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The problem with all these tired excuses for inaction is that it suggests a fundamental lack of faith in American business and American ingenuity.

--Barack Obama

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So while I will never minimize the costs involved in military action, I am convinced that a failure to act in Libya would have carried a far greater price for America.

--Barack Obama

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We start this new year in the midst of an economic crisis unlike we have seen in our lifetime.

--Barack Obama

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We right now give $15 billion every year as subsidies to private insurers under the Medicare system. Doesn't work any better through the private insurers. They just skim off $15 billion.

--Barack Obama

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We can't expect to solve problems if all we do is tear each other down. You can disagree with a certain policy without demonizing the person who espouses it.

--Barack Obama

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Mandela's commitment to democracy was ratified not only by his election, but by his willingness to step down from power.

--Barack Obama

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If people can learn to hate they can learn to love.

--Barack Obama

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The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether government works.

--Barack Obama

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You have countries like India that have tried to help untouchables, with essentially affirmative-action programs, but it hasn't fundamentally changed the structure of their societies.

--Barack Obama

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Campaigning is different from governing.

--Barack Obama

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It should be the power of our vote, not the size of our bank accounts, that drives our democracy.

--Barack Obama

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Societies held together by fear and repression may offer the illusion of stability for a time, but they are built upon fault lines that will eventually tear asunder.

--Barack Obama

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Slowly, but surely, we are moving in the right direction. We're on the right track. The economy is getting stronger.

--Barack Obama

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Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security.

--Barack Obama

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My goal is not to resolve conflicts and tensions in the region through more war. My goal is to make sure that, you know, we are able to negotiate a deal that we can verify.

--Barack Obama

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Keep guns out of inner cities-but also problem of morality.

--Barack Obama

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What we may think is funny or cute may end up being powerfully hurtful.

--Barack Obama

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America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do.

--Barack Obama

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Let me tell your something. I'm from Chicago. I don't break.

--Barack Obama

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Food Stamp recipients didn't cause the financial crisis; recklessness on Wall Street did.

--Barack Obama

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Presidential elections always turn on personalities, they turn on how campaigns are run, they turn on natural desires for change.

--Barack Obama

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We should never forget that God granted us the power to reason so that we would do His work here on Earth -- so that we would use science to cure disease, and heal the sick, and save lives.

--Barack Obama

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This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet.

--Barack Obama

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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.


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And above all, children need our unconditional love -- whether they succeed or make mistakes; when life is easy and when life is tough.

--Barack Obama

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Lord Bendtner is the best player of all times.

--Barack Obama

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My guiding principle as president has been to try to do the right thing even when it's not politically convenient.

--Barack Obama

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Young men need to show women the respect they deserve and recognize sexual assault and to do their part to stop it.

--Barack Obama

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You have to be involved in terms of what's happening in your local neighborhood and what issues are there.

--Barack Obama

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For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness.

--Barack Obama

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Elections are always a little bit funny. People start saying things and emphasizing differences. After the election, my hope is, is that people start emphasizing what we have in common.

--Barack Obama

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Through every victory and every setback, I've insisted that change is never easy and never quick; that we wouldn't meet all of our challenges in one term, or one presidency, or even in one lifetime.

--Barack Obama

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I've been talking about things like reversing the rise of inequality and strengthening social mobility, since before it was cool.

--Barack Obama

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We are the change we have been waiting for.

--Barack Obama

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Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower.

--Barack Obama

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No one is pro-abortion.

--Barack Obama

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American leadership is not simply a matter of going it alone and bearing all of the burden ourselves.

--Barack Obama

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Reading is important. If you know how to read then the whole world opens up to you.

--Barack Obama

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Obama said if elected his government would "harness technology to confront the biggest challenges that America faces."

--Barack Obama

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Lincoln, they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me. So democracy has never been for the faint of heart.

--Barack Obama

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What drags down our entire economy is when there's an ever-widening chasm between the ultra-rich and everybody else.

--Barack Obama

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I absolutely think that it's possible for us to find common ground.

--Barack Obama

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One of the challenges of a democratic government is making sure that even in the midst of emergencies and passions, we make sure that rule of law and the basic precepts of justice and liberty prevail.

--Barack Obama

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Put simply, what I'd like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody's who is willing to work for it.

--Barack Obama

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We have not confronted forcefully enough the intolerance, sectarianism, and hopelessness that feeds violent extremism in too many parts of the globe.

--Barack Obama

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When the economy is still struggling, putting people back to work, finding ways to spur economic activity, ultimately can help to reduce the structural deficits and debts that countries experience.

--Barack Obama

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There's no doubt that there's some folks who just really dislike me because they don't like the idea of a black President.

--Barack Obama

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My God, Donald Trump is unfit! He's ill-tempered, he's unsuited, he is not qualified, he's unsuited to be president.

--Barack Obama

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Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.

--Barack Obama

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But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you've got going on at home that's no excuse ... Where you are right now doesn't have to determine where you'll end up. No one's written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.


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The hard truth is carbon pollution has built up in our atmosphere for decades now. And even if we Americans do our part, the planet will slowly keep warming for some time to come.

--Barack Obama

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Your voice can change the world.

--Barack Obama

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Across the globe there are girls who will one day lead nations, if only we afford them the chance to choose their own destinies.

--Barack Obama

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This idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse, this vision of violence and chaos everywhere, doesn't really jibe with the experience of most people.

--Barack Obama

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Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice.

--Barack Obama

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In many ways those middle-aged black ladies my touchstone, because they are what I meant when I talked about the audacity of hope.

--Barack Obama

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For now, decisions are upon us and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.

--Barack Obama

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A lot of the issues that I see, it is not an either-or situation.

--Barack Obama

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I think the American people recognize that the world has shrunk. That it's interconnected. That you're not going to put that genie back in the bottle.

--Barack Obama

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Immigrants aren't the reason wages haven't gone up enough; those decisions are made in the boardrooms that too often put quarterly earnings over long-term returns.

--Barack Obama

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What's missing is not money, but a national sense of urgency.

--Barack Obama

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The pyramids are one of those things that live up to the hype. They're elemental in ways that are hard to describe.

--Barack Obama

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A better politics is one where we appeal to each other's basic decency instead of our basest fears.

--Barack Obama

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Throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.

--Barack Obama

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Part of the power of the Internet is that information flows out there and it's generally not censored and it's generally not controlled by any single authority.

--Barack Obama

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That is America. That is America. Those bonds of affection; that common creed. We don't fear the future; we shape it. We embrace it, as one people, stronger together than we are on our own.

--Barack Obama

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Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail.

--Barack Obama

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I know the American people. I've met a lot of them. I've met a lot more of them than any columnist has, or any talking head on TV has. And they're pretty sophisticated.

--Barack Obama

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The future must not belong to those who bully women. It must be shaped by girls who go to school and those who stand for a world where our daughters can live their dreams just like our sons.

--Barack Obama

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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

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The countries who out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow.

--Barack Obama

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For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it.

--Barack Obama

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The worst thing that colonialism did was to cloud our view of our past.

--Barack Obama

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We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools.

--Barack Obama

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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.


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The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.

--Barack Obama

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We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.

--Barack Obama

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Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula? I mean, they're charging a lot of money for this stuff.

--Barack Obama

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So on this Human Rights Day, let us rededicate ourselves to the advancement of human rights and freedoms for all, and pledge always to live by the ideals we promote to the world.

--Barack Obama

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The globe is shrinking, the information age is bringing a lot of changes. People are anxious about their future and their children's futures.

--Barack Obama

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I don't think the Donald Trump's qualified to be president of the United States, and every time he speaks, that opinion is confirmed.

--Barack Obama

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Cutting our education budget, that's not a smart choice. That will not help America compete with China.

--Barack Obama

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I don't want to pit Red America against Blue America. I want to be President of the United States of America.

--Barack Obama

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If we want to really reduce foreign influence on our elections, then we better think about how to make sure that our political process, our political dialogue is stronger than it's been.

--Barack Obama

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American politics is always somewhat fluid. In this age of social media, it means that voters can swing back and forth.

--Barack Obama

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The interesting thing about the African-American experience in this country is that we are sort of a mongrel of people. I mean we're all kind of mixed up.

--Barack Obama

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We will stand against violence and intimidation. We will stand for the rights and dignity of all human beings.

--Barack Obama

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Think about it: Iran, Cuba, Venezuela -- these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us.

--Barack Obama

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If you want some additional money for your school, we'll give it to you. But you've got to compete, show us that you're going to reform your education system so that our children are performing better.

--Barack Obama

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My experience is that our intelligence officials try to do the right thing, but even with good intentions, sometimes they make mistakes. Sometimes they can be overzealous.

--Barack Obama

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As soon as the recovery is well under way, we need to set up a long-term plan to reduce the structural deficit and make sure we are not leaving a mountain of debt for the next generation.

--Barack Obama

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As the wealthiest nation on Earth, I believe the United States has a moral obligation to lead the fight against hunger and malnutrition, and to partner with others.

--Barack Obama

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The best anti-poverty program is a world-class education.

--Barack Obama

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I've consistently said, we need to support charter schools. I think it is important to experiment, by looking at how we can reward excellence in the classroom.

--Barack Obama

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Women deserve equal pay for equal work.

--Barack Obama

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What is the empathy deficit? The inability of people to stand in other folks shoes. It's hard to empathize with people who have different values than you.

--Barack Obama

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A lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me.

--Barack Obama

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There's one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate.

--Barack Obama

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One faction of one party, in one house of Congress, in one branch of government, doesn't get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election.

--Barack Obama

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I believe that people are more good than bad.

--Barack Obama

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I believe in the American people. I believe that people are more good than bad. I believe tragic things happen. I think there's evil in the world. But I think that at the end of the day, if we work hard, and if we're true to those things in us that feel true and feel right, that, the world gets a little better each time. That's what this presidency is trying to be about. And I see that in the young people I work with. This is not just drama-obama. This is what I really believe.


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In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country, can change it.

--Barack Obama

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We as a country have to do some soul-searching.

--Barack Obama

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There's just a whole different attitude and vibe when you're not in power as when you're in power.

--Barack Obama

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I'm a big believer in tolerance. I think that religion at it's best comes with a big dose of doubt.

--Barack Obama

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We choose hope over fear. We see the future not as something out of our control, but as something we can shape for the better through concerted and collective effort.

--Barack Obama

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Tough talk often draws headlines, but war rarely conforms to slogans.

--Barack Obama

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America is a strong and resilient country. And I know we will succeed, if we put aside partisanship and politics and work together as one nation.

--Barack Obama

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It is time to do away with work place policies that belong in a Mad Men episode.

--Barack Obama

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Someone once said that every man is trying to live up to his father's expectations or make up for their father's mistakes..

--Barack Obama

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The world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us.

--Barack Obama

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America is a country of strong families and strong values. My life's been blessed by both.

--Barack Obama

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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

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I'm trying to move an aircraft carrier here, I'm not just steering the speedboat.

--Barack Obama

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But you see, a rich country like America can perhaps afford to be stupid.

--Barack Obama

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If I did not love America, I wouldn't have moved here from Kenya.

--Barack Obama

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With the world's unprecedented inspections and access to Iran's program, we'll know if Iran ever tries to break out.

--Barack Obama

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There's no straight line to progress.

--Barack Obama

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One thing I don't like is when you disrespect the law.

--Barack Obama

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Will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy.

--Barack Obama

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As president of the United States, I don't bluff.

--Barack Obama

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Over more than a decade, Iran had moved ahead with its nuclear program. And before the deal, it had installed nearly 20,000 centrifuges that could enrich uranium for a nuclear bomb.

--Barack Obama

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Those who adhere to the ideology of rejecting Israel's right to exist, they might as well reject the earth beneath them or the sky above, because Israel is not going anywhere.

--Barack Obama

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If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.

--Barack Obama

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No black or white America-just United States of America.

--Barack Obama

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Battling terrorism must go beyond belligerence vs. isolation.

--Barack Obama

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We are still the America that does the hard things, that does the great things. We're the nation that always dared to dream. We're the nation that dared to take risks.

--Barack Obama

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Climate change poses a direct threat to the infrastructure of America that we need to stay competitive in this 21st-century economy.

--Barack Obama

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One voice can change a room.

--Barack Obama

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It is our generation's task, then, to reignite the true engine of America's economic growth -- a rising, thriving middle class.

--Barack Obama

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Historically -- when you look at how America has evolved, typically we make progress on race relations in fits and starts. We make some progress, and then there's maybe some slippage.

--Barack Obama

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I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money.

--Barack Obama

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We will outstretch the hand if you unclench your fist.

--Barack Obama

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It's not enough to train today's workforce. We also have to prepare tomorrow's workforce by guaranteeing every child access to a world-class education.

--Barack Obama

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I am absolutely convinced that race relations on the whole are actually better now than they were 20 years ago.

--Barack Obama

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We must educate our children to become like young Egyptian people.

--Barack Obama

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You know, in college, I smoked a little pot, did a little blow.

--Barack Obama

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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

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Iran ... has failed to take the opportunity to demonstrate that its nuclear program is peaceful ... time is not unlimited.

--Barack Obama

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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

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A relentless focus on the outward markers of success can lead to complacency. It can make you lazy.

--Barack Obama

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I think that people are born with a certain makeup, and that we're all children of God.

--Barack Obama

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Everybody knows politics is a contact sport.

--Barack Obama

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No religion is responsible for terrorism. People are responsible for violence and terrorism.

--Barack Obama

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Three months is a lifetime in politics.

--Barack Obama

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As it has for more than two centuries, progress will come in fits and starts. It's not always a straight line. It's not always a smooth path.

--Barack Obama

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America is big enough to accommodate all their dreams.

--Barack Obama

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Globalization is a fact, because of technology, because of an integrated global supply chain, because of changes in transportation. And we're not going to be able to build a wall around that.

--Barack Obama

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I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.

--Barack Obama

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American Citizenship captures the enduring idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations.

--Barack Obama

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Those of us in positions of responsibility, we'll need to be less concerned with the judgment of special interests and well-connected donors, and more concerned with the judgment of posterity.

--Barack Obama

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So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed.

--Barack Obama

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It's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.

--Barack Obama

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We want our children to live in an America...that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.

--Barack Obama

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Those who are already feeling the effects of climate change don't have time to deny it -- they're busy dealing with it.

--Barack Obama

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Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek's optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity's future. I loved Spock.

--Barack Obama

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We don't have this huge footprint, we are less likely to be targeted as, you know, occupiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.

--Barack Obama

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Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible.

--Barack Obama

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Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible, from complex word problems and the meaning of our history to scientific discovery and technological proficiency.


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I believe there are too many children who need loving parents to deny one group of people adoption rights. A child will benefit from a healthy, loving home, whether the parents are gay or not.

--Barack Obama

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Our most important task as a nation is to make sure all our young people can achieve their dreams.

--Barack Obama

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Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

--Barack Obama

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If you have a family member who maybe is undocumented, then you have an even greater reason to vote.

--Barack Obama

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Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

--Barack Obama

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Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago.

--Barack Obama

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Every president who has tried to bring about big changes I think elicits the most passionate responses.

--Barack Obama

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I have said repeatedly that America doesn't torture and I'm going to make sure that we don't torture. Those are part and parcel an effort to regain America's moral stature in the world.

--Barack Obama

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

--Barack Obama

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The ideas of ancient Greece helped inspire America's founding fathers as they reached for democracy. Our revolutionary ideas helped inspire Greeks as they sought their own freedom.

--Barack Obama

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Ensuring that the US continues to lead the world in science and technology will be a central priority for my administration.

--Barack Obama

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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

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One of the best investments we can make in a child's life is high-quality early education.

--Barack Obama

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It is moments like these that force us to try harder, and dig deeper, and to discover gifts we never knew we had -- to find the greatness that lies within each of us.

--Barack Obama

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I want to make sure America has got the best education system in the world. And we're retaining our workers for the jobs of tomorrow.

--Barack Obama

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We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.

--Barack Obama

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One of the brightest lights of our time-a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman.

--Barack Obama

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We can't afford more top-down economics. What we need are policies that will grow and strengthen the middle class.

--Barack Obama

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Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away.

--Barack Obama

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Women can't wait for equal pay. And I won't stop fighting to address this inequality.

--Barack Obama

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What Washington needs is adult supervision.

--Barack Obama

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We are one nation under God, and we may call that God different names but we remain one nation.

--Barack Obama

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Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.

--Barack Obama

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The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person.

--Barack Obama

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Donald Trump is somebody who I think likes to mix it up and to have a vigorous debate.

--Barack Obama

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Right now I would rank Norway as the largest country in the world, I have never seen anything like it.

--Barack Obama

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The framers, in their wisdom, designed the political system so that power's pretty disbursed.

--Barack Obama

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And terrorists who seek to harm our citizens will feel the long arm of American justice.

--Barack Obama

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I'm very consistent about spending time with family. And when you have dinner with your daughters -- they'll keep you in your place and they'll teach you something about perspective.

--Barack Obama

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Acts of sacrifice and decency without regard to what's in it for you create ripple effects.

--Barack Obama

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Acts of sacrifice and decency without regard to what's in it for you create ripple effects. Ones that lift up families and communities, that spread opportunity and boost our economy.


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In a global economy where our economies and supply chains are deeply integrated, it's not even possible.

--Barack Obama

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My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too.

--Barack Obama

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The only thing that's the end of the world is the end of the world.

--Barack Obama

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The friendship that we established early on in our marriage ... that carries you through tough times. That and a good sense of humor.

--Barack Obama

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For top executives to award themselves these kinds of compensation packages in the midst of this economic crisis isn't just bad taste, it's bad strategy, and I will not tolerate it as president.

--Barack Obama

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I'd say, probably, intellectually I've drawn as much from Judaism as any other faith.

--Barack Obama

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America is a nation of immigrants.

--Barack Obama

Longer Version:

America is a nation of immigrants. And so the question is, how do we make legal immigration faster, less bureaucratic, cut the red tape?


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America is not the crude stereotype of a self-interested empire. Given our interdependence, any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail.

--Barack Obama

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America is not the crude stereotype of a self-interested empire. The United States has been one of the greatest sources of progress that the world has ever known. We were born out of revolution against an empire. We were founded upon the ideal that all are created equal. And we have shed blood and struggled for centuries to give meaning to those words, within our borders and around the world. We are shaped by every culture. Drawn from every end of the Earth, and dedicated to a simple concept, E pluribus unum: Out of many, one.


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The wort terrorist attack in American history also brought out the best in our country...We are United as Americans.

--Barack Obama

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My job is not to represent Washington to you, but to represent you to Washington.

--Barack Obama

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Many of our ideas of democracy, so much of our literature and philosophy and science can be traced back to roots right here in Athens.

--Barack Obama

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We honor those who walked so we could run. We must run so our children soar. And we will not grow weary.

--Barack Obama

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Today I am pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office.

--Barack Obama

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I'll change the posture of our federal government from being one of the most anti-science administrations in American history to one that embraces science and technology.

--Barack Obama

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Orang takkan pernah terlalu sibuk untuk memahami asalnya. -- Nenek.

--Barack Obama

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What is important is that we make sure to work together, that we understand our strength comes from unity and not division.

--Barack Obama

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I think that leadership more than anything is about setting a course and describing a vision for people.

--Barack Obama

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The name's Obama. Where do I belong?

--Barack Obama

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The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.

--Barack Obama

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We've gotta restore the American people's confidence in the ethics process by ensuring that political self-interest can no longer prevent politicians from enforcing ethics rules.

--Barack Obama

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We welcome the scrutiny of the world -- because what you see in America is a country that has steadily worked to address our problems and make our union more perfect.

--Barack Obama

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When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk.

--Barack Obama

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Understand, our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day. They've got a tough job to do to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law.

--Barack Obama

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So, let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look over not only ourselves, but each other.

--Barack Obama

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I am confident that we will one day end the scourge of modern slavery, because I believe in those committed to this issue.

--Barack Obama

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Gas tax holiday is a classic Washington gimmick.

--Barack Obama

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When what you're doing doesn't work for 50 years, it's time to try something new.

--Barack Obama

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

--Barack Obama

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I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care plan.

--Barack Obama

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The United States has been a Pacific nation for over two centuries. That's not going to change.

--Barack Obama

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Nothing will deter us from building the future we want for our children. What greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than marshaling our best efforts to save it.

--Barack Obama

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Citizenship means standing up for everyone's right to vote.***.

--Barack Obama

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We have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and their own path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our own.

--Barack Obama

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I'll turn the page on a growing empire of classified information. We'll protect sources and methods, but we won't use sources and methods to hide the truth.

--Barack Obama


In Texas, we hold very dear to intrusions against our personal liberty. We fight very hard against that.

--Barack Obama

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What you have to do is to look at what's going to keep our economic growth going, what's going to make sure jobs are being created.

--Barack Obama

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This is a time of great change in the world but America's always been a pillar of strength and a beacon of hope to peoples around the globe and that's what it must continue to be.

--Barack Obama

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Any time bombs are used to target civilians it is an act of terror.

--Barack Obama

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It is time for a new compact among the civilized peoples of this world to eradicate war at its most fundamental source: the corruption of young minds by violent ideology.

--Barack Obama

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If you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we've got a different definition of leadership.

--Barack Obama

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You can question somebody's views and their judgment without questioning their motives or patriotism.

--Barack Obama

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To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. I need your help. And I will be your president, too.

--Barack Obama

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Nobody is listening to your telephone calls.

--Barack Obama

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It is time to leave behind the divisive battles of the past. It is time to move forward as one nation.

--Barack Obama

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Climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They're a threat to our children's future.

--Barack Obama

Longer Version:

And yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet -- because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They're a threat to our children's future. And in this election, you can do something about it.


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You know, the bowling alley doesn‘t seem to be improving my game. That‘s the one thing I have noticed.

--Barack Obama

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We have states. And we have cities. And we have counties. And we have the private sector. And -- and so the country still works even when Washington's dysfunctional.

--Barack Obama

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Hope -- Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope!

--Barack Obama

Longer Version:

Hope -- Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope! In the end, that is God's greatest gift to us...A belief in things not seen. A belief that there are better days ahead.


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Tim Kaine has a message of fiscal responsibility and generosity of spirit. That kind of message can sell anywhere.

--Barack Obama

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We are growing the economy in smart ways and rebuilding our infrastructure and investing in science and development and that we stay true to those values that helped to get us here.

--Barack Obama

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We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions.

--Barack Obama

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We live in a complex world and at a challenging time.

--Barack Obama

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With respect to the Internet and emails, this does not apply to U.S. citizens and it does not apply to people living in the United States.

--Barack Obama

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Ultimately peer pressure can lead people to bully, but peer pressure can also say bullying is not acceptable.

--Barack Obama

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Unlike my opponent, I will not let oil companies write this country's energy plan, or endanger our coastlines, or collect another $4 billion in corporate welfare from our taxpayers.

--Barack Obama

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We need to find a way forward to make sure that we can stop terrorists while protecting the privacy, and liberty, of innocent Americans.

--Barack Obama

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We know the battle ahead will be long. But always remember that, no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

--Barack Obama

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We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change. We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics. They will only grow louder and more dissonant. We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.


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We need to keep making our streets safer and our criminal justice system fairer -- our homeland more secure, our world more peaceful and sustainable for the next generation.

--Barack Obama

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Throughout American history, there have been moments that call on us to meet the challenges of an uncertain world, and pay whatever price is required to secure our freedom.

--Barack Obama

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Through words he gave voice to the voiceless. Through deeds he gave courage to the faint of heart.

--Barack Obama

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

--Barack Obama

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We have a stake in one another...what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart.

--Barack Obama

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I've now been in 57 states. I think one left to go.

--Barack Obama

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The UK is an extraordinary partner for America and a force for good in an unstable world. I hope it remains strong, robust and united.

--Barack Obama

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Losing the PR battles, particularly about healthcare, translated into losing his Democratic majorities in Congress, beginning with a Republican landslide in the midterm election of 2010.

--Barack Obama

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The good news is that the Paris Agreement is not just a bilateral agreement between the United States and some other country. You have 200 countries who came together. It's an international agreement.

--Barack Obama

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The things that led me to run for office -- trying to figure out how we create an economy where everybody's got a fair shot and if you work hard, you can achieve your dreams.

--Barack Obama

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We stand with women by fighting for economic security, protecting access to health care and supporting women's leadership across the country.

--Barack Obama

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I've got two daughters and I want to make sure that they have the same opportunities that anybody's sons have. That's part of what I'm fighting for as president of the United States.

--Barack Obama

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A nation that can't control its energy sources can't control its future.

--Barack Obama

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

--Barack Obama

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Yes to trade, but trade that ensures that these other countries that trade with us aren't engaging in child labor.

--Barack Obama

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We know we can't stop every act of violence, every act of evil in the world, but maybe we could try to stop one act of evil, one act of violence.

--Barack Obama

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I believe in keeping guns out of our inner cities, and that our leaders must say so in the face of the gun manufacturer's lobby.

--Barack Obama

Longer Version:

I believe in keeping guns out of our inner cities, and that our leaders must say so in the face of the gun manfuacturer's lobby. But I also believe that when a gangbanger shoots indiscriminately into a crowd because he feels someone disrespected him, we have a problem of morality. Not only do we need to punish that man for his crime, but we need to acknowledge that there's a hole in his heart, one that government programs alone may not be able to repair.


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We've got an extraordinarily complex tax system that's full of loopholes that are exploited by special interests. I'd like to see those loopholes closed.

--Barack Obama

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Now, as the world's largest economy and as the world's second largest emitter, America bears our responsibility to address climate change, and we intend to meet that responsibility.

--Barack Obama

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It's time to end the hypocrisy of those who accumulate wealth through the global economy, and then siphon funds to those who teach children to tear it down.

--Barack Obama

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A person's zip code shouldn't decide their destiny.

--Barack Obama

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To anyone out there who has ever been assaulted: You will never be alone. You are never alone. We have your back. I've got your back.

--Barack Obama

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Our faith changes us. I know it's changed me. It renews in us a sense of possibility.

--Barack Obama

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If war explodes in Sudan, it could have a destabilizing effect that creates more space for terrorist activity that could eventually be directed at our homeland.

--Barack Obama

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For the first time, preventing nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism is now at the top of America's nuclear agenda.

--Barack Obama

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Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation.

--Barack Obama

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I very much believe in reforming the tax system.

--Barack Obama

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

--Barack Obama

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Reverend Wright has been my friend and mentor for over 20 years.

--Barack Obama

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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

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You're not going to be able to make good decisions without building some relationship of trust between yourself and community.

--Barack Obama

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In ancient times and in our times, Muslim communities have been at the forefront of innovation and education.

--Barack Obama

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So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.

--Barack Obama

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Even when folks are hitting you over the head, you can't stop marching. Even when they're turning the hoses on you, you can't stop.

--Barack Obama

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I've called Chicago home for nearly 25 years. It's a city of broad shoulders and big hearts and bold dreams; a city of legendary sports figures, legendary sports venues, and legendary sports fans.

--Barack Obama

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The fact that there is a robust debate in Congress is good. The fact that the debate sometimes seems unanchored to facts is not so good.

--Barack Obama

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Let's not play games. I was suggesting -- you're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith.

--Barack Obama

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Black churches minister to social needs out of necessity.

--Barack Obama

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They assert that their program is purely peaceful... We want them to demonstrate clearly in the actions they propose that they have truly abandoned any nuclear weapons ambition.

--Barack Obama

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

--Barack Obama

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The United States was proud to stand with the people of Germany as this nation and this continent reunited and rebuilt and reached for a better future.

--Barack Obama

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In America, one of our challenges, historically, is that we have very low voting rates, even during presidential elections.

--Barack Obama

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The problem is that young people are less likely to vote than older people. What results is a situation in which sometimes the elections don't fully reflect the views of the American population.

--Barack Obama

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We know what happens when Europeans start dividing themselves up and emphasizing their differences and seeing a competition between various countries in a zero sum way.

--Barack Obama

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We know hackers steal people's identities and infiltrate private e-mails. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets.

--Barack Obama

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That is our generation's task -- to make these words, these rights, these values of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness real for every American.

--Barack Obama

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I think the irony ... is that I actually would like to see a relatively light touch when it comes to the government.

--Barack Obama

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The most important thing you need to do in this job is to have big chunks of time during the day when all you're doing is thinking.

--Barack Obama

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When you try to sow the seeds of doubt in people's minds about the legitimacy of our election, that undermines democracy. Then you're doing the work of our adversaries for them.

--Barack Obama

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We've seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like there's an occupying force, as opposed to a force that's part of the community that's protecting them and serving them.

--Barack Obama

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Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality.

--Barack Obama

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I think perhaps education doesn't do us much good unless it is mixed with sweat.

--Barack Obama

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The American people are both anxious for change. We're in a time of flux.

--Barack Obama

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What people really want is fairness. They want people paying their fair share of taxes.

--Barack Obama

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The politics around trade has always been tough, particularly in the Democratic party, because people have memories of outsourcing and job loss.

--Barack Obama

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Why hang out with celebrities when I can hang out with the people who made me one?

--Barack Obama

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Fear, uncertainty and discomfort are your compasses toward growth. If you run you stand a chance of losing, but if you don't run you've already lost.

--Barack Obama

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I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.

--Barack Obama

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I don't mind cleaning up the mess that some other folks made, that's what I signed up to do.

--Barack Obama

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Elections matter and voting counts.

--Barack Obama

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We've got to make sure that our economy is strong at home so that we can project military power overseas.

--Barack Obama

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

--Barack Obama

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We've got to identify new strategies to use cleaner energy, because that is a recipe for reducing the overall amount of pollution that's out there.

--Barack Obama

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I think one of the great things about the United States has been our ability to maintain a distinction between our military and domestic law enforcement.

--Barack Obama

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We don't ask you to believe in our ability to bring change, rather, we ask you to believe in yours.

--Barack Obama

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To look at the issue of life and abortion, actually we're moving in that direction where most Americans oppose most abortions.

--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

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We need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil by ending the subsidies for oil companies, and doubling down on clean energy that generates jobs and strengthens our security.

--Barack Obama

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The problem is, that we've got a position, often times by the NRA that says any regulation whatsoever is the camel's nose under the tent. And that, I think, is not where the American people are at.

--Barack Obama

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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

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Afghanistan and Iraq are still countries that are fragile enough that we're gonna have to partner with them in some way.

--Barack Obama

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One of the things I think I can bring to the presidency is to make government and public service cool again.

--Barack Obama

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The surest path to success is to surround yourself with brilliant women.

--Barack Obama

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It is a fact that racial discrimination still exists in the United States and in South America.

--Barack Obama

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You might slow down a little bit, you might not jump as high as you used to, but I know what I'm doing and I'm fearless.

--Barack Obama

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Nobody gets to threaten the full faith and credit of the United States just to extract political concessions.

--Barack Obama

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People in every country should be free to choose and live their faith based upon the persuasion of the mind, and the heart, and the soul. This tolerance is essential for religion to thrive.

--Barack Obama

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You have to be involved during midterm elections, you have to care about what happens at a school board level.

--Barack Obama

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My sister is a teacher, so I am a strong support of teachers, but I'm not going to be bound by just a certain way of talking about these things, in order for us to move forward on behalf of our kids.

--Barack Obama

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Sanctions alone could not stop Iran's nuclear program. But they did help bring Iran to the negotiating table.

--Barack Obama

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Building new roads and bridges creates jobs. Growing our exports creates jobs. Reforming our outdated tax system and our broken immigration system creates jobs.

--Barack Obama

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There's a little perspiration involved in bringing about change too.

--Barack Obama

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The cynics may be the loudest voices -- but I promise you, they will accomplish the least.

--Barack Obama

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No one is exempt from the call to find common ground.

--Barack Obama

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The biggest challenge, I think, is always maintaining your moral compass.

--Barack Obama

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I am very proud of the fact I do not cheat when I'm playing golf.

--Barack Obama

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Let's make two things clear: Isil is not "Islamic." No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of Isil's victims have been Muslim. And Isil is certainly not a state.

--Barack Obama

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People call me a socialist sometimes. But, no, you gotta meet real socialists. You'll have a sense of what a socialist is.

--Barack Obama

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America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements.

--Barack Obama

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Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time, but it does require us to act in our time.

--Barack Obama

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I just want to go through Central Park and watch folks passing by. Spend the whole day watching people. I miss that.

--Barack Obama

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We reaffirm that on days like this, there are no Republicans or Democrats. We are Americans, united in concern for our fellow citizens.

--Barack Obama

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I believe that if we stop talking at one another and start talking with one another, we can get a lot done.

--Barack Obama

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

--Barack Obama

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It's important to make sure that governments have some checks on what they do, that people can oversee what's being done so the government doesn't abuse it.

--Barack Obama

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I hope we can all agree that, instead of continuing to subsidize yesterday's energy sources. We need to invest in tomorrow's.

--Barack Obama

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These days, the House Republicans actually give John Boehner a harder time than they give me. Which means orange really is the new black.

--Barack Obama

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I was elected because I believed in what we call "grassroots politics," politics from the bottom up, not the top down.

--Barack Obama

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Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince.

--Barack Obama

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Our individualism has always been bound by a set of communal values, the glue upon which every healthy society depends.

--Barack Obama

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Lobbyist influence comes from access, not money.

--Barack Obama

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As a country, we seem to be suffering from an empathy deficit.

--Barack Obama

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One thing you learn in this job being US President is that even if something's not your fault, you're still responsible. And that's how it should be.

--Barack Obama

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At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better.

--Barack Obama

Longer Version:

At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better. It’s an enormous force for good.


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