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"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."

Barack Obama

Born: August 4, 1961

Occupation: 44th U.S. President

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She is running around talking about how this is an insult to sportsmen, how she values the Second Amendment. She's talking like she's Annie Oakley.

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I'm asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington . . . I'm asking you to believe in yours." Keeping faith with those who serve must always be a core American value...

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We are a people of improbable hope.

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

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

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Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation

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We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.

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Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which...

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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.

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In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity - it is a prerequisite.

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

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His peaceful resistance shook the foundations of an empire, exposed the emptiness of a repressive ideology, and proved that moral leadership is more powerful than any weapon.

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The greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another

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No matter how much you've done, or how successful you've been, there's always more to do, more to learn, more to achieve.

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When our government is spoken of as some menacing, threatening, foreign entity, it ignores the fact that in our democracy, government is us

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It's important to listen to what scientists have to say, even when it's inconvenient, especially when it's inconvenient

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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.

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I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core...

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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.

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I have the authority to address the threat from Isil, but I believe we are strongest as a nation when the president and Congress work together. So I welcome congressional support for this effort in order...

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This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out Isil wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy...

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When we helped prevent the massacre of civilians trapped on a distant mountain, here's what one of them said: "We owe our American friends our lives. Our children will always remember that there was someone...

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Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values.

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

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The American story has never been about things coming easy. It has been about rising to the moment when the moment is hard. About rejecting panicked division for purposeful unity. About seeing a mountaintop...

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You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig.

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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.

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To all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny...

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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...

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While we breathe, we will hope.

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You have the ability and gifts to do whatever you want". It is your turn now to change the world. Yes we can!

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And to all those who have wondered if Americas beacon still burns as bright - tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our...

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Get involved in an issue that you're passionate about. It almost doesn't matter what it is ... We give too much of our power away, to the professional politicians, to the lobbyists, to cynicism. And our...

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You Can't Rest on Your Laurels. Your Own Body of Work Is Yet to Come.

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Our stories may be singular, but our destination is shared.

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We're up against the conventional thinking that says your ability to lead as president comes from longevity in Washington or proximity to the White House. But we know that real leadership is about candor...

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It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballot; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountain top and pointed the way to the Promised...

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

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We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don't want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone...

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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...

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The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend...

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

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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.

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It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans....

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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.

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My family, frankly, they weren't folks who went to church every week. My mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew but she didn't raise me in the church, so I came to my Christian faith later...

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A lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me.

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And I will do everything that I can as long as I am President of the United States to remind the American people that we are one nation under God, and we may call that God different names but we remain...

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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?

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

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

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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.

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

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If you're looking for the safe choice, you shouldn't be supporting a black guy named Barack Obama to be the next leader of the free world.

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

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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.

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We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others,...

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And we can see the positive impacts right here at Solyndra. Less than a year ago, we were standing on what was an empty lot.But through the Recovery Act, this company received a loan to expand its operations....

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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.

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Why can't I just eat my waffle?

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We want everybody to act like adults, quit playing games, realize that it's not just my way or the highway.

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So long as I'm Commander-in-Chief, we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known. When you take off the uniform, we will serve you as well as you've served us - because no one who fights...

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I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries.

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

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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.

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

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I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving to the supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking walks.

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I think same sex couples should be able to get married.

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

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What Washington needs is adult supervision.

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

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I'm a Christian by choice.

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We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who saved our Union. Founder of the Republican Party.

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Four years ago, I promised to end the war in Iraq. We did. I promised to refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11. We have. We've blunted the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan, and in...

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

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But let me perfectly clear, because I know you'll hear the same old claims that rolling back these tax breaks means a massive tax increase on the American people: if your family earns less than $250,000...

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Today we are engaged in a deadly global struggle for those who would intimidate, torture, and murder people for exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread those freedoms,...

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

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To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and...

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On every front there are clear answers out there that can make this country stronger, but we're going to break through the fear and the frustration people are feeling. Our job is to make sure that even...

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We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old...

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

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I'm a warrior for the middle class.

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No one is pro-abortion.

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

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One of the great strengths of the United States is... we have a very large Christian population - we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves...

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I think what you're seeing is a profound recognition on the part of the American people that gays and lesbians and transgender persons are our brothers, our sisters, our children, our cousins, our friends,...

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

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

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

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

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We didn't become the most prosperous country in the world just by rewarding greed and recklessness. We didn't come this far by letting the special interests run wild. We didn't do it just by gambling and...

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

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

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

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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.

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Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine. It may make you feel like you're flying high at first, but it...

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

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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.

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

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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.

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I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions...

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I just miss - I miss being anonymous.

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

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I will continue to believe that Israel's security is paramount.

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We are not at war against Islam.

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We will keep the promise of Social Security by taking the responsible steps to strengthen it - not by turning it over to Wall Street.

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No party has a monopoly on wisdom. No democracy works without compromise. But when Governor Romney and his allies in Congress tell us we can somehow lower our deficit by spending trillions more on new...

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Barack Obama

With patient and firm determination, I am going to press on for jobs. I'm going to press on for equality. I'm going to press on for the sake of our children. I'm going to press on for the sake of all those...

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Barack Obama

If the critics are right that I've made all my decisions based on polls, then I must not be very good at reading them.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red States.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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But do I think that our actions in anyway violate the War Powers Resolution, the answer is no.

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

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Barack Obama

And we have done more in the two and a half years that I've been in here than the previous 43 Presidents to uphold that principle, whether it's ending 'don't ask, don't tell,' making sure that gay and...

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If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help... Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and...

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Barack Obama

Here at this site, Solyndra expects to make enough solar panels each year to generate 500 megawatts of electricity. And over the lifetime of this expanded facility, that could be like replacing as many...

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Barack Obama

We can't have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.

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Barack Obama

I don't think marriage is a civil right, but I think that being able to transfer property is a civil right.

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Barack Obama

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

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The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I want to be very clear: I will not sign on to any health plan that adds to our deficits over the next decade.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

The last thing you want to do is raise taxes in the middle of the recession because that would just suck up and take more demand out of the economy and put businesses in a further hole.

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Barack Obama

My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a tolerant America...

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Barack Obama

And so our goal on health care is, if we can get, instead of health care costs going up 6 percent a year, it's going up at the level of inflation, maybe just slightly above inflation, we've made huge progress....

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Barack Obama

I want to reform the tax code so that it's simple, fair, and asks the wealthiest households to pay higher taxes on incomes over $250,000 - the same rate we had when Bill Clinton was president; the same...

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

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Barack Obama

The day I'm inaugurated, this country looks at itself differently and the world looks at America differently. If you believe that we've got to heal America and we've got to repair our standing in the world,...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

We've protected thousands of people in Libya; we have not seen a single U.S. casualty; there's no risks of additional escalation. This operation is limited in time and in scope.

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Barack Obama

There is probably a perverse pride in my administration... that we were going to do the right thing, even if short-term it was unpopular. And I think anybody who's occupied this office has to remember...

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Barack Obama

This is the moment when we must build on the wealth that open markets have created, and share its benefits more equitably. Trade has been a cornerstone of our growth and global development. But we will...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because...

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Barack Obama

Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation - not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise,...

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Barack Obama

Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes,' he said, his voice rising as applause and cheers mounted. 'Shake it off. Stop complainin'. Stop grumblin'. Stop cryin'. We are going to press...

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Barack Obama

We've persevered because of a belief we share with the Iraqi people - a belief that out of the ashes of war, a new beginning could be born in this cradle of civilization. Through this remarkable chapter...

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Barack Obama

Where the stakes are the highest, in the war on terror, we cannot possibly succeed without extraordinary international cooperation. Effective international police actions require the highest degree of...

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Barack Obama

I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.

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Barack Obama

Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we're hardwired not to always think clearly...

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Barack Obama

What I believe is that marriage is between a man and a woman, but what I also believe is that we have an obligation to make sure that gays and lesbians have the rights of citizenship that afford them visitations...

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Barack Obama

We can choose a future where we export more products and outsource fewer jobs. After a decade that was defined by what we bought and borrowed, we're getting back to basics, and doing what America has always...

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Barack Obama

For more than four decades, the Libyan people have been ruled by a tyrant - Moammar Gaddafi. He has denied his people freedom, exploited their wealth, murdered opponents at home and abroad, and terrorized...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I know that campaigns can seem small, and even silly. Trivial things become big distractions. Serious issues become sound bites. And the truth gets buried under an avalanche of money and advertising. If...

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Barack Obama

I think that there's no doubt that as I see friends, families, children of gay couples who are thriving, you know, that has an impact on how I think about these issues.

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Barack Obama

Now, anybody who thinks that we can move this economy forward with just a few folks at the top doing well, hoping that it's going to trickle down to working people who are running faster and faster just...

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Barack Obama

When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our shores,...

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Barack Obama

I don't care whether you're driving a hybrid or an SUV. If you're headed for a cliff, you have to change direction. That's what the American people called for in November, and that's what we intend to...

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Barack Obama

Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel's. It will be a strong friend of Israel's under a McCain administration. It will be a strong friend of Israel's under an Obama administration....

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

But if you - if what - the reports are true, what they're saying is, is that as a consequence of us getting 30 million additional people health care, at the margins that's going to increase our costs,...

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Barack Obama

Our friends at the Republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with America, but they didn't have much to say about how they'd make it right. They want your...

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Barack Obama

In December, I agreed to extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans because it was the only way I could prevent a tax hike on middle-class Americans. But we cannot afford $1 trillion worth of tax...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

In the absence of sound oversight,responsible businesses are forced to compete against unscrupulous and underhanded businesses, who are unencumbered by any restrictions on activities that might harm the...

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Barack Obama

I will never turn Medicare into a voucher. No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. They should retire with the care and dignity they have earned.

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Barack Obama

I'm no longer just a candidate. I'm the President. I know what it means to send young Americans into battle, for I have held in my arms the mothers and fathers of those who didn't return. I've shared the...

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Barack Obama

As I've said, there were patriots who supported this war, and patriots who opposed it. And all of us are united in appreciation for our servicemen and women, and our hopes for Iraqis' future.

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Barack Obama

If we choose to keep those tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, if we choose to keep a tax break for corporate jet owners, if we choose to keep tax breaks for oil and gas companies that are making...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I said that America's role would be limited; that we would not put ground troops into Libya; that we would focus our unique capabilities on the front end of the operation, and that we would transfer responsibility...

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Barack Obama

You can choose a future where more Americans have the chance to gain the skills they need to compete, no matter how old they are or how much money they have. Education was the gateway to opportunity for...

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Barack Obama

Let me even say before I even get inaugurated, during the transition we are going to be having meetings all across the country with community organizations so that you have input into the agenda for the...

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Barack Obama

What is a danger is that we stay stuck in a new normal where unemployment rates stay high, people who have jobs see their incomes go up, businesses make big profits. But they're learned to do more with...

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Barack Obama

I think there are a whole host of things that are civil rights, and then there are other things - such as traditional marriage - that, I think, express a community's concern and regard for a particular...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Now you have a choice: we can give more tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, or we can start rewarding companies that open new plants and train new workers and create new jobs here, in the...

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Barack Obama

Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terrorism have reduced the pace of military transformation and have revealed our lack of preparation for defensive and stability operations. This Administration...

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Barack Obama

There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United...

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Barack Obama

What I think is fair to say is that, coming out of the Republican camp, there have been efforts to suggest that perhaps I'm not who I say I am when it comes to my faith - something which I find deeply...

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Barack Obama

You know, one of the things I think you understand as president is you're held responsible for everything, but you don't always have control of everything, right?

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Barack Obama

I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president - with the possible exceptions of Johnson, FDR, and Lincoln - just in terms of what we've gotten...

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Barack Obama

So while an incredible amount of progress has been made, on this fifth anniversary, I wanted to come here and tell the people of this city directly: My administration is going to stand with you - and fight...

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

We can't get to the $4 trillion in savings that we need by just cutting the 12 percent of the budget that pays for things like medical research and education funding and food inspectors and the weather...

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Barack Obama

And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health...

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Barack Obama

Of course, there is no question that Libya - and the world - will be better off with Gaddafi out of power. I, along with many other world leaders, have embraced that goal, and will actively pursue it through...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage - they like their plan and, most importantly, they value their relationship with their doctor.

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Barack Obama

Michelle and I don't want anyone telling us who our family's doctor should be - and no one should decide that for you either. Under our proposals, if you like your doctor, you keep your doctor. If you...

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know the government can't solve every problem. But I will always be honest...

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Barack Obama

If you run you stand a chance of losing, but if you don't run you've already lost.

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Barack Obama

The size of your paycheck shouldn’t determine your child’s future.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Now, today, some children are enrolled in excellent programs. Some children are enrolled in mediocre programs. And some are wasting away their most formative years in bad programs....That's why I'm issuing...

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Barack Obama

This victory alone is not the change we seek; it is only the chance for us to make that change.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

We know that education is everything to our children's future. We know that they will no longer just compete for good jobs with children from Indiana, but children from India and China and all over the...

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Barack Obama

The best judge of whether or not a country is going to develop is how it treats its women. If it's educating its girls, if women have equal rights, that country is going to move forward. But if women are...

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And as husbands and fathers and brothers, we have to step up because every girl's life matters, every daughter deserves the same chance as our sons, every woman should be able to go about her day, to walk...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

That is the true genius of America, a faith in the simple dreams of its people, the insistence on small miracles. That we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the...

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Barack Obama

That's what building a body of work is all about. It's about the daily labor, the many individual acts, the choices large and small that add up over time, over a lifetime to a lasting legacy. It's about...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I am convinced that whenever we exaggerate or demonize, oversimplify or overstate our case, we lose. Whenever we dumb down the political debate, we lose. For it's precisely the pursuit of ideological purity,...

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Barack Obama

As citizens, we understand that it is not about what America may do for us. It's about what can be done by us, together.

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Barack Obama

Cynicism is a sorry kind of wisdom.

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Barack Obama

America must always lead on the world stage. If we don't, no one else will. The military that you have joined is, and always will be, the backbone of that leadership. But U.S. military action cannot be...

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Barack Obama

Because as tough as things have been, I am convinced you are tougher. I've seen your passion and I've seen your service ... I've seen a generation eager - impatient even - to step into the rushing waters...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

It was as if he had come to mistrust words somehow. Words, and the sentiments words carried.

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Barack Obama

And that, I suppose, is what I'd been trying to tell my mother that day: that her faith in justice and rationality was misplaced, that we couldn't overcome after all, that all the education and good intentions...

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Those jeans are comfortable, and for those of you who want your president to look great in his tight jeans, I'm sorry I'm not the guy. It just doesn't fit me. I'm not 20.

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Barack Obama

Any fool can have a child. That doesn't make you a father. It's the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I wonder, sometimes, whether men and women in fact are capable of learning from history--whether we progress from one stage to the next in an upward course or whether we just ride the cycles of boom and...

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Barack Obama

Hope is the bedrock of this nation. The belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage...

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Barack Obama

The absence of hope can rot a society from within.

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Barack Obama

I'm not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. I'm not talking about the wishful idealism that allows...

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

In the wealthiest nation on Earth, no illness or accident should lead to any family's financial ruin.

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Barack Obama

Every woman should be in control of the decisions that affect her own health.

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Barack Obama

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility...

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Barack Obama

The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not...

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Barack Obama

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West - know...

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Barack Obama

We cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself...

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Barack Obama

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.

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Barack Obama

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward...

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

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For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. So let us mark this day with remebrance, of who we are and...

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Barack Obama

We will outstretch the hand if you unclench your fist.

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Barack Obama

To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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...

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Barack Obama

We may come from different places and have different stories, but we share common hopes, and one very American dream.

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Barack Obama

Change is never easy, but always possible.

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Barack Obama

That's just how white folks will do you. It wasn't merely the cruelty involved; I was learning that black people could be mean and then some. It was a particular brand of arrogance, an obtuseness in otherwise...

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Barack Obama

My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn't, couldn't end there. At least that's what I would choose to believe.

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Barack Obama

Winter came and the city [Chicago] turned monochrome -- black trees against gray sky above white earth. Night now fell in midafternoon, especially when the snowstorms rolled in, boundless prairie storms...

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Barack Obama

That's what the leadership was teaching me, day by day: that the self-interest I was supposed to be looking for extended well beyond the immediacy of issues, that beneath the small talk and sketchy biographies...

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Barack Obama

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path...

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Barack Obama

The study of law can be disappointing at times, a matter of applying narrow rules and arcane procedure to an uncooperative reality; a sort of glorified accounting that serves to regulate the affairs of...

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Barack Obama

A child's course in life should be determined not by the zip code she's born in, but by the strength of her work ethic and the scope of her dreams.

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Barack Obama

If condoms and potentially microbicides can prevent millions of deaths [from AIDS], they should be made more widely available. I know that there are those who, out of sincere religious conviction, oppose...

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Barack Obama

How does the saying go? When two locusts fight, it is always the crow that feasts.' Is that a Luo expression?' I asked. Sayid's face broke into a bashful smile. We have a similar expression in Luo,' he...

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Barack Obama

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...

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Barack Obama

The single biggest threat that we face is a nuclear weapon or some weapon of mass destruction. What that means is that we have to be extraordinarily aggressive and vigilant in controlling nuclear proliferation.

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Barack Obama

You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a (flag) pin. Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we're talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for, I think, true patriotism, which...

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Barack Obama

Each path to knowledge involves different rules and these rules are not interchangeable.

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Barack Obama

Even as Ramadan holds profound meaning for the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims, it is also a reminder to people of all faiths of our common humanity and the commitment to justice, equality, and compassion...

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Barack Obama

The theater is necessary. Dance is necessary. Song is necessary. The arts are necessary- they are a necessary part of our lives

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Barack Obama

perhaps I possess a certain Midwestern sensibility that I inherited from my mother and her parents, a sensibility that Warren Buffet seems to share: that at a certain point one has enough, that you can...

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Barack Obama

Tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.

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Barack Obama

Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.

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In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its people; a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best...

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Barack Obama

Third, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve our intelligence;...

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Fourth, we will continue providing humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by this terrorist organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well...

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Barack Obama

America, our endless blessings bestow an enduring burden. But as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead.

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Barack Obama

That is the difference we make in the world. And our own safety - our own security - depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation, and uphold the values that we stand for - timeless...

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Barack Obama

Contrary to the rumors you have heard, I was not born in a manger. I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father, Jor-El, to save the planet Earth.

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Barack Obama

People are very hungry for something new. I think they are interested in being called to be a part of something larger than the sort of small, petty, slash-and-burn politics that we have been seeing over...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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...

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Barack Obama

Learning to stand in somebody else's shoes, to see through their eyes, that's how peace begins. And it's up to you to make that happen. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.

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Barack Obama

We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.

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Barack Obama

Let's take our clothes off and party

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

It is that fundamental belief, it is that fundamental belief, I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper that makes this country work. It’s what allows us to pursue our individual dreams and...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I believe that the U.S. can and should be a global leader in the development of alternative energy sources...

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

To break our addiction to oil is one of the greatest challenges that our generation will have to master.

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Barack Obama

Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. . . . Because I'm capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, natural gas-you name it-whatever the plants were,...

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

By some estimates, the oil you recently discovered off the shores of Brazil could amount to twice the reserves we have in the United States. We want to work with you. We want to help with technology and...

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Barack Obama

Secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering into the public square. Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Williams Jennings Bryan, Dorothy Day, Martin...

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Barack Obama

But to truly transform our economy, protect our security, and save our planet from the ravages of climate change, we need to ultimately make clean, renewable energy the profitable kind of energy. So I...

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Barack Obama

We're making new investments in the development of gasoline and diesel and jet fuel that's actually made from a plant-like substance-algae...we could replace up to 17 percent of the oil we import for transportation...

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Barack Obama

Few challenges facing America and the world are more urgent than combating climate change. The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear.

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Barack Obama

...this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal...

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Barack Obama

With only 2 percent of the world's oil reserves, oil isn't enough. This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy. A strategy that's cleaner,...

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Barack Obama

Some technologies don't pan out; some companies fail. But I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy. ... I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China or Germany because we...

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Barack Obama

We've subsidized oil companies for a century. That's long enough. It's time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that rarely has been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Life takes its own turns, makes its own demands, writes its own story, and along the way, we start to realize we are not the author.

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Barack Obama

We also recommit to supporting tribal self-determination, security, and prosperity for all Native Americans. While we cannot erase the scourges or broken promises of our past, we will move ahead together...

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Barack Obama

We may have different backgrounds, but we believe in the same dream that says this is a country where anything's possible. No matter who you are. No matter where you come from.

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Barack Obama

I try to explain to them about the aloha spirit. And it's that spirit that I am absolutely convinced is what America is looking for right now.

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Barack Obama

For the sake of our security, our economy and our planet, we must have the courage and commitment to change.

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Barack Obama

Like no other illness, AIDS tests our ability to put ourselves in someone else's shoes - to empathize with the plight of our fellow man. While most would agree that the AIDS orphan or the transfusion victim...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

For half of the world's population, roughly three billion people around the world living on less than two dollars a day, an election is at best a means, not an end; a starting point, not deliverance. These...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Everybody knows politics is a contact sport.

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Barack Obama

For the young people here: practicality is a good thing. There are times where compromise is necessary. That's part of wisdom. But it's also important to hang on to what you believe.

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Barack Obama

The US and Australia have a lot in common. One of the things we have in common is we produce a lot of carbon.

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Barack Obama

This week I've travelled more than 15,000 miles from America to China to Burma to Australia. I have no idea what time it is right now.

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Barack Obama

We do not benefit from a relationship with China or any other country in which we put our values and our ideals aside.

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Barack Obama

We're opposing Russia's aggression against Ukraine, which is a threat to the world, as we saw in the appalling shoot-down of MH17.

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Barack Obama

He described to me how crocodiles kill more people than sharks. There are just a lot of things in Australia that can kill you.

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Barack Obama

I believe that the best measure of whether a nation is going to be successful is whether they are tapping the talents of their women.

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

By the end of this decade, a majority of our Navy and Air Force fleets will be based out of the Pacific, because the United States is and always will be a Pacific power.

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Barack Obama

My staff was very excited for Brisvegas. When I arrived, they advised I needed some XXXX.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I try never to get too high when things are going well. I try never to get too low when things are going poorly. I try to keep an even keel.

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Barack Obama

We are an American family and we rise and fall together as one nation.

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Barack Obama

It betrays a poverty of ambition if all you think about is what goods you can buy instead of what good you can do.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

If we are truly created equal then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well

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Barack Obama

In my heart I know you didn't come here just for me, you came here because you believe in what this country can be. In the face of war, you believe there can be peace. In the face of despair, you believe...

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Barack Obama

Young people recognize the big challenges that are coming up...

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Barack Obama

I do think that you're starting to see young people pay attention to some longterm issues that they feel Washington has neglected.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Over the last several days, we have heard from members of Congress who want their voices to be heard. I absolutely agree.

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Barack Obama

I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.

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Barack Obama

It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break; the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It...

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Barack Obama

I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results...

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Barack Obama

It's harder to end a war than begin one. Indeed, everything that American troops have done in Iraq -- all the fighting and all the dying, the bleeding and the building, and the training and the partnering...

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Barack Obama

This is an extraordinary achievement, nearly nine years in the making.

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Barack Obama

We remember the grind of the insurgency -- the roadside bombs, the sniper fire, the suicide attacks. From the 'triangle of death' to the fight for Ramadi; from Mosul in the north to Basra in the south...

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Barack Obama

We remember the specter of sectarian violence -- al Qaeda's attacks on mosques and pilgrims, militias that carried out campaigns of intimidation and campaigns of assassination. And in the face of ancient...

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Barack Obama

We remember the surge and we remember the Awakening -- when the abyss of chaos turned toward the promise of reconciliation. By battling and building block by block in Baghdad, by bringing tribes into the...

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Barack Obama

And we remember the end of our combat mission and the emergence of a new dawn -- the precision of our efforts against al Qaeda in Iraq, the professionalism of the training of Iraqi security forces, and...

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Barack Obama

Because of you, in Afghanistan we've broken the momentum of the Taliban. Because of you, we've begun a transition to the Afghans that will allow us to bring our troops home from there. And around the globe,...

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Barack Obama

So here's what I want you to know, and here's what I want all our men and women in uniform to know: Because of you, we are ending these wars in a way that will make America stronger and the world more...

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Barack Obama

I've come to embrace the notion that I haven't done enough in my life. I've come to confirm that one's title, even a title like president of the United States, says very little about how well one's life...

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Barack Obama

People don't expect government to solve all their problems. But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a slight change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in America has a decent...

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Barack Obama

If you work hard. And are responsible. You should be rewarded.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.

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Barack Obama

We must build a world free of unnecessary barriers, stereotypes, and discrimination. ... policies must be developed, attitudes must be shaped, and buildings and organizations must be designed to ensure...

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Barack Obama

Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible

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Barack Obama

My administration will be the most transparent in history

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

We are convinced, as some of you may be convinced, that changing the way we produce and use energy is essential to America's economic future, that it will create millions of new jobs, power new industries,...

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Barack Obama

We've taken bold action at home by making historic investments in renewable energy, by putting our people to work increasing efficiency in our homes and buildings, and by pursuing comprehensive legislation...

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Barack Obama

Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I'm so overexposed, I'm making Paris Hilton look like a recluse.

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Barack Obama

We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair...

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Barack Obama

I don't look at my pension. It's not as big as yours so it doesn't take as long.

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Barack Obama

If you've got a business - you didn't build that.

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Barack Obama

Please proceed, Governor.

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Barack Obama

Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I believe we can seize this future together, because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions. We will forever by the United States of America....

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Barack Obama

That's the good thing about being President--I can do whatever I want.

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Barack Obama

I was able to see faith as more than just a comfort to the weary or a hedge against death; rather, it was an active, palpable agent in the world.

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Barack Obama

It was unknowable then, but so much of the progress that would define the 20th century, on both sides of the Atlantic, came down to the battle for a slice of beach only 6 miles long and 2 miles wide.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

A nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous.

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Barack Obama

Because of the Civil Rights movement, new doors of opportunity and education swung open for everybody ... Not just for blacks and whites, but also women and Latinos; and Asians and Native Americans; and...

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Our goal is to have a country that's not divided by race.

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Barack Obama

Our goal is to have a country that's not divided by race. And my impression, as I travel around the country, is that that's the kind of country that most people want, as well, and that we all have prejudice,...

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Barack Obama

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...

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Barack Obama

We cannot allow internet service providers to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas.

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Barack Obama

I wouldn't be the man I am today without the woman who agreed to marry me 20 years ago

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

That's why I stand here tonight. Because for two hundred and thirty two years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women - students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses...

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Barack Obama

Medicare in particular will run out of money, and we will not be able to sustain that program no matter how much taxes go up.

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Barack Obama

I think it's important to realize that I was actually black before the election.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Lord Bendtner is the best player of all times

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Barack Obama

Who you are and who you love should never be a fireable offense

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

You're the reason why selfless soldiers won't be kicked out of the military because of who they are or who they love.

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Barack Obama

If you give up on the idea that your voice can make a difference, then other voices will fill the void: lobbyists and special interests; the people with the $10 million checks who are trying to buy this...

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Barack Obama

I was reminded that it is my obligation not only as an elected official in a pluralistic society, but also as a Christian, to remain open to the possibility that my unwillingness to support gay marriage...

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Barack Obama

I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian - for me - for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God's in the mix.

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Barack Obama

I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages

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Barack Obama

"Undecided," while running for re-election to state Senate in 1998, in response to an Outlines questionnaire asking, "Do you favor legalizing same-sex marriage?"

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Barack Obama

I am a fierce supporter of domestic-partnership and civil-union laws. I am not a supporter of gay marriage as it has been thrown about, primarily just as a strategic issue. I think that marriage, in the...

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Barack Obama

The government has to treat all citizens equally. I am a strong supporter not of a weak version of civil unions, but of a strong version, in which the rights that are conferred at the federal level to...

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Barack Obama

I've called on Congress to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act to help end discrimination to help end discrimination against same-sex couples in this country. Now, I want to add we have a duty...

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Barack Obama

I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage. But I also think you're right that attitudes evolve,...

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Barack Obama

Every single American - gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender - every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of our society. It's a pretty simple...

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

I could never be a politician. But as uncomfortable as I would be doing so, I have no problem with Obama's long-planned 'change of heart.' This dude's made huge, measurable strides for gay rights, and...

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Barack Obama

Who cares if it's a campaign strategy, and who are other people to say it's ridiculous? I'm not gay, but I strongly support gay marriage. What if someone told you you couldn't marry the one you love? I...

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Barack Obama

What you saw was the people of New York having a debate, talking through these issues. It was contentious; it was emotional; but, ultimately, they made a decision to recognize civil marriage. And I think...

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Barack Obama

We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are - whether it's here in the United States or, as Hillary (Clinton) mentioned,...

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Barack Obama

I support ensuring that committed gay couples have the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple in this country. I believe strongly in stopping laws designed to take rights away...

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Barack Obama

The more freely information flows, the stronger the society becomes, because then citizens of countries around the world can hold their own governments accountable. They can begin to think for themselves.

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Barack Obama

Last time I checked, Congress was created to uphold the values of the Constitution, not the Bible and its biased teachings. 'All men (including women) are created equal' and are afforded unalienable rights....

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Barack Obama

I think it's about time! Who cares whether he is looking for votes or not! At least your country is moving forward with the times!

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Barack Obama

It's a campaign strategy. He's all about getting the votes. I support gay marriage too, but Obama only does things to stir the pot and get the votes in. Later on I bet you a shinny penny he is going to...

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Barack Obama

A little reminder to those who don't back Obama and gay marriage. It's probably cause you're gay.

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Barack Obama

The emotions between the races could never be pure; even love was tarnished by the desire to find in the other some element that was missing in ourselves. Whether we sought out our demons or salvation,...

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Barack Obama

We should raise the minimum wage so that no one who works full time has to live in poverty

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

You now have the potential of 200 people deciding who ends up being elected president every single time

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Barack Obama

We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they...

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Barack Obama

I don't think that any economist disputes that we're in the worst economic crisis since the great depression. The good news is that we're getting a consensus around what needs to be done.

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Barack Obama

What we also have to recognize is that the deficit levels that I'm inheriting, over a trillion dollars, coming out of last year, that that is unsustainable. At a certain point, other countries stop buying...

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Barack Obama

We reward people a lot for being rich, for being famous, for being cute, for being thin... one of the values I think we need to instill in our country, in our children, is a sense of 'usefulness', in other...

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Barack Obama

Let me tell you another place to look for some savings. We are currently spending $10 billion a month in Iraq when they have a $79 billion surplus. It seems to me that if we're going to be strong at home...

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

Here's what I can tell the American people: 95 percent of you will get a tax cut. And if you make less than $250,000, less than a quarter-million dollars a year, then you will not see one dime's worth...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Our resources may be finite, but our will is infinite, and I am confident that if we come together and summon that great American spirit once again, we will meet the challenges of our time and write the...

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Barack Obama

Families across America are feeling the pinch as they watch debts mount, bills pile up and savings disappear.

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

Is this money well spent? This is taxpayer money, it is going to be adding to the deficit short term and if we can't justify it, then we're not going to spend tens or hundreds of billions of dollars, just...

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Barack Obama

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'

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Barack Obama

That's why the American Recovery & Reinvestment Plan won't just throw money at our problems, we'll invest in what works

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

To the extent that we've got a fiscal crisis right now, part of it is prompted by a bullheaded insistence on the part of the president, for example, that we should extend all of his tax cuts, make all...

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Barack Obama

Tonight, more Americans are out of work and more are working harder for less. More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can't afford...

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Barack Obama

When George Bush came into office, we had surpluses. And now we have half-a-trillion-dollar deficit annually. When George Bush came into office, our national debt was around $5 trillion. It's now over...

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Barack Obama

Short term, the most important thing is to put people back to work ... If they're working, that means they're paying taxes, that means that they're buying goods and services - and the economy, instead...

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Barack Obama

I think that we've had an economy that's been out of balance for too long. So the general principle of raising taxes on higher income Americans, like myself, and providing relief to those who haven't benefited...

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Barack Obama

I will eliminate capital-gains taxes for the small businesses and the startups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow

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Barack Obama

We don't quit. I don't quit. Let's seize this moment.

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Barack Obama

Throughout history, the arts and humanities have helped men and women around the globe grapple with the most challenging questions and come to know the most basic truths. In our increasingly interconnected...

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Barack Obama

The true test of the American ideal is whether we're able to recognize our failings and then rise together to meet the challenges of our time. Whether we allow ourselves to be shaped by events and history,...

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Barack Obama

Every single one of you has something you're good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That's the opportunity an education...

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Barack Obama

You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I would not have the Justice Department prosecuting and raiding medical marijuana users. It's not a good use of our resources.

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Barack Obama

We won't apologise for our way of life, nor will we weaver in its defence, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit...

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Barack Obama

Let it be said to our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we didn't turn our back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

A green, Fifa Coins| Fifa Coins| Fifa Coins| Fifa Coins| Fifa Coins| replica watches|renewable energy economy isn't some pie-in-the-sky, far-off future - it is now. It is creating jobs - now. It is providing...

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Barack Obama

There is no excuse for not trying.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Turns out I'm really good at killing people. Didn't know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine.

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Barack Obama

My mother was the one constant in my life. When I think about my mom raising me alone when she was 20, and working and paying the bills, and, you know, trying to pursue your own dreams, I think is a feat...

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Barack Obama

All across the world, ...increasingly dangerous weather patterns and devastating storms are abruptly putting an end to the long-running debate over whether or not climate change is real. Not only is it...

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Barack Obama

Global warming is not just the greatest environmental challenge facing our planet - it is one of our greatest challenges of any kind.

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Barack Obama

My first term I sang Al Green... in my second term, I'm going with Young Jeezy .

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect....

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Barack Obama

It's not a choice between our environment and our economy; it's a choice between prosperity and decline.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your...

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Barack Obama

For all the noise and anger that too often surrounds the immigration debate, America has nothing to fear from today's immigrants. They have come here for the same reason that families have always come...

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Barack Obama

Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote. The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities...

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Barack Obama

I strongly agree with Vice President Gore that we cannot drill our way to energy independence, but must fast-track investments in renewable sources of energy like solar power, wind power and advanced biofuels.

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Barack Obama

The time to fix our broken immigration system is now... We need stronger enforcement on the border and at the workplace... But for reform to work, we also must respond to what pulls people to America......

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Barack Obama

Don’t ever let anybody tell you that your efforts don’t matter or that your voice doesn’t count. Don’t ever believe that you can’t make a difference. You have.

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Barack Obama

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--none of that is an excuse... where you are right...

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Barack Obama

Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it...The world has lost a visionary....

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Barack Obama

When times change, so must we.

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Barack Obama

We don't have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.

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Barack Obama

Sticking your head in the sand might make you feel safer, but it's not going to protect you from the coming storm.

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Barack Obama

I don't have much patience for anyone who denies that this challenge is real.

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Barack Obama

We have to all shoulder the responsibility for keeping the planet habitable, or we're going to suffer the consequences - together.

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Barack Obama

Our planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on all of humankind.

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Barack Obama

Someday, our children, and our children's children, will look at us in the eye and they'll ask us, did we do all that we could when we had the chance to deal with this problem and leave them a cleaner,...

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Barack Obama

I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that's beyond fixing.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

That bright blue ball rising over the moon's surface, containing everything we hold dear - the laughter of children, a quiet sunset, all the hopes and dreams of posterity - that's what's at stake. That's...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

While we may not live to see the full realization of our ambition, we will have the satisfaction of knowing that the world we leave to our children will be better off for what we did.

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

As the world's largest economy and second-largest carbon emitter, as a country with unsurpassed ability to drive innovation and scientific breakthroughs, as the country that people around the world continue...

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

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

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A low-carbon, clean energy economy can be an engine of growth for decades to come.

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The old rules may say we can't protect our environment and promote economic growth at the same time, but in America, we've always used new technologies - we've used science; we've used research and development...

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The United States was founded on the idea that all people are endowed with inalienable rights, and that principle has allowed us to work to perfect our union at home while standing as a beacon of hope...

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When the United States stands up for human rights, by example at home and by effort abroad, we align ourselves with men and women around the world who struggle for the right to speak their minds, to choose...

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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.

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... the fact is it didn't happen in the first month, the first six weeks, in a way that was at all acceptable. And since I'm in charge, obviously, we screwed it up.

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Today we're seeing that climate change is about more than a few unseasonably mild winters or hot summers. It's about the chain of natural catastrophes and devastating weather patterns that global warming...

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[P]art of people's concern is just the sense that around the world the old order isn't holding and we're not quite yet to where we need to be in terms of a new order that's based on a different set of...

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I don't know about Cricket but still I watch Cricket to see Sachin play..Not because I love his play, its because I want to know the reason why my country's production goes down by 5 percent when he is...

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We want our children to live in a world without the destructive power of a warming planet.

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This is our moment...while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a...

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No country can hide from the dangers of carbon pollution

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Unless we free ourselves from a dependence on these fossil fuels... we are condemning future generations to global catastrophe

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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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity, until bright young students and engineers are enlisted...

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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.

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Men have to take more responsibility. Men have to intervene

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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

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

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Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness, it's a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage...

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Barack Obama

There is no shame in confusion or fear. "There was only shame in the silence fear had produced. . . . It was the silence that betrayed us."

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The silence killed your faith.

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The pain I felt was my father's pain.

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How do we transform mere power into justice, mere sentiment into love?

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Barack Obama

Affirmative action is not going to be the long-term solution to the problems of race in America, because, frankly, if you've got 50 percent of African-American or Latino kids dropping out of high school,...

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We have to think about affirmative action and craft it in such a way where some of our children who are advantaged aren't getting more favorable treatment than a poor white kid who has struggled more.

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...Started by missionaries in 1841, Punahou Academy had grown into a prestigious prep school, an incubator for island elites...It hadn't been easy to get me in, my grandparents told her (my mother); there...

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The idea of America endures. Our destiny remains our choice. And tonight, more than two centuries later, it is because of our people that our future is hopeful, our journey goes forward, and the state...

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

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We're not going to deputize a whole bunch of American citizens to start grabbing people or turning them in, in part because the ordinary American citizen may not know whether or not this person is illegal...

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But I also want to give them a pathway so that they can earn citizenship, earn a legal status, start learning English, pay a significant fine, go to the back of the line, but they can then stay here and...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I'm not just a candidate, I'm the President

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Barack Obama

The science [of global warming] is beyond dispute... Delay is no longer an option. Denial is no longer an acceptable response

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Barack Obama

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure... It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance...

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Today’s decision was a victory for people all across this country whose lives will be more secure.

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There is no individual salvation without collective salvation

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Your voice can change the world.

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Barack Obama

I don't believe people should to be able to own guns.

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Barack Obama

When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point.

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Barack Obama

I never understood that line. The point was to inhale. That was the point.

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Barack Obama

If you looked at their cable bill, their telephone, their cell phone bill, other things they're spending money on, it may turn out that, it's just that they haven't prioritized health care.

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

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No one built this country on their own. This nation is great because we built it together.

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Barack Obama

Citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals from us each day. I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say 'we are not...

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I think we can provide common-sense approaches to the issue of illegal guns that are ending up on the streets. We can make sure that criminals don't have guns in their hands. We can make certain that those...

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My biggest frustration so far is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage. We're the only developed...

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Barack Obama

The United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people. It's not the only country that has psychosis. And yet we kill each other in these mass shootings at rates that are exponentially higher than...

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Honestly this is not going to change unless the people who want to prevent these kinds of mass shootings from taking place feel at least as passionate, at least as mobilized and well-funded as the NRA...

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Barack Obama

The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam

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The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer.

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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.

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As a student of history, I also know civilization's debt to Islam.

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Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.

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Islam has always been part of America

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we will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities

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

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

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

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

The Holy Koran tells us, 'O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.'

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I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White House later this week, and wish you a blessed month.

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Barack Obama

We've seen those results in generations of Muslim immigrants - farmers and factory workers, helping to lay the railroads and build our cities, the Muslim innovators who helped build some of our highest...

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

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.

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But shouldn't we also quit marketing murder as a game?

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Barack Obama

And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you. I have learned from you. And you’ve made me a better president. And with your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more...

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Barack Obama

I'm inspired by my own children, how full they make my heart. They make me want to work to make the world a little bit better. And they make me want to be a better man.

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Barack Obama

For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change.

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Barack Obama

I believe when women succeed America succeeds!

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Barack Obama

We will respond to the threat of climate change

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Barack Obama

Become a teacher. Your country needs you.

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Barack Obama

No party has a monopoly on wisdom. No democracy works without compromise.

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Barack Obama

Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

For the United States of America, the best is yet to come.

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Barack Obama

Evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies. Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda's leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force may sometimes be necessary...

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Barack Obama

What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept...

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Barack Obama

We have the power to make the world we seek, but only if we have the courage to make a new beginning ....

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Barack Obama

We have to stand up for these issues when it's tough, and that's what I've done. I did it when I was in the state legislature, sponsoring the Illinois version of the DREAM Act, so that children who were...

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Barack Obama

Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades. And for good reason: when people come here to fulfill their dreams...

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Barack Obama

Number one, it is absolutely critical that we tone down the rhetoric when it comes to the immigration debate, because there has been an undertone that has been ugly. Oftentimes, it has been directed at...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Estiven Rodriguez couldn't speak a word of English when he moved to New York City at age nine. But last month, thanks to the support of great teachers and an innovative tutoring program, he led a march...

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Number one, it is important that we fix the legal immigration system, because right now we've got a backlog that means years for people to apply legally. And what's worse is, we keep on increasing the...

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Barack Obama

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

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The system isn't working when 12 million people live in hiding, and hundreds of thousands cross our borders illegally each year; when companies hire undocumented immigrants instead of legal citizens to...

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Barack Obama

I marched with you in the streets of Chicago to meet our immigration challenge. I fought with you in the Senate for comprehensive immigration reform. And I will make it a top priority in my first year...

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Barack Obama

If we are going to solve the challenges we face, you need a President who will pursue genuine solutions day in and day out. And that is my commitment to you. We need immigration reform that will secure...

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Barack Obama

Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. Women deserve equal pay for equal work.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

When friends are in trouble, America Helps.

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Barack Obama

We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.

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Barack Obama

For the world has changed, and we must change with it

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Barack Obama

The world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us.

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Barack Obama

If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

The greatest threat to U.S. and global security is no longer a nuclear exchange between nations, but nuclear terrorism by violent extremists and nuclear proliferation to an increasing number of states.

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Barack Obama

My wife has been my closest friend, my closest advisor. And ... she's not somebody who looks to the limelight, or even is wild about me being in politics. And that's a good reality check on me. When I...

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Barack Obama

Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I'm supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city. And as they do, the American...

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Barack Obama

Ninety-eight percent of all American companies have fewer than 100 employees. Over half of all Americans work for a small business. Small businesses are the backbone of our nation’s economy and we must...

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Barack Obama

We live in a moment when the dream of equal opportunity is within reach.

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Barack Obama

In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died - an entire town destroyed

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I don't want to make decisions about what I'm eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.

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Barack Obama

You didn't build that! Somebody else made that happen!

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Barack Obama

What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on earth.

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Assault weapons ban reintroduced...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind....He arrived in our lives as an alien but...

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Barack Obama

The role of citizen in our democracy does not end with your vote.

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Barack Obama

It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives,...

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Barack Obama

Don't just consume things, create things

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Barack Obama

Our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these children and the families of the adults we lost....May god bless the memory of the victims and in the words of...

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Barack Obama

Now is not the time to gut these job-creating investments in science and innovation. Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race.

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Barack Obama

Don't just buy a new video game. Make one.

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Barack Obama

I'M ASKING YOU TO BELIEVE... not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington... I'm asking you to believe in yours.

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Barack Obama

The Muslim call to prayer is one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.

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Barack Obama

Empowering women isn’t just the right thing to do - it’s the smart thing to do.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

We've got a lot of work to do economically in this country to bring about a more just and fair economy.

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Barack Obama

I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars.

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Barack Obama

I didn't set a red line, the world set a red line

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Barack Obama

More than a building that houses books and data, the library represents a window to a larger world, the place where we've always come to discover big ideas and profound concepts that help move the American...

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Barack Obama

We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it.

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Barack Obama

Each of us deserves the freedom to pursue our own version of happiness. No one deserves to be bullied.

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Barack Obama

The United States was the first country to recognize Israel in 1948, minutes after its declaration of independence, and the deep bonds of friendship between the U.S. and Israel remain as strong and unshakeable...

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The American people and the Israeli peoples share a faith in the future and believe that democracies can shape their own destinies and that opportunities should be available to all. Throughout its own...

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[America] will stand steadfast with Israel in pursuit of security and a lasting peace.

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Barack Obama

I think that Canada is one of the most impressive countries in the world, the way it has managed a diverse population, a migrant economy. The natural beauty of Canada is extraordinary. Obviously there...

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Barack Obama

There are certain things we can only do together. There are certain things only a union can do. Only a union could harness the courage of our pioneers to settle the American west, which is why (President...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government,...

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Barack Obama

We are at a time in our country's history that inclusive language is better than exclusive language.

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Barack Obama

Simple exchanges can break down walls between us, for when people come together and speak to one another and share a common experience, then their common humanity is revealed. We are reminded that we're...

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Barack Obama

If you like your healthcare plan, you'll be able to keep your healthcare plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.

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Barack Obama

My Bible tells me that if we train a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not turn from it. I think faith and guidance can help fortify a young woman's sense of self, a young man's sense...

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for...

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Barack Obama

So Americans understand the costs of war. Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of...

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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.

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I think back to the day I drove Michelle and a newborn Malia home from the hospital nearly 13 years ago-crawling along, miles under the speed limit, feeling the weight of my daughter's future resting in...

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We also think this is a reminder of the long tradition of bipartisan foreign policy that has been the hallmark of America at moments of greatest need, and that's the kind of spirit that we hope will be...

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If you're 54 or 55, you might want to listen because this will affect you. The idea, which was originally presented by Congressman Ryan, your running mate, is that we would give a voucher to seniors and...

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The problem is that because the voucher wouldn't necessarily keep up with health care inflation, it was estimated that this would cost the average senior about $6,000 a year.

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The irony is that we've seen this model work really well in Massachusetts because Gov. Romney did a good thing, working with Democrats in the state to set up what is essentially the identical model and,...

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And I agree that the Democratic legislators in Massachusetts might have given some advice to Republicans in Congress about how to cooperate. But the fact of the matter is we used the same advisers and...

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Barack Obama

No, you can't deny women their basic rights and pretend it's about your 'religious freedom'. If you don't like birth control, don't use it. Religious freedom doesn't mean you can force others to live by...

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Barack Obama

A good GI bill would increase the recruit pool.

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Barack Obama

We've come to be consumed by a 24-hour, slash-and-burn, negative ad, bickering, small-minded politics that doesn't move us forward. Sometimes one side is up and the other side is down. But there's no sense...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

You've got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don't have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they're gay. That's not reflective of who we are.

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Barack Obama

What makes us exceptional, what makes us America is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created...

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Barack Obama

Today we continue a never ending journey to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time.

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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.

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Together we resolve that a great nation must care for the vulnerable and protect its people from life's worst hazards and misfortune.

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For we have always understood that when times change, so must we, that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges, that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires...

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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.

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We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity.

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But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.

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We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity.

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Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science ...

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... our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom. And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice.

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

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.

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Our journey is not complete until all our children ... know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time, not only with the votes we cast, but the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideas.

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Barack Obama

Let us each of us now embrace with solemn duty, and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright. With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history and...

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Barack Obama

America's nurses are the beating heart of our medical system.

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Barack Obama

Change doesn't come from Washington. Change comes to Washington

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Barack Obama

For the Palestinians, efforts to delegitimize Israel will end in failure. . . Palestinian leaders will not achieve peace or prosperity if Hamas insists on a path of terror and rejection. And Palestinians...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

As for Israel, our friendship is rooted deeply in a shared history and shared values. Our commitment to Israel's security is unshakeable. And we will stand against attempts to single it out for criticism...

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Barack Obama

As a product of history and faith, Jewish Americans have helped to open our eyes to injustice, to people in need, and to the simple idea that we ought to recognize ourselves in the struggle of our fellow...

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Barack Obama

Even while we may at times disagree, as friends sometimes will, the bonds between the United States and Israel are unbreakable and the commitment of the United States to the security of Israel is ironclad.

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Barack Obama

When I touched my hand against the Western Wall and placed my prayer between its ancient stones, I thought of all the centuries that the children of Israel had longed to return to their ancient homeland....

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Barack Obama

The ultimate goal is two states for two people: Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland for the Jewish people and the State of Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people - each state in joined...

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Barack Obama

"I will call not just on Israel, but on the Palestinians, on the Arab States, and the international community to join us in this effort, because the burden of making hard choices must not be Israel's alone."...

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Barack Obama

Those who threaten Israel threaten us. Israel has always faced these threats on the frontlines, and I will bring to the White House an unshakable commitment to Israel's security. That starts with insuring...

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Barack Obama

Even as we do all that's necessary to ensure Israel's security, even as we are clear-eyed about the difficult challenges before us, and even as we pledge to stand by Israel through whatever tough days...

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Barack Obama

I will begin to remove our troops from Iraq immediately.

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Barack Obama

I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take...

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Barack Obama

Michelle, I love you so much. The other night, I think the entire country saw just how lucky I am. Malia and Sasha, we are so proud of you - and yes you do have to go to school in the morning. And Joe...

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Barack Obama

We should be more modest in our belief that we can impose democracy on a country through military force.

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

My administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens. Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a...

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Barack Obama

Scientists and engineers ought to stand side by side with athletes and entertainers as role models.

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Barack Obama

Unless you're one of the first Americans, a Native American, you came from someplace else. Somebody brought you.

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Barack Obama

Every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008...That’s why, over the past six years, we’ve done more than ever before to combat climate change, from the way we produce...

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Barack Obama

And when it comes to developing the high standards we need, it's time to stop working against our teachers and start working with them. Teachers don't go in to education to get rich. They don't go in to...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect.

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Barack Obama

When we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.

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Barack Obama

No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Weapons of war have no place on our streets

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Barack Obama

But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized - at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do...

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Generally, the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties, says what the states can't do to you. Says what the federal government can't do to you. But it doesn't say what the state or federal government...

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Barack Obama

Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny ... and everything in between. But he was one of a kind.

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Barack Obama

The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.

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Barack Obama

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

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Barack Obama

We must carry forward the work of the women who came before us and ensure out daughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacles to their achievements and no remaining ceilings to shatter.

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Barack Obama

If you're a strong man, you should not feel threatened by strong women

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Barack Obama

We Shouldn't have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements.

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Barack Obama

We have proved that the true strength of our nation comes not from the scale of our wealth but from the power of our ideals - opportunity, democracy, liberty and hope.

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Barack Obama

... I just want to remind the owners and the players: you guys make money because you have a whole bunch of fans out there who are working really hard. They buy tickets. They're watching on TV. Ya'll should...

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Barack Obama

It is that promise that has always set this country apart-that through hard work and sacrifice, each of us can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one American family, to ensure that...

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Barack Obama

Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally . Leadership means that 'the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of...

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Barack Obama

We remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

We are not a nation that says, 'Don’t ask, don’t tell.' We are a nation that says, 'Out of many, we are one.' We are a nation that welcomes the service of every patriot. We are a nation that believes...

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Barack Obama

No one in America should ever be afraid to walk down the street holding the hand of the person they love.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Scripture tells us to run with endurance the race that is set before us. As we do, may God hold close those who have been taken from us too soon.

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Barack Obama

We will finish the race.

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Barack Obama

The future is ours to win. But to get there we can't just stand still...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

We need fathers to step up, to realize that their job does not end at conception; that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one.

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Barack Obama

Let's be grateful for what we have. Let's be mindful of those who have less. Let's appreciate those who hold a special place in our lives, and make sure they know it. And let's think about those who can't...

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Barack Obama

I just want people to know the facts and science and the information... measles is preventable.

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Barack Obama

There may be no greater tribute to Steve Jobs' success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

Writing has been an important exercise to clarify what I believe, what I see, what I care about, what my deepest values are ... the process of converting a jumble of thoughts into coherent sentences makes...

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Barack Obama

Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let’s use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy and remind ourselves...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

We are not entitled to success we have to earn it

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Rather than double-down on the top-down economics that let a fortunate few play by their own rules, let’s embrace an economic patriotism that says we rise or fall together, as one nation, and as one...

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Barack Obama

I know that there are those who disagree with the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change. But here's the thing -- even if you doubt the evidence, providing incentives for energy-efficien cy...

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Barack Obama

If we aren't willing to pay a price for our values, then we should ask ourselves whether we truly believe in them at all.

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Barack Obama

If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I'm in the White House, I will put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself and I will walk on that picket line with...

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Barack Obama

Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar.

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Barack Obama

There is a word in South Africa - ubuntu - that describes his greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity;...

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Barack Obama

This is not class warfare -- it's math.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

We remember, we rebuild, we come back stronger.

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Barack Obama

We need to eradicate the slander that says a black youth with a book is acting white.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

The notion that we can control the flow of information is obsolete.

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Barack Obama

You can be stylish, and powerful too.

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Barack Obama

As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life....

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Barack Obama

The strongest democracies flourish from frequent and lively debate, but they endure when people of every background and belief find a way to set aside smaller differences in service of a greater purpose.

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Barack Obama

A man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice

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Barack Obama

The flame of the diya, or lamp, reminds us that light will ultimately triumph over darkness

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Barack Obama

I make no apologies for being reasonable.

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Barack Obama

There are war-torn countries, people full of poverty, who still voted 60, 70 percent. If here in the United States of America, we voted at 60 percent, 70 percent, it would transform our politics.

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Barack Obama

It's time to recognize that under the equal protection clause of the United States [Constitution], same-sex couples should have the same rights as anybody else.

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Barack Obama

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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Barack Obama

Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.

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Barack Obama

The best judge of whether or not a country is going to develop is how it treats its women

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution.

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Barack Obama

We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations

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Barack Obama

Corporations aren't people. People are people!

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

Foreign Assistance is not an end in itself. The purpose of aid must be to create the conditions where it is no longer needed.

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Barack Obama

If poverty is a disease that infects the entire community in the form of unemployment and violence, failing schools and broken homes, then we can't just treat those symptoms in isolation . We have to heal...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Progress in the most impoverished parts of our world enriches us all.

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Barack Obama

Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.

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Barack Obama

If you like your existing plan you get to keep it

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Barack Obama

If you don't have a record to run on, you paint your opponent as someone to run from.

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Barack Obama

Literacy is the most basic currency of the knowledge economy.

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Barack Obama

Reading makes all other learning possible. We have to get books into our children's hands early and often.

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Barack Obama

At the dawn of the 21st century, where knowledge is literally power, where it unlocks the gates of opportunity and success, we all have responsibilities as parents, as librarians, as educators, as politicians,...

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Barack Obama

Libraries have a special role to play in our knowledge economy. Your institutions have been and should be a place where parents and children come to read together and learn together. We should take our...

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Barack Obama

...as parents, we have to find the time and the energy to step in and help our children love reading. We can read to them, talk to them about what they're reading, and make time for this by turning off...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

We don't turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up.

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Barack Obama

On every continent, there are girls who will go on to change the world in ways we can only imagine, if only we allow them the freedom to dream.

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Barack Obama

My administration doesn’t have any secrets, and from now on, neither will you.

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Barack Obama

Women deserve equal pay for equal work.

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Barack Obama

The forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us.

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Barack Obama

Love and hope can conquer hate

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Barack Obama

I get a thick book full of death, destruction, strife, and chaos. That's what I take with my morning tea.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

The brain is a body part too; we just know less about it.

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Barack Obama

Let's face it, I like Stanford grads. I'd always hear about this campus, and everybody is riding bikes, and people hopping into fountains.

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Barack Obama

It's important to recognize that you can't have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience.

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Barack Obama

There are places and moments in America where this nation’s destiny has been decided...Selma is such a place.

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Barack Obama

Every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

In a world of complex threats, our security and leadership depends on all elements of our power - including strong and principled diplomacy.

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Barack Obama

Now, because he knows that his economic theories don't work, he's been spending these last few days calling me every name in the book. Lately he's called me a socialist for wanting to roll-back the Bush...

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Barack Obama

It is true, I worry about the hype. The only person more over-hyped than me is you.

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Barack Obama

It's not because John McCain doesn't care. It's because John McCain doesn't get it.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I believe that for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us.

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Barack Obama

I think that I'm a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I'll tell you right now that I'm gonna think I'm a better...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

One of the proudest things of my three years in office is helping to restore a sense of respect for America around the world...

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Barack Obama

I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions.

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Barack Obama

I am not in favor of concealed weapons. I think that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could (get shot during) altercations.

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Barack Obama

It’s very rare that I come to an event where I’m like the fifth- or sixth-most interesting person.

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Barack Obama

I learned to slip back and forth between my black and white worlds. One of those tricks I had learned: People were satisfied so long as you were courteous and smiled and made no sudden moves. They were...

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Barack Obama

I don’t believe it is possible to transcend race in this country. Race is a factor in this society. The legacy of Jim Crow and slavery has not gone away. It is not an accident that African-Americans...

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Barack Obama

The private sector is doing fine.

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Barack Obama

It is this world, a world where cruise ships throw away more food in a day than most residents of Port-au-Prince see in a year, where white folks' greed runs a world in need, apartheid in one hemisphere,...

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Barack Obama

I can no more disown (Jeremiah Wright) than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother - a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again...

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Barack Obama

We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honor those ideals by upholding them not when it's easy, but when it is hard.

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Barack Obama

Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.

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Barack Obama

Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones.

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Barack Obama

Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation — at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.

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Barack Obama

Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges.

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Barack Obama

My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government.

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Barack Obama

We reject the use of national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.

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Barack Obama

I will sign a universal health-care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.

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Barack Obama

The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.

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Barack Obama

As Americans, we can take enormous pride in the fact that courage has been inspired by our own struggle for freedom, by the tradition of democratic law secured by our forefathers and enshrined in our Constitution....

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Barack Obama

Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy.

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Barack Obama

ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple, and it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.

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Barack Obama

In five days, you can turn the page on policies that put greed and irresponsibility on Wall Street before the hard work and sacrifice of folks on Main Street. In five days, you can choose policies that...

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Barack Obama

I'm going to insist that we've got decent funding, enough teachers, and computers in the classroom, but unless you turn off the television set and get over a certain anti-intellectualism that I think pervades...

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Barack Obama

And I’ve said this all across the country when I talk to parents about education, government has to fulfill its obligations to fund education, but parents have to do their job too. We’ve got to turn...

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Barack Obama

America does not presume to know what is best for everyone

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

I didn't become a Christian until many years later, when I moved to the South Side of Chicago after college. It happened not because of indoctrination or a sudden revelation, but because I spent month...

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Barack Obama

If [black] nationalism could create a strong and effective insularity, deliver on its promise of self-respect, then the hurt it might cause well-meaning whites, or the inner turmoil it caused people like...

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Barack Obama

Like it or not, we have to have a financial system that is healthy and functioning.

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Barack Obama

You can't change Washington from the inside, you can only change it from the outside.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country

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Barack Obama

You mention the Navy, for example, and the fact that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets.

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Barack Obama

I’m convinced that a world in which girls are educated is a safer, more stable, more prosperous place.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Mothers are the rocks of our families and a foundation in our communities. In gratitude for their generous love, patient counsel, and lifelong support, let us pay respect to the women who carry out the...

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Barack Obama

All of us share this world for but a brief moment in time. The question is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart, or whether we commit ourselves to an effort -- a sustained effort...

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Barack Obama

I am asking my Attorney General to create a special unit of federal prosecutors and leading state attorneys general to expand our investigations into the abusive lending and packaging of risky mortgages...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I'm inspired by the people I meet in my travels--hearing their stories, seeing the hardships they overcome, their fundamental optimism and decency. I'm inspired by the love people have for their children....

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this...

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Barack Obama

I mean, if you think about - if you think about it, UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? No, they are. It's the Post Office that's always having problems.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this...

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Barack Obama

And if that child should ever get the chance to travel the world and someone should ask her where is she from, we believe that she should always be able to hold her head high with pride in her voice when...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Nobody really thinks that Bush or McCain have a real answer for the challenges we face, so what they're going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, he's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny...

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Barack Obama

My main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. You know, if I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon.

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Barack Obama

Now, some have said I blame too many problems on my predecessor, but let's not forget that's a practice that was initiated by George W. Bush.

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Barack Obama

I do love the Waldorf-Astoria, though. You know, I hear that from the doorstep you can see all the way to the Russian tea room.

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Barack Obama

Who is Barack Obama? Contrary to the rumors you have heard, I was not born in a manger. I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father Jor-El to save the Planet Earth. Many of you know that...

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Barack Obama

Yesterday, John McCain actually said that if he's president that he'll take on, and I quote, 'the old boys network in Washington.' Now I'm not making this up. This is somebody who's been in Congress for...

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Barack Obama

I've been called worse on the basketball court.

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Barack Obama

They say I need to be seasoned; they say I need to be stewed. They say, 'We need to boil all the hope out of him -- like us -- and then he'll be ready.'

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Barack Obama

I have nothing to hide, I enjoy being myself. I'm not going to change who I am just because it's Halloween.

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Barack Obama

I don't want to be invited to the family hunting party.

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Barack Obama

I would have to...investigate more of Bill's dancing abilities, you know, and some of this other stuff before I accurately judge whether he was in fact a brother.

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Barack Obama

What I value most about Pastor Wright is not his day-to-day political advice. He's much more of a sounding board for me to make sure that I am speaking as truthfully about what I believe as possible and...

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Barack Obama

After a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999.

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

I intend to protect a free and open internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and...

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Barack Obama

If we’re going to have arguments, let’s have arguments — but let’s make them debates worthy of this body and worthy of this country.

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Barack Obama

I have no more campaigns to run. I know because I won both of them.

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Barack Obama

My only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one I’ve had since the day I swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol — to do what I believe is best for America.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

We built this country by making things, by producing goods we could sell.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

If you like your doctor or health care provider, you can keep them. If you like your health care plan, you can keep that too.

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Barack Obama

If you're one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance — this law will only make it more secure and more affordable.

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Barack Obama

To everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not,...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times...

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Barack Obama

Palestinians will never realize their independence by denying the right of Israel to exist,

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Barack Obama

I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with [the president] trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through...

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

I swore an oath to uphold the laws on the books . Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. Believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise...

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Barack Obama

Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.

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Barack Obama

The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are the people with something to hide.

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Barack Obama

You know, I have more than enough to do without having to worry about the financial system.

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Barack Obama

There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama, because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So (my parents) got together (sic) and Barack Obama...

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Barack Obama

My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect.

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Barack Obama

Teddy Roosevelt supported a progressive income tax. If I am sitting pretty and you've got a waitress who is making minimum wage plus tips, and I can afford it and she can't, what's the big deal for me...

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Barack Obama

I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of, you know, fat-cat bankers on Wall Street.

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Barack Obama

In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken...

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Barack Obama

And I do not want, and I will not accept, a deal in which I am asked to do nothing, in fact, I'm able to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income that I don't need, while a parent out...

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Barack Obama

And I believe the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it.

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Barack Obama

It [the Constitution] didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as it's been interpreted, and the Warren court interpreted...

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Barack Obama

I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

It's not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they've got a chance for success too. My attitude is that if the economy's good for folks from...

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Barack Obama

I've made it clear for years that the threat from Iran is grave.

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Barack Obama

Those aren't the kinds of folks who represent our core American values.

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Barack Obama

There's no doubt that when it comes to our treatment of Native Americans as well as other persons of color in this country, we've got some very sad and difficult things to account for. I personally would...

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

The first thing I'd do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.

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Barack Obama

National legislation will prevent other states' flawed concealed-weapons laws from threatening the safety of Illinois residents,

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

Jimmy Carter will go down in American history as 'the president who lost Iran,'

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Barack Obama

The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. As commander...

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Barack Obama

The small irritations or indignities that we experience are nothing compared to what a previous generation experienced. It's one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala [an alleged incident...

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Barack Obama

I'm never surprised by controversies that are whipped up in Washington.

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Barack Obama

America is number one in wind power.

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Barack Obama

I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or who you love. It doesn't matter...

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Barack Obama

No country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere.

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Barack Obama

The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all...

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Barack Obama

Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns in to universal, rather than religion-specific, values... it requires that their proposals be subject to argument and amenable...

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Barack Obama

For decades, this great leader, often at Dr. King's side, was denied his rightful place in history because he was openly gay. No medal can change that, but today, we honor Bayard Rustin's memory by taking...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

The biggest deficit that we have in our society and in the world right now is an empathy deficit. We are in great need of people being able to stand in somebody else's shoes and see the world through their...

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Barack Obama

The world doesn't just revolve around you. There's a lot of talk in this country about the federal deficit. But I think we should talk more about our empathy deficit.

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Barack Obama

I'm determined to disagree with people without being disagreeable. That's part of the empathy. Empathy doesn't just extend to cute little kids. You have to have empathy when you're talking to some guy...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

Each side has legitimate aspirations - and that's part of what makes peace so hard. And the deadlock will only be broken when each side learns to stand in the other's shoes; each side can see the world...

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Barack Obama

Let us join together across denominations, religions and cultures to make a habit of empathy and reach out to those most in need. To share the blessings we enjoy and to advance the cause of peace in all...

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Barack Obama

As you travel through the Middle East what keeps on striking home to me is how similar everyone is, and yet the degree to which we can find differences to fight wars over. It requires a great deal of empathy,...

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Barack Obama

But it will depend on young people like you being open to new ideas and new possibilities. And it will require young people like you never to stereotype or assume the worst about other people.

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Barack Obama

In the Muslim world, this notion that somehow everything is the fault of the Israelis lacks balance - because there's two sides to every question. That doesn't mean that sometimes one side has done something...

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Barack Obama

It is very important for I think those of us who desperately want peace, who see war as, at some level, a break-down, a manifestation of human weakness, to understand that sometimes it's also necessary...

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Barack Obama

That's where peace begins - not just in the plans of leaders, but in the hearts of people. Not just in some carefully designed process, but in the daily connections - that sense of empathy that takes place...

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Barack Obama

And let me say this as a politician I can promise you this, political leaders will never take risks if the people do not push them to take some risks. You must create the change that you want to see. Ordinary...

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Barack Obama

On my recent trip to Israel, I had the opportunity to visit Yad Vashem, Israel's national Holocaust memorial, and reaffirm our collective responsibility to confront anti-Semitism, prejudice, and intolerance...

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Barack Obama

Ultimately, peace is just not about politics. It's about attitudes; about a sense of empathy; about breaking down the divisions that we create for ourselves in our own minds and our own hearts that don't...

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Barack Obama

They will tell you that the Americans who sleep in the streets and beg for food got there because they're all lazy or weak of spirit. That the inner-city children who are trapped in dilapidated schools...

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Barack Obama

I hope you don't listen to this. I hope you choose to broaden, and not contract, your ambit of concern.

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Barack Obama

Never give up on your dreams.

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Barack Obama

Being a father is sometimes my hardest but always my most rewarding job. Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.

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Barack Obama

In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

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Barack Obama

The trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some [wealth] redistribution -- because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain...

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Barack Obama

I refuse to accept any approach that isn't balanced. I'm not going to ask students and seniors and middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit, while people like me, making over $250,000, aren't...

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Barack Obama

Today, we are closer to fulfilling America's promise of economic and social justice because we stand on the shoulders of giants like Dr. King, yet our future progress will depend on how we prepare our...

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Barack Obama

We are the change we have been waiting for.

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Barack Obama

I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching,...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

If there's even one thing we can do - even one life we can save - we have an obligation to try

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Barack Obama

make away out of no way

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Barack Obama

We are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth or status or power or fame, but rather how well we have Loved and what small part we have played in making the...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I don't know what the word is in Austrian.

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Barack Obama

Winnie the Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security.

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Barack Obama

John McCain has not spoken about my Muslim faith.

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Barack Obama

I'm here with the Girardo family here in St. Louis.

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Barack Obama

Ten thousand people died, an entire town destroyed.

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Barack Obama

Come on! I just answered, like, eight questions!

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Barack Obama

I bowled a 129. It's like- It was like the Special Olympics.

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Barack Obama

[My grandmother] is a typical white person.

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Barack Obama

This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.

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Barack Obama

What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying 'Well, you know, my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues, and when I listen to my wife, that's what I'm hearing.'...

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Barack Obama

It probably wouldn't be good for our economy for a bunch of these jobs to come back because, there's no way that people could be getting paid a living wage on some of these jobs - at least in order to...

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Barack Obama

I don't know the facts of when Joe Soptic's wife got sick or when she died.

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Barack Obama

And Joe Biden, thank you for being the best Vice President I could ever hope for.

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Barack Obama

Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.

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Barack Obama

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...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers.

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Barack Obama

On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people - Muslims and Christians - have suffered in pursuit of a homeland.

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Barack Obama

I have no patience with people who go around blowing up innocent people.

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Barack Obama

Poorly secured nuclear material in the former Soviet Union, or secrets from a scientist in Pakistan could help build a bomb that detonates in Paris. The poppies in Afghanistan become the heroin in Berlin....

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Barack Obama

The Holy Koran teaches that whoever kills an innocent is as - it is as if he has killed all mankind.

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Barack Obama

We will not apologise for our way of life.

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Barack Obama

We do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan. We see no military - we seek no military bases there. It is agonizing for America to lose our young men and women. It is costly and politically difficult...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I wish the country had fewer lawyers and more engineers.

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

This kind of inequality - a level we haven't seen since the Great Depression - hurts us all. When middle-class families can no longer afford to buy the goods and services that businesses are selling,...

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Barack Obama

Inequality also distorts our democracy. It gives an outsized voice to the few who can afford high-priced lobbyists and unlimited campaign contributions, and runs the risk of selling out our democracy...

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Barack Obama

More fundamentally, this kind of gaping inequality gives lie to the promise at the very heart of America: that this is the place where you can make it if you try. We tell people that in this country,...

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Barack Obama

Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also...

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Barack Obama

All too rarely do I hear people asking just what it is that we've done to make so many children's hearts so hard, or what collectively we might do to right their moral compass - what values we must live...

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Barack Obama

They, and we, are the legacies of an unbroken chain of proud men and women who served their country with honor, who waged war so that we might know peace, who braved hardship so that we might know opportunity,...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I confess to wincing every so often at a poorly chosen word, a mangled sentence, an expression of emotion that seems indulgent or overly practiced. I have the urge to cut the book by fifty pages or so,...

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Barack Obama

Hope is not blind optimism. It's not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

My little girls can break my heart. They can make me cry just looking at them eating their string beans.

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

Faith doesn't mean that you don't have doubts.

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Barack Obama

Together, we could open up government and invite citizens in, while connecting all of America to 21st century broadband. We could use technology to help achieve universal health care, to reach for a clean...

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

I will set big goals for this country as president - some so large that the technology to reach them does not yet exist.""I will recruit new teachers and make new investments in rural schools, we'll connect...

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Barack Obama

To restore America's competitiveness, we must recruit a new generation of science and technology leaders by investing in diversity.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of our economy calls for action: bold and swift. And we will act not only to create new jobs but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will...

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Barack Obama

I kept finding the same anguish, the same doubt; a self-contempt that neither irony nor intellect seemed able to deflect. Even DuBois’s learning and Baldwin’s love and Langston’s humor eventually...

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Barack Obama

This pleased Onyango, for to him knowledge was the source of all the white man's power, and he wanted to make sure that his son was as educated as any white man.

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Barack Obama

If you give up on the idea that your voice can make a difference, then other voices will fill the void

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Barack Obama

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...

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Barack Obama

Republicans in Congress have two choices here: They can act responsibly and pay America's bills, or they can act irresponsibly and put America through another economic crisis. But they will not collect...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

the underlying struggle - between worlds of plenty and worlds of want; between the modern and the ancient; between those who embrace our teeming, colliding, irksome diversity, while still insisting on...

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Barack Obama

I think the Prime Minister is the first to acknowledge that Malaysia's still got some work to do. Just like the United States, by the way, has some work to do on these issues. Human Rights Watch probably...

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Barack Obama

There have been periods where the folks who were already here suddenly say, 'Well, I don't want those folks,' even though the only people who have the right to say that are some Native Americans.

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Barack Obama

If a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant.

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Barack Obama

It is now our generation's task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is...

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

[A]lthough the principle of equality has always been self-evident, it has never been self-executing.

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Barack Obama

Most people who meet my wife quickly conclude that she is remarkable. They are right about this. She is smart, funny and thoroughly charming. Often, after hearing her speak at some function or working...

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Barack Obama

The public school system is not about educating black children. Never has been. Inner-city schools are about social control. Period. They’re operated as holding pens—miniature jails, really. It’s...

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Barack Obama

We may not be able to stop evil in the world, but how we treat one another is entirely up to us.

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Barack Obama

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, 44th U.S. President

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Barack Obama

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...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

...I believe deeply that we canot solve the challenges of your time unless we solve them together - unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have differnt stories, but we hold common hopes;...

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Barack Obama

For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Now, it's true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is the 12 hottest years on record have all come in...

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Barack Obama

We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would...

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Barack Obama

By 2025 we expect new spacecraft designed for long journeys to allow us to begin the first ever crewed missions beyond the Moon into deep space. So we'll start by sending astronauts to an asteroid for...

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

My expectation would be that if we can begin discussions soon, shortly after the Iranian elections, we should have a fairly good sense by the end of the year as to whether they are moving in the right...

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Barack Obama

The opportunity will not remain open indefinitely.

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Barack Obama

We are not going to keep the window open forever.

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Barack Obama

The Iranians may simply try to run out the clock.

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Barack Obama

Our patience is not infinite. We're not willing to let this go on forever.

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Barack Obama

If Iran does not take steps in the near future to live up to its obligations, then the United States will not continue to negotiate indefinitely. . . . Our patience is not unlimited.

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Barack Obama

We are in what we hope is an intensive diplomatic phase now. It will not be open-ended.

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Barack Obama

I don't think that there's a hard-and-fast deadline. . . .What we have said all along is that this is not an open-ended process, we are not in this just to talk for talk's sake. . . . We expect prompt,...

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Barack Obama

We are running out of time

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Barack Obama

Time is running out for Iran to address the international community's growing concerns about its nuclear program.

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Barack Obama

Iran has to live up to its international obligations. . . . The president has said that our patience is not unlimited.

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Barack Obama

As tough as things have been, I am convinced you are tougher. I've seen your passion and I've seen your service. I've seen you engage and I've seen you turn out in record numbers. I've heard your voices...

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Barack Obama

The window is closing.

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Barack Obama

Iran's nuclear program . . . there was going to be a time limit . . .

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Barack Obama

We've said to the Iranians all along . . . we still remain open to diplomacy. But it's been very clear that the Iranians don't want to engage with us.

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Barack Obama

We want to see the Iranians engage, and as you know, we have attempted to bring about that engagement over the course of the last three-plus years. It has not proven effective.

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Barack Obama

To resolve this issue will require Iran to come to the table and discuss in a clear and forthright way how to prove to the international community that the intentions of their nuclear program are peaceful....

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

That window is closing. . . . Now, the clock is ticking. . . . We're not going to have these talks just drag out in a stalling process. . . . We haven't given away anything - other than the opportunity...

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Barack Obama

We will not engage in an endless process of negotiations.

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

When it comes to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, I will take no options off the table. ... That includes all elements of American power: a political effort aimed at isolating Iran, a diplomatic...

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Barack Obama

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

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Barack Obama

That may prevent us from getting a deal done, It is there to be had. Whether ultimately Iran can seize that opportunity - we will have to wait and see, but it is not for lack of trying on our part.

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Barack Obama

Here's the truth: the Soviet Union had thousands of nuclear weapons, and Iran doesn't have a single one. But when the world was on the brink of nuclear holocaust, Kennedy talked to Khrushchev and he got...

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Barack Obama

Strong countries and strong presidents talk to their adversaries. That's what Kennedy did with Khrushchev. That's what Reagan did with Gorbachev. That's what Nixon did with Mao. I mean think about it....

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Barack Obama

The Iranian regime supports violent extremists and challenges us across the region. It pursues a nuclear capability that could spark a dangerous arms race and raise the prospect of a transfer of nuclear...

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Barack Obama

Since taking office, I've made it clear that the United States was prepared to begin a new chapter of engagement with the Islamic Republic of Iran. We offered the Iranian government a clear choice. It...

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Barack Obama

The capacity of Iraq's security forces has improved, and Iraq's leaders have made strides toward political accommodation

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Barack Obama

We're leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq with a representative government that was elected by its people. We're building a new partnership between our nations and we are ending a...

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Barack Obama

Mr Speaker, Mr Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans, last month I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our last troops to serve in Iraq. Together,...

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Barack Obama

Now let me be clear - I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions,...

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Barack Obama

I've never said that troops should be withdrawn. What I've said is, is that we've got to make sure that we secure and execute the rebuilding and reconstruction process effectively and properly, and I...

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Barack Obama

The only resolution is for the aspirations of both sides to be met through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians each live in peace and security. ... Israelis must acknowledge that just as Israel's...

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Barack Obama

The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. The Palestinian people must have...

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Barack Obama

I have made it a top priority for my administration to deepen cooperation with Israel across the whole spectrum of security issues - intelligence, military, technology.

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Barack Obama

It was basic research in the photoelectric field-in the photoelectric effect that would one day lead to solar panels. It was basic research in physics that would eventually produce the CAT scan. The calculations...

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

another tradition to politics, a tradition (of politics) that stretched from the days of the country’s founding to the glory of the civil rights movement, a tradition based on the simple idea that we...

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Barack Obama

Keeping the people's government open is not a concession to me. Keeping vital service running and hundreds of thousands of Americans on the job is not something you 'give' to the other side.

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Barack Obama

None of this is fair to you. And should it continue, it will make it more difficult to keep attracting the kind of driven, patriotic, idealist Americans to public service that our citizens deserved and...

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Barack Obama

[J]ust because you have an individual right does not mean that the state or local government can't constrain the exercise of that right...

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Barack Obama

We stand with Israel as a Jewish democratic state because we know that Israel is born of firmly held values that we, as Americans, share: a culture committed to justice, a land that welcomes the weary,...

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Barack Obama

[The] United States is proud to stand with you as your strongest ally and greatest friend. I see this visit as an opportunity to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations, to restate America's...

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Barack Obama

I have great respect for both President Obama and the office that he holds

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Barack Obama

Netanyahu made all sorts of claims. This was going to be a terrible deal. This was going to result in Iran getting 50 billion dollars worth of relief. Iran would not abide by the agreement. None of that...

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Barack Obama

One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it change a state, it can change a nation, and if...

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Barack Obama

What I’ve realized is that life doesn’t count for much unless you’re willing to do your small part to leave our children — all of our children — a better world. Any fool can have a child. That...

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Barack Obama

We've had every official in Hawaii, Democrat and Republican, every news outlet that has investigated this, confirm that, yes, in fact, I was born in Hawaii, Aug. 4, 1961, in Kapiolani Hospital.

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Barack Obama

Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22-out-of-30 top al-Qaida leaders who've been taken off the field whether I engage in appeasement. Or whoever is left out there, ask them about that.

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Barack Obama

We have got to dispel this myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage.

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Barack Obama

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.

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Barack Obama

Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

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Barack Obama

We will remember that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words...

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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...

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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

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Unless we free ourselves from a dependence on these fossil fuels... we are condemning future generations to global catastrophe

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If we want energy security, then we have to reduce our appetite for fossil fuels. There's no other way. Other issues may crowd the headlines, but this is our fundamental challenge. Big challenges require...

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Rome wasn't built in a day, and we won't replace fossil fuels with clean energy based on the events of a single week, either. But the important thing to remember is that, once they happen, clean energy...

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Our dependence on fossil fuels amounts to global pyromania, and the only fire extinguisher we have at our disposal is renewable energy.

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A revolution in humanity's use of fossil fuel-based energy would be necessary sooner or later to sustain and to extend modern standards of living. It will be required sooner if we are to hold the risks...

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This curious faith is predicated on the notion that we will soon develop unlimited new sources of energy: domestic oil fields, shale oil, gasified coal, nuclear power, solar energy, and so on. This is...

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Yet, despite our many advances, our environment is still threatened by a range of problems, including global climate change, energy dependence on unsustainable fossil fuels, and loss of biodiversity.

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The truth is, as most of us know, that global warming is real and humans are major contributors, mainly because we wastefully burn fossil fuels.

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David Suzuki

If we want to address global warming, along with the other environmental problems associated with our continued rush to burn our precious fossil fuels as quickly as possible, we must learn to use our resources...

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I have not been one who believed in the global warming. But I tell you, they are making a convert out of me as these blistering summers. They have broken heat records in a number of cities already this...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

I ask citizens and governments everywhere to do their part by conserving energy and reducing the use of fossil fuels for the good of the world community. This is our duty to those who share this world...

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Christopher Flavin

Improved energy productivity and renewable energy are both available in abundance—and new policies and technologies are rapidly making them more economically competitive with fossil fuels. In combination,...

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Rush Limbaugh

Obama is a clown. You don't have to be a scientist to know that the President doesn't know what he's talking about when he says fossil fuels are the energy of the past. We have more oil than we need. We'll...

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Barack Obama

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

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Now we are all learning what it's like to reap the whirlwind of fossil fuel dependence... Our destructive addiction has given us a catastrophic war in the Middle East and - now - Katrina is giving our...

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Kurt Vonnegut

Here's what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey. And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing...

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Kurt Vonnegut

Here's what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey.

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William J. Clinton

The earth is warming at an alarming rate, we are running out of fossil fuels, and it is long past time for us to take action to correct these problems.

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