Barack Obama Quotes



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Barack Obama Quotes Index

Abortion
Adjusting to Public Life
America
Americans
Budget / Deficit / Financial Matters
Business
Campaign Promises
Change
Compromise
Education
Environmental Issues
Fear
Freedom
Gay / Lesbian
Government
Jobs / Unemployment
Healthcare
Middle Class
Obama’s Accomplishments
Perseverance
Responsibility
Spiritual Beliefs
Taxes
Unity of the Nation
Values
War / Military / National Security
Wealth


Collection of Barack Obama Posters


Abortion

"No one is pro-abortion."
~ Barack Obama

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

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Adjusting to Public Life

"I just miss - I miss being anonymous."
~ Barack Obama

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

"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."
~ Barack Obama

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

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America

"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, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago."
~ 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 your name is no barrier to success."
~ Barack Obama

"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 chasing paper profits on Wall Street. We built this country by making things, by producing goods we could sell."
~ Barack Obama

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Americans

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

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

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Budget / Deficit / Financial Matters

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

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

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

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

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

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Business

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

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

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

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Campaign Promises

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

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

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

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

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Change


"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 can change a state
it can change a nation
and if it can change a nation
it chan change the world".
~ Barack Obama


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

"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 deliver."
~ Barack Obama

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

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

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Compromise

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

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

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Education

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

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

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

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Environmental Issues

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

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

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Fear

"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 when we're scared. And the country's scared."
~ Barack Obama

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Freedom

"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, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction."
~ Barack Obama

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

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Gay / Lesbian

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

"I 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, our co-workers, and that they've got to be treated like every other American. And I think that principle will win out."
~ Barack Obama

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Government

"What Washington needs is adult supervision."
~ Barack Obama

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

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Healthcare

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

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Jobs / Unemployment

"With the changing economy, no one has lifetime employment. But community colleges provide lifetime employability."
~ 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 less, and so they don't hire."
~ Barack Obama

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Middle Class

"I'm a warrior for the middle class."
~ Barack Obama

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

"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."
~ Barack Obama

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Obama’s Accomplishments

"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 lesbian partners can visit each other in hospitals, making sure that federal benefits can be provided to same-sex couples."
~ Barack Obama

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

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Perseverance

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

"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 on. We have work to do."
~ Barack Obama

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

"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 families who are struggling right now. I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I don't have time to complain. I am going to press on."
~ Barack Obama

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Responsibility


"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 but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task."
~ Barack Obama


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Spiritual Beliefs

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

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

"I'm a Christian by choice."
~ Barack Obama

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

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

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Success

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

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

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

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

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Taxes

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

"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."
~ Barack Obama

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

"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 hundreds of billions of dollars, then that means we've got to cut some kids off from getting a college scholarship."
~ 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 cuts for every millionaire and billionaire in our society. We can't afford it. And I refuse to renew them again."
~ Barack Obama

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

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

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Unity of the Nation


"There is not a liberal America
and a conservative America
- there is the United States of America.
There is not a black America
and a white America
and latino America
and asian America
- there's the United States of America."
~ Barack Obama


"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 one nation."
~ Barack Obama

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

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Values


"Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths."
~ Barack Obama


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War / Military / National Security

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

"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 has overextended our military."
~ Barack Obama

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

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

"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 in the history of the United States and Iraq, we have met our responsibility. Now, it's time to turn the page."
~ Barack Obama

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

"We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."
~ Barack Obama

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Wealth

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

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