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President Barack Obama

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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

I am running in this race because of what Dr. King called "the fierce urgency of now." Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us. ~Barack Obama, Iowa Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, 2007 Nov 10

Mankind will never see an end of trouble until... lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power... become lovers of wisdom. ~Plato, The Republic

In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope? ~Barack Obama, Keynote Address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, 2004 Jul 27

But another thing I know is this — we can’t steer ourselves out of this crisis by heading in the same, disastrous direction. We can’t change direction with a new driver who wants to follow the same old map. And that’s what this election is all about. ~Barack Obama, 2008 Sep 18, Espanola, New Mexico

To rule is easy, to govern difficult. ~Johann W. von Goethe

We can’t afford to be so worried about losing the next election that we lose the battles we owe to the next generation. The real gamble in this election is playing the same Washington game with the same Washington players and expecting a different result. And that’s a risk we can’t take. ~Barack Obama, 2007 Dec 27, Des Moines, Iowa

Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong. ~Richard Armour

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, 2008 Feb 05, Chicago, Illinois

Ladies and gentlemen, Barack Obama is our new president. And I think I speak for most Americans when I say: Anybody mind if he starts a little early? ~David Letterman

If Obama sees his shadow tomorrow, do we get six more years of Bush? ~David J. Beard (1947–2016), tweet, 2009 January 19th

I’m tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn’t work. Of course it doesn’t work. We are supposed to work it. ~Alexander Woollcott

A budget is more than just a series of numbers on a page; it is an embodiment of our values. ~Barack Obama, American Legion Legislative Rally, 2005 Mar 01

This year, in this election, we are called to reaffirm our values and commitments, to hold them against a hard reality and see how we are measuring up, to the legacy of our forbearers, and the promise of future generations. ~Barack Obama, Keynote Address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, 2004 Jul 27

The genius of our founders is that they designed a system of government that can be changed. And we should take heart, because we’ve changed this country before. ~Barack Obama, Announcement for President, 2007 Feb 10, Springfield, Illinois

"Our country, right or wrong."  When right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right. ~Carl Schurz

It’s not enough just to change parties in this election. If we hope to truly transform this country, we have to change our politics too. It’s time to turn the page. ~Barack Obama, 2007 Jun 19, Washington, D.C.

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

So let me remind you tonight that change will not be easy. That change will take time. There will be setbacks, and false starts, and sometimes we will make mistakes. But as hard as it may seem, we cannot lose hope. Because there are people all across this country who are counting on us.... ~Barack Obama, 2008 Jan 26, Columbia, South Carolina

Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Or we can embrace another tradition of politics — a tradition that has stretched from the days of our founding to the glory of the civil rights movement, a tradition based on the simple idea that we have a stake in one another — and that what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart, and that if enough people believe in the truth of that proposition and act on it, then we might not solve every problem, but we can get something meaningful done for the people with whom we share this earth. ~Barack Obama, World AIDS Day Speech, 2006 Dec 01

Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all,—
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
~John Dickinson, 1768

The People, though we think of a great entity when we use the word, means nothing more than so many millions of individual men. ~James Bryce

This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in. ~Theodore Roosevelt, 1901

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. You need to take up the challenges that we face as a nation and make them your own, not because you have an obligation to those who are less fortunate, although you do have that obligation. Not because you have a debt to all of those who helped you get to where you are, although you do have that debt. You need to take on the challenge because you have an obligation to yourself. Because our individual salvation depends on collective salvation. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you will realize your true potential. And if we’re willing to share the risks and the rewards this new century offers, it will be a victory for each of you, and for every American. ~Barack Obama, Knox College Commencement, 2005 Jun 04, Galesburg, Illinois

He loves his country best who strives to make it best. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

Territory is but the body of a nation. The people who inhabit its hills and valleys are its soul, its spirit, its life. ~James Garfield

I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars. ~Barack Obama, 2002 Oct 02, Chicago, Illinois

Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home. ~William Ewart Gladstone

If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace. ~Hamilton Fish

We need a type of patriotism that recognizes the virtues of those who are opposed to us. We must get away from the idea that America is to be the leader of the world in everything. The old "manifest destiny" idea ought to be modified so that each nation has the manifest destiny to do the best it can — and that without cant, without the assumption of self-righteousness, and with a desire to learn to the uttermost from other nations. ~Francis J. McConnell, Memorial Day Address, 1926

These are Americans who still believe in an America where anything’s possible — they just don’t think their leaders do. These are Americans who still dream big dreams — they just sense their leaders have forgotten how. ~Barack Obama, Emily’s List Annual Luncheon, 2006 May 11

We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit. ~Hubert H. Humphrey

Each and every time, a new generation has risen up and done what’s needed to be done. Today we are called once more — and it is time for our generation to answer that call. For that is our unyielding faith — that in the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it. ~Barack Obama, Announcement for President, 2007 Feb 10, Springfield, Illinois

Democracy is like a raft: It won’t sink, but you will always have your feet wet. ~Russell B. Long

There are those, I know, who will reply that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream. ~Archibald MacLeish, in LIFE, "Eloquent Guides to America's National Purpose," 1960

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. This is the price and the promise of citizenship. This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny. ~Barack Obama, Inaugural Address, 2009 Jan 20, Washington, D.C.

National honor is national property of the highest value. ~James Monroe, 1817

A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation. ~James Freeman Clarke

With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations. ~Barack Obama, Inaugural Address, 2009 Jan 20, Washington, D.C.

Seven and a Half Years Later…

I've been waiting for 7 years for Obama to take my gun and all I got was a job, health insurance and marriage equality. ~@LOLGOP, 2016

      I saw him once; he was a goodly king.
      He was a man, take him for all in all,
      I shall not look upon his like again.
~William Shakespeare, @nycsouthpaw 2016 July 27th tweet during President Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia  ["iambic obameter" ~@RyanKailath; "The Bard, always relevant." ~@CharlesHBryan; "This. A thousand times this." ~Erin Dickey —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

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