Heaven forbid we've got a problem where we could have prevented a terrorist attack or apprehended someone who is engaged in dangerous activity, but we didn't do so simply because of inaction in the Senate.
You're the reason why selfless soldiers won't be kicked out of the military because of who they are or who they love.
Literacy is the most basic currency of the knowledge economy.
I'll go anywhere and I'll do whatever it takes to get this done. It's too important for Washington to screw this up. Now's the time for us to work on what we all agree to, which is let's keep middle-class taxes low. That's what our economy needs. That's what the American people deserve.
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 tax breaks for the wealthy - well, you do the math. I refuse to go along with that. And as long as
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.'
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.
We should never forget that God granted us the power to reason so that we would do His work here on Earth - so that we would use science to cure disease, and heal the sick, and save lives.
What do you think a stimulus is? It's spending - that's the whole point! Seriously. Barack O
The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.
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 our borders, and punish employers who exploit immigrant labor; reform that finally brings the 12 m
What we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages or working conditions. ... These so-called right-to-work laws, they don't have to do with economics; they have everything to do with politics. What they're really talking about is giving you the right to work f
A low-carbon, clean energy economy can be an engine of growth for decades to come.
It was as if he had come to mistrust words somehow. Words, and the sentiments words carried.
It's not enough to celebrate the ideals that we're built on, liberty and justice and equality for all. Those just can't be words on paper, the work of every generation is to make those words mean something, concrete in the lives of our children. And we won't get there as long as kids in Baltimore or
I'm less interested in how we label ourselves. I'm more interested in how we treat each other. And if we're treating each other right, then I can be African-American, I can be multi-racial, I can be you name it, what matters is, am I showing people respect, am I caring for one, for other people.
Islam has always been a part of America's story...and since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States.
If there's even one thing we can do - even one life we can save - we have an obligation to try
Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.
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.
The world is complicated and full of grays, but there's still truth there to be found.
This self-reflection, this willingness to examine ourselves, to make corrections, to do better, that's part of what makes us Americans. It's part of what sets us apart from other nations, the United States is the most professional, most capable, most cutting-edge intelligence community in the world.
When people are judged by merit, not connections, then the best and brightest can lead the country, people will work hard, and the entire economy will grow - everyone will benefit and more resources will be available for all, not just select groups.
You don't defeat a terrorist network that operates in eighty countries by occupying Iraq.
Americans... still believe in an America where anything's possible - they just don't think their leaders do.
I applaud the Supreme Courtâ€™s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it
I'm suspicious of too much certainty in the pursuit of understanding just because I think people are limited in their understanding.
I don't want you folks to do a lot of talking. Just shut up and get out of the way.
If we're serious about building an economy that lasts, we have got to get serious about education. We are going to have to pick up our games and raise our standards.
Nothing will deter us from building the future we want for our children. What greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than marshaling our best efforts to save it.