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

-Barack Obama
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 go home, she wants me to be a good father and a good husband. And everything else is secondary to that.

Barack Obama
I think it's useful to keep in mind I've been now President for over seven years and gun sales don't seem to have suffered during that time.
Barack Obama

We can't wait for Congress to do its job. So where they won't act, I will.

Barack Obama
There is no excuse for not trying.
Barack Obama

Lobbyist influence comes from access, not money.

Barack Obama
Every life must be given the chance to realize its full potential - that every life matters.
Barack Obama

There's something about the American spirit -– inherent in the American spirit -- we don't hang on to the past. We always move forward.... We are going to leave something better for our children –- not just here in the United States, but all around the world.

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 experience high crime rates, are poor, and have less wealth. It is a direct result of our racial history.
Barack Obama

The goal of this office will not be to favor one religious group over another - or even religious groups over secular groups. It will simply be to work on behalf of those organizations that want to work on behalf of our communities, and to do so without blurring the line that our founders wisely drew between church and state.

Barack Obama
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 their leaders, and to be treated with dignity and respect. We also strengthen our security and well being, because the abuse of human rights can feed many of the global dangers that we confront - from armed conflict and humanitarian crises, to corruption and the spread of ideologies that promote hatred and violence.