The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Donâ€™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 fill yourself with hope.
I donâ€™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 hi
Where you are right now doesn't have to determine where you'll end up
Whatever success I have achieved, whatever positions of leadership I have held have depended less on Ivy League degrees or SAT scores or GPAs, and have instead been due to that sense of connection and empathy - the special obligation I felt, as a black man like you, to help those who need it most, p
Democracy cannot be imposed on any nation from the outside. Each society must search for its own path, and no path is perfect.
The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system.
Senator Joe Biden is pretty clean and articulate for a white guy.
In ancient times and in our times, Muslim communities have been at the forefront of innovation and education.
Non-Islamic, non-foreign-motivated terrorist actions have killed at least as many Americans on American soil as those who were promoted by jihadists. But what we have also seen is ISIL evolve, because of the sophistication of their social media, to a point where they may be inspiring more attacks -
The public school system is not about educating black children. Never has been. Inner-city schools are about social control. Period. Theyâ€™re operated as holding pensâ€”miniature jails, really. Itâ€™s only when black children start breaking out of their pens and bothering white people that society
When individuals get crowbars and start prying open doors to loot, they're not protesting. They're not making a statement. They're stealing. When they burn down a building, they're committing arson.
The truth is, some of these comments, when you actually ask 'well, this is based on what? This notion that Obama's a socialist, for example?' Nobody can really give you a good answer.
I've been to 57 states.
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 -- all of it has led to this moment of success. Now, Iraq is not a perfect place. It has many c
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. When I went to Sderot and saw the daily struggle to survive in the eyes of an eight-year-old boy
Whether our forebears were strangers who crossed the Atlantic or the Pacific or the Rio Grande, we are here only because this country welcomed them in and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, or what our last names are, or how we worship.
I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems,
We consume about 25 percent of the world's oil. We only have 2 percent of the reserves.
Families across America are feeling the pinch as they watch debts mount, bills pile up and savings disappear.
We still have sanctions on Iran for its violations of human rights, for its support of terrorism and for its ballistic missile program. And we will continue to enforce these sanctions vigorously. Iran's recent missile test, for example, was a violation of its international obligations.
Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who's willing to work. That's the promise of America - the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that
To restore America's competitiveness, we must recruit a new generation of science and technology leaders by investing in diversity.
You will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime.
I think the irony ... is that I actually would like to see a relatively light touch when it comes to the government.
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.
People have to recognize that it's going to take some time for trust to be built, not only between Democrats and Republicans but between Congress and the White House, between the House and the Senate. You know, we've had a dysfunctional political system for a while now.
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 support to develop these oil reserves safely, and when you're ready to start selling, we want to
We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.
The trade agreement itself does have labor and environmental protections, but we have to stand for human rights and we have to make sure that violence isn't being perpetrated against workers who are just trying to organize for their rights.
This victory alone is not the change we seek; it is only the chance for us to make that change.