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
Barack Obama

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

Barack Obama
What is the empathy deficit? The inability of people to stand in other folks shoes. It's hard to empathize with people who have different values than you
Barack Obama

That is the difference we make in the world. And our own safety - our own security - depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation, and uphold the values that we stand for - timeless ideals that will endure long after those who offer only hate and destruction have been vanquished from the Earth.

Barack Obama
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Barack Obama

America must always lead on the world stage. If we don't, no one else will. The military that you have joined is, and always will be, the backbone of that leadership. But U.S. military action cannot be the only - or even primary - component of our leadership in every instance. Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail.

Barack Obama
As I've said, there were patriots who supported this war, and patriots who opposed it. And all of us are united in appreciation for our servicemen and women, and our hopes for Iraqis' future.
Barack Obama

I've called Chicago home for nearly 25 years. It's a city of broad shoulders and big hearts and bold dreams; a city of legendary sports figures, legendary sports venues, and legendary sports fans; a city like America itself, where the world -- the world's races and religions and nationalities come together and reach for the dream that brought them here.

Barack Obama
You're the reason why selfless soldiers won't be kicked out of the military because of who they are or who they love.
Barack Obama

We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity.

Barack Obama
I don't want to make promises, not knowing what the situation's going to be three or four years out.