Barack Obama Quotes
Current and 44th President of United States
Barack Hussein Obama II is the first African American to hold the office, as well as the first president born in Hawaii. Obama previously served as the junior United States Senator from Illinois from January 2005 until he resigned after his election to the presidency in November 2008. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.
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We are an imperfect people. Every now and then, there are those who think that America's safety and success requires us to walk away from the sacred principles enshrined in this building. We hear such voices today.
— Barack Obama / May 21, 2009
We are going to exhaust every avenue that we have to prosecute those at Guantanamo who pose a danger to our country. But even when this process is complete, there may be a number of people who cannot be prosecuted for past crimes but who nonetheless pose a threat to the security of the United States... I am not going to release individuals who endanger the American people
— Barack Obama on the detainees at Guantanamo Bay / May 21, 2009
[The plan is part of] historic agreement to help America break its dependence on oil, reduce harmful pollution and begin the transition to a clean-energy economy... In three years, you'll have paid off the additional investment in lower fuel costs... The truth is everyone wins
— Barack Obama his new auto-emission and fuel-economy plan / May 19, 2009
Given the breadth of issues at stake in our relationship with China, this ambassadorship is as important as any in the world
— Barack Obama announcing Jon Huntsman as new ambassador to China at the White House / May 16, 2009
These reforms will begin to restore the Commissions as a legitimate forum for prosecution, while bringing them in line with the rule of law,
— Barack Obama announcing resuming of military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba / May 15, 2009
So we share something in common, Nobody thought I was going to win, either.
— Barack Obama honoring World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies / May 15, 2009
Dr. Frieden is an an expert in preparedness and response to health emergencies... He is an expert in preparedness and response to health emergencies, and has been at the forefront of the fight against heart disease, cancer and obesity, infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and AIDS, and in the establishment of electronic health records.
— Barack Obama announcing Thomas Frieden as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / May 15, 2009
The government should stop the indiscriminate shelling that has taken hundreds of innocent lives, including several hospitals, and the government should live up to its commitment to not use heavy weapons in the conflict zone
— Barack Obama on Sri Lanka's war against LTTE / May 14, 2009
We have been complicit in these problems. But these practices, they have only grown worst in this recession, when hardworking Americans could afford them least.
— Barack Obama pressing his case for legislation imposing new restrictions on credit-card fees and interest-rate changes / May 14, 2009
You may be seeing a them... We're doing some stuff on health care because I think the country is geared up, businesses are geared up, families are geared up to go ahead and start solving some our extraordinary health care system problems.
— Barack Obama after speaking with business leaders about health care costs / May 12, 2009