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There are a lot of reasons to run for president, but there's one overwhelming reason not to run for president. I like to get that [Corvette] Z06 from zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds.feedback
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We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Barack Obama is associated, including United States District Court, African-Americans, and progressive. Most recently, Barack Obama has been quoted saying: “This debate has always been about something bigger than politics. It's about the character of our country – who we are, and who we aspire to be. And that's always worth fighting for.” in the article Barack Obama attacks the 'fundamental meanness' of Republican healthcare plan.
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Jun 16 2017

Nobody who met us as younger men would have expected us to be where we are today. You know what it's like not to have a father around, you know what it's like not to come from much, and to know people who didn't get the same breaks that we did. So we try to prop open those doors of opportunity so that it's a little easier for those who come up behind us to succeed as well. Jay and I are also fools for our daughters, although he's going to have me beat once those two twins show up. And let's face it, we both have wives who are significantly more popular than we are.feedback

Jun 15 2017 - Trump Presidency

Keep in mind, that it's not just a matter of what I'm willing to do. One of the things you discover about being president is that there are all these rules and norms and laws and you've got to pay attention to them. And the people who work for you are also subject to those rules and norms. And that's a piece of advice that I gave to the incoming president.feedback

Jun 14 2017 - NBA

Well, he sent a text through somebody to get to me.feedback

Jun 09 2017

Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence.feedback

Jun 07 2017

It seems like the international order ... is being constantly tested and the center may not hold. They can call for isolationism or nationalism, or they can suggest rolling back the rights of others. I am convinced the future does not belong to strongmen. We're going to have to replace fear with hope. That's the spirit that we need right now.feedback

Jun 07 2017

One of the things I love about Montreal is that there's a high percentage of Michels here.feedback

Jun 07 2017 - Climate change

In Paris, we came together around the most ambitious agreement in history to fight climate change, an agreement that even with the temporary absence of American leadership will still give our children a fighting chance. I believe we cannot unwind integration. I don't think we can pull up a drawbridge ... It's important for us to establish processes to make sure that we reaffirm that we are nations of immigrants, that it creates dynamism in our economies, strengthens us rather than weakens us and upholds our tradition of lawfulness.feedback

Jun 06 2017

That's a recipe for more cynicism and more polarization, less trust in our institutions and less trust in each other. And it's part of what leads people to turn to populist alternatives that may not actually deliver. Obviously I'm disappointed with the current American administration's decision to pull out of Paris, but all that work that we did is now embedded in decisions that are being made by companies all around America and all around the world.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Clean energy

It's not as if Wal-Mart is now going to suddenly reverse itself – they're going to continue to build on the clean energy they've already invested in because it turns out it saves them money.feedback

Jun 06 2017

Today our prayers go out to the people of Oakland, California, in the aftermath of this weekend's deadly warehouse fire – one of the worst fires in the state's history. While we still don't know the full toll of this disaster, we do know that an American community has been devastated, and many people – including young men and women with their whole futures ahead of them – have tragically lost their lives.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Republican Party

In the end, our financial system only works – our market is only free – when there are clear rules and basic safeguards that prevent abuse, that check excess, that ensure that it is more profitable to play by the rules than to game the system. And that's what these reforms are designed to achieve – no more, no less.feedback

Jun 04 2017 - Immigration

Our Muslim populations, they feel themselves to be Americans. There is, you know, this incredible process of immigration and assimilation that is part of our tradition that is probably our greatest strength. There are parts of Europe in which that's not the case, and that's probably the greatest danger that Europe faces.feedback

Jun 03 2017

If Congress won't act soon to protect future generations, I will.feedback

Jun 01 2017 - Climate change

Over the past seven and a half years, we've transformed the United States into a global leader in the fight against climate change.feedback

Jun 01 2017 - Carbon

Even in the absence of American leadership; even as this administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future, I'm confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we've got.feedback

Jun 01 2017 - Carbon

The Paris Agreement alone won't solve the climate crisis, but it does establish an enduring framework that enables countries to ratchet down their carbon emissions over time, and to set more ambitious targets as technology advances. That means full implementation of this agreement will help delay or avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change, and pave the way for more progress in the coming years.feedback

Jun 01 2017 - NATO

The more NATO countries spend, the worse it is for Russia. What Trump's doing really is increasing NATO's ability to deter any kind of aggression on its borders.feedback

Jun 01 2017 - Climate change

Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.feedback

May 27 2017 - Scottish independence

I am convinced the perpetrators of this act will ultimately be brought to justice and the networks will be dismantled.feedback

May 27 2017 - Scottish independence

And I know this not simply because of the valour of our military and law enforcement personnel, but because I know the character of our peoples.feedback

May 26 2017 - NATO

One of the things that I think, medium and long term, we'll have to examine is whether everybody is chipping in. And this can't just be a U.S. exercise or a British exercise or one country's efforts.feedback

May 26 2017 - Scottish independence

Well, going by those shots I shouldn't feel any pressure. Oh, that wasn't so pretty.feedback

May 25 2017 - Christian Democratic Union of Germany

Look I am very proud of the work I did as president. When you get involved in public life you have to recognize that you never achieve a 100 % of what you want. This is a human enterprise. And so inevitably it is flawed and what you try to do is to work with others who share your values and share your vision to try to make things better – understanding that you won't make things perfect.feedback

May 25 2017

It's important for us to see those investments as part of our own wellbeing as well as to the benefit of others.feedback

May 25 2017 - Xenophobia

One way we can do a better job is to create more opportunities for people in their home countries.feedback

May 25 2017 - Terrorism

(This is) a reminder that there is great danger and terrorism and people who would do great harm to others just because they're different.feedback

May 25 2017 - Trump-Merkel

My hope was to get 100 percent of people health care. We didn't quite achieve that but we were able to get 20m people healthcare who didn't have it before.feedback

May 25 2017 - Trump-Merkel

The world order is at a crossroads. In this new world we live in, we can't isolate ourselves, we can't hide behind a wall.feedback

May 24 2017 - NATO

I say to the people of Estonia and the people of the Baltics, today we are bound by our treaty Alliance. We have a solemn duty to each other. Article Five is crystal clear: An attack on one is an attack on all. So if, in such a moment, you ever ask again, who will come to help,' you'll know the answer–the NATO Alliance, including the Armed Forces of the United States of America.feedback

May 23 2017 - Democratic Party

Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country. But part of it is also Democrats not working at a grassroots level, being in there, showing up, making arguments. That part of the critique of the Democratic Party is accurate.feedback

May 21 2017 - Human Rights

All people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn't steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.feedback

May 21 2017 - Syria conflict

This violence (in Syria) is yet another reminder that there's only one way to end this civil war, as our GCC partners agree - a transitional governing body, a new constitution with free elections, including a transition away from Assad.feedback

May 21 2017 - Inequality

Let's fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their economies so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells.feedback

May 21 2017 - Trump Presidency

I think that a lot of the strain was always overblown. The fact of the matter is, is that the friendship and cooperation that exist between the United States and the Gulf countries has been consistent for decades.feedback

May 21 2017 - Trump Presidency

What is true between the United States and the GCC, as is true with all of our allies and friends, is that at any point in time, there are going to be differences in tactics.feedback

May 21 2017 - Human Rights

Even as these summits focus on security issues, it remains the case that true and lasting security also depends on governance and an economy that serves all its citizens and respects universal human rights.feedback

May 21 2017 - Iran

Even as Iran is calling us 'The Great Satan,' we were able to get a deal done where they got rid of their nuclear stockpiles, and that makes us safer. That's not a sign of weakness, that's a sign of strength.feedback

May 21 2017 - Iran

We welcome an Iran that plays a responsible role in the region - one that takes concrete, practical steps to build trust and resolve its differences with its neighbours by peaceful means and abides by international rules and norms.feedback

May 21 2017 - Iran

An approach that said to our friends 'You are right, Iran is the source of all problems, and we will support you in dealing with Iran' would essentially mean that as these sectarian conflicts continue to rage and our Gulf partners, our traditional friends, do not have the ability to put out the flames on their own or decisively win on their own, and would mean that we have to start coming in and using our military power to settle scores. And that would be in the interest neither of the United States nor of the Middle East.feedback

May 21 2017 - Syria conflict

The competition between the Saudis and the Iranians - which has helped to feed proxy wars and chaos in Syria and Iraq and Yemen - requires us to say to our friends as well as to the Iranians that they need to find an effective way to share the neighbourhood and institute some sort of cold peace.feedback

May 18 2017

They need you, they are dependent on you. They have no one else. Don't let them down.feedback

May 17 2017

Like the Marine that he's always been, Bob never took his eyes off his mission.feedback

May 16 2017 - Trump Presidency

I continue to believe that she has not jeopardized America's national security.feedback

May 14 2017 - Immigration

Our immigration system is broken. And everybody knows it.feedback

May 10 2017 - Clean energy

It's important that big countries that are big emitters like the US and China... lead the way.feedback

May 10 2017 - Climate change

During the course of my presidency, I made climate change a top priority because I believe that of all the challenges that we face, this is the one that will define the contours of this century, more dramatically perhaps than any other.feedback

May 09 2017

You get the politicians you deserve. And if you don't vote and you don't participate and you don't pay attention, then you'll get policies that don't reflect your interests.feedback

May 09 2017

The hardest thing about being the President of the United States is it is unique in its isolation. The burdens of leadership are true in any country but in part because of the security apparatus around a U.S. president, you live in what's called 'the bubble.' And it is a very nice prison.feedback

May 09 2017 - Climate change

Some of the refugee flows into Europe originate not only from conflict but also from places where there are food shortages that will get far worse as climate change continues. So if we don't take the action necessary to slow and ultimately stop these trends the migration that has put such a burden on Europe already, will just continue to get worse.feedback

May 09 2017

You live in what's called 'the bubble'. And it is a very nice prison. So you don't have the freedom of movement to just take a walk or to sit at a café. Now I am only captive to selfies, which is almost as bad. I can walk anywhere as long as I'm willing to take a selfie every two steps.feedback

May 09 2017 - Climate change

Over my eight years in office we dramatically increased our generation of clean energy, we acted dramatically to curtail our use of dirty energy, and we invested in energy efficiency across the board. In Paris… we helped to lead the world to the first significant global agreement for a low-carbon future. But here's the thing: even if every country somehow puts the brakes on the emissions that exist today, climate change would still have an impact on our world for years to come.feedback

May 09 2017 - Climate change

So even in our religion and in our art, food is important.feedback

May 09 2017 - Clean energy

The good news is, in part because of what we did over the last eight years, the private sector has already made a determination that the future is in clean energy. Investments are moving into clean energy. It may be that some of the steps we put in place may move more slowly than they otherwise would have. But I'm confident that the United States will continue to move in the right direction.feedback

May 09 2017

Because of current debate in Washington, it could be that policies move more slowly but I am confident that the United States will continue to move in the right direction.feedback

May 08 2017 - FLOTUS

I love my wife. And I'm grateful for her. And I do believe that it was America's great good fortune to have her as first lady.feedback

May 08 2017

It has been suggested, that whether I serve one or two terms in the presidency, I will find myself at the end of that period at what might be called the awkward age, too old to begin a career and too young to write my memoirs.feedback

May 08 2017

Did the right thing. Theirs was a profile in courage. Justice and freedom and equality and kindness and generosity – it doesn't happen on its own … We are constantly having to make a choice because progress is fragile.feedback

May 08 2017

That's the spirit that has brought America so far and that's the spirit that will always carry us to better days. And I take this honor that you have bestowed on me here tonight as a reminder that, even out of office, I must do all that I can to advance the spirit of service that John F. Kennedy represents.feedback

May 08 2017

I hope that current members of Congress recall that it actually doesn't take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful, already comfortable, already influential. But it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm.feedback

May 07 2017

At such moments, courage is necessary. At such moments, we need courage to stand up to hate, not just in others, but in ourselves. At such moments, we need courage to stand up to dogma, not just in others, but in ourselves. .feedback

May 07 2017 - Trumpcare

The Kennedys symbolized a set of values.feedback

May 07 2017

Before welfare reform, you had, in the minds of most Americans, a stark separation between the deserving working poor and the undeserving welfare poor. What welfare reform did was desegregate those two groups. Now, everybody was poor, and everybody had to work.feedback

May 05 2017

I am granting your application because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around. Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity.feedback

May 04 2017 - French Presidential Debate

I want all of my friends in France to know how much I'm rooting for your success. Because of how important this election is, I also want you to know that I am supporting Emmanuel Macron to lead you forward. En Marche! Vive la France!feedback

May 04 2017 - French Election Results

Thanks to this law, more than twenty million Americans have gained the security and peace of mind of health insurance.feedback

May 04 2017 - French Presidential Debate

I have admired the campaign that Emmanuel Macron has run. He has stood up for liberal values; he put forward a vision for the important role that France plays in Europe and around the world; and he is committed to a better future for the French people. He appeals to people's hopes, and not their fears. I'm not planning to get involved in many elections now that I don't have to run for office again, but the French election is very important to the future of France and the values that we care so much about. Because the success of France matters to the entire world.feedback

May 04 2017 - French Presidential Debate

I think it's fair to say that maybe [at] some point down the line there might be a U.S.-U.K. trade agreement, but it's not going to happen any time soon because our focus is in negotiating with a big bloc, the European Union, to get a trade agreement done. The U.K. is going to be in the back of queue.feedback

May 03 2017

There are a lot of presidential libraries and I think there is a tendency to think of this as a monument to the past, to think of it as something that is backwards-looking … And … a little bit of an ego trip. When Michelle and I started talking about the Presidential Center, we were really firm that what we want to do was create something for the future.feedback

May 03 2017

What we want this to be is the world's premier institution for training young people and leadership to make a difference in their communities, in their countries and in the world. That is our goal.feedback

May 02 2017 - Affordable Care Act

Well said, Jimmy. That's exactly why we fought so hard for the ACA, and why we need to protect it for kids like Billy. And congratulations.feedback

May 02 2017

I do think that it's important for the United States not just to talk to its friends, but also to talk to its enemies. In fact, that's where diplomacy makes the biggest difference.feedback

May 01 2017

Most of all, I want to emphasize to you, Mr. President-elect, that we now are going to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed then the country succeeds.feedback

May 01 2017

And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them–which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this [the Bush] administration–is ridiculous.feedback

May 01 2017 - Twitter

I know that as a consequence of my fund-raising I became more like the wealthy donors I met. I spent more and more of my time above the fray, outside the world of immediate hunger, disappointment, fear, irrationality, and frequent hardship of … the people that I'd entered public life to serve.feedback

Apr 30 2017

Coverage is the best way to secure affordable access to health care for low-income individuals. Uncompensated care pool funding should not pay for costs that would be paid for in a Medicaid expansion.feedback

Apr 29 2017

I'd like to share a ton of stories from it, but they're classified.feedback

Apr 28 2017

Despite our differences, we count on the press to shed light on the most important issues of the day.feedback

Apr 28 2017

We are perfectly poised to make the 21st century again the American Century.feedback

Apr 28 2017

If you had to choose any time in the course of human history to be alive, you'd choose this one. Right here in America, right now.feedback

Apr 27 2017

I, out of an effort to give Congress the ability to do this thing and not step on their toes, probably left too much ambiguity out there, which then allowed opponents of reform to come in and fill up the airwaves with a lot of nonsense.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - Goldman Sachs

If this material goes well, I'll use it at Goldman Sachs next year, . Earn me some serious Tubmans.feedback

Apr 26 2017

I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: making sure our economy works for every working American.feedback

Apr 25 2017

I want to be respectful of the office and give the President-elect an opportunity to put forward his platform and his arguments without somebody popping off in every instance.feedback

Apr 24 2017

One of the things that I learned when I was organizing, you know, you show up in a neighborhood and your initial instinct is to tell people what they should be interested in, instead of spending the first six months listening and finding out what they actually are interested in.feedback

Apr 24 2017

This community taught me that ordinary people, when working together, can do extraordinary things. This community taught me that everybody has a story to tell that is important. The single most important thing I can do. If you're tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk with one in real life. If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you're disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures and run for office yourself.feedback

Apr 24 2017 - Twitter

So uh, what's been going on while I've been gone? On the back end now of my presidency, now that it's completed, I'm spending a lot of time thinking about what is the most important thing I can do for my next job? And what I'm convinced is that – although there are all kinds of issues that I care about and all kinds of issues that I intend to work on – the single most important thing I can do is to help in any way I can prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton and to take their own crack at changing the world.feedback

Apr 24 2017

If you had pictures of everything I had done during high school, I probably wouldn't be president of the United States.feedback

Apr 24 2017

The single most important thing I can do is to help in any way I can prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton and to take their own crack at changing the world. What is preventing us from tackling [challenges] and making more progress really has to do with our politics and our civic life.feedback

Apr 24 2017

I've never seen anything like this before, as long as I've been in the military.feedback

Apr 24 2017

Through the combined efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement, great progress was made diminishing or severely (disrupting) the gang within certain targeted areas of the U.S. by 2009 and 2010.feedback

Apr 21 2017

The main message I have is to wish you all the best in the coming days and make sure that, as you said, you work hard all the way through because you never know, it might be that last day of campaigning that makes all the difference.feedback

Apr 21 2017

I'd think about changing the name.feedback

Apr 21 2017

Don't mope. And don't get complacent.feedback

Apr 19 2017 - Iran

Iran will not get its hands on a nuclear bomb.feedback

Apr 18 2017

I don't call audibles with aircraft carriers.feedback

Apr 16 2017

If you're disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself.feedback

Apr 16 2017

Sometimes you'll win, sometimes you'll lose … And there will be times when the process will disappoint you.feedback

Apr 16 2017

When a dictator slaughters tens of thousands of his own people, that is not just a matter of one nation's internal affairs.feedback

Apr 14 2017 - Syria conflict

It's a playbook that comes out of the foreign policy establishment. Where America is directly threatened, the playbook works. But the playbook can also be a trap that can lead to bad decisions. In the midst of an international challenge like Syria, you get judged harshly if you don't follow the playbook, even if there are good reasons why it does not apply.feedback

Apr 14 2017 - North Korea

The United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state. We are going to work together to make sure we're closing loopholes.feedback

Apr 14 2017 - North Korea

The United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state. Far from achieving its stated national security and economic development.feedback

Apr 14 2017

Everybody is shouting and everybody hates each other. And you get kind of depressed. You think, Goodness, what's happening?feedback

Apr 13 2017

Football and the Steelers have taught me lessons about perseverance, the belief in possibilities, the expansion of boundaries, the kindness of people and the unpredictability of life.feedback

Apr 13 2017

Dan Rooney was a great friend of mine, but more importantly, he was a great friend to the people of Pittsburgh, a model citizen, and someone who represented the United States with dignity and grace on the world stage. I knew he'd do a wonderful job when I named him as our United States Ambassador to Ireland, but naturally, he surpassed my high expectations, and I know the people of Ireland think fondly of him today.feedback

Apr 13 2017

And I know the people of Pittsburgh, who loved him not only for the Super Bowl championships he brought as the owner of the Steelers, but for his generosity of spirit, mourn his passing today. Michelle and I offer our condolences to the Rooney family, some of the most gracious and thoughtful people we know – even as we celebrate the life of Dan Rooney: a championship-caliber good man.feedback

Apr 13 2017

If you had a choice of when to be born and you didn't know ahead of time who you were going to be – what nationality, whether you were male or female, what religion – but you had said, When in human history would be the best time to be born?'-- the time would be now.feedback

Apr 13 2017

The capacity to disseminate misinformation, wild conspiracy theories, to paint the opposition in wildly negative light without any rebuttal – that has accelerated in ways that much more sharply polarize the electorate.feedback

Apr 12 2017

Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.feedback

Apr 11 2017

We don't have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talented, driven young women.feedback

Apr 10 2017 - Iraq

I'm opposed to dumb wars.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Chemical weapons

Today we mark an important achievement in our ongoing effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction by eliminating Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile. Well, it turns out we're getting chemical weapons out of Syria without having initiated a strike. So what else are you talking about?feedback

Apr 08 2017

We are living like ancient people, how they depended on themselves, how they used wood to make fires. It is a hard life. Trump is a closed box that has started to open. Soon we will see what's inside.feedback

Apr 07 2017

The United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets … What message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price? What's the purpose of the international system that we've built if a prohibition on the use of chemical weapons … is not enforced? Make no mistake – this has implications beyond chemical warfare. If we won't enforce accountability in the face of this heinous act, what does it say about our resolve to stand up to others who flout fundamental international rules?feedback

Apr 07 2017

Inaction tears at our conscience and can lead to more costly intervention later.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - Syria conflict

Yesterday's chemical attack, a chemical attack so horrific in Syria against innocent people including women, small children, and even beautiful little babies, their deaths was an affront to humanity. These heinous actions by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - Syria conflict

It's a playbook that comes out of the foreign-policy establishment. And the playbook prescribes responses to different events, and these responses tend to be militarized responses. Where America is directly threatened, the playbook works. But the playbook can also be a trap that can lead to bad decisions. In the midst of an international challenge like Syria, you get judged harshly if you don't follow the playbook, even if there are good reasons why it does not apply.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - Syria conflict

The perception was that my credibility was at stake, that America's credibility was at stake. And so for me to press the pause button at that moment, I knew, would cost me politically. And the fact that I was able to pull back from the immediate pressures and think through in my own mind what was in America's interest, not only with respect to Syria but also with respect to our democracy, was as tough a decision as I've made–and I believe ultimately it was the right decision to make.feedback

Apr 07 2017

When people like me have large, shatterable egos, in order to change, it has to become personal. Writing became a pathway for self-reflection. I felt like an equal, but I was not necessarily treated as an equal in school. I could recognize this equality with adults, but it felt like the adults didn't see it. Kids are people too. The best teacher I had was the one who was honest and real. He was vulnerable with us. He didn't try to tame us. I would intentionally exploit the techniques teachers were using to tame kids. I could always tell what they were trying to do.feedback

Apr 07 2017 - Chemical weapons

American diplomacy, backed by the threat of force, is why Syria's chemical weapons are being eliminated.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - Syria conflict

I think what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity.feedback

Apr 06 2017

I'm very proud of this moment.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - Scottish independence

I want to be respectful of the office and give the President-elect an opportunity to put forward his platform and his arguments without somebody popping off in every instance. I love the law, intellectually. I love nutting out these problems, wrestling with these arguments. I love teaching. I miss the classroom and engaging with students.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Chemical weapons

A red line for us is, we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.feedback

Mar 31 2017

How we purchase technology in the federal government is cumbersome, complicated and outdated.feedback

Mar 31 2017

For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside.feedback

Mar 29 2017

In the end, our financial system only works–our market is only free–when there are clear rules and basic safeguards that prevent abuse, that check excess, that ensure that it is more profitable to play by the rules than to game the system.feedback

Mar 29 2017

There's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, and I don't think there's anything courageous about asking for sacrifice from those who can least afford it and don't have any clout on Capitol Hill. That's not a vision of the America I know.feedback

Mar 28 2017

It is always a challenge when you're supposed to be on vacation. There's no doubt that, after having talked to the families, where it was hard for me to hold back tears listening to the pain that they were going through, after the statement that I made, that you know, I should've anticipated the optics.feedback

Mar 25 2017 - Democratic Party

To know Jim Comey is also to know his fierce independence and his deep integrity. He was prepared to give up a job he loved rather than be part of something he felt was fundamentally wrong.feedback

Mar 24 2017 - Affordable Care Act

Thanks to this law, more than 20 million Americans have gained the security and peace of mind of health insurance. Thanks to this law, more than 90 percent of Americans are insured – the highest rate in our history. Thanks to this law, the days when women could be charged more than men and Americans with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage altogether are relics of the past. America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Mar 24 2017

So I think the odds of Donald Trump winning were always around 20 percent. That seems like a lot, but one out of five is not that unusual. It's not a miracle.feedback

Mar 24 2017 - Yemen

I'm the president. And I'm always responsible.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Affordable Care Act

We should start from the baseline that any changes will make our health care system better, not worse for hardworking Americans.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Affordable Care Act

[A]fter a century of talk, decades of trying, and a year of bipartisan debate, our generation was the one that succeeded. We finally declared that in America, health care is not a privilege for a few, but a right for everybody.feedback

Mar 23 2017

Thanks to this law, more than twenty million Americans have gained the security and peace of mind of health insurance. Thanks to this law, more than ninety percent of Americans are insured - the highest rate in our history. Thanks to this law, the days when women could be charged more than men and Americans with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage altogether are relics of the past. Families who get coverage through their employer are paying, on average, thousands of dollars less per year than if costs kept rising as fast as they were before the law.feedback

Mar 23 2017

The pace of health care inflation has slowed dramatically.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Affordable Care Act

And reality continues to discredit the false claim that this law is in a 'death spiral,' because while it's true that some premiums have risen, the vast majority of Marketplace enrollees have experienced no average premium hike at all. So the reality is clear: America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act. But we should start from the baseline that any changes will make our health care system better, not worse for hardworking Americans. That should always be our priority.feedback

Mar 21 2017

When I hear folks talking as if somehow these kids are different than my kids or less worthy in the eyes of God, that somehow they are less worthy of our respect and consideration and care, I think that's un-American. I think we should do better, because that's how America was made.feedback

Mar 20 2017 - Terrorism

I think this administration wants to be more engaged in fighting terrorism. I sense a difference in terms of being head-to-head with terrorism. There are better ways for defeating terrorism.feedback

Mar 18 2017

The Congressional Budget Office never gives us any credit.feedback

Mar 17 2017 - Espionage

The United States government does not engage in cyber economic espionage for commercial gain.feedback

Mar 15 2017

Look, he was into you! You have to email him, and if you don't, I will.feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Israel

A pair of series added to the service in December without much fanfare, Fauda' from Israel and 'Nobel' from Norway, are both better than and distinctively different from most of the American TV you're watching at the moment.feedback

Mar 13 2017 - Drones

We have to create an architecture for this because [of] the potential for abuse.feedback

Mar 13 2017

You'll find spaces where independents and Republicans can engage on this issue.feedback

Mar 11 2017

I never meant to hurt anyone.feedback

Mar 07 2017

Now is the time for some organizing. An election just finished, so it's not going to be straight political organizing, but it is going to be raising awareness; it's going to be the work you're doing in nonprofits and advocacy and community-building. And over time, what's going to happen is, is that you will reinvigorate and inform our politics in ways that we can't anticipate.feedback

Mar 06 2017 - Twitter

Over the weekend, his campaign took away his Twitter account. Now, if your closest advisers don't trust you to tweet then how can we trust him with the nuclear codes?feedback

Mar 06 2017

You can modify [your mortgage] on your second home or your third home. So if Donald Trump decides he wants to file for bankruptcy and he wants to refinance, you know, his various houses and various vacation spots, he can do that. I know that he's taken some flak lately. But no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate issue to rest, and that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?feedback

Mar 06 2017

If you succeed, the country succeeds.feedback

Mar 06 2017 - Terrorism

The vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country. We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America. And we cannot allow our nation to become a sanctuary for extremists.feedback

Mar 06 2017

We do not have time for this kind of silliness, we've got better stuff to do.feedback

Mar 06 2017 - Wiretapping

Donald Trump is here tonight. Now, I know that he's taken some flak lately, but no one is prouder to put this birth certificate to rest than The Donald. Now he can get to focusing on the issues that matter.feedback

Mar 06 2017 - Wiretapping

We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We've got better stuff to do. Like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened at Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?feedback

Mar 02 2017

I'm speaking to you tonight to inform you that the United States is under attack. The Russian government at the highest levels is trying to influence our most precious asset, our democracy.feedback

Feb 26 2017 - Democratic Party

I know that Tom Perez will unite us under that banner of opportunity.feedback

Feb 25 2017

I know that Tom Perez will unite us under that banner of opportunity, and lay the groundwork for a new generation of Democratic leadership for this big, bold, inclusive, dynamic America we love so much.feedback

Feb 25 2017

A united Democratic Party is not only our best hope, it is Donald Trump's worst nightmare.feedback

Feb 08 2017 - Egypt

When the administrations have common goals it makes cooperation easier. The military is the backbone of the relationship. We have a common enemy, which is terrorism.feedback

Jan 30 2017

When I hear folks say that, well, maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims, when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which a person who's fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution – that's shameful.feedback

Jan 30 2017

That's not American. That's not who we are. We don't have religious tests to our compassion.feedback

Jan 26 2017

Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence, so the notion that the average person who was thinking about disclosing vital classified information would think that it goes unpunished, I don't think would get that impression from the sentence that Chelsea Manning has served.feedback

Jan 26 2017

It has been my view that given she went to trial; that due process was carried out; that she took responsibility for her crime; that the sentence that she received was very disproportional – disproportionate relative to what other leakers had received; and that she had served a significant amount of time, that it made sense to commute and not pardon her sentence.feedback

Jan 25 2017 - Carbon

Our national interest would be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change. And frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership.feedback

Jan 22 2017

Voices that help us see ourselves not first and foremost as black or white or Latino or Asian … but as Americans first.feedback

Jan 20 2017

Mr. President-elect, how are you? Good to see you. Congratulations.feedback

Jan 20 2017 - Trump-Putin

They are a weaker country. Their economy doesn't produce anything that anybody wants to buy, except oil and gas and arms. They don't innovate.feedback

Jan 20 2017

Hi everybody! Back to the original handle. Is this thing still on?feedback

Jan 20 2017

You proved the power of hope.feedback

Jan 20 2017

I won't stop. I'll be right there with you as a citizen, inspired by your voices of truth and justice, good humor, and love.feedback

Jan 19 2017

All that I've learned in my time in office, I've learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.feedback

Jan 19 2017

There is simply no justification beyond politics for the Congress' insistence on keeping the facility open.feedback

Jan 19 2017

The restrictions imposed by the Congress that prevent us from imprisoning detainees, even to prosecute and secure a life sentence, in the United States make no sense.feedback

Jan 19 2017

And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word 'We., We the People., We shall overcome. Yes, we can.feedback

Jan 19 2017 - Terrorism

Guantanamo is contrary to our values and undermines our standing in the world, and it is long past time to end this chapter in our history.feedback

Jan 19 2017

But before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th. Because all that I've learned in my time in office, I've learned from you.feedback

Jan 19 2017

There's still going to be some battles.feedback

Jan 19 2017

There are a whole bunch of folks who voted for the president-elect because they feel forgotten and disenfranchised.feedback

Jan 19 2017

Maybe we provided a good block downfield to help the movement advance.feedback

Jan 19 2017

The one thing I've said to him directly, and I would advise my Republican friends in Congress and supporters around the country, is just make sure that as we go forward certain norms, certain institutional traditions don't get eroded, because there's a reason they're in place.feedback

Jan 19 2017

It is true that behind closed doors, I curse more than I do publicly, and sometimes I get mad and frustrated like everybody else does. But at my core, I think we're going to be OK. We just have to fight for it, we have to work for it and not take it for granted.feedback

Jan 19 2017

I want to be quiet a little bit and not hear myself talk so darn much.feedback

Jan 19 2017

The notion that we would just arbitrarily or because of politics punish those kids, when they didn't do anything wrong themselves, I think would be something that would merit me speaking out.feedback

Jan 18 2017

I think a lot of his views will be shaped by his advisors, the people around him, which is why it's important to pay attention to these confirmation hearings.feedback

Jan 18 2017

They were disappointed. They paid attention to what their mom said during the campaign and believed it.feedback

Jan 18 2017 - Human Rights

This is an example of the vital role that America has to continue to play around the world in protecting norms and values, advocating on behalf of human rights, advocating on behalf of women's rights, advocating on behalf of freedom of the press.feedback

Jan 18 2017

[I] think that, if we are not investing in making sure everybody plays a role in this economy, the economy will not grow as fast, and i think it will also lead to further and further separation between us as Americans – not just along racial lines.feedback

Jan 18 2017

I will say, they are cordial. At times, they have been fairly lengthy, and they've been substantive.feedback

Jan 18 2017

In my core I think we're going to be OK. We just have to fight for it and work for it, and I think you're going to help us do it.feedback

Jan 18 2017 - Slavery

The reason that we are the only country, among advanced democracies, that makes it harder to vote is it traces back to Jim Crow and our legacy of slavery. It became sort of acceptable to restrict the franchise. And that's not who we are.feedback

Jan 18 2017 - Fake news

We have the opposite problem. We have a whole bunch of people who are eligible to vote who don't vote.feedback

Jan 18 2017

I don't pay a lot of attention to Mr. Assange's tweets.feedback

Jan 18 2017

I feel very comfortable that justice has been served.feedback

Jan 18 2017

It doesn't work if we don't have a well-informed citizenry, and you are the conduit.feedback

Jan 18 2017

The notion that the average person who was thinking about disclosing vital, classified information would think that it goes unpunished, I don't think would get that impression from the sentence that Chelsea Manning has served.feedback

Jan 18 2017

Having you in this building has made this place work better.feedback

Jan 18 2017

You're not supposed to be complimentary, but you're supposed to cast a critical eye on folks who hold enormous power and make sure that we are accountable to the people who sent us here.feedback

Jan 18 2017 - Afghanistan

You don't want to have an America in which a very small sliver of people are doing really well and everybody else is fighting for scraps.feedback

Jan 18 2017

They don't mope.feedback

Jan 18 2017 - Israel

The "status quo is unsustainable.feedback

Jan 18 2017

I think that it is in America's interest, in the world's interest, that we have a constructive relationship with Russia.feedback

Jan 17 2017

I found those particularly helpful, because what you wanted was a sense of solidarity.feedback

Jan 17 2017

During very difficult moments, this job can be very isolating. So sometimes you have to hop across history to find folks who have been similarly feeling isolated.feedback

Jan 17 2017

I do think that there's a tendency, understandable, to think that whatever's going on right now is uniquely disastrous or amazing or difficult. And it just serves you well to think about Roosevelt trying to navigate World War II or Lincoln trying to figure out whether he's going to fire [George B.] McClellan when Rebel troops are 20, 30, 40 miles away.feedback

Jan 17 2017

Fiction was useful as a reminder of the truths under the surface of what we argue about every day and was a way of seeing and hearing the voices, the multitudes of this country.feedback

Jan 15 2017 - Russia

I have been concerned about the degree to which, in some circles, you've seen people suggest that Vladimir Putin has more credibility than the U.S. government. You're not going to be able to make good decisions without building some relationship of trust between yourself and that community.feedback

Jan 15 2017 - United Nations

I don't think it caused a major rupture in relations between the United States and Israel. If you're saying that Prime Minister Netanyahu - got fired up, he's been fired up repeatedly during the course of my presidency.feedback

Jan 13 2017

Behind the scenes, Joe's candid, honest counsel has made me a better President and a better Commander-in-Chief. From the Situation Room to our weekly lunches, to our huddles after everybody else has cleared out of the room, he's been unafraid to give it to me straight, even if we disagree – in fact, especially if we disagree. And all of this makes him, I believe, the finest Vice President we have ever seen.feedback

Jan 13 2017

Folks don't just feel like they know Joe the politician, they feel like they know the person: What makes him laugh, what he believes, what he cares about, and where he came from. Pretty much every time he speaks, he treats us to some wisdom from the nuns who taught him in grade school or from an old Senate colleague.feedback

Jan 12 2017

By providing preferential treatment to Cuban medical personnel, the medical parole program ... risks harming the Cuban people.feedback

Jan 12 2017

To know Joe Biden is to know love without pretense, service without self-regard and to live life fully.feedback

Jan 12 2017

I've not mentioned Amtrak yet, or aviators. Literally.feedback

Jan 12 2017

This also gives the internet one last chance to talk about our bromance.feedback

Jan 12 2017

Congrats to the Senate for taking the first step to #RepealObamacare – now it's onto the House!feedback

Jan 11 2017

That's the kind of work that I really love to do.feedback

Jan 11 2017

Eventually I had the opportunity to run for President. But I'll be done being President in a couple of years, and I'll still be a pretty young man – not compared to you guys, but I'll still be pretty young.feedback

Jan 11 2017 - Democratic Party

But I think one of the things that he would acknowledge is that the Democratic party right now is in trouble at the local level – both at state governorships and in State legislatures. The party needs to be rebuilt at that level, and I think that's a place where he could invest his time and his energy and get payoff.feedback

Jan 11 2017 - Refugees

But without bolder action, our children won't have time to debate the existence of climate change; they'll be busy dealing with its effects: environmental disasters, economic disruptions, and waves of climate refugees seeking sanctuary.feedback

Jan 11 2017

America is a better, stronger place.feedback

Jan 11 2017

I am asking you to believe, not in my ability to bring about change but in yours. Yes, we can. Yes, we did. Yes, we can. Thank You. God bless you.feedback

Jan 11 2017

The future should be ours.feedback

Jan 11 2017 - World Happiness report

It's the insistence that these rights, while self-evident, have never been self-executing; that We, the People, through the instrument of our democracy can form a more perfect union.feedback

Jan 10 2017

My expectation and my hope is that this work will continue after I leave, that Congress, in possession of both the classified and unclassified reports, that the president-elect and his administration, in possession of both the classified and unclassified reports, will take it seriously and now get to work reinforcing those mechanisms that we can use to protect our democracy.feedback

Jan 10 2017 - Carbon

I remain convinced that no country is better suited to confront the climate challenge and reap the economic benefits of a low-carbon future than the United States.feedback

Jan 10 2017

I'll be thinking back to being a young community organizer, pretty much fresh out of school, and feeling as if my faith in America's ability to bring about change in our democracy has been vindicated. The system will respond to ordinary people coming together to try to move the country in a better direction. A stronger place for the generations that follow ours.feedback

Jan 10 2017 - Israel

Bibi says that he believes in the two-state solution and yet his actions consistently have shown that if he is getting pressured to approve more settlements he will do so regardless of what he says about the importance of the two-state solution.feedback

Jan 09 2017 - Carbon

President-elect Donald Trump will have the opportunity to do so. The latest science and economics provide a helpful guide for what the future may bring.feedback

Jan 09 2017 - Trumpcare

If in fact the Republicans make some modifications, and re-label it as Trumpcare, I'm fine with that.feedback

Jan 09 2017 - Trump-Putin

But I think that I underestimated the degree to which, in this new information age, it is possible for misinformation for cyber hacking and so forth to have an impact on our open societies, our open systems, to insinuate themselves into our democratic practices in ways that I think are accelerating.feedback

Jan 06 2017 - Obamacare

The problem is not that they think Obamacare is a failure. The problem is that they don't think it went far enough and that it left too many people still uncovered.feedback

Jan 06 2017

What you don't want is a situation where they make a promise they can't keep. I've worked on this a long time. If we had had a better way to do this, we would have done it. It would have been in my interest to do it, because I knew I was going to be judged on whether or not it worked.feedback

Jan 06 2017 - Obamacare

I am saying to every Republican right now: If you, in fact, can put a plan together that is demonstrably better than what Obamacare is doing, I will publicly support repealing Obamacare and replacing it with your plan. But I want to see it first.feedback

Jan 06 2017 - Trumpcare

They can call it whatever they want. They can call it Trumpcare or McConnellcare or Ryancare.feedback

Jan 06 2017

I want to see it first.feedback

Jan 06 2017 - Affordable Care Act

Given that Republicans have yet to craft a replacement plan, and that unforeseen events might overtake their planned agenda, there might never be a second vote on a plan to replace the ACA if it is repealed. And if a second vote does not happen, tens of millions of Americans will be harmed.feedback

Jan 06 2017

We don't benefit from pretending that racism doesn't exist and hate doesn't exist. We don't benefit from not talking about it. The fact that these things are surfacing means we can solve them.feedback

Jan 05 2017

I'm appreciably cooler than I was two minutes ago.feedback

Jan 05 2017

It's a little bit like 'American Idol,' except everyone is Simon Cowell.feedback

Jan 05 2017

How we treat citizens who make mistakes (even serious mistakes), pay their debt to society, and deserve a second chance reflects who we are as a people and reveals a lot about our character and commitment to our founding principles.feedback

Jan 05 2017 - Inequality

In addition, we cannot deny the legacy of racism that continues to drive inequality in how the justice system is experienced by so many Americans.feedback

Jan 05 2017

It's politically risky. You commute somebody and they commit a crime, and the politics of it are tough.feedback

Jan 04 2017

Despite the negativity you have a big chunk of the country that wants this thing to succeed.feedback

Jan 04 2017

Look out for the American people. Keep up the fight.feedback

Jan 04 2017

Look out for the American people.feedback

Jan 02 2017

I'm thinking about them as a chance to say thank you for this amazing journey, to celebrate the ways you've changed this country for the better these past eight years, and to offer some thoughts on where we all go from here.feedback

Jan 02 2017

This is not amnesty, this is not immunity.feedback

Dec 31 2016

The United States wants a strong United Kingdom as a partner. And the United Kingdom is at its best when it's helping to lead a strong Europe.feedback

Dec 29 2016 - Sanctions

These data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government.feedback

Dec 28 2016

I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush's team set eight years ago, and work as hard as we can to make sure that this is a successful transition for the President-elect – because we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country.feedback

Dec 28 2016

I am confident in this vision because I'm confident that if I – if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could've mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it.feedback

Dec 28 2016

Today's actions will help protect this cultural legacy and will ensure that future generations are able to enjoy and appreciate these scenic and historic landscapes.feedback

Dec 28 2016 - Japan

The presence of Prime Minister Abe here today reminds us of what is possible between nations and between peoples. Wars can end. The most bitter of adversaries can become the strongest of allies. The fruits of peace always outweigh the plunder of war.feedback

Dec 27 2016 - Japan

As we lay a wreath or toss flowers into waters that still weep, we think of the more than 2,400 American patriots, fathers and husbands, wives and daughters, manning heaven's rails for all eternity.feedback

Dec 27 2016

Multilateralism regulates hubris.feedback

Dec 27 2016

I'm confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could've mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it.feedback

Dec 27 2016

Clinton "performed wonderfully under really tough circumstances.feedback

Dec 26 2016

If you think you're winning, then you have a tendency – just like in sports – maybe to play it safer.feedback

Dec 23 2016 - Christmas

Few embody those values and ideals like our brave men and women in uniform and their families. So I just want to close by wishing all of them a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.feedback

Dec 23 2016

During my administration, we have responsibly transferred over 175 detainees from Guantanamo. Our efforts to transfer additional detainees will continue until the last day I am in office.feedback

Dec 19 2016 - Democratic Party

As a consequence I think we've ceded too much territory.feedback

Dec 19 2016

I'm less likely to get involved in all the nuts and bolts of electioneering.feedback

Dec 18 2016

A lot of it is classified.feedback

Dec 18 2016

It's not in my hands now. It's up to them.feedback

Dec 17 2016

I cannot claim that we've been successful. And so that's something that, as is true with a lot of issues and problems around the world, I have to go to bed with every night.feedback

Dec 16 2016

Today, we have covered more than 20 million of them. For the first time in history, more than 90 percent of Americans are insured.feedback

Dec 16 2016

Yesterday was the biggest day ever for Healthcare.gov. More than 670,000 Americans signed up to get coverage.feedback

Dec 16 2016

He has listened. I can't say he will end up implementing. But the conversations themselves have been cordial.feedback

Dec 16 2016 - Taiwan

For China, the issue of Taiwan is as important as anything on their docket. The idea of one China is at the heart their conception as a nation and so if you are going to upend this understanding, you have to have thought through what the consequences are.feedback

Dec 16 2016

Unless we were all in and willing to take over Syria, we were going to have problems.feedback

Dec 16 2016

With respect to Syria of what I have consistently done is taken the best course that I can to end the civil war and having also taken into account of the long-term national security interest of the United States.feedback

Dec 16 2016

Throughout the process based on hours of meetings, if you tally it up, days or weeks of meetings, where we went through every option in painful details and maps and with our military and we had our aid agencies and our diplomatic teams and sometimes we bring in outsiders who were critics of ours.feedback

Dec 16 2016 - Russia

Mr. Putin can weaken us just like he's trying to weaken Europe if we start buying into notions that it's okay to intimidate the press, or lock up dissidents or discriminate against people.feedback

Dec 16 2016 - US, Russia relations

Our goal continues to be to send a clear message to Russia or others not to do this to us, because we can do stuff to you.feedback

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