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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

The single most important thing I can do is to help in any way prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton and to take their own crack at changing the world. It's harder and harder to find common ground because of the money in politics. Special interests dominate the debates in Washington in ways that don't match up with what the broad majority of Americans feel.feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was on these streets where I witnessed the power of faith, and the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss. This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged and come together to demand it. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.feedback

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

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. Serious questions remain with respect to the omissions and discrepancies in Syria's declaration to the OPCW and about continued allegations of use.feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[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

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

The pace of health care inflation has slowed dramatically.feedback

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

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

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

The Congressional Budget Office never gives us any credit.feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[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

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

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

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

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

I feel very comfortable that justice has been served.feedback

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

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

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

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

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

The "status quo is unsustainable.feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clinton "performed wonderfully under really tough circumstances.feedback

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

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

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

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

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

A lot of it is classified.feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When I look back in terms of how we handled it, I think we handled it the way it should've been handled. We allowed law enforcement and the intelligence community to do its job without political influence, we briefed all relevant parties involved, when we had a consensus around what had happened we announced it ... through the intelligence communities that had actually carried out these investigations.feedback

In the aftermath of that meeting, he said, the government did not see further tampering of the election process. He said he felt at the time that it was the most effective way to ensure that the hacking did not escalate and affect the actual election.feedback

Our vulnerability to Russia or any other foreign power is directly related to how divided, partisan, dysfunctional our political process is.feedback

It is not something that I've been able to transfer to candidates in midterms or build a sustaining organization around. That's something I would have liked to have done more of, but it's kind of hard to do when you're dealing with a whole bunch of issues here in the White House.feedback

Whatever they do to us, we can potentially do to them.feedback

The idea that somehow public shaming is gonna be effective, I think doesn't read the thought process in Russia very well.feedback

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

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

This blood and these atrocities are on their hands.feedback

In early September when I saw President Putin in China, I felt that the most effective way to ensure that that didn't happen was to talk to him directly and tell him to cut it out and there were going to be serious consequences if he didn't. And in fact we did not see further tampering of the election process.feedback

I don't think she was treated fairly during the election. I think the coverage of her and the issues was troubling.feedback

I think we handled it the way it should have been handled.feedback

I cannot claim that we've been successful… But I continue to believe it was the right approach.feedback

We have been working hard to make sure that what we do is proportional, that what we do is meaningful.feedback

One of the things we're going to have to do over the next decade.feedback

Some of it may be explicit and publicized, some of it may not be. But Mr. Putin is well aware of my feelings about this, because I spoke to him directly about it.feedback

Elections can always turn out differently. You never know which factors are going to make a difference. But I have no doubt that it had some impact, just based on the coverage.feedback

I'm hopeful in the years ahead that Congress keeps working together in a bipartisan fashion to move us forward, rather than backward in support of the health of our people.feedback

It's a good day to see us doing our jobs.feedback

It doesn't matter how smart you are. You have to make the best information possible to make the best decisions possible.feedback

The President-elect in some of his political events specifically said to the Russians, hack Hillary's emails so we can finally find out what's going on and confirm our conspiracy theories.feedback

Democracies should not operate in a state of permanently authorized war.feedback

We can get these terrorists and stay true to who we are.feedback

I have been consistently in awe of your performance and the way you carried out your missions.feedback

But I don't know whether that hurts or helps.feedback

I value Angela's leadership. If I were German and I had a vote, I might support her.feedback

It's not a legacy that is gonna score a lot of political points. It's imperfect.feedback

To say that a military tactic is legal, or effective, is not to say that it is wise or moral in every instance.feedback

This year, I'm especially looking forward to seeing how Joe Walsh cleans up. Pretty good.feedback

Now it is time for the next administration to take up this charge and ensure that cyberspace can continue to be the driver for prosperity, innovation, and change both in the United States and around the world.feedback

If the American process should be closed it would have no effect on the German review.feedback

Sometimes when you're campaigning, you're trying to stir up passions. When you govern, you actually have reality in front of you, and you have to figure out, How do I make this work.feedback

History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.feedback

The key for us – when I say 'us,' I mean Americans, but I think particularly for progressives – is to say your concerns are real, your anxieties are real, here's how we fix them.feedback

I know there's some bad ones in here, but this is the last time I'm doing this so we're not leaving any room for leftovers.feedback

This year, they had a scheduling conflict. Actually, they just couldn't take my jokes anymore.feedback

Malia and Sasha, by the way, are thankful that this is my final presidential turkey pardon. What I haven’t told them yet is that we are gonna do this every year from now on!feedback

So later today the Obama family will participate in our traditional Thanksgiving service project and when somebody at your table tells you that you’ve been hogging all the side dishes and you can’t have any more, I hope that you respond with the creed that sums up the spirit of the hungry people: ‘Yes, we cran.’ That was good!feedback

Thanksgiving’s also a reminder of the source of our national strength, that out of many we are one, that we are bound not by any one race or religion, but rather by an adherence to a common creed, that all of us are created equal. And, while accepting our differences and building a diverse society has never been easy, it has never been more important.feedback

These are folks who have helped make me who I am and think about my presidency and what also makes it special is this is America and it's useful when you think about this incredible collection of people to realise that this is what makes us the greatest nation on earth.feedback

Everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful, personal way, in ways that they probably couldn't imagine.feedback

The Michael Jordan of neurosurgery, or the Michael Jordan of rabbis, or the Michael Jordan of outrigger canoeing. Everyone knows what you're talking about.feedback

These are folks who have helped make me who I am.feedback

I think not moving forward would undermine our position across the region and our ability to shape the rules of global trade in a way that reflects our interests and our values.feedback

Now that the election is over, no, I don't believe it.feedback

Once Russia and Iran made a decision to back Assad and a brutal air campaign and essentially a pacification of Aleppo regardless of civilian casualties, children being killed or wounded, schools or hospitals being destroyed, then it was very hard to see a way in which even a trained and committed moderate opposition could hold its ground for long periods of time.feedback

At this stage, we're going to need a change in how all parties think about this in order for us to end the situation there.feedback

I am not optimistic about the short-term prospects in Syria.feedback

And then after that, to take Michelle on vacation, get some rest, spend time with my girls, and do some writing, do some thinking.feedback

That's not why the American people send us to Washington, to play those games.feedback

My intention is to, certainly for the next 2 months, just finish my job. And then after that, to take Michelle on vacation, get some rest, spend time with my girls, and do some writing, do some thinking.feedback

And I say that not being cute – the Democratic nominee won the popular vote.feedback

My advice to Democrats is know what you care about and what you stand for and fight for your principles, even if it's a hard fight. If there are areas where the new administration is doing something that's going to be good for the American people, find a way to work with them. If you think it's going to be a problem, then say so and make the argument.feedback

The issue of the elections did not come up because that's behind us.feedback

I continue to believe that a constructive U.S.-China relationship benefits our two peoples and benefits the entire globe.feedback

You're seeing some countries that are going backwards rather than forwards in terms of freedom of the press, in terms of freedom of the Internet, in terms of respecting political opposition and civil society.feedback

Now we face the work of making sure our economies transition to become more sustainable.feedback

I think it will be important for everybody around the world to not make immediate judgments, but give this new president-elect a chance to put their team together, to examine the issues, to determine what their policies will be. How you campaign is not always how you govern.feedback

This is always a useful occasion for us to get together and examine how we can make sure that we're creating more jobs, more opportunity and greater prosperity for all of our countries.feedback

If she chooses to continue, she will have big burdens. I wish I could be there to lighten her load.feedback

I've sought a constructive relationship with Russia. But what I have also been is realistic in recognizing that there is some significant differences in how Russia views the world and how we view the world.feedback

The negotiations on agreements like T-TIP have been challenging, and obviously at a moment when there is concerns about globalization.feedback

It's wonderful to be back in Berlin. This is my sixth visit to Germany, it will not be my last.feedback

My hope is that he does not simply take a realpolitik approach.feedback

Trump says that he can improve the health system. I believe that if he is able to insure the same number of people - better than I am - I would support this.feedback

If you're not serious about the job, then you probably won't be there very long because it will expose problems.feedback

In recent years we made historic investments in NATO, increased America's presence in Europe and today's NATO, the world's greatest alliance, is as strong and as ready as it has ever been.feedback

And I am confident that just as America's commitment to the transatlantic alliance has endured for seven decades, whether it's been under a Democratic or a Republican administration, that commitment will continue, including our pledge and our treaty obligation to defend every ally.feedback

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation's highest civilian honor - it's a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better.feedback

Increasing trade in this area of the world would be a boon to American businesses and American workers, and it would give us a leg up on our economic competitors, including one we hear a lot about on the campaign trail these days: China. The world has changed. The rules are changing with it. The United States, not countries like China, should write them.feedback

We know what happens when Europeans start dividing themselves up. The 20th century was a bloodbath.feedback

In my message to the rest of Europe, I will continue to emphasise our view that austerity alone cannot deliver prosperity.feedback

When we see people, global elites, wealthy corporations seemingly living by a different set of rules, avoiding taxes, manipulating loopholes… this feeds a profound sense of injustice.feedback

We cannot simply look to austerity as a strategy. Our argument has always been that when the economy contracted this fast, when unemployment is this high, that there also has to be a growth agenda to go with it and it is very difficult to imagine the kind of growth strategy that's needed without some debt relief mechanism.feedback

It is important that we don't have any single country bear the entire burden of these challenges.feedback

The walls between races and tribes, natives and immigrants, Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.feedback

I've been clear from the beginning of this crisis that in order to make reforms sustainable, the Greek economy needs the space to return to growth and start creating jobs again. We cannot simply look to austerity as a strategy.feedback

I know this has been a painful and difficult time, especially for Greek workers and families, pensioners and young people. This crisis is not an abstraction, but has had a very concrete and devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of millions of people across this country.feedback

People seem to think I did a pretty good job. So there is this mismatch, I think, between frustration and anger.feedback

The problem was I couldn't convince the Republican Congress to pass a lot of them.feedback

Presidential elections always turn on personalities, they turn on how campaigns are run, they turn on natural desires for change.feedback

We are glad to see that progress is being made although we recognize that there are significant challenges ahead, and we intend to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Greek people throughout this process.feedback

Greece has gone through very challenging and dramatic times over the last several years. It has been the policy of my administration to do everything we can to work with the Greek government and the Greek people to restore growth, optimism, to alleviate hardship.feedback

Sometimes people just feel as if we want to try something and see if we can shake things up.feedback

Austerity alone cannot deliver prosperity and that it is going to be important both with respect to debt relief and other accommodative strategies to help the Greek people in this period of adjustment.feedback

Time will now tell whether the prescription being offered – whether Brexit or the U.S. election – actually ends up satisfying people who have been angry … or concerned.feedback

Greece has done this even during its difficult economic times. If Greece can meet this commitment, all of the nations should be able to.feedback

The more aggressively and effectively we deal with those issues, the less those fears may channel themselves into counterproductive approaches that can pit people against each other.feedback

I am a strong believer that to make reforms sustainable, people need hope.feedback

I did say to him as I've said publicly that because of the nature of the campaigns and the bitterness and ferocity of the campaigns that it's really important to try to send some signals of unity and to reach out to minority groups or women or others that were concerned.feedback

There's enormous continuity beneath the day-to-day news that makes us that indispensable nation when it comes to maintaining order and prosperity around the world. That will continue.feedback

I won Iowa not because the demographics dictated that I would win Iowa, it was because I spent 87 days going to every small town, and fair, and fish fry, and VFW hall. And there were some counties where I might have lost, but maybe I lost by 20 points instead of 50 points.feedback

I believe that we have better ideas, but I also believe that good ideas don't matter if people don't hear them. And one of the issues that Democrats have to be clear on is that given population distribution across the country, we have to compete everywhere, we have to show up everywhere. We have to work at a grassroots level, something that's been a running thread through my career.feedback

There're some counties that maybe I won that people didn't expect – because people had a chance to see you and listen to you and get a sense of who you stood for and who you were fighting for.feedback

There is no weakening of resolve when it comes to America's commitment to maintaining a strong and robust NATO relationship, and a recognition that those alliances aren't just good for Europe, they're good for the United States and they're vital for the world.feedback

In my conversation with the president-elect, he expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships, and so one of the messages I will be able to deliver is his commitment to NATO and the Transatlantic alliance.feedback

I think he's going to try as best he can to make sure he delivers.feedback

The American people will judge over the course of the next couple of years whether they like what they see.feedback

I recognize that that has not worked.feedback

Trump "recognizes that this is different – and so do the American people.feedback

Good ideas don't matter if people don't hear them.feedback

There is enormous continuity ... that makes us that indispensable nation when it comes to maintaining order around the world.feedback

It's important for us to let him make his decisions.feedback

The federal government and our democracy is not a speedboat. It's an ocean liner, as I discovered when I came into office. It took a lot of really hard work for us to make significant policy changes, even in our first two years, when we had larger majorities than Mr. Trump will enjoy.feedback

He is coming to this office with fewer set hard-and-fast policy prescriptions than a lot of other presidents might be arriving with. I don't think he is ideological. I think ultimately, he is pragmatic in that way. And that can serve him well as long as he has got good people around him and he has a clear sense of direction.feedback

Some of his gifts that obviously allowed him to execute one of the biggest political upsets in history, those are ones that hopefully he will put to good use on behalf of all the American people.feedback

I won Iowa not because the demographics dictated that I would win Iowa. It was because I spent 87 days going to every small town and fair and fish fry and VFW Hall.feedback

And how he reaches out to groups that may not have supported him, how he signals his interest in their issues or concerns, I think those are the kinds of things that can set a tone that will help move things forward once he has actually taken office.feedback

The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy.feedback

It's time to brush ourselves off, get back in the arena, and get ready to fight.feedback

Because a lot of the proposals that he's made display either ignorance of world affairs, or a cavalier attitude, or an interest in getting tweets and headlines instead of actually thinking through what it is that is required to keep America safe and secure and prosperous, and what's required to keep the world on an even keel.feedback

After eight years in office, I particularly appreciate that he included hair color.feedback

But the American instinct has never been to find isolation in opposite corners. It is to find strength in our common creed, to forge unity from our great diversity, to maintain that strength and unity even when it is hard.feedback

On Veterans Day, we acknowledge humbly that we can never serve our veterans in quite the same way that they served us, but we can try. We can practice kindness, we can pay it forward, we can volunteer, we can serve, we can respect one another, we can always get each other's backs.feedback

Most of all, I want to emphasise 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

Demeaning women, degrading women, but also minorities, immigrants, people of other faiths, mocking the disabled, insulting our troops, insulting our veterans –that tells you a couple of things. That tells you that he's insecure enough that he pumps himself up by putting other people down, not a character trait that I would advise for someone in the Oval Office.feedback

The first team in history to dig themselves out of a hole like that. The comeback was remarkable, and you learn about people when they're down.feedback

It is part of a league-wide effort to build stronger communities all across the country, including holding open conversations so we can begin to bridge divides.feedback

You saw it in those last three games.feedback

We now are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed the country succeeds.feedback

It's been a long time coming, but tonight because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment change has come to America.feedback

It is no secret that the president-elect and I have some pretty significant differences, but remember, 8 years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences. But President Bush's team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition so that we could hit the ground running.feedback

I want to make sure that the hand-off is well-executed because ultimately we are on the same team.feedback

She has lived an extraordinary life of public service.feedback

And then if we lose, we learn from our mistakes, we do some reflection, we lick our wounds, we brush ourselves off, we get back in the arena. But the point, though, is that we all go forward with the presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens.feedback

We are now all rooting for success in uniting and leading the country. The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy.feedback

It is not secret that the president-elect and I have some pretty significant differences. But remember, eight years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences.feedback

When you try to sow the seeds of doubt in people's minds about the legitimacy of our elections, that undermines our democracy.feedback

Everybody is sad when their side loses an election. The day after, we have to remember we're actually all on one team.feedback

There has never been a man or a woman, not me, not Bill (Clinton), nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.feedback

Progress is on the ballot.feedback

I hope everybody's voted early. If not, get out there.feedback

We now have the chance to elect a 45th President who will build on our progress, who will finish the job, who already has the respect of leaders around the world and the people they serve. Who is smart and is steady and is tested. Some one who comes to this office as well prepared as anyone who has ever run – more than me, more than Bill… the next President of the United States, Hillary Clinton.feedback

Philadelphia, in this place, where our Founders forged the documents of freedom, in this place where they gave us the tools to perfect our union, if you share my faith, then I ask you vote.feedback

They "have somebody extraordinary to vote for.feedback

Maybe Putin thinks it's ok. I don't think it's ok.feedback

If somebody starts tweeting at 3 in the morning because SNL made fun of you, then you can't handle the nuclear codes.feedback

In the last two days, they had so little confidence in his self-control they said we're just gonna take away your Twitter. Now, if somebody can't handle a Twitter account, they can't handle the nuclear codes.feedback

If you want more endless gridlock, vote for Republicans.feedback

Pat Toomey won't tell Pennsylvania voters where he stands on Donald Trump, trying instead to have it both ways by telling different people what he thinks they want to hear.feedback

She was outstanding in her job. She was loyal to me.feedback

We give enormous power to our law enforcement officials to keep us safe, to do a great job to protect us. But we also put these norms and rules in place, some of them written some of them not, to protect any of us from innuendo or worse.feedback

If there are things that you think are worth presenting, then you present them to a prosecutor. The prosecutor then makes a judgment. The prosecutor can make a decision either to file a charge or not to file a charge.feedback

It's like some 'Love and Hip Hop' stuff.feedback

You have the chance to shape history. There are times where history is ... moveable. Where you can make things better or worse. This is one of those moments.feedback

Obviously, he didn't have good enough friends.feedback

This isn't a joke. This isn't 'Survivor.' This isn't 'The Bachelorette'. This counts.feedback

This is actually, for Cubs fans, the greatest thing since sliced bread.feedback

It happened: @Cubs win World Series. That's change even this South Sider can believe in. Want to come to the White House before I leave?feedback

If you accept the support of Klan sympathizers, then you'll tolerate that support when you're in office.feedback

I trust her, I know her. And I wouldn't be supporting her if I didn't have absolute confidence in her integrity and her interest in making sure that young people have a better future.feedback

Government agencies will let the situation "play out for several more weeks and determine whether or not this can be resolved in a way that I think is properly attentive to the traditions of First Americans.feedback

My view is that there is a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native Americans. And I think that right now the Army Corps is examining whether there are ways to reroute this pipeline.feedback

You've got some Republicans in Congress already suggesting they will impeach Hillary. She hasn't even been elected yet! How does our democracy function like that?feedback

I've made a very deliberate effort to make sure that I don't look like I'm meddling in what are supposed to be independent processes for making these assessments.feedback

There's a norm with investigations that "we don't operate on innuendo, we don't operate on incomplete information, we don't operate on leaks.feedback

I know there are a lot of people in barber shops, in beauty salons, in the neighborhoods who are saying to themselves, you know, we love Barack, we especially love Michelle, so it was exciting, and now we're not excited so much. I need everybody to understand that everything we've done is dependent on me being able to pass the baton to somebody who believes in the same things I believe in.feedback

There's an obligation for protesters to be peaceful, and there's an obligation for authorities to show restraint. I want to make sure that as everybody is exercising their constitutional rights to be heard, that both sides are refraining from situations that might result in people being hurt.feedback

The only thing this office does is it amplifies who you are, it magnifies who you are, it shows who you are.feedback

I just want to be honest with you because she's been out there for so long sometimes in this culture we always want to see the new shiny object.feedback

This is a lifetime of calling women pigs and dogs and slobs. The part we're concerned about is if we start acting like this is normal.feedback

Are we doing as well in Colorado as I'm hearing? I'm hearing like unbelievable things.feedback

Now, I think [outgoing FBI director Bob Mueller] will agree with me when I say we have the perfect person to carry on this work in Jim Comey, a man who stands very tall for justice – and the rule of law.feedback

We shouldn't let our kids think that politics is about pitching a new hotel or a new golf course or a TV contract.feedback

We're going to have to clear the bugs off the windshield so people can see the road ahead, and that's where you guys come in.feedback

I think we're at a critical time where we have to show that this program works for people, if they just see what their options are.feedback

Part of what we can do this time is to overcome the skeptics, to prove people wrong, and to provide momentum so that when the next administration comes in, they are starting from a position of strength.feedback

Instead of repealing the law, I believe the next President and the next Congress should take what we've learned over the past six years and in a serious way analyze it, figure out what it is that needs to get done, and make the Affordable Care Act better and cover even more people.feedback

To see just how happy everybody was, I actually felt pretty good. I am rooting for hometown team even though it is not my team.feedback

I don't tweet at 3 a.m. about people who insult me.feedback