Now, whether you are young or whether you're young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President -- the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago. I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours. -- Barack Obama, Farewell address, 10 January 2017.
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Posted by Isabelle le 2017-01-29
I hope that together, we send a message to the world that there is more to be won in peace than in war; that reconciliation carries more rewards than retribution. -- Barack Obama, Remarks at Pearl Harbor, 28 December 2016
Barack Obama
Posted by Isabelle le 2017-01-06
As nations, and as people, we cannot choose the history that we inherit. But we can choose what lessons to draw from it, and use those lessons to chart our own futures. Prime Minister Abe, I welcome you here in the spirit of friendship, as the people of Japan have always welcomed me. I hope that together, we send a message to the world that there is more to be won in peace than in war; that reconciliation carries more rewards than retribution. -- Barack Obama, Remarks at Pearl Harbor, 28 December 2016
Barack Obama
Posted by Isabelle le 2017-01-06
Our Secretary of State [John Kerry] is the descendant of sea merchants and sailors. He’s a Navy veteran himself. So, in a lot of ways, the ocean is in his blood. Many years ago, John’s father passed to his son a sailor’s love of the sea -- its wonder and its beauty and its power. But John’s dad also loved what he called “the sailor’s environment” -- reading the weather and the waves, and the different ways that one adapts to the ocean. Of course, the problem that confronts all of us today is that we’re asking far too much of our ocean in asking it to adapt to us. -- Our Ocean Conference, 15 September 2016
Barack Obama
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-10-02
We have our divisions, and they are not new. Around-the-clock news cycles and social media sometimes amplify these divisions, and I know we’re about to enter a couple of weeks of conventions where our political rhetoric tends to be more overheated than usual. And that is why it is so important that everyone -- regardless of race or political party or profession, regardless of what organizations you are a part of -- everyone right now focus on words and actions that can unite this country rather than divide it further. We don’t need inflammatory rhetoric. We don’t need careless accusations thrown around to score political points or to advance an agenda. We need to temper our words and open our hearts -- all of us. -- Barack Obama, Statement on the shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 17 July 2016
Barack Obama
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-08-28
Seventy-one years ago, on a bright, cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed. A flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed a city and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself. Why do we come to this place, to Hiroshima? -- Barack Obama, Remarks at Hiroshima Peace Memorial, 27 May 2016
Barack Obama
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-05-29
Perhaps you need an outsider, somebody who is not European, to remind you of the magnitude of what you have achieved.
Barack Obama
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-05-01
Havana is only 90 miles from Florida, but to get here we had to travel a great distance -- over barriers of history and ideology; barriers of pain and separation. -- President B Obama, Remarks to the people of Cuba, 22 March 2016
Barack Obama
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-04-03
At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it. President Obama, Statement after the shooting in Charleston, 18 June 2015
Barack Obama
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-03-09
As Africa changes, I’ve called on the world to change its approach to Africa. (Applause.) So many Africans have told me, we don’t want just aid, we want trade that fuels progress. W e don’t want patrons, we want partners who help us build our own capacity to grow. (Applause.) We don’t want the indignity of dependence, we want to make our own choices and determine our own future. President Obama, 28 July 2015, Remarks to the people of Africa
Barack Obama
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-03-09
This week, the United States and our international partners finally achieved something that decades of animosity has not – a deal that will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This deal will make America and the world safer and more secure. Still, you’re going to hear a lot of overheated and often dishonest arguments about it in the weeks ahead. So today, I want to take a moment to take those on one by one, and explain what this deal does and what it means. First, you’ll hear some critics argue that this deal somehow makes it easier for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. Now, if you think it sounds strange that the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, and some of the world’s best nuclear scientists would agree to something like that, you’re right. (…) President Obama, 18 July 2015, A comprehensive, long-term deal with Iran
Barack Obama
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-03-09
It’s now more than 50 years since President Kennedy stood before the American people and said, “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.” President Obama, 14 July 2015, Statement on Iran
Barack Obama
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-03-09
I have to also say that Africa’s democratic progress is also at risk when leaders refuse to step aside when their terms end. Now, let me be honest with you -- I do not understand this. I am in my second term. It has been an extraordinary privilege for me to serve as President of the United States. I cannot imagine a greater honor or a more interesting job. I love my work. But under our Constitution, I cannot run again. I can't run again. I actually think I'm a pretty good President -- I think if I ran I could win. But I can't. President Obama, 28 July 2015, Remarks to the people of Africa
Barack Obama
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-03-09
Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it. We've become numb to this (…) I hope and pray that I don't have to come out again during my tenure as President to offer my condolences to families in these circumstances. But based on my experience as President, I can't guarantee that. And that's terrible to say. And it can change. May God bless the memories of those who were killed today. May He bring comfort to their families, and courage to the injured as they fight their way back. And may He give us the strength to come together and find the courage to change. President Obama, on the Shootings at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Oregon, 1 October 2015
Barack Obama
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-03-09
If anybody still wants to dispute the science around climate change, have at it. You will be pretty lonely, because you’ll be debating our military, most of America’s business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it’s a problem and intend to solve it. President Obama, State of the Union Address, 12 January 2016
Barack Obama
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-03-09
So just because it’s hard, that’s no excuse not to try. President Obama, Common-Sense Gun Safety Reform, 5 January 2016
Barack Obama
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-03-09
Benjamin Franklin wrote that “even if the Mufti of Constantinople were to send a missionary to preach to us, he would find a pulpit at his service.” So this is not a new thing. US President B Obama, Remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, 3 February 2016
Barack Obama
Posted by Isabelle le 2016-03-09