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I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.
In the unlikely story that is America, there's never been anything false about hope.
That was pretty impressive. I got the sucker! (after killing a miserable fly during an interview)
Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change...
There is not a liberal America and a conservative America - there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and latino America and asian America - there's the United States of America.
America's strong bonds with Israel are well known - this bond is unbreakable.
If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Yes, we can!
America is not - and never will be - at war with Islam. We will, however, relentlessly confront violent extremists.
Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values.
I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits - either now or in the future. Period.
Issues are never simple. One thing I'm proud of is that very rarely will you hear me simplify the issues.
My job is not to represent Washington to you, but to represent you to Washington.
My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success.
Politics didn't lead me to working people. Working people led me into politics.
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I guarantee you that in European capitals, there are people who are interested in, if not what I had for breakfast, at least what my talking points might be should I end up meeting with their leaders, that is how intelligence services operate.
Found on CNN 3 months ago
I talk about what a good football player he is, but I also have relish that I did not think he had either the confidence or the character, the track record of service that would justify him representing Georgia in the United States Senate right now.
I’m here for the same reason I was here last time.
Now I’m not recommending to every future president that they take a shellacking like I did last night, i’m sure there are easier ways to learn these lessons.
I understand that democracy might not seem like a top priority right now.
Here's the thing: you can stay [under my desk] for now, but when it comes time for voting you're going to have to get up.
But here's one thing that we can feel, we know, if our rhetoric about each other gets that mean. When we don't just disagree with people, but we start demonizing them, making wild, crazy allegations about them. That creates a dangerous climate. And if elected officials don't do more to explicitly reject that kind of rhetoric, if they tacitly support it or encourage their supporters to stand up inside voting places armed with guns and dressed in tactical gear, more people can get hurt, and we're going to be violating the basic spirit of this country.
Sir, this is what I'm saying, we've got a process that we set up in our democracy.
So when the fate of our democracy and a woman's right to choose are on the line, I know John will fight for Pennsylvanians.
My family, my kids, work that gives me satisfaction, having fun, hell, not being a buzzkill. And sometimes Democrats are. Sometimes people just want to not feel as if they are walking on eggshells, and they want some acknowledgment that life is messy and that all of us, at any given moment, can say things the wrong way, make mistakes.
This is not amnesty, this is not immunity, this is not a path to citizenship. It's not a permanent fix.This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people.
From the day of her coronation 70 years ago — the first one ever televised — to this very moment, as countless tributes are being posted online in her honor, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has captivated the world. Today, Michelle and I join so many others who are celebrating her life and mourning her passing.
I have to express my disappointment at the cheap shot you took at Joe Biden via Twitter, it was unprofessional. I expect better.
Found on FOX News 10 months ago
It makes a difference when you get to know someone, whether you agree or not, it makes a difference to look in their eyes and understand a little bit more what's in their heart.
Found on CNN 11 months ago
I have selected a nominee who is widely recognized not only as one of America's sharpest legal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency modesty, integrity, evenhandedness and excellence, these qualities and his long commitment to public service have earned him the respect and admiration from leaders from both sides of the aisle.
As the first woman to serve as America's top diplomat, Madeleine's courage and toughness helped bring peace to the Balkans and paved the way for progress in some of the most unstable corners of the world.
I just tested positive for COVID. I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise. Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative.
The fact is that Ukraine, which is a non-NATO country, is going to be vulnerable to military domination by Russia no matter what we do, this is an example of where we have to be very clear about what our core interests are andwhat we are willing to go to war for.
When you were asked,' What's the biggest geopolitical threat facing America,' you said' Russia.' Not al Qaeda ; you said Russia, and, the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back, because the Cold War's been over for 20 years.
She's faced down barriers, overcome the odds, lived out the American dream that brought her parents here so long ago.
Theophilus Eugene Connor may be gone, but today we witness with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans in Birmingham. George Wallace may be gone. But we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators.
Let me ask you a question, Chuck, are there any changes -- any at all -- that would get us your vote ?
In a battle between perfection and progress, Harry always chose progress, harry got things done.
It's a debt to him that I could never fully repay.
I don't know about that, Nancy.
He's right. I'm not. But neither is he.
George Walker Bush life is a testament that public service is a noble calling. ... George Walker Bush humility and George Walker Bush decency reflects the very best of the American spirit.
We have a number of women candidates and we have one gay candidate. And those candidates are going to have barriers if they win the nomination, or they win the general election -- just like I did, you can overcome that resistance if the way you are framing these issues and messages indicate,' Look, I'm part of an American tradition... of opening up opportunity.'.
Everybody needs to chill out about the candidates, but gin up about the prospect of rallying behind whoever emerges from this process.
I had been inclined to take the shot fairly early on in the discussions. But you hold back the decision until you have to make it. And in the end, what I very much appreciated, was the degree to which we had an honest debate, it was, in that way, emblematic of presidential decision-making, you're always working with probabilities.
He should have been killed years ago, another president should have gotten him.
You did a hell of a job in your job, thank you.
What you have to do is to create a process where you have confidence that whatever data is out there has been sifted, sorted and the core issues that are going to be important to your decision, you're able to see it around, and that requires not just a good process but making sure you have a team that's got a diversity of opinion. The other thing that's helpful is not watching TV. Or, you know, reading, you know, social media.
The Line's why I made The Line a priority in my 2008 campaign and throughout our larger movement for change in the years since.
We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments.
We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments ; leaders who demonize those who don't look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people, it's time for the overwhelming majority of Americans of goodwill, of every race and faith and political party, to say as much -- clearly and unequivocally.
Google' 1,000 prisoners free Kamala Harris,'.
People are telling me that in the year 2019, after Medicare has already been around for over 50 years, when we have all kinds of technology, that somehow we really can't do it over a four-year period, and to answer the question, we're being pretty conservative here. I think it can be done quicker.
Because you enrich for one reason and I won't tell you what the reason is. But it's no good ; they better be careful.
The general election is so important that we have to get behind whoever comes out of that primary, so we're watching everyone, we're supporting everyone, we're giving advice to whoever seeks it.
There are millions of Americans who today are not proud of what they believed yesterday about us, but we ought to make them proud of the fact they came on to the right side of history.
This stings, this hurts.
One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives in the United States is a certain kind of rigidity where we say, Uh, Im sorry, this is how its going to be, and then we start sometimes creating whats called a circular firing squad, where you start shooting at your allies because one of them has strayed from purity on the issues.
Everybody wants to work in this White House, we are a hot country. This is a hot White House. We are a White House that people want to work with.
The reason I love Nancy Pelosi is because Nancy Pelosi combines a passion for doing what's right for our country and our kids, along with a toughness that can't be matched on the Hill.
Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes and joys, it allows us to hear one another, to invite each other in.
From the Motown records I wore out on the Southside to the 'Who Run the World' songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story.
John led the charge on so much of the progress we take for granted today.
The bill before us will certainly do some good.
I believe that it is the right decision for our national security, the conduct represented in the recently published article does not meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general.
Whether it was( Walter) Cronkite or( David) Brinkley or what have you, there was a common set of facts, a baseline around which both parties had to adapt and respond to, and by the time I take office, what you increasingly have is a media environment in which if you are a Fox News viewer, you have an entirely different reality than if you are a New York Times reader.
I did well in France.
Nancy is not always the best on a cable show or with a quick soundbite or what have you, but her skill, tenacity, toughness, vision, is remarkable. Her stamina, her ability to see around corners, her ability to stand her ground and do hard things and to suffer unpopularity to get the right thing done, I think, stands up against any person that I've observed or worked directly with in Washington during my lifetime.
I think what's unique about America is our aspirations to be a large, successful, multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious, pluralistic democracy, do you think that's President Trump's vision ?
No, obviously not, we have contrasting visions about what America is. And, you know, that's self-apparent. But what I would say is that the majority of Americans believe in that story. And there is power in that story.
I'm the first to confess, you know, I was not able to give this message effectively, it's just not the stuff that moved people to vote, and the other side didn't get punished for it.
What I liked most about his race was that it didn't feel constantly poll-tested, it felt as if he based his statements and his positions on what he believed. And that, you'd like to think, is normally how things work. Sadly it's not.
The reason I was able to make a connection with a sizeable portion of the country was because people had a sense that I said what I meant, and that's a quality that, as I look at what I'm sure will be a strong field of candidates in 2020, many of whom are friends of mine and whom I deeply respect -- what I oftentimes am looking for first and foremost is, do you seem to mean it ? Are you in this thing cause you have a strong set of convictions that you are willing to risk things for ?
I think Nancy Pelosi, when the history is written, will go down as one of the most effective legislative leaders that this country's ever seen.
And my experience has been that Nancy Pelosi knows how to do that, and she was an extraordinary partner for me throughout my presidency.
The angriest I was ever during my presidency was seeing Congress not doing anything about it. Completely unresponsive.
It's just not the stuff that moved people to vote, and the other side didn't get punished for it.
Right before the election, they try to scare the heck out of you, and then the election comes, and suddenly the problem is magically gone. Everything's great. ' I'm sorry, what did we say ?'.
They said government bureaucrats are going to kill your granny. Remember ? ' Death panels.' Then right after the election, what death panels ? Didn't exist.
Someone from Barack's administration might have said that the optics there were bad, that what the public saw didn't reflect the President's reality or ideals, but in this case, maybe it did, realizing it, I made my own optic adjustment. I stopped even trying to smile.
Nah, nah, nah, it's not true. They haven't done nothing. They've done something, they promised they were going to take on corruption in Washington. Instead, they've racked up enough indictments to field a football team.
Nobody in President Donald Trump administration got indicted, president Donald Trump administration, by the way, is not that high President Donald Trump administration.
All right, so now they've had two years of total control in Washington.
When words don't mean anything, when truth doesn't matter, when people can just lie with abandon, democracy can't work.
My main message is to the parents of Trayvon. You know, if I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon, all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves.
A deliberate and determined effort to obstruct everything, no matter what the merits, just to refight the results of an election is not normal, and for the sake of future generations, it can not become normal.
It shouldn't be Democratic or Republican to say that we don't target groups of people because of what they look like or how they pray, we are supposed to stand up to discrimination and we are sure as heck to stand up clearly and unequivocally to Nazi sympathizers.
This is not normal, these are extraordinary times.
If what you are doing requires no sacrifice at all, then you can do more, if you are one of these folks who is watching cable news at your cocktail parties with your friends and you are saying' civilization is collapsing' and you are nervous and worried, but that is not where you are putting all your time, energy and money, then either you don't actually think civilization is collapsing... or you are not pushing yourself hard enough and I would push harder.
Chicago is better and stronger for his leadership, and I was a better President for his wise counsel at a particularly perilous time for our country.
I guess that was John McCain finally giving us a little straight talk and owning up to the fact that he and George Bush actually have a whole lot in common, here's the thing, we know what the Bush-McCain philosophy looks like.
Once we start having an honest discussion on slavery, then we can move forward, we've never really had an honest discussion about the foundation of this country. I know people might not like this, but this is the truth.
Let's be frank about this. There is a racial component to this, a lot of the issues that Trump presented as economic issues were actually economic issues with a racial core.
You have to believe in facts. Without facts there's no basis for cooperation. If I say this is a podium and you say this is an elephant, it's going to be hard for us to cooperate, i can't find common ground if somebody says that climate change just isn't happening, when almost all the world's scientists tell us it is. I don't know where to start talking to you about this. If you say it's an elaborate hoax, where do we start ?
Nelson Mandela Lecture is Nelson Mandela Lecture that racial discrimination still exists in both the United States and South Africa.
Today, technology lets the party in power precision-draw the map in a way that packs the other party's supporters into as few congressional districts as possible. It's why your district might be shaped like a corkscrew. But it's also how a party gains more seats while winning fewer votes, which isn't fair.
Of course, that's good for special interests who want to protect tax breaks for the most powerful, or the gun lobby, or environmental polluters -- but it's not good for our children. And regardless of our party affiliations, it's not good for our democracy.
If we've got a collective defense, it means that everybody's got to chip in, and I've had some concerns about a diminished level of defense spending among some of our partners in NATO, the situation in Ukraine reminds us that our freedom isn't free and we've got to be willing to pay for the assets, the personnel, the training that's required to make sure that we have a credible NATO force and an effective deterrent force.
That's the bad news, the good news is that it is entirely within our power to solve it.
To a large degree, we are seeing a competition between two stories, there’s the story that is based largely on fear, and there is a story based largely in hope. There’s the story that says we’re in it together, and there’s the story that says there’s an us and a them.
I would caution us from extrapolating too much from a bunch of special elections and starting to think that, ‘OK, this will take care of itself.’ Because it won’t, fear is powerful.
Whether our families crossed the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we're only here because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, how our last names sound, or the way we worship.
Sometimes I wonder whether I was 10 or 20 years too early, maybe we pushed too far. ... Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe.
I believe that the decision to put the JCPOA at risk without any Iranian violation of the deal is a serious mistake.
Found on Reuters 5 years ago
The consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America's credibility.
That's a very dangerous message to send to people of Iran, but also to the people of the world -- that you should never come to an agreement with the United States because at the end of the day, the operating principle of the United States is' what's mine is mine, what's yours is negotiable,' the situation is creating an impression globally that agreements don't matter.
I picked you to be FBI director because of your integrity and your ability. I want you to know that nothing has happened in the last year to change my view.
Right now, the rules of global trade too often undermine our values and put our workers and businesses at a disadvantage, tPP allows America – and not countries like China – to write the rules of the road in the 21st century, which is especially important in a region as dynamic as the Asia-Pacific. Signed in February 2016, the deal was supposed to provoke investment among the 12 regions, which together make up about 40 percent of the global economy, the BBC reported at the time. However, the countries involved needed to ratify the agreement in order for it to actually go into effect. Trump’s presidency, which began less than a year later, complicated that. President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the trade deal through an executive order in January 2017. Last month, the remaining 11 countries signed a deal without the U.S. Delegates rally against the The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal at the Democratic National Convention in 2016. ( Reuters/Carlos Barria) Opponents of the deal, including labor unions, argued it would be a threat to manufacturing jobs and encourage exports of jobs to lower-wage countries overseas. If TPP would be enacted, the U.S. would lose 448,000 jobs, according to a study from Tufts University’s Global and Environment Institute. In comparison, the study found a total job loss of 771,000 across all 12 nations involved in the deal combined. Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, broke with the President Barack Obama administration in opposing the deal. Hillary Clinton expressed concern that it would benefit drug countries and would n’t combat currency manipulation, Time magazine reported. President Trump once called TPP a.
Michelle and I want this center to be more than just a building, we want to create an economic engine for the South Side of Chicago, a cultural attraction that showcases the South Side to the rest of the world.
I do not talk to the attorney general about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations.
One of the biggest challenges we have to our democracy is the degree to which we don’t share a common baseline of facts.
My preference is always to use a diplomatic approach. But diplomacy has to involve the other side engaging in a serious way in trying to solve problems, and we have not seen that kind of reaction from North Korea.
Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow - if so, will he become my new best friend?
I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world -- one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition.
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, we have been able to bring our emissions down even as we grow our economy. The same is true in many parts of Europe.
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.
We have been able to bring our emissions down even as we grow our economy. The same is true in many parts of Europe.
It is my fervent hope and the hope of millions ... such courage is still possible, that today's members of Congress regardless of party are willing to look at the facts and speak the truth, even when it contradicts party positions.
Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear, so just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are.
It is my fervent hope and the hope of millions that, regardless of party, such courage is still possible.
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.
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 to the values that we care so much about, because of how important this election is, I also want you to know that I am supporting Emmanuel Macron to lead you forward.
The main message that I have is to wish you all the best in the coming days.
The whole notion was that if we showed courtesy or opened up dialogue with governments that had previously been hostile to us, that that somehow would be a sign of weakness, the American people didn't buy it. And there's a good reason the American people didn't buy it -- because it doesn't make sense.
He's got that kind of slouch.
It's good to get out of the house.
Friends are surprised I answer the door now.
It’s wonderful to be home, it’s wonderful to be in Chicago.
The overwhelming majority of Americans believe we are a nation of immigrants.
People are less inclined to be part of the community than they used to be.
For an African-American -- and an African-American President -- to be able to visit this site, I think (it) gives me even greater motivation in terms of the defense of human rights around the world.
It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy, to embrace the joyous task we've been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours.
Of all the privileges I have as President, I have no greater honor than serving as your commander in chief.
It's probably going to be the first 1,000 days that makes the difference.
Today, the United States, together with our allies and partners, has reached a historic understanding with Iran, which if fully implemented, will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
Dr. Farkas’ admissions alone are devastating.
He's that rarity in Washington sometimes, he doesn't care about politics, he only cares about getting the job done. At key moments, when it's mattered most ... he was prepared to give up a job he loved rather than be part of something he felt was fundamentally wrong.
I am sad that this is my last Kids' State Dinner, but it's not the last of the work that we're going to do on this issue, right?
I have instructed the Joint Chiefs, and up and down the chain of command, that they have a responsibility to de-stigmatize mental health issues and issues of PTSD, and help to explain to everybody in all of the units under their command that there's nothing weak about asking for help.
Well, what is true is that the ability of Republican leaders to rile up their base -- helped along by folks like Rush Limbaugh and some commentators on Fox News -- I think created an environment in which Republican voters would punish Republicans from cooperating with me, that hothouse of back-and-forth arguments and really sharp partisanship I think has been harmful to the country.
I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors, i want you to talk to them whether they're independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.
It's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy towards people who aren't like them.
We can't -- we don't mind the Republicans joining us, they can come for the ride, but they've got to sit in back.
If you accept the support of Klan sympathizers before you are president, you will accept their support after you're president.
In 2012, Latinos voted in record numbers.
With respect Sean Hannity, I didn't know that Sean Hannity had invited me for a beer.
As Michelle reminds us, this election is about our kids, and in my case, our grandkids. We have a job to do. Starting right now, let’s come together. Let’s work together and be hopeful and optimistic and unified.
Justice and hope are at the heart of the Shimon Peres idea.
Hopefully after the election is over and the dust settles, there will be more attention to the actual facts behind the deal. It won't just be a political symbol or a political football.
We are part of a global economy. We are not reversing that. It can't be reversed because it is driven by technology ... and the fact that the demand for products inside of our country means we've got to get some things from other places, the notion that we're going to pull that up root and branch is unrealistic.
I think I've got the better argument, hopefully after the election is over and the dust settles, there will be more attention to the actual facts behind the deal. It won't just be a political symbol.
The notion that we're going to pull that up root and branch is unrealistic.
Time and again, you’ve picked me up, i hope, sometimes, I picked you up, too. Tonight, I ask you to do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me.
What will never change (is) the unwavering commitment of the United States to the security and defence of Europe, of our transatlantic relationship and the commitment to our common defence.
The security situation in Afghanistan remains precarious, the Taliban remains a threat. They've gained ground in some places.
Hitler, Mussolini, we all know the result, it was only a call for reflection and for recognition, so that we bear in mind what we have achieved and the great deal still to achieve.
That changes you. You're not the same after that, we've got kids all across this country who never see a park. We've got to change that.
You can't capture this on an iPad or a flat screen or even an oil painting. You've got to come here and breathe it in yourself.
We've got kids all across this country who never see a park. We've got to change that.
That's not the legacy I think any of us want to leave.
We've got to do a lot more.
What exactly would using this label accomplish, what exactly would it change? someone seriously thinks we don't know who we're fighting? ... There's no magic to the phrase radical Islam. It's a political talking point.
The place where they were attacked is more than a nightclub, it is a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds, and to advocate for their civil rights.
When I was first elected to this office, Malia was 10 and Sasha was just seven. And they grow up too fast, i'm starting to choke up.
I'm starting to choke up.
They are wonderful girls. They are smart and funny. But most importantly, they're kind. They don't have an attitude.
The idea of her having to transfer schools, move to a new city halfway through high school, would not make me popular.
It was a healthy thing for the Democratic Party to have a contested primary.
He pushed the party and challenged them, i thought it made Hillary a better candidate.
Time is not on our side, if we don't complete negotiations this year, then upcoming political transitions in the United States and Europe would mean this agreement won't be finished for quite some time.
My goal between now and the time I leave is to make sure that when I turn over the keys to my office, that the desk is clean, and if the world is not completely tidy, that at least it's significantly better off than the way I found it.
I also think that the laws that have been passed there are wrong and should be overturned.
This action means more hardworking Californians will have the peace of mind to know that they can take care of a new child or a sick family member, yet millions of Americans still don’t have access to any form of paid leave.
We are continuing to cooperate on an ongoing basis about operations potentially in areas like Libya where you have the beginnings of a government.
I wasn't always as responsible as I am today. In many ways I was lucky, because for whatever reason addiction didn't get it's claws on me ... except cigarettes.
This is yet another reminder that the world must unite. We must be together regardless of nationality or race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism.
This is yet another reminder that the world must unite. We must be together regardless of nationality or race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism, we can and we will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world.
This is a matter of us engaging directly with the Cuban people and being able to have candid, tough conversations directly with the Cuban government, we will have more influence and have greater capacity to advocate on behalf of the values that we care about when we're actually talking to them.
My view is that this is the beginning, not the end, of what is going to be a journey that takes some time.
My strong prediction is that sometime in the next president's administration, whether they are a Democrat or a Republican, that the embargo in fact will be removed.
In all my conversations with senators from both parties in which I asked their views on qualified Supreme Court nominees -- this includes the previous two seats that I had to fill -- the one name that has come up repeatedly, from Republicans and Democrats alike, is Merrick Garland.
I wish that we hadn't taught my older daughter to be so adventurous that she would be hiking in the mountains, out of cell service range when the President called.
I have selected a nominee who is widely recognized not only as one of America's sharpest legal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency modesty, integrity, evenhandedness and excellence.
It is my intention to nominate somebody who has impeccable credentials, somebody who should be a consensus candidate.
This is not a matter of providing concessions, this is a matter of us engaging directly with the Cuban people.
The sooner the Venezuelan people can determine a government that they have confidence in that is legitimate, and that can start instituting economic policies that pull them out of the spiral that they're in, the better off it's going to be for all of us.
It's not in America's interest to see Venezuela fail, because if Venezuela fails then that could have an impact on the economies of Colombia or Central America or Mexico, and that in turn can affect U.S. economies.
It's wonderful that a potential dancer can see Misty and say, 'I can do that,' but if there's no dance studio at all in their neighborhood, or if their school's chronically underfunded, then it's going to be a problem.
When I think about the journey I've traveled, there's no doubt that young African-American, Latino, Asian, LGBT youth, they have more role models, folks that they can immediately identify with, but what we also have to remember is that the barriers that exist for them to pursue their dreams are deep and structural.
There's room for criticism.
Free riders aggravate me.
We're shocked someone is fanning anti-immigrant or anti-Muslim sentiment!
Imagine what Trump would say if he had this record ... instead of selling steaks.
We've got a common outlook on what our nations can achieve together, he campaigned on a message of hope and of change. His positive and optimistic vision is inspiring young people at home. He's governing with a commitment to inclusivity and equality.
This issue of softwood lumber will get resolved in some fashion ... undoubtedly to the dissatisfaction of all parties concerned, each side will want 100 percent, and we'll find a way for each side to get 60 percent or so of what they need, and people will complain and grumble, but it will be fine.
Each side will want 100 percent, and we'll find a way for each side to get 60 percent or so of what they need, and people will complain and grumble, but it will be fine.
When so many of our products, like autos, are built on both sides of the border in an integrated supply chain, this co-production makes us more competitive in the global economy as a whole. And we want to keep it that way.
I find it ironic that people who are constantly citing the Constitution would suddenly read into the Constitution requirements, norms, procedures that are nowhere to be found in there. That's precisely the kind of interpretive approach that they have vehemently rejected and that they accuse liberals of engaging in all the time, well, you can't abandon your principles, if in fact these are your principles, simply for the sake of political expedience.
So we'll see how they operate once a nomination has been made, i'm confident that whoever I select, among fair-minded people, will be viewed as an imminently qualified person, and it will then be up to Senate Republicans to decide whether they want to follow the Constitution and abide by the rules of fair play that ultimately undergird our democracy and that ensure that the Supreme Court does not just become one more extension of our polarized politics. If and when that happens, our system's not going to work.
Ohioans have no greater friend than Ted Strickland, ted is a passionate and proven champion for the middle class, and when Ohio sends him to the United States Senate, he will continue to be a tireless fighter for hardworking families. Ted's deep commitment to serving others has defined his life and his public service, and these are the values that Ohioans need and deserve from their next U.S. senator.
Once a week we have The Kansas shootings, and it doesn't dominate the news, and that's got to change.
The way the change in the law works is that we're reprioritizing how we enforce our immigration laws generally.
I've talked to many of them, and I've told them I'm sympathetic. And, by the way, there's not a lot of vigor when they defend the position that they're taking, that they wouldn't even meet, for example, with a Supreme Court nominee. They're pretty sheepish about it when they make those comments.
We've got a state dinner with Canada coming up, so we may just leave it right in the middle of the room, we'll see. We could gloat a little bit.
I think everybody understands all lives matter. I think the reason that the organizers used the phrase 'Black Lives Matter' was not because they were suggesting nobody else's lives matter, rather, what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that's happening in the African-American community that's not happening in other communities ... and that is a legitimate issue that we've got to address.
They are some serious young people. I told them they are much better organizers than I was when I was their age. I am confident they will take America to new heights.
Rather, what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that's happening in the African-American community that's not happening in other communities ... and that is a legitimate issue that we've got to address.
No one is happier—no one is prouder—to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald, 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?
All it would take is for Sen. Grassley to just say, 'Look, we're not going to confirm anybody this year.' The reason we're not going to confirm is we value the court, we don't want it to be in this political atmosphere. We value the integrity of the court and we're going to put it over to next year.
Justice Scalia and I had different political orientations and probably would have disagreed on the outcome of certain cases. But there's no doubt that he was a giant on the Supreme Court, helped to shape the legal landscape, it's important, before we rush into the all the politics of this, to take stock of somebody who made enormous contributions to the United States. And we are grateful not only for his service but for his family's service.
I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to appoint a successor in due time and there will be plenty of time for me to do so and for the Senate to give that person a fair hearing and timely vote.
We've got to build a better politics, when I hear voices in either party boast of their refusal to compromise as an accomplishment in and of itself, I'm not impressed.
That will allow us to help them build up their security capacity and to push back against efforts by ISIL to gain a foothold in that country.
I care deeply about the half-time show, deeply, i got dressed for the half-time show. I hope Beyonce likes what I have on.
I am reaffirming that the United States government will not make concessions, such as paying ransom, to terrorist groups holding American hostages, I firmly believe that the United States government paying ransom to terrorists risks endangering more Americans and funding the very terrorism that we're trying to stop. And so I firmly believe that our policy ultimately puts fewer Americans at risk.
It is a primal emotion, fear, one that we all experience. And it can be contagious, spreading through societies, and through nations, for me, and I know for so many of you, faith is the great cure for fear. Jesus is a good cure for fear. God gives believers the power, the love, the sound mind required to conquer any fear. And what more important moment for that faith than right now?
For me, and I know for so many of you, faith is the great cure for fear. Jesus is a good cure for fear. God gives believers the power, the love, the sound mind required to conquer any fear. And what more important moment for that faith than right now?
It helps me deal with the common, everyday fears that we all share. The main one I’m feeling right now is that our children grow up too fast. They’re leaving!
It is clear that the United States and our allies must do more to advance our common defense in support of a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace.
We're going to keep on talking about it and seeing if there's a way forward.
We're not going to strengthen our leadership around the world by allowing politicians to insult Muslims or pit groups of Americans against each other, that's not who we are. That's not keeping America safe.
The auto industry here in the United States has figured out that we can make more fuel-efficient cars that reduce the carbon pollution that is causing climate change, and make a profit - and put more people to work.
If I were a parent up there, I would be beside myself that my kid's health could be at risk.
You should know better.
It's less entertainment, it's more serious business. This person's going to get the nuclear code, this person's making a bunch of decisions.
We can have big arguments.
I have no idea why states would tax these as luxury items. I suspect it's because men were making the laws when these were passed.
I would want it to be stable.
It poses a lot of interesting questions.
Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad.
A few months ago, I directed my team at the White House to look into any new actions I can take to help reduce gun violence, and on Monday, I'll meet with our attorney general, Loretta Lynch, to discuss our options.
We know that we can't stop every act of violence, but what if we tried to stop even one? What if Congress did something – anything – to protect our kids from gun violence?
I plan on doing everything I can with every minute of every day that I have left as President to deliver on behalf of the American people, since taking this office, I've never been more optimistic about a year ahead than I am right now. And in 2016, I'm going to leave it out all on the field.
I think we will have a strong Democratic nominee, i think that nominee will win.
In this third world war, waged piecemeal, which we are now experiencing, a form of genocide is taking place, and it must end.
In some areas of the Middle East where church bells have rung for centuries on Christmas Day, this year they will be silent; this silence bears tragic witness to the brutal atrocities committed against these communities by ISIL.
We're going to have Justin down to the White House, hopefully, so we can have a more extensive, expanded bilateral, and I'm sure Michelle is going to want a visit with Canada's new First Lady.
Even though we have been able to reduce the number of folks who are deployed in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, there are still folks over there every single day and it's still dangerous, as we saw this past week with the outstanding brave Americans who were killed, and so we never take for granted all what all of you to for the American people. You help keep us free. You help keep us strong. And whatever service you're in, we are extraordinarily grateful for everything you do every single day. And we hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas.
I'm not wild about everything in it, i'm sure that's true for everybody. But it is a budget that, as I insisted, invests in our military and our middle class without ideological provisions that would have weakened Wall Street reform or rules on big polluters.
Kudos to him as well.
We continue to have differences with the Cuban government, but we raise those issues directly, and we will always stand for human rights and the universal values that we support around the globe.
ISIL leaders cannot hide, and our next message to them is simple: You are next, every day, we destroy as well more of ISIL's forces -- their fighting positions, bunkers, and staging areas; their heavy weapons, bomb-making factories, compounds and training camps.
We are recognizing that progress needs to keep coming faster, nobody knows it more than the countless Syrians and people living under the terror, and the people in San Bernardino and Paris and elsewhere who are grieving the loss of their loved ones.
Every day, we destroy as well more of ISIL's forces -- their fighting positions, bunkers, and staging areas; their heavy weapons, bomb-making factories, compounds and training camps.
We came together around a strong agreement the world needed, we met the moment.
Almost every country in the world just signed on to the Paris Agreement on climate change - thanks to American leadership.
Everybody knows that he is passionate and he is tough and he is dogged in making sure that the city of Chicago is not just the coldest city, but also the greatest city.
Now, this is, of course, the most wonderful time of the year. But we would be remiss not to take a moment to remember our fellow Americans whose hearts are heavy tonight – who grieve for loved ones, especially in San Bernardino, California, their loss is our loss, too, for we’re all one American family. We look out for each other in good times, and in bad. And they should know that all of us care about them this holiday season.
Five, four, three, two, one. Merry Christmas, everybody!
Their loss is our loss, too, for we’re all one American family. We look out for each other in good times, and in bad. And they should know that all of us care about them this holiday season.
A lot of what drives bad race relations is scarcity in the working-class populations, we have all of these looming questions with globalization and downsizing. These are underlying structural problems.
When you introduce socialism in this country, it sends a message that you can take money from the hard-working people and give it to the slackers.
In 1620, a small band of pilgrims came to this continent, refugees who had fled persecution and violence in their native land, nearly 400 years later, we remember their part in the American story -- and we honor the men and women who helped them in their time of need.
Now, people should remember that no refugee can enter our borders until they undergo the highest security checks of anyone traveling to the United States. That was the case before Paris, and it's the case now.
Right now, we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland.
It's not only of the spirit of giving during this holiday season, but our national obligation to make sure all those who serve and sacrifice for our country have a place to call home, my administration considers this one of our top priorities, making sure that we're bringing about the reality of zero homelessness for our veterans.
This points to an ongoing problem with the Russian operations in the sense that they are operating very close to a Turkish border and they are going after moderate opposition that are supported by not only Turkey but a wide range of countries.
We can do a better job at coordinating between countries.
As Francois said, our humanitarian duty to help desperate refugees and our duty to security, those duties go hand in hand.
Turkey, like every country, has the right to defend its territory and its airspace, it's very important right now for us to make sure that both the Russians and the Turks are talking to each other to find out exactly what happened and take measures to discourage any kind of escalation.
It's very important right now for us to make sure that both the Russians and the Turks are talking to each other to find out exactly what happened and take measures to discourage any kind of escalation.
My top priority is going to be to ensure that this does not escalate, hopefully this is a moment in which all parties can step back and make a determination of how their interests are best served.
It's very important right now for us to make sure that both the Russians and the Turks are talking to each other to find out exactly what happened and take measures to discourage any kind of escalation, turkey, like every country, has the right to defend its territory and its airspace.
Turkey, like every country, has the right to defend its territory and its airspace.
With allies and partners, the United States will be relentless to those who target our citizens, we will continue to root out terrorist networks. We will not allow these killers to have a safe haven.
I will do it. I admit I was going to do it anyway but now that I heard it from you, I'm definitely going to do it.
At some point the Russians and the Iranians are going to have to make a fundamental decision, do they actually believe that they can prop up Assad and win on the ground militarily inside Syria against all the opposition, or do they actually think that it is better to save the Syrian state and work with the international community and the UN to find a government that truly can be legitimate.
If we get a better understanding with Russia about the process for bringing an end to the Syrian civil war, that obviously opens up more opportunities for coordination with respect to ISIL.
Slamming the door in the face of refugees would betray our deepest values. That's not who we are. And it's not what we're going to do.
I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for (ISIS) than some of the rhetoric that's been coming out of here during the course of this debate.
I'm confident that we're going to get it done.
We are not well served when, in response to a terrorist attack, we descend into fear and panic, we don't make good decisions if it's based on hysteria or an exaggeration of risks.
When individuals say we should have a religious test and that only Christians, proven Christians, should be admitted, that's offensive.
Even as we grieve with our French friends ... we can't lose sight that there has been progress.
The people who are fleeing Syria are the most harmed by terrorism, it is very important ... that we do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism.
When I hear folks say that maybe we should just admit the Christians and not the Muslims (refugees), when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which 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. That's not American.
Traditionally the G20 has been a forum primarily to discuss economic issues facing the globe ... (but) the sky has been darkened by the horrific attacks that took place in Paris.
He went out of his way to advise lesbian, gay and transgender students... and keep in mind, this was 1978, that took a lot of courage, a lot of confidences in who you are and what you stand for.
I had hesitated on gay marriage, in part, because I thought civil unions would be sufficient, i was sensitive to the fact that -- for a lot of people -- that the word marriage is something that provokes very powerful traditions and religious beliefs.
That took a lot of courage, a lot of confidences in who you are and what you stand for.
To Malia and Sasha and their friends, discrimination in any form against anyone doesn't make sense. It doesn't dawn on them that friends who are gay or friends' parents who are same-sex couple should be treated any differently. That's powerful.
It is no secret that the Prime Minister and I have had a strong disagreement on this narrow issue, but we don't have a disagreement on the need to make sure that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon, and we don't have a disagreement about the importance of us blunting destabilizing activities that Iran may be taking.
It's very good to welcome once again Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to the Oval Office, there's no foreign leader who I've met with more frequently, and I think that's a testimony to the extraordinary bond between the United States and Israel.
Hello, Facebook! I finally got my very own page, i'm kicking it off by inviting you to take a walk with me in my backyard - something I try to do at the end of the day before I head in for dinner.
I want to make sure that the whole world is able to pass onto future generations the God-given beauty of this planet, if all of America is joining around this critical project, then we can have confidence that we're doing right by future generations and passing onto our kids all the blessings that we've received.
If all of America is joining around this critical project, then we can have confidence that we're doing right by future generations and passing onto our kids all the blessings that we've received.
I want to be very clear that we condemn, in the strongest terms, Palestinian violence against innocent Israeli citizens.
The pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to our economy.
The TPP means that America will write the rules of the road in the 21st century, if we don't pass this agreement - if America doesn’t write those rules - then countries like China will.
We've got to make sure that it's the anomaly and not the rule going forward.
An attempt by Russia and Iran to prop up Assad and try to pacify the population is just going to get them stuck in a quagmire and it won't work.
A more serious effort against ISIS in Syria is long overdue, absent a larger coherent strategy, however, these steps may prove to be too little too late. I do not see a strategy for success, rather it seems the Administration is trying to avoid a disaster while the President runs out the clock.
I'll be honest with you -- I'm looking forward to life after being president, i won't have such a big security detail all the time. It means I can go take a walk.
You have to step back and say you have to look at statistics. 2014 was a historic low in violent crime, if there's a spike in some cities, that's something we have to take seriously and pay attention to, but it certainly doesn't suddenly translate into this notion that a crime wave's coming.
This legislation specifically impedes our ability to close Guantanamo in a way I have repeatedly argued is counterproductive to our efforts to defeat terrorism around the world, guantanamo is one of the premier mechanisms for jihadists to recruit.
I have repeatedly called on Congress to eliminate the sequester and make sure we are providing certainty to our military, this bill, instead, resorts to gimmicks that does not allow the Pentagon to do what it needs to do.
Guantanamo is one of the premier mechanisms for jihadists to recruit, it's time for us to close it. It is outdated, it is expensive, it has been there for years, and we can do better in terms of keeping our people safe while ensuring we are consistent with our values.
I'm going to be sending it back to Congress and my message to them is very simple: Let's do this right.
We haven't even gotten to that point yet, because there has been no indication on the part of the North Koreans as there was with the Iranians that they could foresee a future in which they did not possess or were not pursuing nuclear weapons.
At the point where Pyongyang says we are interested in seeing relief from sanctions and improved relations and we are prepared to have a serious conversation about denuclearization, I think it's fair to say that we'll be right there at the table, we haven't even gotten to that point yet, because there has been no indication on the part of the North Koreans as there was with the Iranians that they could foresee a future in which they did not possess or were not pursuing nuclear weapons.
Obviously, given the size of China right there on your doorstep, if they are able to act with impunity and ignore rules whenever they want, that's not going to be good for you - whether that's on economic issues or security issues.
The timeline for a withdrawal down to a embassy center presence, a normalization of our presence in Afghanistan, remains the end of 2016.
Obviously, in moments like these, words aren't going to bring their loved ones back, when you talk to these families, you’re reminded that this could be happening to your child, or your mom, or your dad, or your relative, or your friend. And so we're going to have to come together as a country to see how we can prevent these issues from taking place.
We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings, friends of ours, allies of ours -- Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it.
We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings, friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it.
It just won't work, and they're going to stay there for a while.
I don't even think I have to react to that one. I think the American people should hear that and make their own judgments based on the fact that every couple of months we have a mass shooting and ... they can decide whether they consider that stuff happening.
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.
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.
The United States is prepared to work with any nation, including Russia and Iran, to resolve the conflict, but we must recognize that there cannot be, after so much bloodshed, so much carnage, a return to the prewar status quo.
If we cannot work together more effectively, we will all suffer the consequences.
No matter how powerful our military.
In my opinion, provision of military support to illegal structures runs counter to the principles of modern international law and the United Nations Charter.
For the world's two largest economies, energy consumers and carbon emitters to come together like this, there is no reason for other countries, whether developed or developing, not do so as well.
I just heard the news as I was coming out of the meeting here so it took me by surprise, and I took the time prior to this press conference to call John directly, john Boehner is a good man -- he is a patriot, he cares deeply about the House, an institution for which he has served for a long time, he cares about his constituency and he cares about America.
Yogi Berra was an American original -- a Hall of Famer and humble veteran; prolific jokester and jovial prophet, he epitomized what it meant to be a sportsman and a citizen, with a big heart, competitive spirit, and a selfless desire to open baseball to everyone, no matter their background. Michelle and I offer our deepest condolences to his family, his friends, and his fans in New York and across the world.
My biggest suggestion would be for the BRT just to start having conversations on a bipartisan basis on lifting the embargo. It doesn't necessarily have to happen or even should happen all in one fell swoop, but I think you look at the economic opportunities that are provided, they are significant.
This will probably be one of the biggest topics I discuss with President Xi, we have repeatedly said to the Chinese government that we understand traditional intelligence-gathering functions that all states, including us, engage in. ... That is fundamentally different from your government or its proxies engaging directly in industrial espionage and stealing trade secrets, stealing proprietary information from companies. That we consider an act of aggression that has to stop.
Despite the perennial doom and gloom that I guess is inevitably part of a presidential campaign, America is winning right now, america is great right now. We can do even better.
They don't seem to offer many solutions to the disasters they perceive, but they're quick to tell you who to blame. There's nothing particularly patriotic or American about talking down America, especially when we stand as one of the few sources of economic strength in the world.
Brady's free, even Brady's happy he's got a union. They had his back. You know if Brady needs a union, we definitely need unions.
He is bragging about how he destroyed collective bargaining rights in his state, he says that busting unions prepares him to fight ISIL. I didn't make that up. He said that.
We're starting to hear a lot about middle-class values, some folks seem confused about what exactly that means.
He is bragging about how he destroyed collective bargaining rights in his state, and [he] says that busting unions prepares him to fight ISIL. I didn't make that up. That's what he said.
Even Brady's happy he's got a union, you know if Brady needs a union, we definitely need unions.
Let's face it, nobody wants a waiter who feels like they have to come to work when they're coughing or contagious, that's not good for anybody.
It's spectacular, we want to make sure that our own grandkids can see this.
This is as good a signpost of what we're dealing with on climate change as just about anything.
We want to make sure that our own grandkids can see this.
I also promised that I would continue to highlight the uncommon bravery that police officers show in our communities every single day, they put their lives on the line for our safety.
Targeting police officers is completely unacceptable - an affront to civilized society.
We're proving that there doesn't have to be conflict between a sound environment and strong economic growth, let's be honest: This has always been one of the arguments against action. We don't want our lifestyles disrupted. Which is ironic, because few things will disrupt our lives as profoundly as climate change.
The climate is changing faster than our efforts to address it. And that, ladies and gentleman, has to change.
We know that human activity is changing the climate, we know that human ingenuity can do something about it. We're even starting to see that we might actually have the political will to succeed. So the time to heed the critics and cynics is past. The time to plead ignorance is surely past. The deniers are increasingly alone, on their own shrinking island.
I would walk down from Columbia just to get HH bagels on Saturdays or on the weekends.
Think about that. If another country threatened to wipe out an American town, we'd do everything in our power to protect ourselves, climate change poses the same threat, right now.
I share people's concerns about offshore drilling. I remember the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico all too well, that's precisely why my administration has worked to make sure that our oil exploration conducted under these leases is done at the highest standards possible.
This is all real. This is happening to our fellow Americans right now.
Our work here won't be done when almost 40% of children still live in poverty in this city. That's not a finished job. That's not a full recovery.
Joe and Hillary are wonderful people and great friends, joe's been as good a vice president as I think we've seen in American history. Been at my side on every tough decision I've ever made.
I am inspired by you.
I share people's concerns about offshore drilling, i remember the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico all too well.
I remember the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico all too well.
My message to Congress is pass a budget, prevent a shutdown, don't wait till the last minute, don't worry our businesses or our workers by contributing unnecessarily to global uncertainty, eventually we're going to do it anyway, so let's just do it without too much drama.
It's been a volatile few weeks around the world. There's been a lot of reports in the news, and stock markets swinging, and worries about China and about Europe.
Eventually we're going to do it anyway, so let's just do it without too much drama.
It's been a volatile few weeks around the world. There's been a lot of reports in the news, and stock markets swinging, and worries about China and about Europe, but the United States of America, for all the challenges we still have, continues to have the best cards. We just have to play them right.
But the United States of America, for all the challenges we still have, continues to have the best cards. We just have to play them right.
We were doing a little reminiscing and then figuring out how we're going to deal with the crazies in terms of managing some problems. And then we talked about riding off into the sunset together.
It's hard for me to express how much I love Harry Reid.
The potential of America is so much greater than what is currently being realized and part of the reason is we have a political system that is holding us back.
I come off a couple weeks of family time. I feel refreshed, renewed, recharged, a little feisty, i'm ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.
Jimmy, White House spokesman Eric Schultz're as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of America, we are rooting for White House spokesman Eric Schultz.
We're the first generation to feel the impact of climate change. We're the last generation that can do something about it, we only get one home. We only get one planet. There's no plan B.
Superpowers don't respond to taunts, superpowers focus on what is it that we need to do in order to preserve our national security and the national security of our allies and our friends.
You don't negotiate deals with your friends. You negotiate them with your enemies.
It was a mind-set characterized by a preference for military action over diplomacy, a mind-set that put a premium on U.S. action over the painstaking work of building international consensus. A mind-set that exaggerated threats beyond what the intelligence supported.
We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change, and we’re the last generation that can do something about it, we only get one planet. There’s no Plan B.
My administration will release the final version of America's Clean Power Plan, the biggest, most important step we have ever taken to combat climate change.
The goal is to drastically increase the productivity of smallholder farmers all throughout Africa, with just a few smart interventions, a little bit of help, they can make huge improvements in their overall yields.
It is a model that's working.
I don't understand why people wanna stay so long - especially when they've got a lot of money.
I'll be honest with you: I'm looking forward to life after being president.
I actually think I'm a pretty good president and if I run I could win - but I can't.
If you ask me where is the one area where I feel that I have been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient, common sense, gun safety laws, even in the face of repeated mass killings.
For us not to be able to resolve that issue has been something that is distressing, but it is not something I intend to stop working on in the last 18 months.
I'll be honest with you.
You're always going to fall short, because if you're hitting your marks, that means you didn't set them high enough, we don't score a touchdown every time, but we move the ball forward.
You hit singles, you hit doubles; every once in a while we may be able to hit a home run.
I'm sure the Republicans are enjoying Mr. Trump's current dominance as the front-runner.
My hope is that we can deliver a message that the U.S. is a strong partner not just for Kenya, but for Sub-Saharan Africa generally.
These are young people who made mistakes that aren't that different from mistakes I made, the difference is they did not have the support structure, the second chances, the resources that would allow them to survive these mistakes.
The difference is they did not have the support structure, the second chances, the resources that would allow them to survive these mistakes.
We have to consider whether this is the smartest way for us to control crime and rehabilitate individuals.
There really are only two alternatives here.
I'll say this: if you give a woman, or a man for that matter, without his or her knowledge a drug and then have sex with that person without consent, that's rape.
Without a deal, the international sanctions regime will unravel, with little ability to re-impose it, With this deal, we have the possibility to peacefully resolve a major threat to regional and international security.
Over the last few years a lot of people have become aware of the inequities in the criminal justice system, right now, with our overall crime rate and incarceration rate both falling, we're at a moment when some good people in both parties, Republicans and Democrats and folks all across the country, are coming up with ideas to make the system work smarter and better.
I believe that at its heart, America is a nation of second chances, and I believe these folks deserve their second chance.
The truth is that parents, it turns out, don't always have the most influence, what really helps is when their friends at school are all like, 'You're having chips? I'm sorry, I'm having the Barack-amole,'.
That's OK, when I'm at state dinners, I'm always spilling things.
What really helps is when their friends at school are all like, 'You're having chips? I'm sorry, I'm having the Barack-amole,'.
There continue to be significant differences in political philosophy and political systems between our two countries.
The President is measured and he takes a lot of criticism; but the fact is, you get the criticism and the day after you use military action, it shifts to, well, what's the exit strategy, what's the plan here?
I felt that the work that I had done in running for office had come full circle.
As I said on Friday, I think it doesn't solve all our problems, but what it does is signify a sense of empathy and recognition that I think is always the start of progress.
The results speak for themselves, we have the lowest uninsured rate that we have we've had since we started keeping records.
One thing I've learned in this presidency is that there are going to be ups and there are going to be downs, as long as my focus and my team's focus is on what is going to make a difference in the lives of ordinary Americans like are we going to make this a more inclusive economy, a more inclusive society, a more fair and just society, we're going to make progress.
We have the lowest uninsured rate that we have we've had since we started keeping records.
It wasn't a celebration. It was a reflection of the consistent challenge of race in this country and how we can find a path, a better way.
Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back, and then sometimes, there are days like this when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.
Part of that fearlessness is because you've screwed up enough times that it's all happened. I've been through this, I've screwed up. I've been in the barrel tumbling down Niagara Falls and I emerged and I lived That's such a liberating feeling.
This is not an abstract thing anymore. This is not a set of political talking points. This is reality. We can see how it is working. This law is working exactly as it's supposed to, five years in, this is no longer about a law.
This law is now helping tens of millions of Americans. And they've told me that it has changed their lives for the better.
To dismiss the magnitude of this progress, to suggest, as some sometimes do, that little has changed -- that dishonors the courage and the sacrifice of those who paid the price to march in those years, but we would dishonor those heroes as well to suggest that the work of this nation is somehow complete. The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn't bend on its own.
It's not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public.
Racism, we are not cured of it. And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public.
I tell you, right after Sandy Hook, Newtown, when 20 6-year-olds were gunned down and Congress literally does nothing, yeah, that's the closest I came to feeling disgusted, i was pretty disgusted.
Some of the mythology about me being very professorial, removed, that stuff ... I think it has to do with me not schmoozing enough in Washington because I've got two kids, and it's true that I don't do the cocktail circuit.
I always tell young people in particular: 'Do not say that nothing's changed when it comes to race in America unless you lived through being a black man in the 1950s or '60s or '70s,'.
Racism, we are not cured of it. And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public, that's not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It's not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don't, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.
I always tell young people, in particular, do not say that nothing has changed when it comes to race in America, unless you've lived through being a black man in the 1950s or '60s or '70s. It is incontrovertible that race relations have improved significantly during my lifetime and yours.
Racism, we are not cured of it. And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n----- in public, that's not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It's not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don't, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.
It's not enough just to feel bad. There are actions that could be taken to make events like this less likely. One of those actions we could take would be to enhance some basic common sense gun safety laws.
The question is just: is there a way of accommodating that legitimate set of traditions with some common-sense stuff that prevents a 21-year-old who is angry about something or confused about something or is racist or is deranged from going into a gun store, that is not something that we have ever fully come to terms with.
You don't see murder on this kind of scale, with this kind of frequency, in any other advanced nation on Earth.
The apparent motivations of the shooter remind us that racism remains a blight that we have to combat together.
We should be able to talk about this issue as citizens without demonizing all gun owners who are overwhelmingly law abiding, but also without suggesting that any debate about this involves a wild-eyed plot to take everybody's guns away.
I refuse to act as if this is the new normal, or to pretend that it's simply sufficient to grieve, and that any mention of doing something to stop it is somehow politicizing the problem.
Mother Emanuel is, in fact, more than a church, this is a place of worship that was founded by African-Americans seeking liberty. This is a church that was burned to the ground because its worshipers worked to end slavery. When there were laws banning all-black church gatherings, they conducted services in secret.
The fact that this took place in a black church obviously also raises questions about a dark part of our history. This is not the first time that black churches have been attacked, and we know that hatred across races and faiths pose a particular threat to our democracy and our ideals.
At some point it's going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it, and for us to be able to shift how we think about the issue of gun violence collectively.
At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this kind of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries, it doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency. It is in our power to do something about it.
Any death of this sort is a tragedy. Any shooting involving multiple victims is a tragedy, there is something particularly heartbreaking about death happening in a place in which we seek solace and we seek peace.
We knew their pastor, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who, along with eight others gathered in prayer and fellowship, and was murdered last night, and to say our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families and their community doesn't say enough to convey the heartache and the sadness and the anger that we feel.
Communities like (Charleston) have had to endure tragedies like this too many times.
Any death of this sort is a tragedy. Any shooting involving multiple victims is a tragedy, there is something particularly heartbreaking about death happening in a place in which we seek solace, we seek peace.
We do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun, at some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this kind of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency. It is in our power to do something about it.
At a dinner table everyone slows down; you are actually tasting it, and you probably eat less because you're not shoveling it down, well, the president shovels sometimes.
If you cook, you take a lot of control over what you eat, you can control the portions ... and it's a lot of fun.
We want to get more Iraqi security forces trained, fresh, well-equipped and focused and (Prime Minister) Abadi wants the same thing so we're reviewing a range of plans for how we might do that, we don't yet have a complete strategy because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis as well about how recruitment takes place, how that training takes place and so the details of that are not yet worked out.
This problem is not going to go away. It is going to accelerate. And that means that we have to be as nimble, as aggressive and as well-resourced as those who are trying to break into these systems.
Beau Biden was an original. He was a good man. A man of character. A man who loved deeply and was loved in return, to know Joe and the rest of the Biden family is to understand why Beau lived the life he did.
(Beau) made you want to be a better person.
Beau Biden believed the best of us all, for him, and for his family, we swing our lanterns higher.
We all know there's no military solution to the South China Sea disputes.
For many of us, this Memorial Day is especially meaningful. It is the first since our war in Afghanistan came to an end, today is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war.
Today, fewer than 10,000 troops remain on a mission to train and assist Afghan forces. We’ll continue to bring them home and reduce our forces further, down to an embassy presence by the end of next year, but Afghanistan remains a very dangerous place. And as so many families know, our troops continue to risk their lives for us.
It's the first since our war in Afghanistan came to an end.
On this day we honor the sacrifice of thousands of American service members -- men and women who gave their lives since 9/11, including more than 2,200 American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan.
There are folks who will equivocate. They’ll say, 'You know, I’m not a scientist.' Well, I’m not either. But the best scientists in the world know that climate change is happening.
The war in Iraq will soon belong to history, barack Obama service belongs to the ages.
Look, first of all, the climate is changing. I don’t think the science is clear what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It’s convoluted. And for the people to say the science is decided on, this is just really arrogant, to be honest with you, it's this intellectual arrogance that now you can’t even have a conversation about it. The climate is changing, and we need to adapt to that reality.
It's this intellectual arrogance that now you can’t even have a conversation about it. The climate is changing, and we need to adapt to that reality.
He made the decision to get out. I don't begrudge him that. It was a decision made based on a campaign promise, it wasn't based on conditions in Iraq at the time and I think we're paying a price for it.
We definitely got signals from Obama where he stood on some of the basic principles and basic rights.
Until we know for certain what caused this tragedy, I just want to reiterate what I have already said: That we are a growing country, with a growing economy, we need to invest in the infrastructure that keeps up that way and not just when something bad happens like a bridge collapse or a train derailment but all the time. That's what great nations do.
The United States and Saudi Arabia have an extraordinary relationship and friendship that dates back to Franklin Roosevelt.
All the strands of my life came together and I really became a man when I moved to Chicago.
With a library and a foundation on the South Side of Chicago, not only will we be able to encourage and effect change locally but what we can also do is attract the world to Chicago.
The people there, the community, the lessons that I learned -- they're all based right in this few square miles where we'll now be able to give something back and bring the world back home after this incredible journey.
On trade, I actually think some of my dearest friends are wrong. They're just wrong, if we don't write the rules for trade around the world, guess what: China will.
It would be good for the workers in Vietnam even as it helps make sure that they're not undercutting competition here in the United States.
On every progressive issue, they're right there with me. And then on this one they're like whooping on me, on trade, I actually think some of my dearest friends are wrong.
Any agreement that we finalize with the other 11 countries will have to be posted online for at least 60 days before I even sign it. Then it would go to Congress -- and you know there's not going to do anything fast, there's nothing fast-track about this. This is a very deliberate track.
We have to make sure America writes the rules of the global economy, and we should do it today while our economy is in the position of global strength, because if we don't write the rules for trade around the world, guess what: China will.
If you drive around Washington, there are a whole bunch of Japanese cars. You go to Tokyo and count how many Chryslers and GM and Ford cars there are. So the current situation is not working for us, and I don't know why it is that folks would be opposed to us opening up the Japanese market more for U.S. autos.
Look at the facts. Don't just throw a bunch of stuff out there and see if it sticks.
I'll be done being President in a couple of years, and I'll still be a pretty young man, and so I'll go back to doing the kinds of work that I was doing before, just trying to find ways to help people -- help young people get educations, and help people get jobs, and try to bring businesses into neighborhoods that don't have enough businesses. That's the kind of work that I really love to do.
Just call them n-----s. Just call them n-----s, no, we don't have to call them by names such as that.
The kind of violence, looting, destruction that we saw from a handful of individuals in Baltimore, there's no excuse for that, that's not a statement, that's not politics, that's not activism, it's just criminal behavior.
Real progress, people have a tendency when the fires are put out, once the cars aren't being tipped over...then folks want to go back and focus on whatever reality TV thing is going on.
If you send police officers into those situations where the drug trade is the primary economy and you say to them basically your job is to contain that and arrest kids and put them in jail when those police officers know [it's not going to fix things], then it's not surprising you end up with a situation of enormous tension between those communities and those police officers.
Like any other profession there are times when folks aren't doing what they should be doing. Rather than close ranks we have to have accountability and transparency.
That's not a statement, that's not politics, that's not activism, it's just criminal behavior.
It's counterproductive...it hurts communities that are already suffering.
People have a tendency when the fires are put out, once the cars aren't being tipped over...then folks want to go back and focus on whatever reality TV thing is going on.
I’m under no illusion that out of this Congress we’re going to get massive investment in urban communities.
We can't just leave this to the police.
Since Ferguson and the task force that we put together, we have seen too many instances of what appears to be police officers interacting with individuals, primarily African American, often poor, in ways that raise troubling questions, and it comes up, it seems, like once a week now or once every couple of weeks.
The world doesn't always see your successes -- the threats you prevent, or the terrorist attacks you thwart, or the lives that you save, it can be frustrating sometimes, but that's part of the function of our democracy. But I know what you do.
The Armenian genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence.
What President Barack Obama've said to them is that if there are weapons delivered to factions within Yemen that could threaten navigation, that's a problem, and we're not sending them obscure messages, we send them very direct messages about it. My hope is generally that we can settle down the situation in Yemen.
Part of the challenge of living in this friendly neighborhood is you feel like you don't have to pay attention to it. It's not biting at you every day, and as a result you say to yourself, 'Everything is fine here. Let me go spend time in other places where the fires are burning more intensely,' i understand that instinct, but I think that instinct is misguided because if we develop an even stronger base of cooperation and shared values in this hemisphere, it makes our ability as a collective group of nations even stronger to be able to bring peace and prosperity and stability in the rest of the world.
My top priority in any trade negotiation is expanding opportunity for hardworking Americans. It's no secret that past trade deals haven't always lived up to their promise, and that's why I will only sign my name to an agreement that helps ordinary Americans get ahead, the bill put forward today would help us write those rules in a way that avoids the mistakes from our past, seizes opportunities for our future and stays true to our values.
But before we were in the White House, I wanted to make sure Michelle got paid as much as she could ... If she had a bigger paycheck, then that made us able to pay the bills, why would I want my spouse or my daughter discriminated against? That doesn't make any sense.
I'm working on a timetable, which I'm not going to reveal.
When we speak out on something like human rights, it's not because we think we are perfect but it's because we think the ideal of not jailing people if they disagree with you is the right idea.
And we're seeing this again and again. but when you start getting to the point where you are actively communicating that the United States government and our secretary of state is somehow spinning presentations in a negotiation with a foreign power, particularly one you say is your enemy, that's a problem.
But when you start getting to the point where you are actively communicating that the United States government and our secretary of state is somehow spinning presentations in a negotiation with a foreign power, particularly one you say is your enemy, that's a problem.
That's not how we're supposed to run foreign policy regardless of who's president or secretary of state.
I think this is the last gasp of folks who have been fighting against [the Affordable Care Act] for ideological reasons.
As the United States begins a new chapter in our relationship with Cuba, we hope it will create an environment that improves the lives of the Cuban people.
As the United States begins a new chapter in our relationship with Cuba, we hope it will create an environment that improves the lives of the Cuban people, not because it is imposed by us, the United States, but through the talent and ingenuity and aspirations, and the conversations among Cubans from all walks of life so they can decide what the best course is for their prosperity.
Throughout this process, our emphasis has been on the facts, so we want to make sure that given that this is a powerful tool to isolate those countries that genuinely do support terrorism, that when we make those designations we've got strong evidence that, in fact, that's the case.
As circumstances change, then that list will change as well.
We don't want to be imprisoned by the past, when something doesn't work for 50 years, you don't just keep on doing it. You try something new.
These are matters of war and peace.
I don't see the White House actually going there right now unless things change, if the President does not see a deal on the horizon, I think [he'll bring] back the military option.
This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.
This flexibility reflects our reinvigorated partnership with Afghanistan, which is aimed at making Afghanistan secure and preventing it from being used to launch terrorist attacks.
The timeline for a withdrawal down to a embassy center presence, a normalization of our presence in Afghanistan, remains the end of 2016, so that hasn't changed. Our transition out of a combat role has not changed.
Lee's views and insights on Asian dynamics and economic management were respected by many around the world, no small number of this and past generations of world leaders have sought his advice on governance and development.
One Man's View of the World.
You don't hold attorney general nominees hostage for other issues. This is our top law enforcement office. Nobody denies that she's well-qualified, we need to go ahead and get her done, the fact that she has now been lingering in this limbo for longer than the five previous attorney general nominees combined makes no sense.
Republicans promised that Congress would function smoothly with them in charge. Here's a small chance for them to prove it, they should end the longest confirmation process for an attorney general in three decades, and give Loretta Lynch a vote.
This moment may not come again soon, i believe that our nations have an historic opportunity to resolve this issue peacefully —an opportunity we should not miss.
This moment may not come again soon, i believe that our nations have an historic opportunity to resolve this issue peacefully - an opportunity we should not miss.
This is what’s at stake today, and this moment may not come again soon. I believe that our nations have an historic opportunity to resolve this issue peacefully - an opportunity we should not miss.
My message to you - the people of Iran - is that, together, we have to speak up for the future we seek.
It's not a budget that reflects the future. It's not a budget that reflects growth. It's not a budget that is going to help ensure that middle-class families are able to maintain security and stability and that people who are trying to get into the middle class are going to have the rungs on the ladder to get into the middle class.
So, Gov. Scott Walker, Scott Walker.
What had been happening in Ferguson was oppressive and objectionable and was worthy of protest, but there was no excuse for criminal acts, they're criminals, they need to be arrested and then what we need to do is to make sure that like-minded, good-spirited people on both sides -- law enforcement who have terrifically tough job and people who understandably don't want to be harassed just because of their race -- that we're able to work together to come up with some good answers.
I was proud to count myself among the more than 100 men and women she called her 'Godchildren,' and worked hard to live up to her example.
Our march is not yet finished. But we are getting closer.
We just need to open our eyes, and ears, and hearts, to know that this nation's racial history still casts its long shadow upon us, we know the march is not yet over, the race is not yet won, and that reaching that blessed destination where we are judged by the content of our character requires admitting as much.
The prime minister didn't offer any viable alternatives.
There's been a lot of talk about body cameras as a silver bullet or a solution. I think the task force concluded that there is a role for technology to play in building additional trust and accountability, but it's not a panacea, it has to be embedded in a broader change in culture and a legal framework that ensures that people's privacy is respected and that not only police officers but the community themselves feel comfortable with how technologies are being used.
I don't want to be coy. The prime minister and I have a very real difference around Iran.
I've fulfilled that dream, including `Star Trek,' for that matter, if that's part of the legacy, then I'm very pleased with that. I would hope the work I chose to do had some reason for being done other than just simply being a job.
We will be able to get (the) Latinos and young people that you need to win.
Everybody was saying I was Leonard Nimoy, so I figured I should check it out.
Everybody was saying I was Spock, so I figured I should check it out.
I haven't used the veto pen very often since I've been in office, partly because legislation that I objected to was typically blocked in the Senate even after Republicans took over the House, now I suspect there are going to be some times where I've got to pull that pen out.
It is not the authorization of another ground war, like Afghanistan or Iraq.
In no other country on Earth.
Over the past three years, Jen Palmieri has served as a brilliant and effective communications director and trusted advisor. More importantly, she has become a good friend. I will miss her deeply -- and I wish her success in the future, i'd say Jen is irreplaceable -- if Jen Psaki hadn't agreed to step in.
No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship, michelle and I offer our condolences to the victims' loved ones.
As we saw with the overwhelming presence at the funeral of these young Americans, we are all one American family, whenever anyone is taken from us before their time, we remember how they lived their lives -- and the words of one of the victims should inspire the way we live ours.
The life of a tall, gangly, self-made Springfield lawyer tells us that a different future is possible, he tells us that there is power in words. He tells us that there is power in conviction, that beneath all the differences of race and region, faith and station, we are one people.
Over the past six years, the pundits have pointed out more than once that my presidency has not delivered on this vision, but I still think the cynics are wrong.
There have been serious consultations, and there will be more serious consultations.
There is no doubt that the Snowden revelations damaged impressions of Germans with respect to the U.S. government and our intelligence cooperation.
It's not OK and it has to stop, artists have a unique power to change minds and attitudes and getting us talking and thinking about what matters.
Precision medicine gives us one of the greatest opportunities for new medical breakthroughs we've ever seen.
Charlie was the first African-American to earn a PGA tour card – often facing indignity and injustice even as he faced the competition, though his best golf was already behind him, he proved that he belonged... blazing a trail for future generations of athletes in America.
Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Representative Alan Nunnelee, a proud son of Tupelo, Alan never wavered in his determination to serve the men and women who placed their trust in him, even as he bravely battled the illness that ultimately took his life. As a Sunday School teacher and a deacon at his church, Alan believed deeply in the power of faith and the strength of American families.
And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ, in our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ. Michelle and I returned from India — an incredible, beautiful country, full of magnificent diversity — but a place where, in past years, religious faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targeted by other peoples of faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs — acts of intolerance that would have shocked Gandhiji, the person who helped to liberate that nation.
'You really did a great job of getting the vote out in places like Cleveland and Milwaukee,' in other words, black people,' that's what he thinks this was all about.
I'm declining to meet with him simply because our general policy is, we don't meet with any world leader two weeks before their election, i think that's inappropriate, and that's true with some of our closest allies.
It also just indicates the degree to which whatever ideology they're operating off of, it's bankrupt.
What is absolutely true is that if you have a leader who continually drives past the off ramps that we've provided, given the size of the Russian military, given the fact that Ukraine is not a NATO country and so as a consequence there are clear limits in terms of what we would do militarily, you know, Mr. Putin has not been stopped so far.
To those who would suggest that we need to do more, what I've said to them is that we can exact higher and higher costs, and that's exactly what we're doing and we can bring diplomatic pressure to bear.
There is every reason to get vaccinated but there aren't reasons to not.
Dan has been beside me on every step of this incredible journey, starting with those earliest days of the campaign in 2007, and through it all, he's been smart, steady, tireless and true to the values we started with.
I'm going to miss having him just down the hall from me.
You know that there are companies like Amazon that are talking about using small drones to deliver packages... There are incredibly useful functions that these drones can play in terms of farmers who are managing crops and conservationists who want to take stock of wildlife. but we don't really have any kind of regulatory structure at all for it.
The drone that landed in the White House you buy in Radio Shack.
The recent terrorist attacks in Paris serve as a painful reminder of our obligation to condemn and combat rising anti-Semitism in all its forms, including the denial or trivialization of the Holocaust.
He said, 'Ah, Mr. President, you don't understand society here. This is all going to be fine. It'll blow over.' And it didn't, but the trendline is one that I will sustain throughout the rest of my presidency and that is to make an argument to those friends and allies of ours that if they want a society that is going to be able to sustain itself in this age, then they're going to have to change how they do business.
Sometimes we have to balance our need to speak to them about human rights issues with immediate concerns that we have in terms of countering terrorism or dealing with regional stability.
And you know, some of them listen and some don't.
But the trendline is one that I will sustain throughout the rest of my presidency and that is to make an argument to those friends and allies of ours that if they want a society that is going to be able to sustain itself in this age, then they're going to have to change how they do business.
Every girl's life matters, every daughter deserves the same chance as our sons. And every woman should be able to go about her day—to walk the street, or ride the bus—and be safe and be treated with the respect and dignity that she deserves.
Every person has the right to practice their faith how they choose, or to practice no faith at all, and to do so free from persecution and fear.
Here's the truth: even if countries like the United States curb our emissions, if growing countries like India—with soaring energy needs—don't also embrace cleaner fuels, then we don't stand a chance against climate change.
This is an important step that shows how we can work together to elevate our relationship.
What we have shown is that we can maintain the kind of pressure on these terrorist networks even in these kind of difficult environments.
We continue to go after high-value targets inside of Yemen and we will continue to maintain the pressure which we require to keep the American people safe, what we have shown is that we can maintain the kind of pressure on these terrorist networks even in these kind of difficult environments.
It is not neat and it is not simple, but it is the best option that we have.
As a leader, he was always candid and had the courage of his convictions, one of those convictions was his steadfast and passionate belief in the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.
It is time that we stop treating childcare as a side issue or a 'women’s issue,' this is a family issue. This is a national economic priority for all of us. We can do better than we’re doing right now.
I am lifting the moratorium on detainee transfers to Yemen so we can review them on a case-by-case basis.
We are ending a policy that was long past its expiration date. When what you’re doing doesn’t work for 50 years, it’s time to try something new.
In two months, to prepare us for those missions, Scott Kelly will begin a year-long stay in space. Good luck, Captain -? ?and make sure to Instagram it.
We have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth, it's now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next 15 years, and for decades to come.
In two months, to prepare us for those missions, Scott Kelly will begin a year-long stay in space. Good luck, Captain - and make sure to Instagram it.
Today, thanks to a growing economy, the recovery is touching more and more lives.
That’s why I’m asking both parties to give me trade promotion authority to protect American workers, with strong new trade deals from Asia to Europe that aren’t just free, but fair.
Imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns, imagine if we did something different.
I have no more campaigns to run.
I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine - one that delivers the right treatment at the right time, tonight, I'm launching a new precision medicine initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes - and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier.
I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine – one that delivers the right treatment at the right time, tonight, I'm launching a new precision medicine initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes – and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier.
It's time to close Gitmo.
They’ve riddled it with giveaways the superrich don’t need, denying a break to middle class families who do.
I call on this Congress to show the world that we are united in this mission by passing a resolution to authorize the use of force against ISIL.
Let's set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline.
Now that we have fought our way through the crisis, how do we make sure that everybody in this country, how do we make sure that they are sharing in this growing economy?
The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by – let alone get ahead. And too many still aren’t working at all.
Every day, we get thousands of letters and emails at the White House from Americans across the country, and every night, I read 10 of them, they tell me about their hopes and their worries, their hardships and successes. They’re the Americans I’m working for every day, and this year, several of these letter writers will join me at the Capitol.
Social media and the Internet is the primary way in which these terrorist organizations are communicating, we're still going to have to find ways to make sure that if an Al Qaeda affiliate is operating in Great Britain or in the United States, that we can try to prevent real tragedy.
We're still going to have to find ways to make sure that if an Al Qaeda affiliate is operating in Great Britain or in the United States, that we can try to prevent real tragedy.
We agree on the need to maintain strong sanctions against Russia until it ends its aggression in Ukraine, and on the need to support Ukraine as it implements important economic and democratic reforms.
Now we have to make sure the economy is better for everyone.
We've got to stay ahead of those who would do us harm. The problem is that government and the private sector are still not always working as closely together as we should.
Foreign governments, criminals and hackers probe America's computer networks every single day. We saw that again in the attack on Sony.
I'm hopeful that with a spirit of cooperation and putting America first, we can be in a position where at the end of this year, we can look back and say we're that much better off than we were when we started the year.
I think we agreed that this is an area where we can work hard together, get some legislation done and make sure that we are much more effective in protecting the American people from these kinds of cyberattacks.
It's one of those new challenges in our modern society that crosses the old divides - transcends politics, transcends ideology.
I want the people of France to know that the United States stands with you today, stands with you tomorrow.
Put simply, what I'd like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody's who is willing to work for it.
Gas prices aren't going to be low forever, so don't start suddenly saying you don't have to worry about fuel efficiency.
If you're going out shopping for a new car, don't think it's always going to be this low, because then you'll be surprised and you'll be mad at me later, and I'll be able to say, 'I told you don't get a gas guzzler because gas is going to go back up,'.
Betting on you was the right thing to do, that bet has paid off for America.
America's resurgence is real.
We're going to disagree on some things, but there are going to be areas of agreement and we've got to be able to make that happen.
And I'd say I'm the last person to say it couldn't happen. I've already shown that white voters are open to voting for black candidates, so it made sense to me, though I was pleased, I'm not that surprised that he was able to pull it off. But I am thankful to God to live to see this happen.
Andrew Cuomo own story taught Andrew Cuomo that as Americans, we are bound together as one people, and our country's success rests on the success of all of us, not just a fortunate few.
The time of deploying large numbers of ground forces with big military footprints to engage in nation-building overseas that's coming to an end, going forward, our military will be leaner.
We can help, but we can't do it for them, i think the American people recognize that. There are times here in Washington where pundits don't ; they think you can just move chess pieces around the table.
I haven't used the veto pen very often since I've been in office, now I suspect there are going to be some times where I've got to pull that pen out.
They've got a chance to get right with the world.
Because if they do, there's incredible talent and resources and sophistication inside of Iran and it would be a very successful regional power that was also abiding by international norms and international rules - and that would be good for everybody.
And whenever we have that kind of hubris, we tend to get burned.
We need to spend a trillion dollars rebuilding our schools, our roads, our basic science and research here in the United States.
Because of the extraordinary service of the men and women in the American armed forces, Afghanistan has a chance to rebuild its own country.
We cannot have a society in which some dictators someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States, imagine what they start doing once they see a documentary that they don't like or news reports that they don't like.
President Obama and the first lady send their good wishes to the former President and the entire Bush family during this holiday season.
I’m going to be doing everything I can to close it.
No, I don't think it was an act of war.
Right now, he's presiding over the collapse of his currency, a major financial crisis and a huge economic contraction, that doesn't sound like somebody who has rolled me or the United States of America.
Two brave men won't be going home to their loved ones tonight, and for that, there is no justification, the officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day - and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day.
I think they made a mistake, nOT CAVED IN.
Going into the fourth quarter, you usually get a time-out, i am now looking forward to a quiet time-out, Christmas with my family.
We will respond, we'll respond proportionally, and we'll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose.
I think they made a mistake, we cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States.
We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States.
It is time for the Syrian people to determine their own destiny.
I wish they (Sony) would have spoken to me first, i would have told them, 'Do not get into a pattern in which you're intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks.'.
Like the rest of America, Black America, in the aggregate, is better off now than it was when I came into office ... the gap between income and wealth of white and black America persists, and we've got more work to do on that front.
What I know deep in my bones is that if you've done the same thing for 50 years and nothing has changed you should try something different.
If they try to water down consumer protections that we put in place in the aftermath of the financial crisis, I will say no, and I'm confident that I'll be able to uphold vetoes of those types of provisions.
They caused a lot of damage. And we will respond.
Today, America chooses to cut loose the shackles of the past, so as to reach for a better future for the Cuban people, for the American people, for our entire hemisphere and for the world.
Signing this legislation does not signal a change in the administration's sanctions policy, which we have carefully calibrated in accordance with developments on the ground and coordinated with our allies and partners.
My administration will continue to work closely with allies and partners in Europe and internationally to respond to developments in Ukraine and will continue to review and calibrate our sanctions to respond to Russia's actions, we remain prepared to roll back sanctions should Russia take the necessary steps.
Deval, you done good, man, you started with an outstanding state but you've burnished it and polished it and most importantly you've gotten people involved and made people believe in civic engagement.
Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville. I've got a few complaints about service in and around the neighborhood, but I've moved down South since that time.
Year after year, an ideological and economic barrier hardened between our two countries, meanwhile, the Cuban exile community in the United States made enormous contributions to our country, in politics, in business, culture and sports.
I want to thank His Holiness, Pope Francis, whose moral example shows us the importance of pursuing the world as it should be, rather than simply settling for the world as it is.
We've been in conversations about how we can get Alan Gross home for quite some time, we continue to be concerned about him.
The notion that the same policies that we put in place in 1961 would somehow still be as effective as they are today, in the age of the Internet and Google and world travel, doesn't make sense, we have to continue to update our policies.
Jesus lived a life of peace, love, kindness and forgiveness, during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, may we all do our best to follow his example.
This by definition was a compromise bill. This is what is produced when you have a divided government that the American people voted for, had I been able to draft my own legislation, get it passed without any Republican votes, I suspect it would be slightly different.
Had I been able to draft my own legislation, get it passed without any Republican votes, I suspect it would be slightly different.
Believe it or not, entertainment is part of our American diplomacy, it is part of what makes us exceptional, part of what makes us such a world power. Hundreds of millions of people may never set foot in the United States, but thanks to you, they've experienced a small part of what makes our country special. They've learned something about our values. We have shaped a world culture through you…in a way that has made the world better.
[Foreigners] might not know the Gettysburg Address.
I certainly agree that there were times when CIA officers exceeded the policy guidance that was given and the authorized techniques that were approved and determined to be lawful, they went outside of the bounds. ... I will leave to others to how they might want to label those activities. But for me, it was something that is certainly regrettable.
They're not known as wild-eyed liberal states, but it just goes to show you that this is an issue that's bigger than politics.
John, I will give you DC abortion. I am not happy about it, this was always a possibility but I think it is very, very disturbing that Democrats have given this away.
It's true that, theoretically, a future administration could do something that I think would be very damaging, it's not likely politically that they reverse everything that we've done, but it could be ... that some people then end up being in a disadvantageous position.
One of the strengths that makes America exceptional is our willingness to openly confront our past, face our imperfections, make changes and do better, rather than another reason to refight old arguments, I hope that today's report can help us leave these techniques where they belong—in the past.
We must define the nature and scope of this struggle, or else it will define us.
John, I will give you DC abortion. I am not happy about it.
Rather than another reason to refight old arguments, I hope that today's report can help us leave these techniques where they belong, in the past.
You've been taking a lot of shots at my job, I've decided I'm going to go ahead and take a shot at yours, as you know I, Stephen Colbert, have never cared for our president.
The guy is so arrogant, I bet he talks about himself in the third person.
Today, with solemn gratitude, we recall the sacrifice of all who served during World War Two, especially those who gave their last full measure of devotion and the families they left behind.
The callous disregard for Luke's life is more proof of the depths of AQAP's depravity, and further reason why the world must never cease in seeking to defeat their evil ideology.
Earlier this week, a video released by his terrorist captors announced that Luke would be killed within 72 hours, i also authorized the rescue of any other hostages held in the same location as Luke.
On behalf of the American people, I offer my deepest condolences to Luke’s family and to his loved ones, as this and previous hostage rescue operations demonstrate, the United States will spare no effort to use all of its military, intelligence and diplomatic capabilities to bring Americans home safely, wherever they are located. .
Luke was a photojournalist who sought through his images to convey the lives of Yemenis to the outside world, the callous disregard for Luke’s life is more proof of the depths of AQAP’s depravity, and further reason why the world must never cease in seeking to defeat their evil ideology.
And terrorists who seek to harm our citizens will feel the long arm of American justice.
The callous disregard for Luke’s life is more proof of the depths of AQAP’s depravity, and further reason why the world must never cease in seeking to defeat their evil ideology.
If there's one thing I know about Chuck, it is that he does not make this or any decision lightly, this decision does not come easily to him.
If you ask me if I am optimistic that Putin suddenly changes his mindset, I don't think that will happen until the politics inside of Russia catch up to what's happening with the economy in Russia, which is part of the reason why we're going to maintain that pressure.
This Christmas, we count our blessings and we give thanks to the men and women of our military who help make those blessings possible, and as we hold our loved ones tight, let's remember the military families whose loved ones are far from home. They are our heroes, and they deserve our heartfelt gratitude and our wholehearted support.
We are not going to let up until we see a strengthening of the trust, and a strengthening of the accountability that exists between our communities and our law enforcement.
The good news, despite the fact that obviously the midterm elections did not turn out exactly as I had hoped, is that there remains enormous areas of potential bipartisan action and progress.
We are not going to let up until we see a strengthening of trust and strengthening of accountability that exists between our communities and our law enforcement.
Every hotspot is an ember that if not contained can become a new fire, so we cannot let down our guard even for a minute, and we can't just fight this epidemic. We have to extinguish it.
It is a smart investment for us to make. It's not just insurance. It is knowing that down the road we're going to continue to have problems like this, particularly in a globalized world where you move from one side of the world to the other in a day.
Every hotspot is an ember that if not contained can become a new fire, so we cannot let down our guard even for a minute, and we can't just fight this epidemic, we have to extinguish it.
In the two years I have remaining as president, I'm going to make sure that we follow through.
I want to thank every American who participated in this election, whether you voted for the very first time, or waited in line for a very long time, by the way, we have to fix that.
I never envisioned a day that we would ever see that kind of equipment used against protesters, but I also never imagined a day in 28 years when we would see that kind of criminal activity spin out of peaceful demonstrations.
OK, it's good to be back in Chicago.
We are a nation built on the rule of law and so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make, we need to recognize that the situation in Ferguson speaks to broader challenges that we still face as a nation. The fact remains that in too many parts of this country a deep distrust exists between police and communities of color.
We need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make. There are Americans who agree with it and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry. It’s an understandable reaction.
Some of this is the result of racial discrimination in this country and this is tragic because nobody needs good policing more than poor communities with higher crime rates. The good news is we know there are things we can do to help.
During his decades in elected office in D.C., he put in place historic programs to lift working people out of poverty, expand opportunity, and begin to make real the promise of home rule.
I think the American people, you know, they're gonna want, you know, that new car smell. They want to drive something off the lot that doesn't have as much mileage as me, if they want me to do some selective things, I'll be happy to do 'em, but I suspect that folks will be ready to see me go off to the next thing.
She's not going to agree with me on everything.
If they want me to do some selective things, I'll be happy to do 'em, but I suspect that folks will be ready to see me go off to the next thing.
Well, my response is pass a bill.
I told John Boehner, 'I'll wash your car, walk your dog, whatever you need to do, just call the bill, and he didn't do it.
This is a country that allows everybody ... to protest actions that they think are unjust, But using any event as an excuse for violence is contrary to rule of law, contrary to who we are.
This is a country that allows everybody to express their views, allows them to peacefully assemble to protest actions that they think are unjust, But using any event as an excuse for violence is contrary to rule of law, contrary to who we are.
I think first and foremost, keep protests peaceful.
I've heard you, young man, I’ve heard you. But what I’m saying is that this is just a first step.
Amnesty is the immigration system we have today, millions of people who live here without paying their taxes or playing by the rules.
Congress certainly shouldn't shut down our government again just because we disagree on this.
I've seen the heartbreak and anxiety of children whose mothers might be taken away from them just because they didn't have the right papers.
I will make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed.
Today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it, It's been this way for decades. And for decades we haven't done much about it.
What I'm describing is accountability, a common-sense, middle-ground approach, If you meet the criteria, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. If you're a criminal, you'll be deported.
Today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it, You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.
And to those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.
I want to thank every American who participated in this election, whether you voted for the very first time, or waited in line for a very long time, By the way, we have to fix that.
We can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests.
We have serious differences over Russia’s policy in Ukraine. As President Barack Obama's planned said at the G20 summit in Brisbane, we hope Russia will choose' a different path', to resolve the issue of Ukraine in a way that respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and is consistent with international law.
So what I'm going to be laying out is the things that I can do with my lawful authority as president to make the system work better even as I continue to work with Congress and encourage them to get a bipartisan, comprehensive bill that can solve the entire problem.
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