Happy birthday, Mr. President!
Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States of America, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on 4 August 1961, making him the first president to be born outside the continental United States. To celebrate, here are a few of the many notable things he’s said during his two terms as our nation’s leader:
- “There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.”
“The hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too. The audacity of hope!”
“The arc of history is long but it bends towards justice.”
“While we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: yes we can.”
“We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.”
“We will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”
“I—like every politician at the federal level—am almost entirely dependent on the media to reach my constituents…I am who the media says I am. I say what they say I say. I become who they say I’ve become.”
“More than a building that houses books and data,
the library has always been a window to a larger world–a place where we’ve
always come to discover big ideas and profound concepts that help move the
American story forward…
Libraries remind us that truth isn’t about who yells the loudest, but who has the right information. Because even as we’re the most religious of people, America’s innovative genius has always been preserved because we also have a deep faith in facts.
And so the moment we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold into a library, we’ve changed their lives forever, and for the better. This is an enormous force for good.”
Find these and more quotes by the president and countless others in Oxford Essential Quotations.
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