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69 Inspiring Barack Obama Quotes (CHARISMATIC)

18 Inspirational Barack Obama Quotes

The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.
The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.
My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too. - Barack Obama
My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too. – Barack Obama
If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.
If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.
Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.
Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.
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.
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.
We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent. - Barack Obama
We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent. – Barack Obama
We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it.
We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it.
There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America.
There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America.
We want everybody to act like adults, quit playing games, realize that it’s not just my way or the highway.
We want everybody to act like adults, quit playing games, realize that it’s not just my way or the highway.
We need to keep making our streets safer and our criminal justice system fairer – our homeland more secure, our world more peaceful.
We need to keep making our streets safer and our criminal justice system fairer – our homeland more secure, our world more peaceful.
Progress will come in fits and starts. It’s not always a straight line. It’s not always smooth path.
Progress will come in fits and starts. It’s not always a straight line. It’s not always smooth path.
If you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like or who you love.
If you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like or who you love.
We see the future not as something out of our control, but as something we can shape for the better through concerted and collective effort.
We see the future not as something out of our control, but as something we can shape for the better through concerted and collective effort.
One voice can change a room.
One voice can change a room.
The cynics may be the loudest voices — but I promise you, they will accomplish the least.
The cynics may be the loudest voices — but I promise you, they will accomplish the least.

31 Powerful Barack Obama Quotes That Will Change Your Perspective on the Ex-president

“Understand, our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day. They’ve got a tough job to do to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law.”

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“Fixing a broken immigration system. Protecting our kids from gun violence. Equal pay for equal work, paid leave, raising the minimum wage. All these things still matter to hardworking families; they are still the right thing to do; and I will not let up until they get done.”

Barack Obama

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

Barack Obama

“It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.”

Barack Obama

“Those who have the privilege to serve this country have an obligation to do our job as best we can… that’s why disagreement cannot mean dysfunction… the American people’s hopes and dreams are what matters, not ours.”

Barack Obama

“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that’s not what America’s about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don’t contract them.”

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“We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don’t want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.”

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“We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.”

Barack Obama

“Four years ago, I promised to end the war in Iraq. We did. I promised to refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11. We have. We’ve blunted the Taliban’s momentum in Afghanistan, and in 2014, our longest war will be over. A new tower rises above the New York skyline, al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead.”

Barack Obama
If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost.
If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost.
It is time to give Iraqis their country back.
It is time to give Iraqis their country back.
Focussing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself.
Focussing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself.
It’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realise your true potential.
It’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realise your true potential.
In the end, this is what this election’s about – do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?
In the end, this is what this election’s about – do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?
The thing about Hip-Hop today is it’s smart, it’s insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable.
The thing about Hip-Hop today is it’s smart, it’s insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable.
The role of citizen in a democracy does not end with your vote.
The role of citizen in a democracy does not end with your vote.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
Lincoln – they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me. So democracy has never been for the faint of heart...
Lincoln – they used to talk about him almost as bad as they talk about me. So democracy has never been for the faint of heart…
Change doesn’t come from Washington; change comes to Washington.
Change doesn’t come from Washington; change comes to Washington.
Americans still believe in an America where anything’s possible – they just don’t think their leaders do.
Americans still believe in an America where anything’s possible – they just don’t think their leaders do.
I don’t want to pit Red America against Blue America – I want to be President of the United States of America.
I don’t want to pit Red America against Blue America – I want to be President of the United States of America.
It’s important to realise I was actually black before the election.
It’s important to realise I was actually black before the election.
What we need in Washington is not more political tactics – we need more good ideas.
What we need in Washington is not more political tactics – we need more good ideas.
We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things and tackling our biggest challenges.
We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things and tackling our biggest challenges.
Hope is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us.
Hope is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us.
You can’t let your failures define you – you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time.
You can’t let your failures define you – you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time.
We may not be able to stop evil in the world, but how we treat one another is entirely up to us.
We may not be able to stop evil in the world, but how we treat one another is entirely up to us.
In a world of complex threats, our security and leadership depends on all elements of our power – including strong and principled diplomacy.
In a world of complex threats, our security and leadership depends on all elements of our power – including strong and principled diplomacy.
The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way. But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.
The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way. But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.

13 Inspiring Barack Obama Quotes That Will Elevate Your Thinking

When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk.
When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk.
I’m the president of the United States. I’m not the emperor of the United States.
I’m the president of the United States. I’m not the emperor of the United States.
Issues are never simple. One thing I'm proud of is that very rarely will you hear me simplify the issues.
Issues are never simple. One thing I’m proud of is that very rarely will you hear me simplify the issues.
My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn’t, couldn’t end there. At least that’s what I would choose to believe.
My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn’t, couldn’t end there. At least that’s what I would choose to believe.
You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.
You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.
Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy.
Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy.
Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail.
Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail.
We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up.
We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up.
Keep exploring. Keep dreaming. Keep asking why. Don’t settle for what you already know.
Keep exploring. Keep dreaming. Keep asking why. Don’t settle for what you already know.
Never stop believing in the power of your ideas, your imagination, your hard work to change the world.
Never stop believing in the power of your ideas, your imagination, your hard work to change the world.
Change is never easy, but always possible.
Change is never easy, but always possible.
I think when you spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody.
I think when you spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody.
When times get tough, we don’t give up. We get up.
When times get tough, we don’t give up. We get up.

7 Funny Barack Obama Quotes

“When you first become president, one of the questions people ask you is, “what’s really going on in Area 51?” … oh, I think I just became the first president to ever publicly mention Area 51… how’s that?”

Barack Obama

“My advisors were a little worried about the new rap entrance music – they’re a little more traditional. They suggested I start with some jokes at my own expense – just to take myself down a peg. I was like, ‘guys, guys, after four and a half years, how many pegs are there left?'”

Barack Obama

“We need to make progress on some important issues. Take the sequester – Republicans fell in love with the whole thing, and now they can’t stop talking about how much they hate it. It’s like we’re trapped in a Taylor Swift album.”

Barack Obama
You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig.
You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig.
What Washington needs is adult supervision.
What Washington needs is adult supervision.
Michelle’s like Beyoncé in that song. ‘Let me upgrade ya!’ She upgraded me.
Michelle’s like Beyoncé in that song. ‘Let me upgrade ya!’ She upgraded me.
Some things are beyond my control. For example, this whole controversy about Jay-Z going to Cuba – it’s unbelievable! I’ve got 99 problems, now Jay-Z is one.
Some things are beyond my control. For example, this whole controversy about Jay-Z going to Cuba – it’s unbelievable! I’ve got 99 problems, now Jay-Z is one.


Conclusion

We need to be reminded that when Barack Obama took the presidency in early 2009, the country was in complete shambles mainly due to the financial crisis that started way back in 2007.

He also had to roll up his sleeve to tackle several extremely challenging tasks within and outside the country.

Major issues such as the decimated economy, healthcare reform, energy independence, and immigration reform, plus negotiate several wars due to the rise of global terrorism… to name a few.

Above all these challenges, Barack Obama also has to deal with racism which is incredibly taxing emotionally.

He has to deal with dull-witted racists who deemed him unfit for head-of-state responsibilities as he was the first African-American president to take office.

Despite all the haters and critics, people love Barack Obama (and many miss him – especially in 2020).

Further reading on why people love Barack Obama:

Here are the most inspiring quotes by Barack Obama so you can appreciate his leadership and all that he has done for the USA – despite having made a couple of poor judgments and decisions.

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