"Now, just as there was in Teddy Roosevelt's time, there is a certain crowd in Washington who, for the last few decades, have said, let’s respond to this economic challenge with the same old tune. 'The market will take care of everything,' they tell us. If we just cut more regulations and cut more taxes -- especially for the wealthy -- our economy will grow stronger. Sure, they say, there will be winners and losers. But if the winners do really well, then jobs and prosperity will eventually trickle down to everybody else. And, they argue, even if prosperity doesn’t trickle down, well, that's the price of liberty.
"Now, it's a simple theory. And we have to admit, it's one that speaks to our rugged individualism and our healthy skepticism of too much government. That's in America's DNA. And that theory fits well on a bumper sticker. But here's the problem: It doesn't work. It has never worked."
"[F]or most of my lifetime, the United States was such a dominant economic power, we were such a large market, our industry, our technology, our manufacturing was so significant that we always met the rest of the world economically on our terms. And now, because of the incredible rise of India and China and Brazil and other countries, the United States remains the largest economic and the largest market but there’s real competition out there. And that's potentially healthy. It makes -- Michelle was saying earlier I like tough questions because it keeps me on my toes. Well, this will keep America on its toes."
"It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them. And that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure."
"But I -- I think that the most important thing for the public to understand is, we're not handling any of these cases any different than the Bush administration handled them all through 9/11."
"I hear that Dr. Joe Medicine Crow was around, and so I want to give a shout-out to that Congressional Medal of Honor winner. It's good to see you."
"[T]he Cambridge police acted stupidly."
"Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq was a war of choice that provoked strong differences in my country and around the world. Although I believe that the Iraqi people are ultimately better off without the tyranny of Saddam Hussein, I also believe that events in Iraq have reminded America of the need to use diplomacy and build international consensus to resolve our problems whenever possible." (Note: The Iraqi people are better off because of the service and sacrifice of American troops. No apology is necessary.)
"And one of the points I want to make is, is that if you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world." (Note: That's a false statement.)
"My father was basically agnostic, as far as I can tell." (Note: That appears to be a false statement. Obama's deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Denis McDonough says that Obama's father was Muslim.)
"I want to be very clear, that we are resolved to halt the rise of PRIVACY in that region."
"My administration is the only thing between you (bank CEOs) and the pitchforks."
"We could set up systems so that everybody in each house have their own smart meters that will tell you when to turn off the lights, when the peak hours are, can help you sell back energy that you've generated in your home through a solar panel or through other mechanisms."
"There's gotta be a little gallows humor to (LAUGHS) get you through the day."
"It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something."
"What I’m looking at is not the day-to-day gyrations of the stock market, but the long-term ability for the United States and the entire world economy to regain its footing."
"And I can make a firm pledge: under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase - not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."
"You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done."
"We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture (1 Corinthians 13:11), the time has come to set aside childish things.""I won. I will trump you on that." (Obama to GOP)
Note: That sounds childish. I thought the time had come to set aside childish things. Where's that new tone? Where's that promise of bipartisanship, Barack?
"In terms of speaking to former presidents, I've spoken to all of them that are living. Obviously, President Clinton -- I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances."
"I am going to teach [my daughters] first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."
"[J]ust to take a, sort of a realist perspective... there's a lot of change going on outside of the Court, um, that, that judges essentially have to take judicial notice of. I mean you've got World War II, you've got uh, uh, uh, the doctrines of Nazism, that, that we are fighting against, that start looking uncomfortably similar to what we have going on, back here at home."
"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."
"It's not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they've got a chance for success too. My attitude is that if the economy's good for folks from the bottom up, it's gonna be good for everybody ... I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."
"John McCain and Sarah Palin they call this (spreading the wealth around) socialistic. You know, I don't know when, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness."
"Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it."
"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 are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face."
"We could save all the oil that they're talking about getting off drilling if everybody was just inflating their tires and getting regular tune-ups. You could save just as much."
"Will we acknowledge — will we acknowledge that there is no more powerful example than the one each of our nations projects to the world? Will we reject torture and stand for the rule of law?
"The objective of this trip was to have substantive discussions with people like President Karzai or Prime Minister Maliki or President Sarkozy or others who I expect to be dealing with over the next eight to ten years."
(Note to Obama: A U.S. president can be elected to two 4-year terms.)
"You need to make sure your child can speak Spanish. You should be thinking about how can your child become bilingual. We should have every child speaking more than one language."
"We know what kind of campaign they're going to run. They're going to try to make you afraid. They're going to try to make you afraid of me. He's young and inexperienced and he's got a funny name. And did I mention he's black? He's got a feisty wife."
"I mean, think about it: Iran, Cuba, Venezuela-- These countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us."
"Well, I think actually Justice Breyer, Justice Ginsburg are very sensible judges. I think that Justice Souter, who was a Republican appointee is a sensible judge. What you're looking for is somebody who is going to buy the law where it's clear."
"You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
"The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know, there's a reaction that's been bred into our experiences that don't go away, and that sometimes come out in the wrong way, and that's just the nature of race in our society."
"I can no more disown [Rev. Wright] than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe."
"I've got to give a special shout out to my pastor. The guy who puts up with me, counsels me, listens to my wife complain about me. He's a friend and a great leader."
"Tony Rezko was a friend and supporter of mine for many years. These charges are completely unrelated to me, and nobody disputes that. There's no dispute that he raised money for us, and there's no dispute that we've tried to get rid of it."
"You know, I've heard from an Army captain who was the head of a rifle platoon -- supposed to have 39 men in a rifle platoon. Ended up being sent to Afghanistan with 24 because 15 of those soldiers had been sent to Iraq. And as a consequence, they didn't have enough ammunition, they didn't have enough humvees. They were actually capturing Taliban weapons, because it was easier to get Taliban weapons than it was for them to get properly equipped by our current commander in chief."
"I have to say that, you know, I would have to, you know, investigate more of Bill's dancing abilities. You know, and some of this other stuff before I accurately judge whether he was in fact a brother."
"We've had enough of mounting costs in Iraq and missed opportunities around the world. Weve had enough of a war that should never have been authorized and should never have been waged."
"We've got to get the job done there (Afghanistan). And that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous problems there."
"I think it would be a profound mistake for us to use nuclear weapons in any circumstance...involving civilians. Let me scratch that. There's been no discussion of nuclear weapons. That's not on the table."
"Let me make this clear. There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an al-Qaida leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will."
"Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and started being used to drive us apart. It got hijacked... Part of it's because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, who've been all too eager to exploit what divides us... At every opportunity, they've told evangelical Christians that Democrats disrespect their values and dislike their church..."
"Those 'quiet riots' that take place every day are born from the same place as the fires and the destruction and the police decked out in riot gear and the deaths. They happen when a sense of disconnect settles in and hope dissipates. Despair takes hold and young people all across this country look at the way the world is and believe that things are never going to get any better."
"The day that this president steps down, the entire world will breath a sigh of relief."
"In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died -- an entire town destroyed."
"There will be speculation as to what caused this young man [Seung-Hui Cho] to snap … There's also another kind of violence though that we're gonna have to think about… Last week, the big news, obviously, had to do with Imus and the verbal violence that was directed at young women who were role models for all of us."
"I know if cousin Pookie would vote, if brother Jethro would get off the couch and stop watching Sports- Center and go register some folks and go to the polls, we'd have a different kind of politics. Kick off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes!"
"Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people."
"We ended up launching a war that should have never been authorized, and should have never been waged, and to which we now have spent $400 billion and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted."
"Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it."
"Yesterday, Jim, the head of Caterpillar, said that if Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off."
--BARACK OBAMA, Febraury 12, 2009
"We don't want false expectations. If we sign a stimulus bill that doesn’t mean we'll start hiring right away."
--JIM OWENS, Caterpillar CEO, Febraury 12, 2009
"Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter."
Question: "Mr. President, do you still stand behind Tom Daschle?"
"[Republicans] can go f--- themselves!"
"Uh, I've not reviewed [the Arizona law] in detail. I certainly know of it, Senator [McCain]."
"[T]he system has worked really very, very smoothly over the course of the past several days."
"Our system did not work in this instance. No one is happy or satisfied with that."
"Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards."
"I've just expressed concerns on the basis of what I've heard about the [Arizona] law. But I'm not in a position to say at this point, not having read the law, not having had the chance to interact with people are doing the review, exactly what my position is."
"Have I read the [Arizona] law? No."
--PJ CROWLEY, State Department spokesman
"The reality of it is FOX News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party.... What I think is fair to say about FOX, and certainly the way we view it, is that it really is more a wing of the Republican Party....
Take their talking points. Put 'em on the air. Take their opposition research. Put 'em on the air. And that's fine, but let's not pretend they're a news network the way CNN is."