Barack Obama’s Most Famous Quotes & Sayings

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With Donald Trump being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20 2017, it’s a perfect time to reflect on Barack Obama‘s time in office. The first African American President served two four-year terms, and a lot of people will be sad to see him go. And even if you weren’t a fan of his politics, you can’t deny that he is one helluva orator.

Obama gave some truly inspiring speeches as president, so let’s look back fondly on his eight years in office by checking out his best quotes and most famous sayings. These quotes are the exact opposite of his hideous jump shot.


“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.”


“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”


“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.”


“There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America.”


“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.”


“My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too. ”


“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.”


“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.”


“I think what you’re seeing is a profound recognition on the part of the American people that gays and lesbians and transgender persons are our brothers, our sisters, our children, our cousins, our friends, our co-workers, and that they’ve got to be treated like every other American. And I think that principle will win out.”


“All this change hasn’t been easy. Change never is. So I’ve cut the tension by bringing a new friend to the White House. He’s warm, he’s cuddly, loyal, enthusiastic. You just have to keep him on a tight leash. Every once in a while he goes charging off in the wrong direction and gets himself into trouble. But enough about Joe Biden.”


“Six years into my presidency some people still say I’m arrogant, aloof, condescending. Some people are so dumb.”


“The Jonas Brothers are here. They’re out there somewhere. Sasha and Malia are huge fans. But, boys, don’t get any ideas. I have two words for you — predator drones. You will never see it coming. You think I’m joking.”


“Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy.”


“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.”


“America’s promises do not come with a price tag. We meet our commitments. And that’s one reason why almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago.”



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