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“Considering his enormous impact on the history of this country, what always struck those who met John was his gentleness and humility. Born into modest means in the heart of the Jim Crow South, he understood that he was just one of a long line of heroes in the struggle for racial justice. Early on, he embraced the principles of nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience as the means to bring about real change in this country, understanding that such tactics had the power not only to change laws, but to change hearts and minds as well.”

— Barack Obama

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Quote source: 2020 Quoted in Rep. John Lewis remembered for legacy of ‘good trouble’, United Press, San Diego Union-Tribune, (18 July 2020)

“We won’t have a president that threatens people with jail for just criticizing him”

— Barack Obama

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Quote source: 2020 Talking about President Trump on the campaign trail for Joe Biden in Obama Hits Campaign Trail In South Florida, Criticizing Trump's Behavior As Worse Than Florida Man October 25, 2020

“Unfortunately for McCain, it was precisely these voices of the hard Right that were exciting the core GOP voters most likely to vote in presidential primaries, rather than the business-friendly, strong-on-defense, socially moderate Republicans McCain appealed to and was most comfortable with. And as the Republican primary wore on, and McCain sought to win over some of the very people he professed to despise- as he abandoned any pretense of fiscal rectitude in favor of even bigger tax cuts than the Bush tax cuts he'd once voted against, and hedged his position on climate change to accommodate fossil fuel interests- I sensed a change taking place in him. He seemed pained, uncertain- the once jaunty, irreverent warrior transformed into a cranky Washington insider, lassoed to an incumbent president with an approval rating around 30 percent and a hugely unpopular war.”

— Barack Obama

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Quote source: p. 153

“We are no longer a Christian nation; we are now a nation of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists.”

Misattributed to Barack Obama

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More on this quote: Misquoted in similar letters to the editor to the San Angelo Standard-Times, Date: 2008-07-29 and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Date: 2008-07-29, and many identical posts under different names to various online news sites, quoted in (2008-08-26), "Obama and the “Christian Nation” Quote", Factcheck.org
• President Obama actually said, in his keynote address to Sojourners magazine's "Call to Renewal" conference on Date: 2006-06-28 (see above), "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation — at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers."

“I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race.”

Misattributed to Barack Obama

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More on this quote: Circulated in "A Coil of Rage", a 2011 mass e-mail attributing several fabricated quotations to Obama.
• Originally a statement about Obama by Steve Sailer from "Obama's Identity Crisis", The American Conservative (Date: 2007-03-06), recast into first-person as if said by Obama:
 • And yet, at least through age 33 when he wrote Dreams from My Father, he found solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against his mother's race.

“I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa, that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.”

Misattributed to Barack Obama

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More on this quote: Circulated in "A Coil of Rage", a 2011 mass e-mail attributing several fabricated quotations to Obama.
• Obama actually wrote, in Dreams from My Father, p. 220:
 • Yes, I'd seen weakness in other men — Gramps and his disappointments, Lolo [my adoptive father] and his compromise. But these men had become object lessons for me, men I might love but never emulate, white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa, that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.

“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

Misattributed to Barack Obama

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More on this quote: Circulated in "A Coil of Rage", a 2011 mass e-mail attributing several fabricated quotations to Obama.
• Obama actually wrote, in The Audacity of Hope, p. 261:
 • In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific reassurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction

“If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose.”

Misattributed to Barack Obama

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More on this quote: Misattributed by Mitt Romney "Believe in America" campaign ad (Date: 2011-11-21)
• Senator Barack Obama quoted those words in a New Hampshire campaign speech on Date: 2008-10-16, saying "Senator McCain's campaign actually said, and I quote, 'If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose.'"
 • (2011-11-22), Mitt Romney ad charges Obama said, 'If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose', work: Politifact, retrieved: 2012-10-08

“Unlike some people, I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth.”

Misattributed to Barack Obama

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More on this quote: Misquoted by Allahpundit (2012-04-18), Obama: Unlike some people, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth, work: Hot Air, retrieved: 2012-10-08, and publicized by Steve Doocy, Fox & Friends (Date: 2012-04-19), Fox News
• President Obama actually said, in a campaign speech in Elyria, Ohio on Date: 2012-04-18, "Somebody gave me an education. I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Michelle wasn't. But somebody gave us a chance, just like these folks up here are looking for a chance."
 • (2012-04-23), "Steve Doocy's Silver Spoon Subtext Reporting", The Colbert Report publisher: Comedy Central

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“These types of mass shootings don't happen in other countries.”

Misattributed to Barack Obama

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More on this quote: Taken out of context in an Internet meme. Two sources for the original quote are:
 • "At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency." (2015-06-18), Statement by the President on the Shooting in Charleston, South Carolina
 • "We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months." (2015-10-01), Statement by the President on the Shootings at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Oregon
• Compare Obama in Paris on December 1st, 2015: "I say this every time we've got one of these mass shootings; this just doesn't happen in other countries." (Paris itself had just been "hit with a series of simultaneous terrorist attacks. The majority of 130 deaths were in mass shooting attacks, where the ISIS-affiliated terrorists attacked public places with automatic rifles." — as reported in Alex Griswold (2015-12-01), "Obama Speaking in Paris: Mass Shootings ‘Don’t Happen in Other Countries’", mediaite.com ).

“Obama wants to rule the world, but he can't even control his own emotions, he doesn't even know how to spell his own name properly.”

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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Quote source: about Obama:
Alphabetized by author Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, reported on Fox News (18 February 2011)

“For all President Trump's talk these days about Democrats trying to make America socialist, the reality is that he is the king of big government. The federal bureaucracy is just as large, centralized, careless with spending, and intrusive under Donald Trump as it was when Barack Obama was in office. In many cases, it's bigger. This is an uncomfortable truth for Trump supporters. Rather than hew to traditional conservative beliefs about a limited federal role, Trump has allowed government to balloon. He's especially vexed when we inform him the government will never be large enough or powerful enough to execute his spontaneous propositions. The US federal budget deficit was actually declining under the Obama administration, from .4 trillion in 2009 when Obama took office to 7 billion in 2016, just before he left. Credit for the remarkable downward trend goes to congressional Republicans, who forced a standoff with the White House in 2011. They demanded a budget deal that would bring the deficit under control. This was the Budget Control Act, a law that slashed federal spending, put strict annual limits on future expenditures, and placed a cap on the government's "credit card." It was considered the conservative "Tea Party" movement's crowning achievement.”

Anonymous

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Alphabetized by author Anonymous, A Warning (2019), p. 99-100

“Not a single day goes by that President Trump's outrageous statements don't confound someone on his team, if not all of us. I know other administrations dealt with this every once in a while. Obama's cabinet officials complained quietly that their boss would talk an issue to death and couldn't make up his mind. Bush aides winced at the president's foot-in-mouth moments. However, I also know that none of them had to deal with these frustrations on a daily basis.”

Anonymous

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Alphabetized by author Anonymous, A Warning (2019), p. 190

“I am reminded of the phrase the audacity of hope. Who can say that the president of the United States is not audacious? Was it not audacious for him to say on Tuesday that the United States supported the forces of change in the Arab Spring?”

About Barack Obama

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Source: • Source: Wikiquote: "Barack Obama" (Quotes about Obama:
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“Tunisian history did not begin in December 2010. And Mohamed Bouazizi did not set himself on fire so Barack Obama could be re-elected. His death was an emblem of the despair he had to endure under the Ben Ali regime. The world knew after reading WikiLeaks publications that Ben Ali and his government had long enjoyed the indifference, if not the support, of the United States in full knowledge of its excesses and its crimes.”

Julian Assange

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Quote source: about Obama:
Alphabetized by author Julian Assange, address to United Nations, Date: 2012-09-26, quoted in Gosztola, Kevin (2012-09-26), "Assange Addresses UN Members, Lambasts Obama’s UN Address for Rewriting History", Firedoglake retrieved: 2012-09-27

“He’s gentle towards the Muslims generally. Obama uses the word “terrorism” far less than his predecessor George W. Bush, and his name is a variant of the Arabic word Barakah.”

Hassan al-Turabi in "‘Baraka’ means blessing

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Alphabetized by author Hassan al-Turabi in "‘Baraka’ means blessing, that’s why Obama should win: Sudan Islamist" in Al Arabiya (5 November 2012)

“Glenn Beck: This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture, I don't know what it is. Brian Kilmeade: Listen, you can't say he doesn't like white people. David Axelrod's white, Rahm Emanuel's his chief of staff, I think 70% of the people we see every day are white. Robert Gibbs is white— Glenn Beck: I'm not saying that he doesn't like white people, I'm saying he has a problem. He has a — this guy is, I believe, a racist.”

Glenn Beck

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Alphabetized by author Glenn Beck, (2009-07-28), Fox & Friends
• (2009-07-28), "Beck: Obama has "exposed himself as a guy" with "a deep-seated hatred for white people"", Media Matters for America

“Ho detto a Medvedev che Obama ha tutto per andare d'accordo con lui: è giovane, bello e anche abbronzato.”

About Barack Obama

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“I would say [..] he's probably the smartest guy ever to become president.”

About Barack Obama

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Alphabetized by author Michael Beschloss. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jan/4/presidents-incomplete-report-card/

“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man.”

Senator Joe Biden

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Alphabetized by author Senator Joe Biden, D-Del., about running for the Democratic nomination against Obama, as quoted in "A Biden Problem: Foot in Mouth" by Jake Tapper at ABCNews.com (31 January 2007)

“No President of the United States could represent the United States were he not committed to human rights. If you don’t understand this, you can’t deal with us. President Barack Obama would not be able to stay in power if he did not speak of it. So look at it as a political imperative. It doesn’t make us better or worse. It’s who we are. You make your decisions. We’ll make ours.”

Joe Biden in a conversation with Xi Jinping

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Alphabetized by author Joe Biden in a conversation with Xi Jinping, as quoted in Osnos, Evan (6 April 2012). "Born Red: How Xi Jinping, an unremarkable provincial administrator, became China's most authoritarian leader since Mao." The New Yorker. Retrieved 10 October 2019. Archieved from the original on October 10, 2019.

“Obama blames economic woes, some real some manufactured (“inequality”) on a philosophy and policy that was abandoned a century ago. What doesn’t exist is what he says didn’t work. Obama absurdly suggests that timid, half-hearted, compromisers, like George W. Bush, installed laissez-faire capitalism–on the grounds that they tinkered with one or two regulations (Glass-Steagall) and marginal tax rates–while blanking out the fact that under the Bush administration, government spending ballooned, growing much faster than under Clinton, and 50,000 new regulations were added to the Federal Register.”

About Barack Obama

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Alphabetized by author Harry Binswanger in Forbes (31 December 2013)

“Did NATO have problems? Of course. Not for nothing was Henry Kissinger's famous 1965 work entitled The Troubled Partnership: A Reappraisal of the Atlantic Alliance. The list of NATO's deficiencies was long, including, after the Soviet Union's 1991 collapse, the feckless abandonment by several European members of their responsibility to provide for their own self-defense. Under President Clinton, America suffered its own military declines, as he and others saw the collapse of Communism as "the end of history," slashing defense budgets to spend on politically beneficial domestic welfare programs. This "peace dividend" illusion never ended in much of Europe, but it ended in America with the September 11 mass murders in New York and Washington by Islamicist terrorists. NATO's future has been intensely debated among national-security experts for decades, with many urging a broader post-Cold War agenda. Barack Obama criticized NATO members for being "free riders," not spending adequately on their own defense budgets, but, typically, he had simply graced the world with his views, doing nothing to see them carried out.”

John Bolton

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Alphabetized by author John Bolton, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir (2020), p. 133-134

“Americans still admire dignity. But the word has become unmoored from any larger set of rules or ethical system. But it’s not right to end on a note of cultural pessimism because there is the fact of President Obama. Whatever policy differences people may have with him, we can all agree that he exemplifies reticence, dispassion and the other traits associated with dignity. The cultural effects of his presidency are not yet clear, but they may surpass his policy impact. He may revitalize the concept of dignity for a new generation and embody a new set of rules for self-mastery.”

About Barack Obama

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Alphabetized by author David Brooks in "In Search of Dignity" in The New York Times (6 July 2009)

“I think that Obama doesn’t like his job, actually. I think that he is genuinely of a professorial disposition in the sense that I think that he’s interested in chewing over the pros and cons, and he doesn’t like, he doesn’t like power and he doesn’t know how to exercise power. And I think knowing how to exercise power is absolutely crucial. He doesn’t understand how to underpin his ideas with the political gritty, granular business of getting it done. And that kind of gap has just widened and widened and widened.”

Tina Brown on Morning Joe

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Alphabetized by author Tina Brown on Morning Joe, November 30, 2011.http://newsbusters.org/blogs/mark-finkelstein/2011/11/30/tina-brown-obama-doesnt-his-job

“In 2008, many of Barack Obama’s supporters thought they might be electing another John F. Kennedy. But his recent maneuvers increasingly suggest that they selected another Dwight Eisenhower. That’s not a comment on President Obama’s effectiveness or ideology, but rather on his conception of presidential leadership. Whether he is confronting the turmoil reshaping the Middle East or the escalating budget wars in Washington, Obama most often uses a common set of strategies to pursue his goals. Those strategies have less in common with Kennedy’s inspirational, public-oriented leadership than with the muted, indirect, and targeted Eisenhower model that political scientist Fred Greenstein memorably described as a “hidden hand” presidency. This approach has allowed Obama to achieve many of his domestic and international aims — from passing the health reform legislation that marked its stormy first anniversary this week to encouraging Egypt’s peaceful transfer of power. But, like it did for Eisenhower, this style has exposed Obama to charges of passivity, indecisiveness, and leading from behind. The pattern has left even some of his supporters uncertain whether he is shrewd — or timid.”

Ronald Brownstein

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Alphabetized by author Ronald Brownstein, in "Like Ike" in NationaJournal (25 March 2011)

“President Obama's got plenty of critics, and I'm not going to be one.”

George W. Bush

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Alphabetized by author George W. Bush, Interview with Matt Lauer (2010), aired 8 November 2010.

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