Barack Obama – bons mots

By George Journal has selected the bons mots of President Barack Obama.

  • 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.
  • I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours.
  • If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.
  • Now, as a nation, we don’t promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That’s an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up.
  • 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.
  • 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 lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honor those ideals by upholding them not when it’s easy, but when it is hard.
  • We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things and tackling our biggest challenges.
  • We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.
  • We didn’t become the most prosperous country in the world just by rewarding greed and recklessness. We didn’t come this far by letting the special interests run wild. We didn’t do it just by gambling and chasing paper profits on Wall Street. We built this country by making things, by producing goods we could sell.
  • If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help… Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.
  • Democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity — the idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one.
  • The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.
  • 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.
  • With patient and firm determination, I am going to press on for jobs. I’m going to press on for equality. I’m going to press on for the sake of our children. I’m going to press on for the sake of all those families who are struggling right now. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I am going to press on.
  • Today we are engaged in a deadly global struggle for those who would intimidate, torture, and murder people for exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread those freedoms, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction.
  • Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear. So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are.
  • We must uphold laws against discrimination. … But laws alone won’t be enough. Hearts much change.
  • We did not come to fear the future, we came to shape it…. Your capacity to shape this world is unmatched.
  • This world, for all of its travails, for all of its challenges, has never been healthier, better-educated, wealthier, more tolerant, less violent, more attentive to the rights of all people, than it is today.
  • Reject the notion we’re surrounded by forces we cannot control. You’ve never had better tools to make a difference, to forge a better UK, a better Europe, a better world.
  • Cynicism is a sorry kind of wisdom.
  • I began feeling the way I imagine an actor or athlete must feel when, after years of commitment to a particular dream…he realizes that he’s gone just about as far as talent or fortune will take him. The dream will not happen, and he now faces the choice of accepting this fact like a grownup and moving on to more sensible pursuits, or refusing the truth and ending up bitter, quarrelsome, and slightly pathetic.
  • Americans… still believe in an America where anything’s possible – they just don’t think their leaders do.
  • 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.
  • We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.
  • Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.
  • That’s the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want.
  • Seek out people who don’t agree with you. It will teach you to compromise. It will also help you if you get married.
  • I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving to the supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking walks.

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