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date: 20 January 2022

Barack Obama 1961– 
American Democratic statesman, 44th President from 2009 

  1. There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America…We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking round our libraries in the red states.
    on the view of a red and blue America divided by party
    Democratic National Convention keynote address, 27 July 2004, in New York Times 28 July 2004 (online edition)
  2. The hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too. The audacity of hope!
    Democratic National Convention keynote address, 27 July 2004
  3. The arc of history is long but it bends towards justice.
    speech, George Mason University, 2 February 2007, in Guardian 10 February 2007; see King, Parker
  4. Yes, we can.
    presidential campaign slogan, 2007–8; the slogan is also associated with the children's television character Bob the Builder (1999–)
  5. While we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: yes we can.
    speech on winning the Presidency, Chicago, 4 November 2008; see Obama
  6. We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.
    inaugural address, 20 January 2009
  7. We will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
    inaugural address, 20 January 2009
  8. Africa doesn't need strongmen, it needs strong institutions.
    speech in Accra, Ghana, 11 July 2009
  9. I—like every politician at the federal level—am almost entirely dependent on the media to reach my constituents…I am who the media says I am. I say what they say I say. I become who they say I've become.
    The Audacity of Hope (2006)