A History of President Obama’s 8 Years in Office
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Too many lives have been lost and too many billions have been spent for us to trust the President on another tried and failed policy opposed by generals and experts, Democrats and Republicans, Americans and many of the Iraqis themselves.
The notion that as a consequence of that [ Congressional] authorization, the president can continue down a failed path without any constraints from Congress whatsoever is wrong and is not warranted by our Constitution.
Interview on Iraq with the Associated Press 30 January I recognize there is a certain presumptuousness in this, a certain audacity, to this announcement.
Announcement of Candidacy for President of the United States.
We are distracted from our real failures and told to blame the other party, or gay people, or immigrants, and as people have looked away in frustration and disillusionment, we know who has filled the void. The cynics, the lobbyists, the special interests, who've turned government into only a game they can afford to play. They write the checks while you get stuck with the bill. They get access while you get to write a letter. But the Israelis must trust that they have a true Palestinian partner for peace.
That is why we must strengthen the hands of Palestinian moderates who seek peace and that is why we must maintain the isolation of Hamas and other extremists who are committed to Israel's destruction.
Of the Arabic call to prayer — as quoted in "Obama: Man of the World" by Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Times March 6, In Africa, you often see that the difference between a village where everybody eats and a village where people starve is government. One has a functioning government, and the other does not. Which is why it bothers me when I hear people say that government is the enemy. They don't understand its fundamental role. Profile in The Independent Magazine 10 March Nobody's suffering more than the Palestinian people from this whole process.
And I would like to see — if we could get some movement from Palestinian leadership — what I'd like to see is a loosening up of some of the restrictions on providing aid directly to the Palestinian people. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed. People ask me whether they thought race was the reason the response was so slow.
I say, "well, no, this administration was colorblind in its incompetence. And so God is asking us today to remember the miracle of that baby and he's asking us, he says, "Take the bullet out!
Barack Obama and John McCain meet for the first time since the election | US news | The Guardian
If we have millions of people goin' to the emergency room for treatable illnesses like asthma, it's time to take the bullet out. If too many of our kids don't have health insurance, it's time to take that bullet out. Now here's the thing, when happened in New York City, they waived the Stafford Act — said, "This is too serious a problem. We can't expect New York City to rebuild on its own. Forget that dollar you gotta put in. Well, here's ten dollars.
When Hurricane Andrew struck in Florida, people said, "Look at this devastation. We don't expect you to come up with y'own money, here. Here's the money to rebuild. We're not gonna wait for you to scratch it together — because you're part of the American family. Where's your Stafford Act money?
Tells me the bullet hasn't been taken out.
EIGHT YEARS IN AMERICA
Tells me that somehow, the people down in New Orleans they don't care about as much! We know that our faith sometimes has been used as a wedge to divide us, but we also know that with a big God, with a loving and forceful God, if we unite in his name, we can finish his work on Earth. In the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it.
With a uniting faith, with a God powerful enough to empower us, we can take those bullets out.
- Obama and McCain meet for the first time since the election
There was a team that took that bullet out of the baby, 15 years ago. Give me a sense of how you want to approach it.
I get along well with John, and Mitch [McConnell] is a little bit more close to the vest. The conversations I have privately with Republicans are always very different than the public presentations that are made of them. Even when their leadership wanted to cooperate, the tenor of the Republican base had shifted in a way that made it very difficult for them to cooperate without paying a price internally.
Probably the best signifier of that was when Chicago had the bid for the Olympics and a committee had flown to Copenhagen to make their presentation.
It was really strange. But at that point, Limbaugh had been much clearer about wanting to see me fail, and he had, I think, communicated that very clearly to his listeners.
Fox News coverage had already started to drift in that direction. By then, you realized that the attitudes that Sarah Palin had captured during the election were increasingly representative of the Republican-activist base. They may not have been representative of Republicans across the country, but John Boehner and Mitch McConnell had to worry about that mood.
I have very cordial relations with a lot of the Republican members.