Obama Quotes

He said it…not me. Here are some pause-worthy Obama quotes:

September, 2012: “You can’t change Washington from the inside”. Ok, let’s kick you out and then we’ll get it done.

September, 2012: “Change is hard. Change is slow. And it never happens all at once.”

August 20 at a DNC online healthcare forum: “There’s something about August going into September where everyone in Washington gets all ‘wee-weed’ up.” How Presidential!

August 2009: While trying to defend his healthcare plan and reassure people that the government can run a healthcare program, Obama makes this comparison at a townhall meeting: I mean, if you think about — if you think about it, UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? No, they are. It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems. (Laughter.)  REPEATABLE NOTE: Of course, the Post Office is run by the government, while UPS and FedEx are private companies.

July 22, 2009: Prime time news conference on health care, when asked about a recent arrest of his friend, Obama said ” the Cambridge police acted stupidly“.  The story explodes. On July 24, Obama says to the White House press corps: “this ends up being what’s called a teachable moment, where all of us, instead of pumping up the volume, spend a little more time listening to each other and try to focus on how we can generally improve relations between police officers in minority communities and instead of flinging accusations we can be a little bit more reflective in terms of what we can do –“ REPEATABLE note: maybe you should not have flung the accusations on national TV, Mr. President.

July, 2009: Remarks at a health care roundtable with doctors, nurses and health care providers:

“The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system,” Yes – the smart ones already know it would be greater INEFFICIENCIES.

July 2009: In explaining how Americans need to shape up to take control of their own health:

“What we can do is we can encourage those companies that have those sorts of wellness-prevention programs. We can make sure that it’s easier to find a primary care physician to get a regular checkup, that everybody has basic insurance. But the American people are going to have to participate in their own health.”

July 18, 2009: Obama’s weekly radio address:

“The same folks who controlled the White House and Congress for the past 8 years as we ran up record deficits will argue that health reform will lead to deficits”  Obama forgot that he was part of congress, which has been a majority democrat-ruled for the last two years.

July 7, 2009: In Moscow, Obama screw up the story on how he met his wife:

“I don’t know if anybody else will meet their future wife or husband in class like I did, but I’m sure that you’re all going to have wonderful careers,” he said as he warmed up the audience before delivering a commencement speech at an economics school in Moscow Tuesday. Obama seemed to be playing off an introduction that referred to him meeting his future wife, Michelle Robinson, while he was a student. But the truth is that the couple met not “in class” but at a law firm in Chicago, Sidley Austin, in 1989.

July 6, 2009: In Moscow, after meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Obama said, “I trust him.”

June 24, 2009: In an infomercial airing from the White House to sell his government healthcare plan, Obama was asked by a neurologist and researcher if he (Obama) would be willing to promist that he wouldn’t seek extraordinary help for his wife and daughters if they became sick and his public plan limited tests or treatment they could get. Obama did not say he would, saying instead: “If it is my family member, if its my wife, if its my children, if its my grandmother, I always want them to get the very best care”

June 12, 2009: A sound technician knocked over a glass of water on the president’s desk in the oval office while entering for Obama’s photo op with Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. Obama said, “Uh oh, What’d you all get there?”

“A water glass,” came the reply from several in the press.

“Alright,” he said with unmistakable dismay in his voice, adding sarcastically, “It’s the Resolution Desk. It’s only like a hundred years old.”

Actually it’s the Resolute Desk, made from the timbers of the HMS Resolute, a gift to President Rutherford B. Hayes from Queen Victoria in 1880.

June 3, 2009: Obama was presented with Saudi Arabia’s highest honor from King Abdullah (the King he bowed to when they met before). As he was presented with the gold medallion, Obama said “Goodness gracious that’s something there.”  Repeatable note: Um – Mr. President – you are getting a country’s highest award so lose the back country slang – you are looking at a gold medallion not a slab of ribs.

June 2, 2009: In an interview with France’s Canal Plus, Obama said “One of the points I want to make is, is that if you actually took the number of Muslim Americans we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world” (Repeatable note: with 1.8 million Muslims we would be the 48th largest)

More from that same interview:

Q    What do you love about France, if I may ask?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, let’s see.  We got the food.  We’ve got the — we’ve got Paris.  We’ve got the south of France — Provence — the wine.

Q    The wine?  Did you go to Provence?

THE PRESIDENT:  You know, I have traveled through the south of France when I was in college.  I haven’t been back for a long time.  And so I need to — I need to get back there.

May 23, 2009: In an interview with CSPAN Obama was asked with a 1.7 trillion debt and deficit of 11 trillion dollars, at what point will we run out of money. His answer: “Well we are out of money now.”

April 30, 2009: After the April 15 tea party protests, the White House said the President was “unaware” they occurred. On April 30, Obama mentioned “you see folks waving tea bags around” when bashing Fox News for covering it.

Earth day 2009: After flying from Washington D.C. to Iowa, using 9,000 gallons of fuel on the roundtrip on Air Force One, Obama said we should begin “a new era of energy exploration in America”

April 15, 2009: Tax Day. “For too long, we’ve seen taxes used as a wedge to scare people into supporting policies that increased the burden on working people instead of helping them live their dreams.”

April 17, 2009: In Latin America: ‘While the U.S. has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere we have at times been disengaged and at times we sought to dictate our terms. But I pledge to you that we seek an equal partnership.”

April 18, 2009: After listening to a 50 minute speech from Daniel Ortega, Nicaraguan President, that ranted against United State aggression in Central American, Obama was asked what he thought of the speech. “It was 50 minutes long, that is what I thought“.

January 20, 2009: Inaugural addressWe will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense


September 2008, candidate Obama told a Pennsylvania crowd, “I know that I’m not your typical presidential candidate and I just want to be honest with you. I know that the temptation is to say, ‘You know what? The guy hasn’t been there that long in Washington. You know, he’s got a funny name. You know, we’re not sure about him.’ And that’s what the Republicans when they say this isn’t about issues, it’s about personalities, what they’re really saying is, ‘We’re going to try to scare people about Barack. So we’re going to say that, you know, maybe he’s got Muslim connections.’…Just making stuff up.”

Obama June 10, 2009 talking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - showing the soles of his shoes which is disrespectful in Israel.

Obama June 10, 2009 talking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – showing the soles of his shoes which is disrespectful in Israel.


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