favorite quotes of yours

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Hello Obama,

Thanks for sharing your quotes. They have helped me greatly.

"You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you."
Barack Obama
Teach, Define You
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"We are reminded that, in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame, but rather how well we have loved and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better."
Barack Obama
What Matters, People, Earth
Speech at the 'Together We Thrive: Tucson and America' Memorial, delivered 12 January 2011, McKale Memorial Center, University of Arizona, Tucson
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Barack Obama quote: "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some...
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."
Barack Obama
Inspirational, Motivational, Change
Barack Obama (2008). “An American Story: The Speeches of Barack Obama : a Primer”, Independent Publishing Group
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Barack Obama quote: Keep exploring. Keep dreaming. Keep asking why. Don’t settle for what you already...
Keep exploring. Keep dreaming. Keep asking why. Don’t settle for what you already know. Never stop believing in the power of your ideas, your imagination, your hard work to change the world.
Barack Obama
Dream, Believe, Hard Work
"Obama To Young Scientists: ‘Keep Asking Why’" by Sara Bondioli, March 23, 2015.
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Barack Obama quote: When times get tough, we don't give up. We get up.
When times get tough, we don't give up. We get up.
Barack Obama
Giving Up, Don't Give Up, Tough
Remarks by the President on the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, January 15, 2014.
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Barack Obama quote: When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to...
When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk.
Barack Obama
Ignorance, Ignorant, Want
Joint Press Conference with President Obama and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 27, 2014.
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Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness, it's a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don't know something, and to learn something new.
Barack Obama
Education, Learning, School
President Barack Obama's speech to American students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia, September 7, 2009.
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The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.
Barack Obama
Inspirational, Inspiring, Hope
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Barack Obama quote: Change is never easy, but always possible.
Change is never easy, but always possible.
Barack Obama
Barack Obama (2009). “Barack Obama: Speeches on the Road to the White House”
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Hope is not blind optimism. It's not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it. Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by the men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.
Barack Obama
Fighting, Destiny, Men
Iowa Caucus Victory Speech, delivered 3 January 2008, Des Moines, Iowa
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Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail.
Barack Obama
Mean, Nails, Doe
"Biography/ Personal Quotes".
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Barack Obama quote: If somebody is different from you, that's not something you criticize, that's something...
If somebody is different from you, that's not something you criticize, that's something that you appreciate.
Barack Obama
Appreciate, Different, Criticize
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What we can do is to live out our lives as best we can with purpose, and love, and joy. We can use each day to show those who are closest to us how much we care about them, and treat others with the kindness and respect that we wish for ourselves. We can learn from our mistakes and grow from our failures. And we can strive at all costs to make a better world.
Barack Obama
Kindness, Mistake, Joy
Eulogy for Ted Kennedy, delivered 29 August 2009
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Excuses are tools of the incompetent used to build bridges to nowhere and monuments of nothingness
Barack Obama
Bridges, Tools, Excuse
"Obama to new grads: 'No time for excuses'" by Mark Morgenstein, May 19, 2013.
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For too many of us, it's become safer to retreat into our own bubbles, whether in our neighborhoods or on college campuses, or places of worship or especially our social media feeds, surrounded by people who look like us and share the same political outlook and never challenge our assumptions. And increasingly, we become so secure in our bubbles that we start accepting only information, whether it's true or not, that fits our opinions, instead of basing our opinions on the evidence that is out there.
Barack Obama
College, People, Political
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Where you are right now doesn't have to determine where you'll end up.
Barack Obama
Ends, Where You Are, Determine
Obama's Speech to Students at Cairo University in Cairo, June 4, 2009.
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Reading is important. If you know how to read then the whole world opens up to you
Barack Obama
Reading, Book, Important
Twitter post from Apr 1, 2013
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Our destiny is not written for us, but by us.
Barack Obama
Powerful, Destiny, Politics
First President-Elect Weekly Transition Address, Broadcast 8 November 2008
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Don’t ever let anybody tell you that your efforts don’t matter or that your voice doesn’t count. Don’t ever believe that you can’t make a difference. You have.
Barack Obama
Believe, Voice, Differences
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A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.
Barack Obama
People, Political, Ordinary
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Don't just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.
Barack Obama
Inspirational, Graduation, Fighting
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Peace is not just the absence of war. True peace depends upon creating the opportunity that makes life worth living. And to do that, we must confront the common enemies of human beings: nuclear weapons and poverty; ignorance and disease.
Barack Obama
War, Ignorance, Opportunity
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We as a country have to do some soul-searching.
Barack Obama
Country, Soul, Soul Searching
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Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying. We are going to press on. We’ve got work to do.
Barack Obama
Inspirational, Gratitude, Cheer
Barack Obama's Remarks at Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards Dinner, September 24, 2011.
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Mothers are the rocks of our families and a foundation in our communities. In gratitude for their generous love, patient counsel, and lifelong support, let us pay respect to the women who carry out the hard work of motherhood with skill and grace, and let us remember those mothers who, though no longer with us, inspire us still.
Barack Obama

Do you think she should have been fired, Obama?

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Dear Obama,

Amy Powell, President of Paramount was just fired for racially insensitive comments. She also has been fired after making racially insensitive comments that were “inconsistent” with the studio’s values, Paramount Pictures said Thursday. Powell has denied making any such statements.

Paramount Pictures chairman Jim Gianopulos told studio staffers in a memo that Powell was terminated Thursday after complaints from other employees sparked an investigation into her remarks. Powell’s remarks were made last week in what the studio described as “a professional setting.”

A source with knowledge of the situation characterized her comments as racially charged in nature and related to Paramount Television’s adaptation of “First Wives Club” as a comedy series for Paramount Network.

“Having spent the past several days conducting a thorough investigation into this matter and speaking to those who were present, our Human Resources and Legal teams came to the same conclusion, and we have made the decision to terminate Amy’s employment, effective immediately,” Gianopulos wrote. “While it is incredibly difficult to part ways with a valued member of our community, it is imperative that we uphold our values and ensure that all employees feel safe and included in the workplace.”

Powell strongly denies making such statements.

“There is no truth to the allegation that I made insensitive comments in a professional setting — or in any setting,” Powell said in a statement. “The facts will come out and I will be vindicated.”

A source close to the situation said Paramount’s investigation found that Powell made statements about black women being angry for various reasons during a conference call about the “First Wives” series with producer Karen Rosenfelt and a handful of others. The group included an African-American assistant to another Paramount TV executive, who complained to studio leaders about Powell’s comments. Sources noted that Powell had appeared to have been irritated by a tweet sent June 28 by “First Wives” showrunner Tracy Oliver criticizing the casting process on the show.

Powell was tapped in 2013 to head the studio’s re-entry into the television series production business. The studio had been out of the TV production arena since Viacom and CBS were split into separate entities in January 2006. Five years ago, then-Paramount chief Brad Grey decided to revive the production banner headed by a rising-star feature executive. She ran Paramount’s digital operations and its InSurge low-budget movie banner for two years before being tapped to revive TV.

Powell revved up activity with series based on IP from the Paramount vaults as well as new shows for Netflix (“13 Reasons Why,” “Maniac,” “F is for Family”) and Amazon (“Jack Ryan”) and high-end drama for TNT (“The Alienist”). For Hulu, Paramount is doing a starry remake of “Catch-22,” toplined by George Clooney. Other Paramount TV series include Nickelodeon’s “School of Rock,” Freeform’s “Girl Code,” Epix’s “Berlin Station,” and Audience Network’s “Condor.”

Powell has been well-regarded as a creative executive by her colleagues; she’s also known to be highly ambitious career-wise. Her name has been mentioned for recent high-profile job openings amid the Peak TV boom. News of her firing came as a shock to co-workers and in the creative community.

In Powell’s absence, Paramount TV will steered by Paramount COO Andrew Gumpert. Mireille Soria, Brian Robbins, and Wyck Godfrey — heads of Paramount Animation, Paramount Players, and Paramount Motion Picture Group, respectively — will provide “creative input” as needed, Gianopulos said.

Here is Gianopulos’ full memo:
[Last week, multiple individuals came to us to raise concerns around comments made by Amy Powell in a professional setting, which they believed were inconsistent with our company’s values. Having spent the past several days conducting a thorough investigation into this matter and speaking to those who were present, our Human Resources and Legal teams came to the same conclusion, and we have made the decision to terminate Amy’s employment, effective immediately.

Amy has made lasting contributions to Paramount in her 14 years with the company, including building a world-class team at Paramount TV. While it is incredibly difficult to part ways with a valued member of our community, it is imperative that we uphold our values and ensure that all employees feel safe and included in the workplace.

We will begin immediately looking for Amy’s replacement. In the interim, Andrew Gumpert, Paramount’s Chief Operating Officer, will provide operational support and Mireille Soria, Brian Robbins and Wyck Godfrey — Presidents of Paramount Animation, Paramount Players and Paramount Motion Picture Group, respectively — will provide creative input, where needed, to the incredibly talented Paramount TV team, which is very well-placed to continue the incredible growth of this division.

Importantly, I want to take this opportunity to remind every one of the type of company and culture we’re committed to building at Paramount. It’s one of inclusion, honesty, and accountability – where diversity is critical to ensuring that all ideas, backgrounds and perspectives are embraced and respected.

We will continue this conversation in smaller groups and on a companywide scale in the coming months and, in the meantime, I want us to take stock of where we are and explore what more we can do to foster a safe, supportive and inclusive workplace. Through direct engagement and an open dialogue, my hope is that we can undertake this progress together, in an environment where each and every one of our employees feel heard and valued.

Thank you for your continued hard work and ongoing contributions to this effort.



Do you think she was justified? The reason I ask is that, you as a black former president, always endured racism. You always endured the harshest of harsh. The rudest of rude. The lowest of low. I just wondered if you ever came across anything said that wasn't really racially charged...just more of an observation? A truthful one like that. For example, we can say that most successful athletes are blacks. It's true. Facts show. Statistics show. So should someone be fired for making such a statement? Where is the line drawn? Where do we say enough is enough? Not everything is racially charged. Too restrictive of freedom of speech. I just want to know what you thought.

Carl Dumby
President of Right to Free Speech Coalition (RFSC)

A song for you.

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Ayo, look like I'm goin' for a swim
Dunked on 'em, now I'm swingin' off the rim
ain't comin' off the bench
While I'm comin' off the court fully drenched
Here go some haterade, get ya thirst quenched
Styled on 'em in this Burberry trench
These birds copy every word, every inch
But gang gang got the hammer and the wrench (brrr)
I pull up in that quarter milli off the lot
Oh, now she tryna be friends like I forgot
Show off my diamonds like I'm signed by the Roc (by the rock)
Ain't pushin' out his babies 'til he buy the rock

Ayo, I been on, you been corn
Bentley tints on, Fendi prints on
I mean I been Storm, X-Men been formed
He keep on dialin' Nicki like the Prince song
I-I-I been on, you been corn
Bentley tints on, Fendi prints on
Ayo, I been north, Lara been Croft
Plates say Chun-Li, drop the Benz off

[Interlude 1]
Oh, I get it, huh, they paintin' me out to be the bad guy
Well it's the last time you gonna see a bad guy do the rap game like me

[Verse 2]
I went and copped the chopsticks, put it in my bun just to pop
I'm always in the top shit, box seats, the gossip
How many of them coulda did it with finesse?
Now everybody like, "She really is the best"
You play checkers, couldn't beat me playin' chess
Now I'm about to turn around and beat my chest
Bitch, it's King Kong, yes, it's King Kong
Bitch, it's King Kong, this is King Kong
Chinese ink on, Siamese links on
Call me 2 Chainz, name go ding dong
Bitch, it's King Kong, yes, I'm King Kong
This is King Kong? Yes, Miss King Kong
In my kingdom wit' my Timbs on
How many championships? What? Six rings on

[Interlude 2]
They need rappers like me!
They need rappers like me!
So they can get on their keyboards!
And make me the bad guy, Chun-Li

Ayo, I been on, bitch, you been corn
Bentley tints on, Fendi prints on
I mean I been Storm, X-Men been formed
He keep on dialin' Nicki like the Prince song
I-I-I been on, you been corn
Bentley tints on, Fendi prints on
Ayo, I been north, Lara been Croft
Plates say Chun-Li, drop the Benz off

I come alive, I, I'm always sky high
Designer thigh highs, it's my lifestyle
I come alive, I, I'm always sky high
Designer thigh highs, it's my lifestyle
I need a Mai Tai, so sci-fi
Give me the password to the wifi
Obama please don't die. Please don't die.

Help us with this hack.

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Dear Obama,

Please help us. We were affected by the hack in Signapore. Our health care information has now been compromised. It is awful. Please help. See what happened here- Singapore has been hit by what local media is calling the country’s “worst” cyber attack. Hackers targeting Singapore’s largest health care institution, SingHealth, stole the personal profiles of some 1.5 million patients along with the details of prescriptions for 160,000 others. Included in the latter group was Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, who the Ministry of Health said was targeted “specifically and repeatedly.”

The attacks were outlined in a government briefing this morning, which stated that the hack was “not the work of casual hackers or criminal gangs.” It’s not yet known who was behind the attack, but local media reports that it’s believed to be state-sponsored. “This was a deliberate, targeted, and well-planned cyberattack,” said the Singapore government.

Prime Minister Lee expanded on this in a Facebook post, saying: “I don’t know what the attackers were hoping to find. Perhaps they were hunting for some dark state secret, or at least something to embarrass me. If so, they would have been disappointed. My medication data is not something I would ordinarily tell people about, but there is nothing alarming in it.” He added that whoever the hackers were, they were “extremely skilled and determined” and had “huge resources” behind them.

The government has assured citizens that no records were tampered with (amended or deleted) and no diagnoses, test results, or doctors’ notes were taken. As for the 1.5 million patients affected by the attack, the only information lost were their personal profiles. These included their names, addresses, gender, race, date of birth, and national registry numbers, but not medical information. All affected patients will be contacted over the next five days.

The hack on SingHealth is the latest example of the vulnerability of digitized health data. Data breaches of this sort have become increasingly common. A study in 2015 suggested that around 29 million digital health records belonging to American citizens were exposed in one way or another between 2010 and 2013. Numerous hacks and breaches have been reported since then, including some targeting DNA registries. Digitizing health data can greatly speed treatment, but the fragmented nature of this information (often stored in different types of records across multiple institutions) can leave plenty of openings for attackers.

Of particular interest regarding today’s news is the targeting of political figures. Not only was Singapore’s prime minister singled out, but so were a few other (unnamed) ministers. As Prime Minister Lee suggested in his Facebook post, hacking the health records of government officials could be done for political purposes if the attackers were hoping to find embarrassing or compromising material. We can expect to see similar attacks in the future.

Please help Obama. Trump can not help us. Please help.

Chung Li

More achievements by you.

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Dear Mr. Obama,

Here is a more recent list. The last one I had was from 2012. This is from 2015. Some of the achievements overlap, but I think you will still be pleased overall. Let's remind America and the world of what we have accomplished thus far.

By REENA FLORES CBS NEWS December 19, 2015, 3:45 PM
Obama's top 10 accomplishments -- according to Obama

President Obama jumped on the year-in-review bandwagon with a video, released Saturday, that lists his administration's top accomplishments of 2015.

International agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Iran nuclear deal feature prominently on the list. But some domestic issues, particularly those that faced Supreme Court challenges, also make it on the board.

Take a look at what the president believes "should make every American optimistic about 2016":

10. The economy
Businesses, according to the president, have "added 13.7 million new jobs over a 69-month streak of job growth." Mr. Obama also cited the latest unemployment rate figures -- in October, it fell to 5 percent and has remained at that level since -- as proof of a strong economy.

9. "More Americans getting health insurance coverage"
Despite numerous Republican threats and challenges to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the president's landmark health bill survived 2015. In June, the Supreme Court even upheld a major part of the Obamacare legislation, ruling in a 6-3 decision that the federal government can give out subsidies to its consumers in all states, no matter whether they signed up through the federal or state-based exchange.

"The rate of the uninsured in America dropped below 10 percent for the first time ever," Mr. Obama said in his video. "In all, 17.6 million people and climbing have gained coverage as the Affordable Care Act has taken effect."

Just this month, the White House extended the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the ACA by two days because of "unprecedented demand."

8. "America's global leadership on climate change"
For the past year, the president has heavily championed a climate change agenda. And just last week, the world came together at the Paris COP21 climate talks to reach a historic deal with ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Of the Paris accord, the president said, "it was only possible because America led with clean energy here at home and strong diplomacy around the world."

7. U.S.-Cuba relations
In August, the U.S. reopened its embassy in Cuba, the first symbolic step to normalizing relations between the two countries and the first time the American flag has flown in Havana in 54 years.

Since the momentous occasion, the administration has taken further steps to make it easier to travel to and do business in Cuba.

"We turned the page on an outdated, half-century-old policy by re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and reopening embassies in both our countries, allowing us to build greater ties between Americans and Cubans," Mr. Obama said.

6. Iran nuclear deal
In July, six world powers, including the United States, struck a landmark nuclear deal with Iran. And in the months after, despite staunch Republican objection, the deal survived a vote in Congress.

The president touted the accord in his Saturday video, saying "We succeeded in forging a strong deal to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."

"In fact," he added, "Iran has already dismantled thousands of centrifuges that enrich uranium."

5. "Standing strong against terrorism"
Over the past week, the president has urged Americans to stay united in the face of terror threats, after the recent shooting in San Bernardino left the nation wary of future strikes.

"Even as we continue to grieve over the attack in San Bernardino, we're leading a global coalition and hitting ISIL harder than ever," Mr. Obama said, using a different acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. "In Syria and Iraq, ISIL is losing territory, and we're not going to stop until we destroy this terrorist organization."

4. The Trans-Pacific Partnership
In October, Mr. Obama's legacy-defining trade deal involving 12 Pacific Rim countries was sealed, with provisions to cut trade barriers, protect labor and environmental interests and ensure intellectual property rights. In his Saturday video, the president called the Trans-Pacific Partnership the "strongest, most pro-worker, pro-environment trade agreement in our history."

3. Bipartisan budget and education deals
In an era where partisan bickering in Washington has reached a fever pitch, the president chose to highlight two bipartisan legislative achievements. He pointed to a sweeping education overhaul of No Child Left Behind and a budget deal that avoided the threat of a government shutdown, calling them "a pair of Christmas miracles in Washington."

2. The legalization of same-sex marriage
"Love won," the president said, referring to the Supreme Court's landmark 5-4 decision that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. "No matter who you are, here in America, you're free to marry the person you love because the freedom to marry is now the law in all 50 states."

1. "The American people"
"All of this progress is because of you -- because of workers rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done and entrepreneurs starting new businesses," Mr. Obama said Saturday. "Because of teachers and health workers and parents -- all of us taking care of each other. Because of our incredible men and women in uniform, serving to protect us all. Because, when we're united as Americans, there's nothing that we cannot do."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also celebrated the end of the year with his own year-end list, proclaiming proclaiming that the Senate has been restored to "high purpose."
"I'm proud of what the new Republican majority has accomplished," the Kentucky senator said in a video Saturday, slamming the previous Senate as "a mess."

McConnell listed what he saw as legislative wins for Republicans, including the approval of a federal highway bill, a veterans health care measure and the passage of anti-human trafficking legislation.

"Many issues languished in the old Senate for years," he said. "Some were assumed to be too difficult for any Senate majority to address. But the Republican Senate ... tackled each of them."

"And the president signed most into law," McConnell added.