We know there are billions of stars and planets literally out there, and the universe is getting bigger. We know from our fancy telescopes that just in the last two years more than 20 planets have been identified outside our solar system that seem to be far enough away from their suns – – and dense enough – – that they might be able to support some form of life. So it makes it increasing less likely that we’re alone. But if we were visited someday, I wouldn’t be surprised.
Character is a journey, not a destination.
If you want a future of shared prosperity, where the middle class is growing and poverty is declining, where the American Dream really is alive and well again, and where the United States remains the leading force for peace and justice and prosperity in a highly competitive world, you have to vote for Barack Obama.
I refuse to be part of a generation that celebrates the death of communism abroad with the loss of the American dream at home.
President Obama’s approach embodies the values, the ideas and the direction America has to take to build the 21st-century version of the American Dream: a nation of shared opportunities, shared responsibilities, shared prosperity, a shared sense of community.
I ask you to join in a re-United States. We need to empower our people so they can take more responsibility for their own lives in a world that is ever smaller, where everyone counts…. We need a new spirit of community, a sense that we are all in this together, or the American Dream will continue to wither. Our destiny is bound up with the destiny of every other American.
When we make college more affordable, we make the American dream more achievable.
…Nixon’s subversion [of the constitution] consisted of: One presidential lie; one invocation of presidential privilege, and zero criminal offences.
The new rage is to say that the government is the cause of all our problems, and if only we had no government, we’d have no problems. I can tell you, that contradicts evidence, history, and common sense.
If we disagree and I think I’m right, I just go ahead and do what I think is right. And then she tells me, ‘I told you so.’
There is no longer a clear, bright line dividing America’s domestic concerns and America’s foreign policy concerns…If we want America to stay on the right track, if we want other people to be on that track and have the chance to enjoy peace and prosperity, we have no choice but to try to lead the train.
When personal freedom’s being abused, you have to move to limit it.
It takes a long time to turn a big country around. Just be of good cheer and keep working on it.
[W]hen Galileo discovered he could use the tools of mathematics and mechanics to understand the motion of celestial bodies, he felt, in the words of one imminent researcher, that he had learned the language in which God recreated the universe. Today we are learning the language in which God created life. We are gaining ever more awe for the complexity, the beauty, the wonder of God’s most devine and sacred gift.
Our big goal should be to make connection to the Internet as common as connection to telephones is today.