Bill Clinton

(William J. Clinton | William Jefferson Clinton | William Jefferson Blythe III)

Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
  • Born: August 19, 1946
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: 42nd American President

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William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton is an American politician who was the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Clinton was previously Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992, and the Arkansas Attorney General from 1977 to 1979. Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III – he changed to his stepfather's name at age 15.

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Bruce Fein Bush’s crimes are … more worrisome than Clinton’s. He has taken powers and … is adopting standards that are a terrible anathema to our people...He claims powers that even King George did not claim at the time of the Revolution.
Robert Wexler The President betrayed his wife. He did not betray the country.
Haley Barbour Not only didn't President Clinton bite the bullet, he didn't even bite the BB.
Jerry Falwell It makes one wonder when President Clinton and [Attorney General] Janet Reno are going to have Federal officers learn the goose-step.
Dick Morris President Clinton does not use polls to reach positions. He takes positions and then uses the polls to survive the experience.
Claire McCaskill I think President Clinton has been a great leader, but I don’t want my daughter near him.
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Inhale to the Chief
Billy Graham I told him that when he left office he should become an evangelist and leave his wife to run the country.
David Shribman A flawed candidate with a strong character versus a strong candidate with a flawed character.
Dick Tuck Le Fouille-Merde The Shit Stirrer
Anonymous Slick Willie
William Bennett It’s not hard to be popular if you take a poll to find out what it means to be popular.
Earl Blumenauer The impeachment process [is] just one more pathogen in the medical chest of toxic politics.
David Bonior What does a vote for impeachment really mean? It is a vote to nullify the most sacrosanct institution in any democracy, the ballot box.
Jim Bunning Bill Clinton is the most corrupt, the most amoral, the most despicable person I've ever seen in the presidency.
Daniel Burton The President [William Clinton] is a scumbag.
William Bywater I'm not disillusioned with Clinton. I never had any illusions.
Charles T. Canady If perjury and obstruction of justice do not undermine the integrity of office, what offenses would?
Hillary Clinton Everybody has some dysfunction in their families.
Hillary Clinton If I didn’t kick his [Bill Clinton’s] ass every morning, he’d never amount to anything
Hillary Clinton We are using the criminal justice system to try and achieve political ends in this country …. It is part of a vast right wing conspiracy.
Hillary Clinton Bernie, my boyfriend Bill Clinton, is going to be President of the United States.
Bill Clinton I want to say again to the American people how profoundly sorry I am for what I said and did to trigger these events and the great burden they have imposed on the Congress and the American people.
J. Marshall Coleman I don't think there has have ever been a better friend of the Republican party than Bill Clinton. He has done more than anyone can be expected to do.
Gary Condit I hope our relationship is strong enough to endure all of this.
EIijah E. Cummings The framers of the Constitution did not entrust this House with the power to impeach the President of the United States in order to establish this body as a court of personal morality.
Sam Donaldson Clinton talks reform, but it's business as usual in Washington with different pigs at the trough.
Robert Dornan [Referring to William Clinton:] the abortion President
Louis Farrakhan Saddam Hussein is no more terrible than Bush. He’s no more terrible than Bush’s father. No more terrible than Clinton.
Newt Gingrich I believe that [Bill] Clinton is the best tactical politician, certainly in my lifetime.
Phil Gramm When Bill Clinton tells people he feels their pain, they forget that he caused it.
Barney Frank A strong economy is perfectly consistent with concern for equity and economic justice.
Richard A. Gephardt Members should feel free to disavow the President and his actions.
Lady Bird Johnson We are narrowing the field of those who will run for office when we allow them so little privacy.
Mary Matalin We didn't call Mr. Clinton a philandering, pot smoking draft-dodger.
Dee Dee Myers He never hit on me, because I would have broken his arm and he knew it.
John L. Mica My colleagues, we're here to smoke the little bugger out.
Barbara Mikulski Commander in Chief of Disasters.
Susan Molinari Bill Clinton’s promises have the life span of a Big Mac on Air Force One.
Wayne LaPierre President Clinton is willing to except a certain amount of killing to further his political agenda.
Patrick Leahy If you’re going to remove a President from office and overturn a national election, you had better be sure that it’s ‘beyond a reasonable doubt.’
Robert Livingston I have strayed from my marriage.
Robert Livingston We’ve got to stop this. This is crazy. We’re about to impeach the President of the United States.
George W. Bush My dog Millie knows more about foreign policy than those two bozos.
Dinesh D'Souza Your parents would probably want you to be more like Bill Gates than like Bill Clinton.
Robert E. Rubin Mr. President. We can’t be certain our recommended plan to assist Mexico will work, and if it doesn’t, it may cost you your Presidency.
Alan Greenspan I can’t be in charge of people’s perceptions.
Robert E. Rubin Median compensation in America has been stagnant over 25 of the last 30 years, the only exceptions being the last 5 years of the 1990s.
Paul Begala It’s hard to be a front-runner in the Democratic Party. My party tends to destroy front-runners.
Eric Alterman George W. Bush has two policy meetings a week. Bill Clinton used to do that every day before breakfast.
Arnold Schwarzenegger I was ashamed to call myself a Republican during that period.
Tony Blair Clinton was the most formidable politician I have ever encountered.
Sharon K. Fawcett Most presidents leave office somewhat unpopular.
Jay Leno A new poll shows that Americans now believe that Bill Clinton is more honest than President George W. Bush. … At least when Clinton screwed the nation, he did it one person at a time.
Mark Russell The reason the President’s office is oval is so he can’t corner an intern.
Robert Byrd One cannot be independent of the deep thinking of the people.
Robert Byrd To remove or not to remove? That is the question.
Tom Clancy President William Clinton is a man who thinks international affairs means dating a girl from out of town.
Robin Williams God gave men both a penis and a brain, but unfortunately not enough blood supply to run both at the same time.
Benjamin C. Bradlee He [William Clinton] has terrible trouble with the truth. I don’t think Presidents should have trouble with the truth.
Gerald R. Ford When I was president, I said I was a Ford, not a Lincoln. Well what we have now is a convertible Dodge
Mike Huckabee The bridge to the 21st century turned out to be a toll bridge.
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“The American people... are tired of the politics of personal destruction Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
… spread the benefits and shrink the burdens all across the globe. Foreign Trade
A campaign conversion isn't the same as a lifetime of conviction. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A democracy requires a certain amount of common ground. Democracies & Republics
A global economy is a fact of life .... No politician can promise to protect you from it. Foreign Trade
A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon Voters, Voting & Elections
A hospital ought to be a house of healing, not a monument to paperwork and bureaucracy. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
A lot of the ideas for solving many of our problems are already in place, but ideas don’t travel. Management & Managing Government
A national government has to be able to spend money in a recession to make up for the private money that is not being spent. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
According to my mother, my wife and my daughter, this world would be a lot better off with women running things. Leaders & Leadership
After decades of false starts, we must make this our most urgent priority, giving every American health security, health care that can never be taken away, health care that is always there. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
All politics is a combination of rhetoric and reality. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
America just works better when more people have a chance to live their dreams Equality & Equal Opportunity
America remains the indispensable nation. There are times when America, and only America, can make a difference between war and peace, between freedom and repression. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
America stands alone as the world’s indispensable nation. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
America’s policy should be to oppose torture….if you have a policy which legitimizes this, it’s a slippery slope….If you have any kind of formal exception, people just drive a truck through it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Americans are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal immigrants entering this country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by our citizens or legal immigrants, and the public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. That's why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal aliens who try to take American jobs, and by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens. Immigration & Emigration ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Americans living longer than ever must save more than ever. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
Anybody who resorts to violence will have no friends in the United States. Terrorism
Anyone who has ever watched a child's eyes wander into sleep knows what posterity is. Posterity is the world to come. Miscellaneous
Are we diminishing the bully pulpit to a pulpit of bull? Oratory, Discussion & Debate
As long as the waving symbol of another American’s pride is the shameful symbol of another American’s pain, we have bridges to cross in this country and we better get across them. Flags & National Anthems ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
As more of our medical records are stored electronically, the threats to our privacy will increase. Poverty
As President I'll make mistakes because I'm going to do things ... and people who do things err. Management & Managing Government
As times change, so government must change. We need a new government for a new century Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Banning human cloning reflects our humanity. It is the right thing to do. Creating a child through this new method calls into question our most fundamental beliefs. It has the potential to threaten the sacred family bonds at the very core of our ideals and our society. At its worst, it could lead to misguided and malevolent attempts to select certain traits, even to create certain kind of children -- to make our children objects rather than cherished individuals. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Being deaf or having any disability is not tragic. But the stereotypes about it are tragic. Miscellaneous
Big bureaucracies in business and government—they fail too. Bureaucracy
Borders cannot be redrawn in blood. War & Peace
But for fate we, the fortunate and the unfortunate, might have been each other. Poverty
Change is certain. Progress is not. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Chemical and biological weaponry will be one of the grave threats to the world. Terrorism
Citizenship is a lifetime job. Citizenship & Patriotism
Come look at the television. Nelson Mandela is being released from prison in South Africa. This is the most important event in your lifetime. Miscellaneous
Compromise is an underrated virtue. The world is awash with dead people because politicians would not compromise. Negotiating & Negotiations
Decent people can stand against mountains of power and move those mountains for the betterment of their children. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Deficits aren't always bad if you invest the money. Bureaucracy
Democracy does not have to be a blood sport … Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line Liberals & Conservatives
Diplomacy and force are two sides of the same coin. Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Don’t forget how quickly people who have lived next to each other for generations have turned on each other. Minorities & Women
Each generation of Americans must define what it means to be an American. Citizenship & Patriotism
Education is economic development. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Enough jokes on me. We need to do more jokes on all of them. I thought this was a press dinner where I get to make fun of the press. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Even people in public life are entitled to some zone of privacy. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
Every fire hydrant in the country will be concerned. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Every great nation puts people first. Policy & Policy Making
Every time we try to do something to improve the environment someone predicts that it will ruin the economy. Environment & Environmentalism
Force should never be the first answer, but sometimes it is the only answer. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Four years ago nobody but nuclear physicists had ever heard of the Internet. Today even my cat, Socks, has his own web page. I'm amazed at that. I meet kids all the time, who have been talking to my cat on the Internet. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Frankly, I'm fed up with politicians in Washington lecturing the rest of us about family values. Our families have values. But our government doesn’t. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Freedom of political speech will never justify violence. Freedom & Liberty
Freedom strengthens stability. Freedom & Liberty
From time to time, capitalism has a tendency to implode. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
Fuck You! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Get a good team and do what you think is right. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Global poverty is a powder keg ignitable by our own indifference. Poverty
Globalization is the central reality of our time. Foreign Trade
Government is a progressive instrument for the common good. Miscellaneous
Great goals are reached step by step. Legislating & Legislative Process
Growth at home depends on growth abroad. Development & Growth
Half the people of the world are living on less than $2 a day. Poverty
History need not be our destiny. History
I am weird. Miscellaneous
I can’t accept it. It may cost me the election, but I’m still not going to sign it. Taxes
I challenge a new generation of young Americans to a season of service. Miscellaneous
I come from a nation of peoples drawn from all around the world. Immigration & Emigration
I did not have sexual relations with that woman–Miss Lewinsky. Scandals
I don’t care how precise your bombs and weapons of war are. When you set them off, innocent people will die. War & Peace
I don’t want you to be a laughing stock … a circus where we just throw people out the minute they make a tough decision. Don’t do this. Don’t do this. Voters, Voting & Elections
I don't know why the Vice President thinks Mario Cuomo and I are members of the cultural elite. Maybe its because we both know how to spell potato. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I experimented with marijuana a time or two. I didn't like it. I didn't inhale it, and never tried it again. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
I have got to lay a foundation of personal security for the working people of this country and their families in order to succeed as your president. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I have never believed we had to choose between either a clean and safe environment or a growing economy. Protecting the health and safety of all Americans doesn’t have to come at the expense of our economy’s bottom line. And creating thriving companies and new jobs doesn’t have to come at the expense of the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, or the natural landscape in which we live. We can, and indeed must, have both. Environment & Environmentalism
I left the White House but I’m still here. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I mean no snub but presidents don't usually march. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
I mean, you know, this idea that somebody we disagree with on economic or social policy or something we have to turn into some kind of ogre or demon, I think, is a mistake. I mean, it's like telling the American people or half the American people that don't agree with you they're all fools. That's just not true. Political Parties & Machines
I micromanage the selection of the cabinet.
I think that people are so insecure in their jobs, they're so uncertain that the people they work for really care about them, they're so uncertain about what their kids are looking at in the future, that people are reluctant to take any risks for change. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I trust the American people. They almost always get it right … Public Opinion & Polling
I want to say again to the American people how profoundly sorry I am for what I said and did to trigger these events and the great burden they have imposed on the Congress and the American people. Miscellaneous
I wish I had intervened in Rwanda. I will spend the rest of my life regretting that I didn’t. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I’ll be with you until the last dog dies. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I’m running for Governor so that all our children can go to kindergarten. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
If a practical man digs himself into a hole, he stops digging; if an ideologue digs himself into a hole, he asks for a bigger shovel. Leaders & Leadership
If the American people are to say yes to U. N. peace keeping, the United Nations must know when to say no. United Nations
If there were women negotiating at Camp David, we would have signed a treaty. Negotiating & Negotiations
If we don’t do the right thing, other nations won’t either. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If we settle for half measures, we will get nothing more. Miscellaneous
If you develop in the old fashioned way there are enormous costs (to the environment)….but we have to demonstrate it, not just tell people. Environment & Environmentalism
If you ever doubt that the people are the boss in a democracy, run for office. Even the President is a hired hand. Public Opinion & Polling
If you make enough decisions in life, you’re bound to make some of them wrong. Miscellaneous
If you really want to live like a Republican, vote Democratic because we give you a better economy. Liberals & Conservatives
If you sit on the sidelines [and not vote], you are responsible for what happens. Voters, Voting & Elections
If you want to do things – to change things – you must run the risk of not succeeding. Leaders & Leadership
If you're going to preach the American dream ..., there's got to be something there at the end of the road. Miscellaneous
I'm against means-testing. I think when people pay into it, it's a trust, they ought to get it back. And I believe the benefits should keep up with inflation. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
I'm fed up with [Republican] politicians in Washington lecturing the rest of us about family values. Our families have values. But our government doesn’t. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
I'm going to focus on the economy like a laser. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
I'm tired of people on trust funds telling people on food stamps how to live. Poverty
In a new democracy, the most important election is the second election. Democracies & Republics
In every society the permanent government is more change averse than the changing government. Bureaucracy
In the last years, the anti-government paradigm has led us into one blind alley after another. Liberals & Conservatives
Is what he is saying true? …. How did this happen? …. I want to get to the bottom of this. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Israel believes, when it comes right down to it America is the only big country that cares whether they live or die. That's why I can say, give up the West Bank, because the Israelis knew that if the Iraqi or the Iranian army came across the Jordan river, I would personally grab a rifle, get in a ditch, and fight and die, and I would. States. Nations & Nationhood
Israel is an oasis of liberty, a home to the oppressed and persecuted. Freedom & Liberty
It depends on what the meaning of “is” is. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
It is time to break the bad habit of expecting something for nothing from our Government or from each other. Let us all take more responsibility not only for ourselves and our families but our communities and our country. Human Nature
It is time to break the bad habit of expecting something for nothing, from our government or from each other. Citizenship & Patriotism
It is time to end social promotion in America’ s schools. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
It seems to me that your country will have to take advantage of the brains and the education and the skills and the capacities of women in order to be what you ought to be and do what you have to do. Equality & Equal Opportunity
It should bother you that some European countries have broadband Internet speeds that are 4 times ours. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
It should bother you that the Internet connections in South Korea average more than 4 times as fast as America’s. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
It was government investment that led to the creation of the Internet. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
It wasn't my finest hour. It wasn't even my finest hour and a half. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
It's easier to talk about leadership if you haven't had to do it. Leaders & Leadership
It's important not to get into the business of characterizing judges based on one decision they make Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
It's not an underclass anymore; it's an outer class. Poverty
It's not so much whether you're gay or not, but whether you can own up to being gay and still have your job or serve your country. Miscellaneous
I've always had both sides mad at me on this issue [abortion]. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
Lawyers are making more money than the cleanup folks are. Environment & Environmentalism
Listen, retaliating for these attacks is all well and good, but we gotta get rid of these guys once and for all. Terrorism
Medical decisions ought to be made by medical doctors—not insurance companies. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Medicare is more than just a program. It reflects our values. It’s one way we honor parents and grandparents and protect our families across the generations. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
Most governors know more about education than other elected officials because education is our major job. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Most of the people we're depending on for our economic future will not graduate from college. It is time we empowered them instead of ignoring them. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Most of us believe that we are morally bound to live as long as we can and to help our neighbors do the same. Policy & Policy Making
My God, what has this country come to when one person has to give you permission to do what's best for the country? Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
My life I was raised to believe that you should never give in—that you should never give up. Miscellaneous
My opponents ask why we haven’t yet solved the Bosnian problem. Well, it started in 1369. Miscellaneous
National service is America at its best. Miscellaneous
Nelson Mandela proved that an great heart is better than a closed mind. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Never look past the next election, because if you do, you may not get past the next election. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
NGOs take a lot of heat off the government and the corporations to try things that are not clearly profitable yet and might fail which would cause too much embarrassment for government. Miscellaneous
No child should graduate from high school with a diploma he or she can’t read. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
No government really rooted in parliamentary democracy should have the power to make its citizens fight and die in a war they may oppose, a war which even possibly may be wrong … Military & Veterans
No nation has ever devalued itself into prosperity. Money, Coins & Minting
No nation, rich or poor, democratic or authoritarian, can escape the fundamental economic imperatives of the global market. No nation can escape its discipline. No nation can avoid its responsibility to do its part Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
No one who works full time and has children should be poor in America. Poverty
No wonder Americans hate politics when, year in and year out, they hear politicians make promises that won't come true because they don't even mean them -- campaign fantasies that win elections but don't get nations moving again. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Nobody takes any change seriously unless there's some money involved. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
None of us can promise any of you that what you now do for a living is absolutely safe from now on. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Not only have [rich] people like me not been asked to sacrifice, but they have had money [tax cuts] thrown at them. Taxes
Now that I am no longer in office, I can say things that may be unpopular… Let’s roll! Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Nowhere are the divisions of race and ethnicity more sharply drawn than in the health of our people. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Okay, here’s what we’re gonna do. We are not running away with our tail between our legs. I’ve already heard from Congress and that’s what they all want to do, get out tomorrow. We’re staying. We are also not gonna flatten Mogadishu to prove we are the big badass superpower. Everybody in the world knows we could do that. We don’t have to prove that to anybody. We are going to send in more troops, with tanks and aircraft and anything else they need. We are going to show force. And we are going to keep delivering the food. If anybody fucks with us, we will respond, massively. And we are going to get the U.N. to finally show up and take over. Tell Boutros he has six months to do that, not one day more. Then…then we will leave. United Nations ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
On streets where statesmen once strolled, a never-ending stream of money now changes hands—tying the hands of those elected to lead. Lobbying & Special Interests
One of the great strengths of the Republicans is that they have no guilt and no shame. They’ll say anything. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
One of the reasons I am running for Governor is to make sure that every child in Arkansas has a chance to go to kindergarten. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Only negotiations can resolve long standing grievances. Negotiating & Negotiations
Our children are being fed a daily dosage of violence …. I know this stuff sells, but that doesn't make it right. Miscellaneous
Our democracy must be not only the envy of the world but the engine of our own renewal. Democracies & Republics
Our infrastructure is just barely adequate to support our current level of economic activity, and our current rate of infrastructure improvement and investment falls vastly short of tomorrow's needs. Development & Growth
Our vision should be of an America where abortion is safe and legal, but rare. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
Parents have a right to know whether their children are mastering the basics. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
People of the world have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power. Public Opinion & Polling
People really don’t care if politicians attack each other with untrue stories. They figure if you don’t want to get hurt, you shouldn’t have filed for office. They figure whatever happens to us, our lives will be better than theirs. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
People throughout the world have always been more impressed by the power of our example than with the example of our power. Power ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
People want the dignity of work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Poverty, discrimination and ignorance decrease growth. Development & Growth
Powerful people maneuver for position and worry endlessly about who is in and who is out, who is up and who is down, forgetting those people whose toil and sweat sends us here and pays our way. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
President's have feelings too. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Protections in law should be protections in fact. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Remove poverty from politics. Poverty
Security and peace are not cheap. Foreign Aid
Some guy invents the bow and arrow and he’s ahead for a little while until some guy invents the shield that catches all the arrows. Military & Veterans
Support what works and stop supporting what does not work. Policy & Policy Making
Terrorists cannot win unless they affect the way we think and act. Terrorism
That’s not the way to create wealth The way to create wealth is to be fair to everybody. Taxes
That's what the United States is about: honorable compromise. Negotiating & Negotiations
The American people would much rather vote for a leader who is strong and wrong than for one who is weak and right.
The best deficit reduction program is a growing economy. Development & Growth
The best social programs we've had in this country are those that have united the middle class and the poor. Miscellaneous
The best technology transfer program is that of MIT. The reason is that they do not take any money for licensing. Instead they take stock. Then they make professors available to the company Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The clock is running down on the Republicans. They’ve only got seven more months to investigate me. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Constitution says I must ask the Senate for consent and advice. The more advice, the more leaks. Secrecy & Transparency
The crowd that is running Washington today has had 12 years and it failed Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The eight men who are survivors of the syphilis study at Tuskegee are a living link to a time not so very long ago that many Americans would prefer not to remember, but we dare not forget. It was a time when our nation failed to live up to its ideals, when our nation broke the trust with our people that is the very foundation of our democracy. It is not only in remembering that shameful past that we can make amends and repair our nation, but it is in remembering that past that we can build a better present and a better future. And without remembering it, we cannot make amends and we cannot go forward…. The United States government did something that was wrong—deeply, profoundly, morally wrong. It was an outrage to our commitment to integrity and equality for all our citizens. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The era of big government is over. Management & Managing Government
The essential thing about democracy is that no one is indispensable. Leaders & Leadership
The forces of global integration are a great tide, inexorably wearing away the established order of things. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The global economy is unruly. Foreign Trade
The globalization of the economy has lifted more people out of poverty than anything else in the history of the world. Foreign Trade
The government is just the people acting together. Public Opinion & Polling
The information age is first and foremost an education age in which education must start at birth and continue throughout a lifetime. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The Israelis know that if the Iraqi or the Iranian army came across the Jordan River, I would personally grab a rifle, get in a ditch, and fight and die Defense & National Security
The military can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The more you live the greater your obligations to the public grow. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The most expensive peace is far less costly than the cheapest war. War & Peace
The most important family policy, urban policy, labor policy, minority policy, and foreign policy America can have is an expanding entrepreneurial economy of high-wage, high-skilled jobs. Development & Growth ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The only test of electability is getting elected. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The only way they could win the election was by stopping the voting in Florida. Voters, Voting & Elections
The people that are getting killed in this deal are small business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of these subsidies. Why? Because they’re not organized. They don’t have any bargaining power with insurance companies. And they’re getting whacked. So you’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care, and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The pharmaceutical industry is spending $1 billion more each year on marketing and lobbying than it does on developing new and better drugs. Business, Commerce & Finance
The price of doing the same old thing is higher than the price of change. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The promise of our future is limitless. Miscellaneous
The reason we vote on the debt ceiling is to pay for past spending. It has nothing to do with what we are going to spend. What you are really saying is “I’m sorry, I am so mad that I don’t want to pay my past debts.” Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The Republican idea of a compromise is that they take only 90 percent of what they want and the Democrats get nothing. Negotiating & Negotiations
The terrorists gave up their lives to kill people. Americans gave up their lives to save people. Terrorism
The typical American-funded [foreign aid] project has American contractors who take, between overheads back home and in-the-area administrative fees, 35 to 50 percent. It used to be, by the way, that every developed country did this, but America is about the only one still doing it. And I’ve been trying to break it for a long time …. I hope I don’t have to be buried knowing that we’re still the only rich country in the world that gives this … percentage of foreign-aid money to our own people. Foreign Aid
The ultimate case for the third way is that it works …. The third way, in the end, must lift our adversaries as well as our friends. Policy & Policy Making
The United States has always been energized by its immigrant populations. America has constantly drawn strength and spirit from wave after wave of immigrants ... They have proved to be the most restless, the most adventurous, the most innovative, the most industrious of people. Immigration & Emigration
The urgent question of our time is whether we can make change our friend and not our enemy. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The world's greatest makers of swords can become the greatest makers of plowshares. Military & Veterans
The worst sin the United States towards Africa is that of ignorant and negligence. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The WTO [World Trade Organization] has been treated for too long like some private priesthood for experts … Foreign Trade
There are different ways to be charismatic. Leaders & Leadership
There are fewer chemical pollutants in the air. Our drinking water is safer. Our food standards have been raised. We've cleaned up more toxic waste sites in three years than the previous administrations did in twelve. The environment is cleaner, and we have fought off the most vigorous assault on environmental protection since we began to protect the environment in 1970. We are moving in the right direction to the 21st century. Environment & Environmentalism
There are times when looking away is simply not enough. Miscellaneous
There are very few people on welfare who like it. Welfare
There comes a time where delay, to get a slightly better decision, is worse than action to get a pretty good decision. Management & Managing Government
There is a constitutional right to travel. But when we pass speed limits and seat belt safety requirements … no one accuses us of “travel control.” Ignore the labels; the facts are your friends. Guns & Gun Control
There is no them in America. Discrimination & Prejudice
There is no way out of playing by the rules of the international economy if you wish to be a part of it. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
There is nothing we can do to assure that this will never happen, but there is a lot we can do to assure that it happens more rarely. Guns & Gun Control
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America. Political Parties & Machines
There is one good thing about no longer being President. You can make your own notes and say what you want. Of course no one cares any more what you say. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
There were two Republican members of the Supreme Court—and God will reward them—who actually took the position that all votes should have been counted Voters, Voting & Elections
There's a lot of evidence you can sell people on tax increases if they think its an investment. Taxes
There's no negative to this except I might lose the [Democratic presidential] nomination to Bob Kerry .... Because he's single, nobody cares who he's screwing. Scandals
This country has been around for over 200 years because we live by hope and vision. Miscellaneous
This country is being killed by people who try to break us down, tear us down and make us little when we have to be big. Miscellaneous
This country's policies should be heavily biased in favor of non-discrimination. Discrimination & Prejudice
This Middle East thing is maddening. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Those of us in public life have to realize that our words reach the contented and the demented. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
To be a party you have to have a national message. Political Parties & Machines
To ensure a healthier and more abundant world, we simply must slow the world’s explosive growth in population. Development & Growth
Today we are ending welfare as we know it. Welfare
Today, as an old order passes, the new world is more free but less stable. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Together if we can; alone if we must. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Tonight I come before you to announce that the Federal Deficit will be simply zero. Budgets & Budgeting
Tonight, I come before you to announce that the federal deficit, once so incomprehensibly large that it had eleven zeroes, will be, simply zero. Budgets & Budgeting
Trust the people. They’ll get it right. They always do. Public Opinion & Polling
Voters are naturally suspicious of politicians. Voters, Voting & Elections
Voters instinctively know that they will have to live with the consequences of their decision. Voters, Voting & Elections
We all have an obligation to move beyond anecdotes. Policy & Policy Making
We are here to celebrate the completion of the first survey of the entire human genome. Without a doubt, this is the most important, most wondrous map ever produced by human kind. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
We came here today partly in recognition that we in the United States and the world community did not do as much as we could have and should have done to try to limit what occurred. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We can revere our past, but we cannot re-capture it. History
We can’ t renew our country unless more of us—I mean all of us—are willing to join churches. Religion & God
We can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We can’t influence other countries’ decisions if we send them a message that we’re backing away from trade. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We can’t prevent every conflict or stop every outrage War & Peace
We cannot and will not surrender our border to those who wish to exploit our history of compassion and justice. Immigration & Emigration
We cannot have profits at the expense of our children. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Capitalism
We cannot idealize technology. Technology is only and always the reflection of our own imagination, and its uses must be conditioned by our own values. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans to legitimately own handguns and rifles -- it's something I strongly support -- we can't be so fixated on that that we are unable to think about the reality of life that millions of Americans face on streets that are unsafe, under conditions that no other nation […] has permitted to exist. And at some point, I still hope that the leadership of the National Rifle Association will go back to doing what it did when I was a boy and which made me want to be a lifetime member because they put out valuable information about hunting and marksmanship and safe use of guns. But just to know of the conditions we face today in a lot of our cities and other places in this country and the enormous threat to public safety is amazing. Guns & Gun Control
We Democrats think the country works better with a strong middle class, real opportunities for poor people to work their way into it and a relentless focus on the future, with business and government working together to promote growth and broadly shared prosperity. We think "we're all in this together" is a better philosophy than "you're on your own”. Liberals & Conservatives
We do know that global warming has led to the increase in number and intensity of weather events. Environment & Environmentalism
We have collapsed distances, taken down walls, and spread information. Foreign Trade
We have got to put a human face on the global economy. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
We have heard the trumpets. We have changed the guard. And now, each in our own way, and with God's help, we must answer the call. Miscellaneous
We have to ask people who produce things [entertainment] to consider their consequence—especially with children. Media, Journalism & The Press
We have torn down the barriers in our laws. Now we must break down the barriers in our lives, our minds and our hearts … Discrimination & Prejudice
We have voted. The people have spoken. It’s just going to take a little while to figure out what we said. Voters, Voting & Elections
We make it harder to raise kids than just about any other country. Families, Children & Parenting
We must close the digital divide. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
We must compete or retreat. Foreign Trade
We must help parents protect their children from the gravest health threat that they face -- an epidemic of teen smoking, spread by multimillion dollar marketing campaigns. I challenge Congress -- let's pass bipartisan, comprehensive legislation that will improve public health, protect our tobacco farmers and change the way tobacco companies do business forever. Let's do what it takes to bring teen smoking down. Let's raise the price of cigarettes by up to $1.50 a pack over the next 10 years with penalties on the tobacco industry if it keeps marketing to our children. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
We must never let a blizzard of statistics blind us to the real lives and people behind them. Policy & Policy Making
We must not confuse protocol with principle. Discrimination & Prejudice
We need to get our heads on straight about what is strength and what is weakness. Leaders & Leadership ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We need to make certain the government has the tools to assure American workers they can put their savings—and their trust—into a system that will be there when they need it most. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We should do more than tolerate our diversity. We should honor and celebrate it.. Minorities & Women
We should make election day a national holiday. Voters, Voting & Elections
We spend a lot of money fixing things after they're broken. Management & Managing Government
We will not leave the men and the women who helped to win the cold war out in the cold. Military & Veterans
Wealthy nations cannot grow richer unless they have customers beyond their border. Foreign Trade
What always happens if you have automatic sanctions legislation is it puts enormous pressure on whoever is in the executive branch to fudge an evaluation of the facts. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
What matters most is finding practical, pragmatic solutions .... Ideological purity is for partisan extremists. Management & Managing Government
What should we do with this projected surplus? I have a simple four-word answer: Save Social Security first. Budgets & Budgeting ;Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
What you earn is largely determined by what you learn. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When I disagree with the President on foreign policy, I ought to do it on American soil. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
When I was in England I experimented with marijuana a time or two—and didn't like it—and didn't inhale and never tried it again Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
When nations are willing to undertake serious economic reform, we should help them to do it. Foreign Aid ;Freedom & Liberty
When our memories outweigh our dreams we become old. And America is forever young. Miscellaneous
When our vital interests are challenged, or the will and conscience of the international community is defied, we will act; with peaceful diplomacy whenever possible, with force when necessary. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
When the Japanese say yes to us, they often mean no. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly. That is, when we set up this country, abuse of people by Government was a big problem. So if you read the Constitution, it's rooted in the desire to limit the ability of — Government's ability to mess with you, because that was a huge problem. It can still be a huge problem. But it assumed that people would basically be raised in coherent families, in coherent communities, and they would work for the common good, as well as for the individual welfare. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
When you leave the White House, you wonder if you’ll ever draw a crowd again. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
When you stifle human potential, when you don’t invest in new ideas, it doesn’t just cut off the people who are affected. It hurts us all. Development & Growth
When you're President you have to make a lot of tough decisions. You have to keep lining them up and making them. Management & Managing Government
Where are all our friends?
Who does he think the fucking superpower is? Diplomacy & Diplomats
Who would have thought that the Republicans who made a living for decades deriding Old Europe would embrace their economic policies. Liberals & Conservatives
With an insurgency, people are the prize. We can win every battle and still lose the war. Terrorism
Without deficit reduction, we cannot have sustained economic growth. Development & Growth
Working at the White House is a great privilege, but I know it is also often a burden on you, and on the family and friends to whom you turn for support. That has meant long days, late nights, and many weekends here. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
You always have to decide whether an international problem is like a skinned knee or an abscessed tooth. If it’s a skinned knew with a scab and you start messing with the scab you can make it worse. But if you let it alone, it will heal itself. If it is an abscessed tooth, and you leave it alone, it will only fester more and become a bigger problem. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
You can’t blame your opponents for applying a strategy that beats your brains out with regularity Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You can't have generation after generation not knowing work. Poverty
You don’t have to wait till your party’s in power to have an impact on life at home and around the world Political Parties & Machines ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
You don’t want an appointee who will agree with you all the time. If two smart people are both thinking they are going to disagree with each other sooner or later. You want an appointee who may not always agree with you but one of whom you can always be proud.
You have to live in the present; not on memories. History
You say different things to a foreign country in public than you say in public. Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
You’ve got to give him one thing. A guy has to have some brass for attacking someone for what he did himself. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Your biggest threat is bin Laden! Terrorism
A lot of presidential memoirs, they say, are dull and self-serving. I hope mine is interesting and self-serving. Hope
American and Israel share a special bond. Our relationship is unique among all nations. Like America, Israel is a strong democracy, a symbol of freedom, and an oasis of liberty, a home to the oppressed and persecuted. Freedom & Liberty
Because primarily of the power of the Internet, people of modest means can band together and amass vast sums of money that can change the world for some public good if they all agree. Money, Coins & Minting
Being president is like running a cemetery: you've got a lot of people under you and nobody's listening.
Character is a journey, not a destination.
I am grateful to President George W. Bush for PEPFAR, which is saving the lives of millions of people in poor countries and to both Presidents Bush for the work we've done together after the South Asia tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the Haitian earthquake. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I am in support of the NRA position on gun control.
I believe I'm a better authority than anybody else in America on my own wife. I have never known a person with a stronger sense of right and wrong in my life ever. Life
I came of age believing that, no matter what happened, I would always be able to support myself.
I don't believe you can find any evidence of the fact that I have changed government policy solely because of a contribution. Government
I haven't eaten at a McDonald's since I became President. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I like the job. That's what I'll miss the most... I'm not sure anybody ever liked this as much as I've liked it.
I personally don't believe we ought to be raising taxes or cutting spending, either one, until we get this economy off the ground. I'll pay more, but it won't solve the problem.
I still believe in a place called Hope. Hope
I want American Dream growth - lots of new businesses, well-paying jobs, and American leadership in new industries, like clean energy and biotechnology. Leaders & Leadership
If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program. War & Peace
If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit. Life
If you think the President was right to open the doors of American opportunity to young immigrants brought here as children who want to go to college or serve in the military, you should vote for Barack Obama.
If you want a future of shared prosperity, where the middle class is growing and poverty is declining, where the American Dream is alive and well, and where the United States remains the leading force for peace and prosperity in a highly competitive world, you should vote for Barack Obama. Future ;War & Peace
In a world with no systems, with chaos, everything becomes a guerilla struggle, and this predictability is not there. And it becomes almost impossible to save lives, educate kids, develop economies, whatever.
In the new economy, information, education, and motivation are everything. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
In today's knowledge-based economy, what you earn depends on what you learn. Jobs in the information technology sector, for example, pay 85 percent more than the private sector average. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
It turns out that advancing equal opportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics, because discrimination, poverty and ignorance restrict growth, while investments in education, infrastructure and scientific and technological research increase it, creating more good jobs and new wealth for all of us. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
It's heartbreaking to see so many people trapped in a web of enforced idleness, deep debt, and gnawing self-doubt.
Let me say this as clearly as I can: No matter how sharp a grievance or how deep a hurt, there is no justification for killing innocents.
Let us all take more responsibility, not only for ourselves and our families but for our communities and our country.
My fellow Americans, you have to decide what kind of country you want to live in. If you want a you're on your own, winner take all society you should support the Republican ticket. If you want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibilities - a 'we're all in it together' society, you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Society
My plan after office is to get up and spend that entire first day helping my wife move into her new senatorial office.
One of the main reasons America should re-elect President Obama is that he is still committed to cooperation. He appointed Republican Secretaries of Defense, the Army and Transportation. He appointed a Vice President who ran against him in 2008.
One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.
Our democracy must be not only the envy of the world but the engine of our own renewal. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.
Part of our essential humanity is paying respect to what God gave us and what will be here a long time after we're gone. Time ;Respect ;Religion & God
Poor Darrell Hammond. What's he going to do when I leave office?
Posterity is the world to come; the world for whom we hold our ideals, from whom we have borrowed our planet, and to whom we bear sacred responsibility. We must do what America does best: offer more opportunity to all and demand responsibility from all.
President Obama has offered a plan with 4 trillion dollars in debt reduction over a decade, with two and a half dollars of spending reductions for every one dollar of revenue increases, and tight controls on future spending. It's the kind of balanced approach proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission. Future
President Obama started with a much weaker economy than I did. Listen to me now. No president, not me, not any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years.
President Obama's approach embodies the values, the ideas, and the direction America must take to build a 21st century version of the American Dream in a nation of shared opportunities, shared prosperity and shared responsibilities.
President Obama's record on national security is a tribute to his strength, and judgment, and to his preference for inclusion and partnership over partisanship.
Promising too much can be as cruel as caring too little.
Remember, Republican economic policies quadrupled the debt before I took office and doubled it after I left. We simply can't afford to double-down on trickle-down.
Saddam Hussein didn't kill 3,100 people on Sept. 11. Osama bin Laden did, and as far as we know he's still alive.
Sometimes when people are under stress, they hate to think, and it's the time when they most need to think. Time
Strength and wisdom are not opposing values.
The 22nd Amendment should probably be modified to say two consecutive terms instead of two terms for a lifetime.
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. History ;Government
Though I often disagree with Republicans, I never learned to hate them the way the far right that now controls their party seems to hate President Obama and the Democrats.
Today, many companies are reporting that their number one constraint on growth is the inability to hire workers with the necessary skills.
We must teach our children to resolve their conflicts with words, not weapons.
Well, first of all, I think that a lot of the voters who are voting for the tea party candidates have really good impulses. That is, they believe that for years and years and years, the people with wealth and power or government power have done well and ordinary people have not. That's true. Power ;Government
When I think about the world I would like to leave to my daughter and the grandchildren I hope to have, it is a world that moves away from unequal, unstable, unsustainable interdependence to integrated communities - locally, nationally and globally - that share the characteristics of all successful communities. Hope
When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the Worldwide Web... Now even my cat has its own page.
When some Republican governors asked to try new ways to put people on welfare back to work, the Obama Administration said they would only do it if they had a credible plan to increase employment by 20%. You hear that? More work. So the claim that President Obama weakened welfare reform's work requirement is just not true. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When times are tough and people are frustrated and angry and hurting and uncertain, the politics of constant conflict may be good, but what is good politics does not necessarily work in the real world. What works in the real world is cooperation. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When times are tough, constant conflict may be good politics but in the real world, cooperation works better. After all, nobody's right all the time, and a broken clock is right twice a day. Time ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
When we make college more affordable, we make the American dream more achievable.
Where are the jobs going to come from? Small business, manufacturing and clean energy. Where's the money to finance them? The banks and the corporations in America today have lots of money that they can invest right now. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Money, Coins & Minting
Work is about more than making a living, as vital as that is. It's fundamental to human dignity, to our sense of self-worth as useful, independent, free people. Independence ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You are the most powerful cultural force in the world.
You can put wings on a pig, but you don't make it an eagle.
You have to make a conscious decision to change for your own well-being and that of your family and your country. Families, Children & Parenting
You know, everybody makes mistakes when they are president.