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  • I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying.
    (Barack Obama)

  • None of us wants to see any fraud or waste in government spending, ... But nowhere should we be more willing to give people the benefit of the doubt than with the brave men and women who served our country.
    (Barack Obama)

  • If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.
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  • It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label.
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  • These shells behind us, these casings, are a testimony to the decades that have been spent creating weapons of destruction, ... The hopes in the programs that have been discussed today are that we can start using our resources to dismantle these arms and create a more peaceful and safe future for the people of Ukraine and for people all around the world.
    (Barack Obama)


  • The thing about hip-hop today is it's smart, it's insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable.
    (Barack Obama)

  • I don't understand how you could have a situation where you've got several days' notice of an enormous hurricane building in the Gulf Coast, you know that New Orleans is 6 feet below sea level. ... The notion that you don't have good plans in place just does not make sense,
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  • And we have done more in the two and a half years that I've been in here than the previous 43 Presidents to uphold that principle, whether it's ending "don't ask, don't tell," making sure that gay and lesbian partners can visit each other in hospitals, making sure that federal benefits can be provided to same-sex couples.
    (Barack Obama)

  • You know, my faith is one that admits some doubt.
    (Barack Obama)

  • lift this candidate up.
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  • When the federal government would actually save millions of dollars by forgoing the status quo and actually sending evacuees on a luxurious six-month cruise it is time to rethink how we are conducting oversight. A short-term temporary solution has turned into a long-term, grossly overpriced sweetheart deal for a cruise line.
    (Barack Obama)

  • held no public office, she wasn't a wealthy woman, didn't appear in the society pages, she did not have an advanced degree (but) when the history of this country is written ... it is this small quiet woman whose name will be remembered.
    (Barack Obama)

  • You know, one of the things I think you understand as president is you're held responsible for everything, but you don't always have control of everything, right?
    (Barack Obama)

  • I just want to go through Central Park and watch folks passing by. Spend the whole day watching people. I miss that.
    (Barack Obama)

  • So while an incredible amount of progress has been made, on this fifth anniversary, I wanted to come here and tell the people of this city directly: My administration is going to stand with you - and fight alongside you - until the job is done. Until New Orleans is all the way back, all the way.
    (Barack Obama)


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