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“I know that gaps can be closed. And they can be closed substantially, more than I think we believe.”

 

Barack Obama

“Theoretically, there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100 per cent of income so long as the people get benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed.”

 

Barack Obama, Sr.

“If I were German and I had a vote, I might support Angela Merkel.”

 

Barack Obama

“[Young people] are showing enormous and entrepreneurship and working with each other across borders.”

 

Barack Obama

“If people, whether they are conservative or liberal, left or right, are unwilling to compromise and engage in the democratic process, and are taking absolutist views, and demonizing opponents, then democracy will break down.”

 

Barack Obama

“I think my most important advice is to understand what are the foundations of a healthy democracy and how we have to engage in citizenship continuously, not just when something upsets us; not just when there’s an election or when an issue pops up for a few weeks. It’s hard work.”

 

Barack Obama

“I have got to figure out a system because I have bad filing, sorting, and organizing habits.”

 

Barack Obama

“If you look at countries like South Africa, where you had a black majority, there have been efforts to tax and help that black majority, but it hasn’t come in the form of a formal reparations program.”

 

Barack Obama

“One of the things you learn as president is, as powerful as this office is, you have limited bandwidth. And the time goes by really quickly and you’re constantly making choices, and there are pressures on you from all different directions – pressures on your attention, not just pressures from different constituencies. And so you have to be pretty focused about where can you have the biggest, quickest impact.”

 

Barack Obama

“Certainly I’ve appreciated Angela Merkel as a partner.”

 

Barack Obama

“Sometimes it may seem as if progress is stalled but what history of post-war Germany shows is that strength and determination and focus and adherence to the values that we care about will result in a better future for our children and our grandchildren.”

 

Barack Obama

“I try to make it a rule not to meddle in other people’s politics.”

 

Barack Obama

“I think what is true is that there’s been an underlying division in the United States. Some of it has to do with the fact that economic growth and recovery tends to be stronger in the cities and in urban areas. In some rural areas, particularly those that were reliant on manufacturing, there has been weaker growth, stagnation, people feeling as if their children won’t do as well as they will.”

 

Barack Obama

“If everything seems to be the same and no distinctions are made, then we won’t know what to protect. We won’t know what to fight for.”

 

Barack Obama

“The 20th Century was a bloodbath, and for all the frustrations and failures of the project to unify Europe, the last five decades have been periods of unprecedented peace, growth, and prosperity in Europe.”

 

Barack Obama

“This kind of game in which anybody who I know, regardless of how flimsy the relationship is, that somehow their ideas could be attributed to me, I think the American people are smarter than that. They’re not going to suggest somehow that that is reflective of my views, because it obviously isn’t.”

 

Barack Obama

“I continue to believe when I said in Hanover, that the E.U. remains one of the world’s great political and economic achievements, and that those achievements should not be taken for granted.”

 

Barack Obama

“I think that when it comes to Social Security, all of us want to make sure that our senior citizens can retire with dignity and respect. And everybody has to be open-minded in thinking how do we firm up a system that, in fact, is going to be in difficulty in the coming years.”

 

Barack Obama

“I think we would have made a lot more mistakes and would have accomplished a lot less had we not been grounded in some basic truths.”

 

Barack Obama

“A lot of countries have advanced capabilities. And given the vulnerabilities of our infrastructure and our economies to digital platforms, we have to be careful in making sure that this doesn’t become a lawless, low-level battlefield.”

 

Barack Obama