Top 10 of Barack Obama Quotes of Change

Barack Obama with Stars and Stripes

Yesterday I heard this little podcast on the spiritual website about a peom for Barack Obama . In the introduction he says “This guy isn’t just a politician. He is a teacher, a leader. Obama is to politics what Mozart was to music.

An amazing statement but it rings true. He is mindful, elegant and with a big heart. You get the feeling that as a politician he not only talks about integrity but actually has it. Looking from the outside (Germany) to the approaching election one dares to say: America, Obama is the best thing that could happen to you now! The only thing you have to do is make it happen.

I actually researched some of his speeches and found the following 10 Quotes to be most inspiring and convincing, I hope you do too.

10. Generations

“It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.”

9. Purpose

“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”

8. Ability

“We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks to come. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we’ve been told that we’re not ready, or that we shouldn’t try, or that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people. Yes we can.”
- Speech following New Hampshire Primary January 8, 2008.

7. Courage

“As Americans, we can take enormous pride in the fact that courage has been inspired by our own struggle for freedom, by the tradition of democratic law secured by our forefathers and enshrined in our Constitution. It is a tradition that says all men are created equal under the law and that no one is above it.”

6. Unity

“There is not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America — there is the United States of America”

5. Destiny

“The true test of the American ideal is whether we’re able to recognize our failings and then rise together to meet the challenges of our time. Whether we allow ourselves to be shaped by events and history, or whether we act to shape them.”
- speech, Jun. 4, 2005

4. Potential

“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”

3. Values

“If we aren’t willing to pay a price for our values, if we aren’t willing to make some sacrifices in order to realize them, then we should ask ourselves whether we truly believe in them at all.”
- quote from his book, “Audacity of Hope” (Chapter 2)

2. Change

“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.”
- Speech following Super Tuesday results, Feb 5, 2008.

1. Hope

“Hope is what led a band of colonists to rise up against an empire; what led the greatest of generations to free a continent and heal a nation; what led young women and young men to sit at lunch counters and brave fire hoses and march through Selma and Montgomery for freedom’s cause. Hope is what led me here today–with a father from Kenya, a mother from Kansas; and a story that could only happen in the United States of America. Hope is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us; by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is; who have courage to remake the world as it should be.”
- speech, Jan. 3, 2008

Bonus: on himself

“I’m in this race not just to hold an office, but to gather with you to transform a nation.”
- February 10, 2007 Presidential announcement.

“Change doesn’t come from Washington. Change comes to Washington.”
- Speech in Denver, Aug. 28, 2008

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  • Richard X. Thripp

    October 7, 2008

    We now have an empire on our hands far worse than the British.

    What great changes has Obama made in his years in the Senate, or his decades in government?

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  • Psiplex

    October 8, 2008

    Really enjoying the site until today’s post. Didn’t see the meshing of your direction. As a new visitor, I have no true grasp of your vista, but it just seemed like a jarring turn after reading your previous articles. Not bad or good but just left me with a ‘oh’ with no place to go.

    Really like your insightful and inspirational postings so will return again after a while.


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  • Myrko

    October 8, 2008

    Psiplex, thanks for your feedback! I’m also just experimenting with some posts, maybe it’s the politcal topic.

    But let’s face it, the latest 8 years were no pleasure even looking from the outside to politics in the US. It has a huge influence to the whole world. I think Obama would be a huge improvement for the world. I don’t say he fits into the spiritual discussions we had here, of course. Then again I don’t see how a politician/party can express spirituality today without running into problems, especially if there is a campaign running approaching an election.

    I think the post fits very well into the area of personal development, as deep as a politician can express it in public (which is also very limited).

  • Flora Morris Brown, Ph.D.

    October 8, 2008

    This was wonderful post, especially since it comes from an “outsider.” Thanks for pulling together these quotes of change.

    We may not all favor Obama, but surely we all value hope and positive change.

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  • Myrko

    October 8, 2008

    Flora, I hope so ;) … and thanks. Although 94% of the readers seem to favour Obama (according to the survey top right).

  • James Seay

    October 9, 2008

    Great information! I look forward to more inspirational quotes.

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  • muhadeeb

    October 25, 2008

    con men fog our beliefs
    maggots joyous in their feast
    butterflies remorse to their cocoons

  • Mark

    October 27, 2008

    “Quotes of change” and Obama don’t go in the same sentence.

    We elect representatives to effect change through government. Representatives vote. On good days, Barak has voted. He has not led.

    In 8 years in the Illinois state legislature, 3 years in the U.S. Senate (2 of which he’s been running for president), I challenge anyone to name a piece of major legislation that Barry Obama has sponsored???

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    November 1, 2008

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  • erikwynstra

    February 13, 2009

    Hope and change. You keep using those words. I do not think they mean what you think they mean.

  • Myrko

    February 18, 2009

    Aha, so what do you think they mean?

  • William

    February 20, 2009

    Obama is a clever man and I truely admire him and he has shown that anyone from any background can really become president. This is not an attack as I said before I hope he does what is best for the nationa and will give him the benefit of the doubt. But when he says change its a sneaky word to use because if americans really knew a 800 billion dollar stimulus bill would come out of that and the expansion of the government I dont think they would have elected him. I think within the next 4 years we as a nation will be more like socialist France and that is scary to me. Hope is that he will do what is best but doesn’t mean he will do what is right.

  • Andrew Yu-Jen Wang

    March 6, 2009

    Speaking of Barack Obama:

    Barack Obama is a racial-minority individual, and in his heart and mind he inevitably does not endorse hate crimes committed by George W. Bush.

    George W. Bush committed hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism (indicated in my blog).

    George W. Bush did in fact commit innumerable hate crimes.

    And I do solemnly swear by Almighty God that George W. Bush committed other hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism which I am not at liberty to mention.

    Many people know what Bush did.

    And many people will know what Bush did—even to the end of the world.

    Bush was absolute evil.

    Bush is now like a fugitive from justice.

    Bush is a psychological prisoner.

    Bush has a lot to worry about.

    Bush can technically be prosecuted for hate crimes at any time.

    In any case, Bush will go down in history in infamy.

    Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang
    B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
    Messiah College, Grantham, PA
    Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993

    I am not sure where I had read it before, but anyway, it is a linguistically excellent statement, and it goes kind of like this: “If only it were possible to ban invention that bottled up memories so they never got stale and faded.” Oh wait—off the top of my head—I think the quotation came from my Lower Merion High School yearbook.

  • Sensual photography

    June 12, 2009

    “You are who you are and where you are in life because of what has gone into your mind. But the good news is, you can change who you are and where you are in life by changing what goes into your mind.”

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  • used tires

    August 10, 2010

    Interesting that you put Hope as the first in your top 10 list, because yeah that’s what Obama is all about. How do you feel about Obama 2 years later?

    Till then,


  • meditationguru

    October 16, 2010

    ALL political leaders are good orators, nothing special about Obama, wait and watch.

  • Sell Textbooks

    January 12, 2011

    He has been able to do some good in the past two years lets hope he keeps the ball rolling. great quotes thanks~!

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  • T.G.

    May 13, 2011

    Wow! What a quote!
    “I’m in this race not just to hold an office, but to gather with you to transform a nation.”
    - February 10, 2007 Presidential announcement.

    America is the greatest nation on Earth. Look at how many people around the world want to come here. Why is that? America is truly the land of opportunity, if, you are willing to work for it. Unfortunately we are becoming a nation of entitlement seekers. More and more people feel entitled to what us hard working people have earned. We do more than any nation to help the world, and Barack Hussein Obama want to transform this nation! Into what? A socialist nation full of takers. You know, “redistribute the wealth”. God help the USA. Hopefully America will wake up and vote Obama out in 2012. How’s that “hope and change” working out?

  • Leshawn Thomas

    June 9, 2011

    According to a recent poll, only 82% of Democrats would re-elect Barack Obama if they could vote today. They voted for hope and ended up with change.

  • Property Marbella

    June 19, 2011

    Personally do I like Obama’s;
    Americans … Still believe in an America Where Anything’s Possible – Do They just does not think their leaders do.

  • b.mclane

    August 8, 2011

    Its Nov. 8th ,2011. Obama has been in office for over 2.5 years. In that short time he and the DEMS have raised our debt limit from 5.4 T to 16.8 Trillion. We have record unemployment of 9.1% and a real underemployment of 20%. Home foreclosures and bankruptcy are at all time highs. We are in 3 wars and the progress we made in 2 is eroding due to early pull outs and the 3rd is unconstitutional. Business sits on trillions of investment money cause this administration is busy adding 4000 business regulations to the books. Just last Friday they added 300 in one swoop. He has an unknown number of “CZARS” who superceed our elected form of government and whose work/ damage is hidden. He has reinitiated BIG TIME CLASS ENVY and racial hatred . Washington is a name calling , responsibility dodging snake pit and yesterday S&P downgraded the USA’s AAA rating for the first time in our history. YOU CAN’T SAY HE DID NOT TELL YOU HE WOULD “REINVENT” AMERICA AND YOU DID NOT SEE THIS COMING. Meshed in with all the soaring BS you so rave about he told you he would destroy America. But like a naive teenage girl all you could muster is how dreamy Obama is.
    BTW: Germany is now the “BANK OF EUROPE”. So kiss your independence good bye.

  • Peggy Martinez

    August 10, 2011

    Do you STILL believe any of what you originally posted? If you do, then YOU are the “dreamer” here, since NONE of it has proven to be true! There’s no problem in hoping for the goals that you THOUGHT this man was promising — the problem comes in if you still believe that this LIAR actually MEANT any of what he was telling you…….it’s obvious that he DIDN’T!

  • zenpistolero

    September 27, 2011

    Wow. People have their political beliefs and decide that their guy is good and the other guy is bad. I’ll stick to some relevant facts.

    After the 1920 crash, part of the New Deal was the Glass-Steagall Act which regulated bankers and investment companies so that a crash in one couldn’t take down the other. It served this country well for many decades.

    It was repealed by Clinton. What followed deregulation is progressively bigger booms and busts.

    Bush certainly did nothing to fix the economy. Tax cuts reduced government revenue while funding a war increased expenditures. [OPINION: The only policy more stupid than "tax and spend" is "don't tax and spend anyway."]

    As soon as Obama was a credible threat to Hillary for the Dem nomination, the financial giants contributed heavily to his campaign. Goldman Sachs was President Barack Obama’s number one private contributor, with nearly one million dollars in contributions.

    Obama did not fire all the money people from the Bush administration, and now he is printing hundreds of billions of new dollars on a regular basis.

    rep/dem? They are all bought and paid for before they take office and they work for the “owners” that George Carlin referred to in his act.

    A little intellectual honesty goes a long way, but it tends to be unpopular.

  • Sonny K

    December 4, 2011

    If one voice can change a room,
    then it can change a city,
    and if it can change a city, it can change a state,
    and if it can change a state, it can change a nation,
    and if it can change a nation, it can change the world.

    Note that the economy is no longer in free fall. It has stopped and now moving up–jobs are being created. What most people fail to realize is that if he hadn’t made some of those bold moves ( and yes, no one is perfect; is among corrupt politicians), the country would still be in one of the worst depressions ever.

  • Corey

    July 18, 2012

    Sonny K “Note that the economy is no longer in free fall. ”
    What a difference 8 months makes. The economy is falling back into recession, small businesses are still terrified of hiring in Obama’s economy.

    The economy is back in “free fall” because the stimulus spending ran out….. Thats a great metric to the failure of the presidents policies. We blew a trillion dollars on a stimulus package that didn’t stimulate worth beans…. congratualations Obama. The next several generations will be paying that stimulus bill off that did NADA.

  • Zara

    September 28, 2012

    “Obama is to politics what Mozart was to music”: are you kidding me? That is without a doubt one of the most untrue, insanely inflated statements I’ve read in a long time. In America it doesn’t matter who you vote for: the policy will in the end be the same. Case in point: Timothy Geithner is the Secretary for the Treasury in Obama’s administration and he’s a known Goldman-Sachs man… Enough said really: you must be rather dim to expect a solution to the economic and financial crisis from a former representative to the bank that started the original problem. America is not a democracy btw but a plutocracy: those with money rule, i.e the big banks and companies, most definately not the common people who are being fleeced at every opportunity. Summation of the upcoming election: do you want the puppet on the left or the puppet on the right?

  • Mike Cornelison

    October 26, 2012

    What a miserable four years we’ve had to endure with the reality of Barack Obama vs. the rhetoric. We’ve gone from HOPE and CHANGE to BLAME and SHAME.

  • Kathryn Morse

    October 28, 2012

    What horrible comments many people have made. I love the quotes! Keep up the good fight!

  • John

    November 8, 2012

    Obama is successful because he knows enough to keep people needing him and the government. As long as people stay addicted to his entitlements the US as we know it is doomed. Destined to become a socialist country which is NOT what our founding fathers envisioned. Dam shame.

  • Fred Stein

    July 16, 2013

    Wake up America! Twice you have elected The Great Deceiver. The one who was going to run the most transparent administration in history. Just look at the number of FOIA requests that build up day after day. How many times has his Department of Justice thumbed their nose at congress, lied to their faces, ignored deadlines for information on all the mounting scandals surronding The Great Deceiver? He has surely been the most lawless administration in history, picking and choosing which laws he will enforce, berating the Supreme Court and congress when he doesn’t get his way. Actually saying he’ll have to go around them both to get things done. Don’t be so sure he won’t run a third time, who will stop him? The media lap dogs? Congress? The Supremes? The IRS will audit them into the ground or the Department of Homeland Security will get out their 2 billion rounds of hollow point ammo and dissuade anyone who wants to change the occupant of the White House.

  • Charles Sawe N

    October 17, 2013

    Talk what you may, think what you could, but the truth remains Obama is a great leader the world has ever witnesed. I hope I was an American citizen

  • Mike Cornelison

    October 18, 2013

    When you can catch him off the teleprompter, every now and then the real Obama slips through:

    “It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

    “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

    Obama calling fellow Americans “enemies”: “If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.”

  • abey

    March 10, 2014

    The Financial & Moral problems of America in the latter times can said to have come from the time of the Clintons, for in his days were plenty creating indulgences except that by his polices used up the reserve , to mean that which was to have been for the future, for when the future came it was to the famine for the polices which where to be used then was already used up. To say the indulgences itself became the cause to the famine , continued through the Bushes by American internal & external adventurisms & to correct it, the living blood of the poor of this world are extracted, all for the sake of cheap indulgences of some , likewise came the Moral decline into its indulgence to the core “Sodom” Like Solomon given those Glorious wisdom misused it by going against the Commandments of God to become the first great Apostate. The whole Moral of this is , Man does not deserve more than what is actually required, proves the sin in him unable to handle the truth.. This is why the Lord’s prayer teaches to ask of the manner “Give us thus day our daily bread”

  • Craig C

    July 10, 2014

    Ready through Obama’s fatuous quotes is a little like being stuck on a slow elevator with someone suffering extreme flatulence. It stinks and you’ve got nowhere to go.

    Here is a guy whose wheels are stuck in a ditch and he doesn’t have the good sense to pause, see where he is at, and change direction so he can get back on the right track. He stumbles from one scandal to the next, actually using oncoming scandals to deflect public contemplation of what is going on in his flailing administration. He will not listen to anyone he doesn’t like (read Republicans), counts on a) mental morons like John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, b) incompetent twits like Hillary Clinton and Kathleen Sebelius, c) shady fixers like Eric Holder, and d) fanatical ideologues like Gina McCarthy.

    Now the Middle East is roiling in armed conflict; our ambassador is killed in Benghazi; the IRS is engaged in a criminal coverup after targeting conservative groups; the EPA is out to kill the coal industry and now thinks it can steal money from those who it believes violate its self-imposed policies; the Justice Department is now a political wing of the Democratic Party; the administration is releasing violent, extremely dangerous Taliban leaders for a deserter; thousands of Central American children are streaming across our unprotected southern border and are being consigned to concentration camps; “red lines” do nothing to halt the slaughter of people in Syria and Iran continues to develop nuclear weapons; the American public is awaiting the next fiasco this fall with Obamacare; and oh, did I mention that our country is now more than $17 trillion in debt? Sorry about that.

    These are such hard times for someone as “elegant” and “brilliant” as Obama. Maybe he should take a little time away from all of these many problems and have a beer, shoot some pool, or play a few rounds of golf. He’s earned it.


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