"Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, I am an ardent believer in the free market."
"I, like most of the American people, don't begrudge people success or wealth. That is part of the free-market system."
"Like it or not, we have to have a financial system that is healthy and functioning."
"What do you think a stimulus is? It's spending - that's the whole point! Seriously. "
“Now, if you hear some of the critics, they'll say, well, the Recovery Act, I don't know if that's really worked, because we still have high unemployment. But what they fail to understand is that every economist, from the left and the right, has said, because of the Recovery Act, what we've started to see is at least a couple of million jobs that have either been created or would have been lost. The problem is, 7 million jobs were lost during the course of this recession.”
"I will cut taxes - cut taxes - for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class."
"I can make a firm pledge, under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes. "
"You will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime."
"We need earmark reform, and when I'm President, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely."
"You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig."
Spreading Da Wealth
"I think when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody."
"I don't take a dime of their [lobbyist] money, and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House."
"I hope I said 100,000 people the first time instead of 100 million. I understand I said there were 57 states today. It's a sign that my numeracy is getting a little, uh." (At that point, an aide cut him off and ushered journalists out.)
“I bowled a 129….it was like Special Olympics, or something.”
"A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, 'Huh. It works. It makes sense.'"
"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. "
"I did. It's not something that I'm proud of. It was a mistake as a young man, but you know? I mean not going to -- I never understood that line. The point was to inhale. That was the point."
"Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack [heroin] though."
"I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war."
"We're not going to baby sit a civil war. "
"America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings. "
"I've been fighting with Acorn, alongside Acorn, on issues you care about, my entire career."
"I've got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby. "
"In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world."
"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That's not leadership. That's not going to happen."
The Hoi Polloi
"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. "
"My administration is the only thing between you [CEO's] and the pitchforks. "
Typical White People
"The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know, there's a reaction that's been bred into our experiences that don't go away, and that sometimes comes out in the wrong way, and that's just the nature of race in our society."
Red State, Blue State
"We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red States. "
"My first job is to say thank you to those who voted me. Those who didn't, I'm going to get your vote next time."