The world and words of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

Who needs journalists to analyze the news when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton can do it for us in their own words. Photo: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (

CHARLOTTEAugust 27, 2013 – Words mean things, so they say. Certainly Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton use plenty of them. Here’s a brief sample of some of their rhetoric during the past six or so years.

“Every marriage is a mystery to me, even the one I’m in.” – Hillary Clinton

“The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they’re not.” – Hillary Clinton

“If you believe we’ve go to heal America and we’ve got to repair our standing in the world, then I think my supporters believe that I am a messenger who can deliver that message around the world in a way that no other candidate can do.” – Barack Obama

“I’ve now been in 57 states – I think I have one left to go.” – Barack Obama

“When I’m President, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.” – Barack Obama

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“There are clear answers than can make this country stronger. Our job is to make sure that even as we make progress, we are also giving people a sense of hope and vision for the future.” – Barack Obama

“We can’t have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in the back.” – Barack Obama

What Washington needs is adult supervision.” – Barack Obama

“I found this national debt, doubled, wrapped in a big bow waiting for me as I stepped into the Oval Office.” – Barack Obama

“I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain.” – Barack Obama

“With patient and firm determination, I am going to press on for jobs. I’m going to press on for equality. I’m going to press on for the sake of our children. I’m going to press on for the sake of all those families who are struggling right now.” – Barack Obama

“If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime.” – Barack Obama

“I think when you spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody.” – Barack Obama

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

“We can see the positive impacts right here at Solyndra. Through the Recovery Act, this company received a loan to expand it operation. This new factory is the result of those loans.” – Barack Obama

“After a century of striving, after a year of debate, after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise.” – Barack Obama

“We want everybody to quit playing games, (and) realize that it’s not just my way or the highway.” – Barack Obama

“The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans. Many other Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim-majority country. I know, because I am one of them.” – Barack Obama

“I think I will serve as secretary of state as my last public position.” – Hillary Clinton

“The United States is not, and never will be, at war with Islam.” – Barack Obama

“We’ve protected thousands of people in Libya, we have not seen a single U.S. casualty. There’s no risk of additional escalation.” – Barack Obama

“Al Qaeda is on the path to defeat.” – Barack Obama

“Many members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria have said they believe (Assad is) a reformer.” – Hillary Clinton

“We have been very clear to the Assad regime that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus.” – Barack Obama

“We mourn four Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done…and make no mistake, justice will be done.” – Barack Obama

“We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video.” – Hillary Clinton

“The fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?” – Hillary Clinton

“I have absolutely no interest in running for president again. None. None. I know that’s hard for some people to believe, but, you know, I just don’t.” – Hillary Clinton

“If I want to know a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.” – Hillary Clinton

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?” – Barack Obama

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