"If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost."
"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."Barack Obama on William Shakespeare
"For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth."Barack Obama on Bo Bennett
"The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool."Barack Obama on Stephen King
"Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks."Barack Obama on Isaac Watts
"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement."Barack Obama on Golda Meir
"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."
"We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible."
"But what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people, and do our best to help them find their own grace. That's what I strive to do, that's what I pray to do every day."
"I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions."
"In fact, the best thing we could do on taxes for all Americans is to simplify the individual tax code. This will be a tough job, but members of both parties have expressed an interest in doing this, and I am prepared to join them."