11 Inspirational Obama Quotes To Remind You That America Is Great

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The U.S. is entering a period of tough transition with the recent election of Donald Trump. But let’s not forget the times President Obama moved us with his words…

“We’re not Democrats first, we’re not Republicans first, we’re Americans first,” Obama said after the 2016 election.

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CREDIT: WH.Gov / Election 2016 / GIPHY

His remarks to the country after the election results unified us again as Americans. Even if it was just for a second.

“We are the change that we seek,” Obama said when he was running for his first term as president.

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CREDIT: C-SPAN / BarackObama.com / YouTube

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” President Obama said in a speech on Feb. 5, 2008.

What do you expect from someone who has consistently motivated us since his first run for the presidency?

“The American Dream is something no wall will ever contain,” Obama triumphantly told the crowd of the Democratic National Convention.

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CREDIT: Democratic National Convention / GIPHY

He made it clear that the American dream is open for anybody willing to work for it.

“We take a step forward sometimes we take two steps back,” Obama told the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards. “Sometimes we get two steps forward and take one step back but it’s never a straight line. It’s never easy.”

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CREDIT: BarackObama.com / YouTube

It was in 2011 during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards that he reminded us that some times progress has set backs. But the set backs don’t have to be permanent. They can be overcome with hard works and perseverance.

“America isn’t about ‘yes he will,'” Obama told the Democratic National Convention, taking a dig at Trump. “It’s about ‘yes we can.'”

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He dropped some serious inspiration on us during this year’s Democratic National Convention.

“In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope,” Obama said during the 2008 primary campaign trail.

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CREDIT: BarackObama2008 / YouTube

“We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope,” President Obama said in New Hampshire in 2008. “But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.”

Let’s continue to have the kind of hope he had inspired during the 2008 primary race.

“There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America,” Obama argued during the 2004 Democratic National Convention. “There’s the United States of America.”

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CREDIT: C-Span / YouTube

Even then, Obama was doing everything he could to truly unify us all.

“We all go forward with a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens,” Obama said on Nov. 9, 2016, trying to quell fears that were already growing.

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CREDIT: WH.Gov / Michael McIntee / YouTube

“Because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy,” President Obama continued in his 2016 election results remarks.

Even though there is so much fear about a Trump presidency, President Obama wants us to remain hopeful and compassionate to all Americans.

“We all need to be as organized and persistent as Bernie Sanders’ supporters have been during this election,” Obama said at the Democratic National Convention.

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CREDIT: Democratic National Convention / GIPHY

He knows that those who want to see good in this country can come together to enact that change.

“Don’t ever think you can’t make a difference,” he told Americans looking to continue progress.

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CREDIT: WH.Gov / Election 2016 / GIPHY

We mustn’t give up because we can and will make a difference if we keep on working.

“Don’t boo, vote,” Obama said about those displeased with Trump.

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CREDIT: Democratic National Convention / GIPHY

Stay involved. Be active. There are only two years until the mid-terms when we get to vote again. We can change history in just two years.


READ: The Way Hillary Clinton And President Obama Handled The Election Results Will Overwhelm You With Emotion

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