April 18, 2014

Full Text: President Barack Obama State of the Union Address – January 24, 2012

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:

Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our last troops to serve in Iraq. Together, we offered a final, proud salute to the colors under which more than a million of our fellow citizens fought – and several thousand gave their lives.

We gather tonight knowing that this generation of heroes has made the United States safer and more respected around the world. For the first time in nine years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq. For the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country. Most of al Qaeda’s top lieutenants have been defeated. The Taliban’s momentum has been broken, and some troops in Afghanistan have begun to come home.

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Transcript – Rick Santorum – Iowa Caucus ‘Victory’ Speech – January 3, 2012

(Source: CNN)

RICK SANTORUM (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: As all of you know, I do not speak from notes but there are a couple things I want to say that are a little more emotional. So, I’m going to read them as I wrote them.

C.S. Lewis said, “A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you’ve forgotten the words.”

My best friend, my life mate, who sings that song when I forget the words, is my wife, Karen.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) SANTORUM: People have asked me how I’ve done this, sitting back at the polls, and not getting a whole lot of attention paid to us. How did you keep going out to Iowa in 99 counties and 381 town hall meetings and speeches?

Well, every morning, when I was getting up in the morning to take on that challenge, I’ve required a strength from another particular friendship. One that is sacred. I’ve survived the challenges so far by the daily grace that comes from God.

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Newt Gingrich – Iowa Concession Speech – January 3, 2012

(Source: CNN)

LINDA UPMEYER, CHAIRWOMAN FOR GINGRICH’S IOWA CAMPAIGN: Would you like an introduction?

NEWT GINGRICH (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Sure.

UPMEYER: Good evening. We all know that the 2012 election is about jobs and the economy. We know that Americans demand a candidate with ideas and solutions to rebuild the America we love. There is only one Reaganite Conservative in this election, and we just punched his ticket for New Hampshire.

CROWD: Newt. Newt. Newt. Newt. Newt. Newt. Newt.

GINGRICH: Well, thank you, Linda. And I want to thank Linda Upmeyer is the majority leader in the house, and Greg Ganske, my former colleague in the Congress, who really all summer held this together, when really it could have fallen apart.

I want to thank everybody who worked all fall, particularly during the avalanche of negative ads. Calista and I want to thank the people of Iowa. All through being drowned in negativity, everywhere we went, people were positive, they were receptive, they were willing to ask questions, and they would listen. And they really wanted to get to the truth rather than the latest 30-second distortion. And it really gave us a feeling that this process does work.

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President Barack Obama Speech to 2011 AIPAC Policy Conference, May 22, 2011

10:56 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Good morning.  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  Please, have a seat.  Thank you.

What a remarkable, remarkable crowd.  Thank you, Rosy, for your very kind introduction.  I did not know you played basketball.  (Laughter.)  I will take your word for it.  (Laughter.)  Rosy, thank you for your many years of friendship.  Back in Chicago, when I was just getting started in national politics, I reached out to a lot of people for advice and counsel, and Rosy was one of the very first.  When I made my first visit to Israel, after entering the Senate, Rosy, you were at my side every step of that profound journey through the Holy Land.  So I want to thank you for your enduring friendship, your leadership, and for your warm introduction today.

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Transcript: President Barack Obama Speech on Middle East and North Africa, State Department, May 19, 2011

12:15 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Please, have a seat.  Thank you very much.  I want to begin by thanking Hillary Clinton, who has traveled so much these last six months that she is approaching a new landmark — one million frequent flyer miles.  (Laughter.)  I count on Hillary every single day, and I believe that she will go down as one of the finest Secretaries of State in our nation’s history.

The State Department is a fitting venue to mark a new chapter in American diplomacy.  For six months, we have witnessed an extraordinary change taking place in the Middle East and North Africa.  Square by square, town by town, country by country, the people have risen up to demand their basic human rights.  Two leaders have stepped aside.  More may follow.  And though these countries may be a great distance from our shores, we know that our own future is bound to this region by the forces of economics and security, by history and by faith.

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