Barack Obama

If people, whether they are conservative or liberal, left or right, are unwilling to compromise and engage in the democratic process, and are taking absolutist views, and demonizing opponents, then democracy will break down.

“If people, whether they are conservative or liberal, left or right, are unwilling to compromise and engage in the democratic process, and are taking absolutist … Read More

I think my most important advice is to understand what are the foundations of a healthy democracy and how we have to engage in citizenship continuously, not just when something upsets us; not just when there’s an election or when an issue pops up for a few weeks. It’s hard work.

“I think my most important advice is to understand what are the foundations of a healthy democracy and how we have to engage in citizenship … Read More

One of the things you learn as president is, as powerful as this office is, you have limited bandwidth. And the time goes by really quickly and you’re constantly making choices, and there are pressures on you from all different directions – pressures on your attention, not just pressures from different constituencies. And so you have to be pretty focused about where can you have the biggest, quickest impact.

“One of the things you learn as president is, as powerful as this office is, you have limited bandwidth. And the time goes by really … Read More

Sometimes it may seem as if progress is stalled but what history of post-war Germany shows is that strength and determination and focus and adherence to the values that we care about will result in a better future for our children and our grandchildren.

“Sometimes it may seem as if progress is stalled but what history of post-war Germany shows is that strength and determination and focus and adherence … Read More

I think what is true is that there’s been an underlying division in the United States. Some of it has to do with the fact that economic growth and recovery tends to be stronger in the cities and in urban areas. In some rural areas, particularly those that were reliant on manufacturing, there has been weaker growth, stagnation, people feeling as if their children won’t do as well as they will.

“I think what is true is that there’s been an underlying division in the United States. Some of it has to do with the fact … Read More

A lot of countries have advanced capabilities. And given the vulnerabilities of our infrastructure and our economies to digital platforms, we have to be careful in making sure that this doesn’t become a lawless, low-level battlefield.

“A lot of countries have advanced capabilities. And given the vulnerabilities of our infrastructure and our economies to digital platforms, we have to be careful … Read More

The values that we share – freedom of speech, freedom of religious practice, freedom for civil society, free and fair elections, all the innovation that’s been created through a market-based economy – those things are ultimately going to be the path for us to continue into a better future. I hope that, despite some of the challenges we have, that people appreciate that.

“The values that we share – freedom of speech, freedom of religious practice, freedom for civil society, free and fair elections, all the innovation that’s … Read More

What is certainly true is that the American people, just like the German people, just like the British and people around the world, are seeing extraordinarily rapid change. The world is shrinking, the economies have become much more integrated and demographics are shifting.

“What is certainly true is that the American people, just like the German people, just like the British and people around the world, are seeing … Read More