"Whatever we once were, we're no longer a Christian nation."
"America does not presume to know what is best for everyone"
"As a student of history, I also know civilization's debt to Islam."
"In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world."
"The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history."
"Too often, the United States has not pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors."
"The United States will be willing to acknowledge past errors where those errors have been made."
"So let me be clear: no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other."
"We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent."
"Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism - it is an important part of promoting peace."
"Our country still struggles with the legacies of slavery and segregation, the past treatment of Native Americans."
"The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person...."
"Thatís what Iím opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics."
"My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect."
"So the record is clear: Rather than keeping us safer, the prison at Guantanamo has weakened American national security. It is a rallying cry for our enemies."
"I would like to think that with my election and the early decisions that we've made, that you're starting to see some restoration of America's standing in the world."
"The Holy Koran tells us, "O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another."
"While the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms."
"The danger I think is when the United States or any country thinks that we can simply impose these values on another country with a different history and a different culture"
"So I read the book to help me understand what it is that makes white people so afraid, their demons, the way ideas get twisted around. It helps me understand how people learn to hate."
"You want a fight, President Bush? Letís fight to wean ourselves off Middle East oil, through an energy policy that doesnít simply serve the interests of Exxon and Mobil."
"...I've got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."
"It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
"America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles - principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings."
"That's why, in the United States, we recently ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed. That's why we prohibited--without exception or equivocation--the use of torture. All of us have to change. And sometimes change is hard."
"Too often, the United States has not pursued and sustained engagement with our neighbors. We have been too easily distracted by other priorities, and have failed to see that our own progress is tied directly to progress throughout the Americas."
"In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive."
"You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a pin," Obama said. "Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we're talking about the Iraq War, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest.
"In other words, we went off course. And this is not my assessment alone. It was an assessment that was shared by the American people who nominated candidates for President from both major parties who, despite our many differences, called for a new approach--one that rejected torture and one that recognized the imperative of closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay."
"So don't be discouraged by what's happened in the last few weeks. Don't be discouraged that we have to acknowledge potentially we've made some mistakes. That's how we learn. But the fact that we are willing to acknowledge them and then move forward, that is precisely why I am proud to be President of the United States, and that's why you should be proud to be members of the CIA."
"Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. I believe that many of these decisions were motivated by a sincere desire to protect the American people. But I also believe that all too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight; that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions."
"In fact, part of the rationale for establishing Guantanamo in the first place was the misplaced notion that a prison there would be beyond the law--a proposition that the Supreme Court soundly rejected. Meanwhile, instead of serving as a tool to counter terrorism, Guantanamo became a symbol that helped al Qaeda recruit terrorists to its cause. Indeed, the existence of Guantanamo likely created more terrorists around the world than it ever detained."
Compiled by Thomas George
Compiled by Thomas George