Barack Obama

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THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Chicago! (Applause.) It's good to be home! (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. (Applause.) All right, everybody sit down. (Applause.) We're on live TV here. I've got to move. (Applause.) You can tell that I'm a lame duck because nobody is following instructions. (Laughter.) Everybody have a seat. (Applause.)

My fellow Americans — (applause) — Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well wishes that we've received over the past few weeks. But tonight, it's my turn to say thanks. (Applause.) Whether we have seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people, in living rooms and in schools, at farms, on factory floors, at diners and on distant military outposts — those conversations are what have kept me honest, and kept me inspired, and kept me going.…  Seguir leyendo »

Guns Are Our Shared Responsibility

The epidemic of gun violence in our country is a crisis. Gun deaths and injuries constitute one of the greatest threats to public health and to the safety of the American people. Every year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns. Suicides. Domestic violence. Gang shootouts. Accidents. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost brothers and sisters, or buried their own children. We’re the only advanced nation on earth that sees this kind of mass violence with this frequency.

A national crisis like this demands a national response. Reducing gun violence will be hard. It’s clear that common-sense gun reform won’t happen during this Congress.…  Seguir leyendo »

Las armas de fuego son responsabilidad de todos

La epidemia de violencia causada en nuestro país por las armas de fuego es una crisis. Las muertes y heridas provocadas por armas constituyen una de las mayores amenazas a la salud pública y la seguridad de Estados Unidos. Cada año más de 30.000 norteamericanos fallecen por el uso de armas. Suicidios. Violencia doméstica. Tiroteos entre pandillas. Accidentes. Cientos de miles de estadounidenses han perdido hermanos, hermanas o han enterrado a sus propios hijos. Somos el único país desarrollado que permite esta clase de violencia masiva con tanta frecuencia.

Una crisis nacional requiere una respuesta nacional. Será difícil reducir la violencia provocada por las armas de fuego.…  Seguir leyendo »

Tunisians voters line up at a polling station in Menzeh, near Tunis, in 2011. (Amine Landoulsi/Associated Press)

Amid the turmoil that so often dominates the headlines, it can be tempting to think that all of North Africa and the Middle East is gripped by disorder. But in Tunisia, where the Arab Spring began, democracy and pluralism are taking root.

Our meeting at the White House Thursday — the first between a U.S. president and a democratically elected Tunisian president — will be an opportunity to mark Tunisia’s progress and deepen the partnership between our nations to help Tunisia’s new democracy deliver the greater prosperity and security that its citizens deserve.

More than four years after a young street vendor, Mohammed Bouazizi, set himself on fire to protest the daily humiliations of an oppressive government, sparking the protests that ended decades of dictatorship, Tunisia shows that democracy is not only possible but also necessary in North Africa and the Middle East.…  Seguir leyendo »

The United States has made significant gains against terrorism. We've decimated the core al Qaeda leadership, strengthened homeland security and worked to prevent another large-scale attack like 9/11.

At the same time, the threat has evolved. The al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen actively plots against us. Since 9/11, terrorists have murdered U.S. citizens overseas, including in the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Here in the United States, Americans have been killed at Ft. Hood and during the Boston Marathon.

In Syria and Iraq, the terrorist group we call ISIL has slaughtered innocent civilians and murdered hostages, including Americans, and has spread its barbarism to Libya with the murder of Egyptian Christians.…  Seguir leyendo »

As nations committed to democracy, liberty, diversity and enterprise, India and the United States are bound by common values and mutual interests. We have each shaped the positive trajectory of human history, and through our joint efforts, our natural and unique partnership can help shape international security and peace for years to come.

Ties between the United States and India are rooted in the shared desire of our citizens for justice and equality. When Swami Vivekananda presented Hinduism as a world religion, he did so at the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago. When Martin Luther King Jr. sought to end discrimination and prejudice against African Americans, he was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent teachings.…  Seguir leyendo »

Today, American and French diplomats are preparing for talks with Iran that build on the agreement that has halted progress on and rolled back key elements of the Iranian nuclear program. French and American officials share information daily to combat terrorism around the world. Our development experts are helping farmers across Africa and on other continents boost their yields and escape poverty. In forums such as the Group of Eight and the Group of 20, the United States and France promote strong, sustainable and balanced growth, jobs and stability — and we address global challenges that no country can tackle alone.…  Seguir leyendo »

For the past few days, all of us have been properly focused on one of the worst storms of our lifetimes. We mourn those who were lost. And we pledge to stand with those whose lives have been turned upside down for as long as it takes them to recover and rebuild.

Because when hardship hits, America is at its best. The petty differences that consume us in normal times quickly melt away. There are no Democrats or Republicans during a storm -- only fellow Americans. That's how we get through the most trying times: together.

Four years ago, we were mired in two wars and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.…  Seguir leyendo »

Seven decades ago, as our forces began to turn the tide of World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill traveled to Washington to coordinate our joint efforts. Our victories on the battlefield proved “what can be achieved by British and Americans working together heart and hand,” he said. “In fact, one might almost feel that if they could keep it up, there is hardly anything they could not do, either in the field of war or in the not less tangled problems of peace.”

Keep it up we have — not only winning that war for our survival but also building the institutions that undergird international peace and security.…  Seguir leyendo »

Together with our NATO allies and coalition partners, the United States, France and Britain have been united from the start in responding to the crisis in Libya, and we are united on what needs to happen in order to end it.

Even as we continue our military operations today to protect civilians in Libya, we are determined to look to the future. We are convinced that better times lie ahead for the people of Libya, and a pathway can be forged to achieve just that.

We must never forget the reasons why the international community was obliged to act in the first place.…  Seguir leyendo »

Not every generation is given the chance to turn the page on the past and write a new chapter in history. Yet today — after 50 years of civil wars that have killed two million people and turned millions more into refugees — this is the opportunity before the people of southern Sudan.

Over the next week, millions of southern Sudanese will vote on whether to remain part of Sudan or to form their own independent nation. This process — and the actions of Sudanese leaders — will help determine whether people who have known so much suffering will move toward peace and prosperity, or slide backward into bloodshed.…  Seguir leyendo »

Con la cumbre de la OTAN y la reunión entre Estados Unidos y la Unión Europea que se celebran esta semana en Lisboa, me enorgullezco de decir que son ya media docena de veces las que he visitado Europa desde que soy presidente. Este dato refleja una realidad constante de la política exterior estadounidense: la relación con nuestros aliados y socios europeos es la piedra angular de nuestra relación con el mundo y un catalizador de la cooperación mundial.

No hay ninguna otra región con la que Estados Unidos tenga una concurrencia semejante de valores, intereses, capacidades y objetivos. El comercio transatlántico, que representa la mayor relación económica del mundo, sostiene millones de puestos de trabajo en Estados Unidos y Europa y constituye la base de nuestros esfuerzos para facilitar la recuperación económica mundial.…  Seguir leyendo »

With this week’s NATO and United States-European Union summit meetings in Lisbon, I am proud to have visited Europe a half-dozen times as president. This reflects an enduring truth of American foreign policy — our relationship with our European allies and partners is the cornerstone of our engagement with the world, and a catalyst for global cooperation.

With no other region does the United States have such a close alignment of values, interests, capabilities and goals. With the largest economic relationship in the world, trans-Atlantic trade supports millions of jobs in the United States and Europe and forms a foundation of our efforts to sustain the global economic recovery.…  Seguir leyendo »

Depuis une semaine, nous sommes tous profondément émus devant les images déchirantes du désastre survenu en Haïti : parents fouillant les décombres à la recherche de leurs fils et de leurs filles ; enfants seuls et apeurés cherchant leur père et mère. Des quartiers entiers de Port-au-Prince sont en ruine et les familles doivent chercher refuge dans des campements de fortune. C'est un spectacle terrible que ces vies dévastées dans un pays déshérité qui a déjà tant souffert.

J'ai tout de suite ordonné un effort rapide, coordonné et pugnace afin de sauver des vies en Haïti. Nous avons déployé l'une des plus vastes opérations de secours de l'histoire récente.…  Seguir leyendo »

Es un honor para mí estar en la ciudad eterna de El Cairo, y tener como anfitriones a dos eminentes instituciones. Durante más de mil años, Al-Azhar ha sido un modelo de enseñanza islámica y durante más de un siglo, la Universidad de El Cairo ha sido una fuente de adelantos para Egipto. Juntas, representan la armonía entre la tradición y el progreso. Agradezco su hospitalidad y la hospitalidad del pueblo de Egipto. También es un orgullo para mí ser el portador de la buena voluntad del pueblo estadounidense y del saludo de paz de las comunidades musulmanas en mi país: salam aleicom.…  Seguir leyendo »

Vivimos un periodo de retos económicos mundiales a los que no es posible hacer frente con soluciones a medias ni con los esfuerzos aislados de un solo país. Los líderes del G-20 tienen la responsabilidad de emprender una acción audaz, amplia y coordinada que no sólo ponga en marcha la recuperación, sino que lance una nueva era de compromiso económico con el fin de impedir que vuelva a producirse una crisis como ésta.

Nadie puede negar que la necesidad de actuar es urgente. La crisis crediticia y de confianza ha atravesado fronteras y tiene consecuencias en todos los rincones del planeta.…  Seguir leyendo »

¡Hola, Chicago! Si todavía queda alguien por ahí que aún duda de que Estados Unidos es un lugar donde todo es posible, que todavía se pregunta si el sueño de nuestros fundadores sigue vivo en nuestros tiempos, que todavía cuestiona la fuerza de nuestra democracia, esta noche es su respuesta.

Es la respuesta dada por las colas que se extendieron alrededor de escuelas e iglesias en un número tal que esta nación jamás ha visto; por las personas que esperaron tres y cuatro horas, muchas de ellas por primera vez en sus vidas, porque creían que esta vez tenía que ser distinta, y que sus voces podrían suponer esa diferencia.…  Seguir leyendo »

The call by Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki for a timetable for the removal of American troops from Iraq presents an enormous opportunity. We should seize this moment to begin the phased redeployment of combat troops that I have long advocated, and that is needed for long-term success in Iraq and the security interests of the United States.

The differences on Iraq in this campaign are deep. Unlike Senator John McCain, I opposed the war in Iraq before it began, and would end it as president. I believed it was a grave mistake to allow ourselves to be distracted from the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban by invading a country that posed no imminent threat and had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks.…  Seguir leyendo »

Esta noche, después de 54 enfrentamientos, reñidos al máximo, nuestra fase de elecciones primarias ha llegado finalmente a su fin. Han transcurrido 16 meses desde que comparecimos juntos por primera vez en las escalinatas del Old State Capitol [Antiguo Capitolio del Estado] de Springfield (Illinois). Miles de kilómetros han quedado atrás. Se han dejado oír millones de voces. En fin, gracias a lo que habéis dicho -porque habéis sido vosotros los que habéis decidido que ha de llegar un cambio a Washington, porque habéis sido vosotros los que habéis creído que este año debe ser diferente a todos los demás, porque habéis sido vosotros los que habéis optado por prestar atención no a vuestras dudas, ni a vuestros temores, sino a vuestras esperanzas más grandes y a vuestras aspiraciones más ambiciosas-, en esta noche celebramos el fin de un viaje histórico con el comienzo de otro, un viaje que traerá un día nuevo y mejor para Estados Unidos.…  Seguir leyendo »