Brainy Quote is a website which displays notable quotes from notable people. Here are some interesting quotes made by candidate, then President, Barack Obama:
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. "
"I can make a firm pledge, under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes. "
"I don't take a dime of their [lobbyist] money, and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House."
"I found this national debt, doubled, wrapped in a big bow waiting for me as I stepped into the Oval Office."
"I will cut taxes - cut taxes - for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class."
"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."
"My administration is the only thing between you [CEO's] and the pitchforks."
"Over the last 15 months, we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go."
"We need earmark reform, and when I'm President, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely."
That he made those statements is undeniable. Barack Obama fashioned his image and reputation on the basis of these and similar statements. Whether he has kept the promises made in some of those statements, and whether he is in truth the man he presented himself to be, is now the proper focus for debate.