Zitat des Tages von Jesse Jackson:
I think reconciliation is Obama's goal - but the fight with the Republicans is like a fight with pit bulls, they never let go. Even worse, now the Republicans feel they can keep pushing and he will keep giving. They have not seen a stiff resistance on his part.
I am a journalist.
We have to judge politicians by their cumulative score. In one innings they make a great catch, in another they drop the ball. In one they score a home run, in another they strike out. But it is their cumulative batting average that we are interested in.
People always grow and mature.
George Bush has met more foreign heads of state than I have. But a substantial number of them were dead.
A man must be willing to die for justice. Death is an inescapable reality and men die daily, but good deeds live forever.
Republicans are the party of 'no,' and Democrats are the party of 'don't know' because it hasn't fought for bold ideas, policies, or plans to turn us in a new direction.
If there are occasions when my grape turned into a raisin and my joy bell lost its resonance, please forgive me. Charge it to my head and not to my heart.
Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.
In many ways, history is marked as 'before' and 'after' Rosa Parks. She sat down in order that we all might stand up, and the walls of segregation came down.
The relationship between the prophet and the President, the priest and the President, is a sacred one.
If you don't feel apologetic for slavery, if you don't feel apologetic for colonialism, if you feel proud of it then say that.
Our dreams must be stronger than our memories. We must be pulled by our dreams, rater than pushed by our memories.
We must not measure greatness from the mansion down, but from the manger up.
When the doors of opportunity swing open, we must make sure that we are not too drunk or too indifferent to walk through.
I was extended secret service protection during my presidential run in 1984, when I received the most death threats ever made toward a candidate.
In Afghanistan, there is a plan to build democracy; hundreds of thousands of troops are protecting it. There is a plan to rebuild and reconstruct there. But many thousands of Americans die from violence and poverty every year and we don't have a plan for reconstruction at home.
Few would deny that blacks have become very dominant in athletics: football, basketball, track, now dominant in tennis and dominant in golf.
If you run, you might lose. If you don't run, you're guaranteed to lose.
I was born in a slum, but the slum wasn't born in me.
I know they are all environmentalists. I heard a lot of my speeches recycled.
Look at the coded language the Right is using against President Barack Obama. Openly calling him a liar in Congress, saying he is 'not a Christian, he was not born here, he is not one of us.' That makes addressing such issues trickier for the first African-American in the White House.
In tough economic times, desperate people do desperate things, and the abortion rate goes up.
Most blacks will argue that they excel because of hard work, because of intellect, determination, sweat, blood, tears and risk.
From seeds of his body blossomed the flower that liberated a people and touched the soul of a nation.
America needs young people to be inspired to choose sacrifice over greed.
I hear that melting-pot stuff a lot, and all I can say is that we haven't melted.
Who lives long and who dies prematurely, is the defining issue of our time. And I submit to you, there's a significant race dimension, it is basically class-driven.
It is time for us to turn to each other, not on each other.
I mean, the fight for a health care bill to cover all Americans and leave none behind is attacked as being a race appeal, which is not true, but then it's put out in the media as true.
In politics, an organized minority is a political majority.
Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.
Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.
I cast my bread on the waters long ago. Now it's time for you to send it back to me - toasted and buttered on both sides.
We've been so preoccupied with getting the government to behave in a fair and democratic way, we were not able to focus on the private sector where most of the jobs are, where most of the wealth and opportunities are.
We've removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams.