Sayings President Obama Likes Best (Introduction) + FREE download of International Proverbs


Uploaded by YourVirtualWorld on 04.09.2012

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That's what I'm talking about!
Yeah, come on here. That's what I'm talking about.
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All right everybody. I love you! Thank you, thank you.
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How was that ladies and gentleman as a warmup act for his own appearance?
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Was the First Lady hot or not?
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And your moves. Wow! Overall, it doesn't look like you will ever have to spend several million
dollars in advertising to convince millions of people that you're warm, compassionate,
and one of them. (laughter)
Hi everybody. I'm Binary Mouse and we have a truly fantastic guest appearance. Let's
give a big welcome to the President of the United States, Barack Obama!
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The President often says that although he is our national leader, he stands on the shoulders
of giants. What you may not know is that he gathers much of his wisdom and guidance from
sayings and proverbs of common people throughout the ages and throughout the world.
We know about your love of education and your efforts to promote excellence in learning.
The proverb from Guinea you've often quoted is "Knowledge is like a garden: if it's not
cultivated it cannot be harvested". What other proverbs are dear to your heart that you've
been known to share with others? You cited a good old american proverb when meeting with
the delegation of college students in China. What was that one?
In terms of the burden that I feel, I am extraordinarily honored to be put in the position of President.
And as my wife always reminds me when I complain that I'm working too hard, she says, you volunteered
for this job. (Laughter.) And so you -- there's a saying -- I don't know if there's a similar
saying in China -- we have a saying: "You made your bed, now you have to sleep in it."
And it basically means you have to be careful what you ask for because you might get it.
There is a Chinese proverb: "Consider the past, and you shall know the future." Surely,
we have known setbacks and challenges over the last 30 years. Our relationship has not
been without disagreement and difficulty. But the notion that we must be adversaries
is not predestined -- not when we consider the past.
There's an old Russian proverb which states, "A man is judged by his deeds, not by his
words". You've often talked passionately about your commitment to action rather than talking
about action. Your critics and opponents argue that you haven't kept your word.
But I say this: We have made progress and we will make more. And I want you to know
that I expect and hope to be judged not by words, not by promises I've made, but by the
promises that my administration keeps.
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We’ll bring together the next generation of American and Mexican leaders. This is the
progress that we’ve made today. It’s progress that calls to mind a Mexican proverb that
I am told says, “Tell me who you walk with, and I will tell you who you are". The United
States is proud to walk with Mexico.”
Now, I’m told there’s a Seneca proverb that says “He who would do great things
should not attempt them all alone.” (Laughter)
"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." Our journey for change
is far from over.
There's another Chinese proverb you love. Can you tell us what that is?
I'm told that there is a Chinese proverb that says: If you want one year of prosperity,
then grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, then grow trees. But if you want 100 years
of prosperity, then you grow people.
There's an old Turkish proverb: "You cannot put out fire with flames." America knows this.
Turkey knows this.
Because history tells us, truth has a life of its own once it's told. Love can transform
a nation once it's taught. Courage can be contagious; righteousness can spread; and
there is much wisdom in the old proverb: that God could not be everywhere, so he created
mothers.
Last year in Moscow, I learned a Russian proverb, which says, “Every seed knows it’s time.”
A year ago, we planted a seed of cooperation and commerce. And today, that cooperation
is bearing fruit -- with new partnerships and prosperity for both our peoples.
Thank you ever so much Mr. President for sharing your best liked proverbs with us. I'd like
to inform the audience that the President has graciously agreed to help us create a
ten part video series on his favorite proverbs so that we really understand the role that
the wisdom of common people throughout the world and throughout the ages has played in
his presidency. God bless you, your wife, and family Mr. President! Oh, and thanks again
for rocking the house with your smooth moves. (Applause)
All right everybody. I love you! Thank you, thank you.
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Some of you regularly act upon the wisdom handed down to us by the common people of
ancient times and of today. How refreshing it is to see leaders who know and act upon
the wisdom of the world's greatest proverbs. (music)
That's what I'm talking about!
Yeah, come on again! That's what I'm talking about.
All right everybody. I love you! Thank you, thank you.