"On the political front of course its a zero-sum game. If its all white males holding positions you bring 10 women in then its Women are coming! Get 10 blacks and its Blacks are coming! Hispanics are coming! Zero-sum game. The seatmates might change but the chairs dont move. In the economy the number of chairs can actually increase."
"It is a historical error for those who were not there to just refer to August 28th as I Have a Dream speech day. That is a real disservice to those who were there. It was a sad day. It was not a celebration environment."
"Urban America has been redlined. Government has not offered tax incentives for investment as it has in a dozen foreign markets. Banks have redlined it. Industries have moved out theyve redlined it. Clearly to break up the redlining process there must be incentives to green-line with hedges against risk."
"I came to the conclusion that in order to end racial barriers I needed to run for the office of the president and put forth an agenda of social justice and world peace. In addition I concluded that someone needed to run and challenge the liberal orthodoxy."
"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 dont have a plan for reconstruction at home."
"Weve 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."
"Todays students can put dope in their veins or hope in their brains. If they can conceive it and believe it they can achieve it. They must know it is not their aptitude but their attitude that will determine their altitude."
"For me Barack Obamas election was a milestone of the most extraordinary kind. On the day he was elected I felt such hope in my heart. I thought we were seeing the beginning of a new era of equal opportunity across race and gender such as America had never known before."
"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."