Joe Biden

(Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden Jr.)

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... We've laid the groundwork to protect our planet. But the resulting opportunities can be seized only if the next president follows the science, recognizes the dangers of doing nothing, and musters the political will to address the threat. Environment & Environmentalism
Did we think the charlatans and the con-men and the false prophets who have long dotted our history wouldn’t revisit us, once again prop up the immigrant as the source of all our troubles, and look to prey on the hopelessness and despair that has grown up in the hollowed-out cities and towns If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now: We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation.
Grow up, Donald. Grow up. It's time to Act like an adult. You're the President now.
I am a great respector of fate. Leaders & Leadership ;Human Nature
I do not buy the concept, popular in the ’60s, which said, ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and the white man is now far ahead in the race for everything our society offers. In order to even the score, we must now give the black man a head start, or even hold the white man back, to even the race…I don’t feel responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather. I feel responsible for what the situation is today, for the sins of my own generation. And I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.
If you draw [red] lines and then don't respect them, you diminish your credibility. Leaders & Leadership ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It’s not only time to It is time not to take force off the table… It is time to put force on the table and use it Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
John, you have broken many times, physically and otherwise, and you have always grown stronger, but what you don't really understand in my humble opinion is how much courage you give the rest of us looking at you. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The new integration plans being offered are really just quota systems to assure a certain number of blacks, Chicanos or whatever in each school… What it says is, ‘In order for your child with curly black hair, brown eyes, and dark skin to be able to learn anything, he needs to sit next to my blond-haired, blue-eyed son.’ That’s racist! Who the hell do we think we are, that the only way a black man or woman can learn is if they rub shoulders with my white child?
The Republicans do not believe that health care is a right. They believe that health care is a privilege, no a right. We Democrats believe taht health care is a right. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Liberals & Conservatives
There is an appealing moral clarity in dividing the world into friend and foe. But in reality, progress in international affairs so often demands working with those with whom we do not see eye to eye. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Today we have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate. We have an American president who has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support. This is a moment for this nation to declare what the president can’t with any clarity, consistency, or conviction: There is no place for these hate groups in America. Hatred of blacks, Jews, immigrants—all who are seen as “the other”—won’t be accepted or tolerated or given safe harbor anywhere in this nation.
Today we have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate. We have an American president who has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support. This is a moment for this nation to declare what the president can’t with any clarity, consistency, or conviction: There is no place for these hate groups in America. Hatred of blacks, Jews, immigrants—all who are seen as “the other”—won’t be accepted or tolerated or given safe harbor anywhere in this nation.
A diplomatic solution that puts significant and verifiable constraints on Iran's nuclear program represents the best and most sustainable chance to ensure that America, Israel, the entire Middle East will never be menaced by a nuclear-armed Iran.
A gaffe in Washington is someone telling the truth, and telling the truth has never hurt me. Truth
Abe Foxman has been a friend and advisor of mine for a long time. Time
Al Qaeda is almost all in Pakistan, and Pakistan has nuclear weapons. And yet for every dollar we're spending in Pakistan, we're spending $30 in Afghanistan. Does that make strategic sense?
America doesn't have health insurance. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
America's commitment to collective defense under Article 5 of NATO is a sacred obligation in our view - a sacred obligation not just for now, but for all time. Time
America's experience, like many others, teaches us that fostering entrepreneurship is not just about crafting the right economic policy or developing the best educated curricula. It's about creating an entire climate in which innovation and ideas flourish.
Anyone who's traveled with me to Afghanistan knows why I love this book: 'War,' by Sebastian Junger. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;War & Peace
Arafat's departure has created an awesome opportunity.
As a matter of fact, I didn't make a political speech outside of my state for 20 years.
Barack Obama is probably the most exciting candidate that either the Democratic or Republican party has produced at least since I've been around. He's fresh, he's new, he's insightful.
But I was amazed at how organized the Palestinian election authority was, how competent they were in setting up their polling places and the poll workers they had.
Corruption is a cancer: a cancer that eats away at a citizen's faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity; already-tight national budgets, crowding out important national investments. It wastes the talent of entire generations. It scares away investments and jobs. Religion & God
Corruption is just another form of tyranny.
Don't hold against me that I don't own - that I don't own a single stock or bond. Don't hold it - I have no savings accounts.
During the 60's, I was, in fact, very concerned about the civil rights movement.
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras have all agreed to send additional consular officers from Guatemala, from Honduras, from El Salvador, send them to the U.S. border so that we can more quickly and humanely identify unaccompanied children and process their individual removal.
Every Republican's voted for it. Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they're proposing. Romney wants to let the - he said in the first 100 days he's going to let the big banks once again write their own rules - unchain Wall Street. They're gonna put y'all back in chains.
Except for the title 'father,' there is no title, including 'vice president,' that I am more proud to wear than that of United States senator.
Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable. Life ;Failure
Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It's self-defense. It's patriotism. Citizenship & Patriotism
Folks, I can tell you I've known eight presidents, three of them intimately.
Folks, you're the reason that the automobile industry is back. Whether it was the wage freezes, the plant closures, folks, you sacrificed to keep your companies open. Because of your productivity, the combined auto companies have committed to invest another $23 billion in expansion in America.
For any young democracy, the most difficult but important step is burying the legacy of tyranny and establishing an economy and a government and institutions that abide by the rule of law. Every country faces challenges to the rule of law, including my own. Government
For too long in this society, we have celebrated unrestrained individualism over common community. Society
Foreign policy is like human relations, only people know less about each other.
Global energy security is a vital part of America's national security.
Here at home, when Americans were standing in long lines to give blood after the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, we squandered an obvious opportunity to make service a noble cause again, and rekindle an American spirit of community.
Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be Vice President of the United States of America. Let's get that straight. She's a truly close personal friend. She is qualified to be President of the United States of America. She's easily qualified to be Vice President of the United States of America.
I always wonder when it was that I was embraced.
I believe the American people have a genuine and justifiable fear of government intrusion in what they instinctively know is going to be an ever more intrusive world. Government
I can die a happy man never having been president of the United States of America. But it doesn't mean I won't run.
I consider myself to be as informed on American foreign policy as anyone in America.
I didn't play soccer; I played that other football in grade school through college.
I don't say very much I don't really think through. I know that sounds inconsistent with Joe Biden.
I exaggerate when I'm angry, but I've never gone around telling people things that aren't true about me.
I graduated from the University of Delaware with a double major in history and political science. History ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I guess every single word I've ever said is going to be dissected now.
I have a really close relationship with Mike Bloomberg.
I have an expression I use as I've gone around the world through my career: 'You never tell another man or woman what's in their interest. They know their interest better than you know their interest.'
I have never left another senator out to dry. Never.
I have no doubt that Russia will and should remain a major source of energy supplies for Europe and the world.
I have 'Parents' magazine in my home.
I know I'm not supposed to like muscle cars, but I like muscle cars.
I know what I believe, I know what I want to do, and I'm just comfortable saying it, and laying it out there.
I love that Cadillac ATS! Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I ran for the Senate six times. And one of the things I know about Senate races off years and on races, and on years, the same as governor's races, is it's all local. It all gets down to what the specific issues in that - in that district or that state is.
I support immediate financial assistance to the newly elected Palestinian president. Now, I don't know what those numbers will be, and I don't know how it's going to be framed.
I used to say to my late wife, 'I have great faith in the American people.' Religion & God
I used to stutter really badly. Everybody thinks it's funny. And it's not funny. It's not. Humor
I was kind of secretly hoping one of my kids would go out and make a million bucks. So when they put me in a home, at least I'll have a window with a view.
I was not an activist.
If I don't run for president, we'll all be OK.
If you need more than 10 rounds to hunt, and some argue they hunt with that many rounds, you shouldn't be hunting. If you can't get the deer in 3 shots, you shouldn't be hunting. You are an embarrassment.
If you're in a confined aircraft; when one person sneezes, it goes all the way through the aircraft.
I'm not big on flak jackets and tie-dyed shirts. You know, that's not me.
In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking.
In my heart, I'm confident I could make a good president.
In my neighborhood, when you've got something to say to a guy, you look him in the eye and you say it to him.
In Romania, American forces have found a devoted NATO ally.
In the 21st century, the countries that thrive will be the ones where citizens know their voices will be heard because the institutions are transparent.
In the good old days when I was a senator, I was my own man.
In the middle of a recession, where we're just climbing out of it, where the economy -unemployment is still at 9.7 percent, the idea of raising taxes and reducing spending is a prescription for disaster.
In this world, emotion has become suspect - the accepted style is smooth, antiseptic and passionless.
Income inequity has to be addressed.
Innovation can only occur where you can breathe free.
ISIS is not an existential threat to something happening to someone in the United States of America. It's a serious problem overseas, but it's confusing and frightening.
It is my view that we cannot conduct foreign policy at the extremes.
It is no secret that I believe my son, Attorney General Beau Biden would make a great United States Senator - just as I believe he has been a great Attorney General. But Beau has made it clear from the moment he entered public life, that any office he sought, he would earn on his own. Life
It's overwhelmingly in the self-interest of the United States of America to have a secure, democratic friend, a strategic partner like Israel.
It's presumptuous to say you know how somebody feels.
I've been really, really fortunate.
I've been waiting over 40 years to come to Cyprus, and it has not disappointed - the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Crossroads of Civilization, and, I might add, a genuine strategic partner to the United States of America.
I've known and continue to know every one of these major world leaders by their first names, and I have access to them.
Just talk to me as a father - not what the Constitution says. What do you feel?
Let's just be smart this time. I'm looking for smart. Time
Life is a matter of really tough choices. Life
Look folks, we know who built this country and we know who is going to rebuild it. It's you. Instead of vilifying you, we should be thanking you. We owe you.
Look, freedom is an overwhelming American notion. The idea that we want to see the world, the peoples of the world free is something that all of us subscribe to. Freedom & Liberty
Most Americans think there's already universal background checks. They don't understand why there wouldn't be a background check to purchase a weapon.
Most liberals think of civil liberties as their Achilles heel. It isn't.
My dad always said, 'Champ, the measure of a man is not how often he is knocked down, but how quickly he gets up.' Families, Children & Parenting
My dad used to have an expression - 'It is the lucky person who gets up in the morning, puts both feet on the floor, knows what they are about to do, and thinks it still matters.' Morning ;Families, Children & Parenting
My father used to have an expression. He'd say, 'Joey, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It's about your dignity. It's about respect. It's about your place in your community.' Respect
My recollection is - and I'd have to confirm this - but I don't recall paying any money to go to law school. Money, Coins & Minting
No fundamental social change occurs merely because government acts. It's because civil society, the conscience of a country, begins to rise up and demand - demand - demand change. Society ;Government
No matter how you cut it, this real debate on personal accounts is about the legitimacy of Social Security; it's not about the solvency of Social Security.
No nation should stoke instability in its neighbor's country.
No nation should threaten its neighbors by massing troops along the border.
No one doubts that innocent men, women and children have been the victims of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. And there's no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime. Women
No one ever doubts that I mean what I say. The problem is I sometimes say all that I mean.
No one making less than $250,000 under Barack Obama's plan will see one single penny of their tax raised, whether it's their capital gains tax, their income tax, investment tax, any tax.
Now, people when I say that look at me and say, 'What are you talking about, Joe? You're telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?'. The answer is yes, that's what I'm telling you. Money, Coins & Minting
Nowhere is it written that there must be conflict between the United States and China.
'Obama and Biden want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars.' Guess what? Yes, we do in one regard: We want to let that trillion dollar tax cut expire so the middle class doesn't have to bear the burden of all that money going to the super-wealthy. That's not a tax raise. That's called fairness where I come from. Money, Coins & Minting
On the way back from Mumbai to go meet with President Xi in China, I stopped in Singapore to meet with a guy named Lee Kuan Yew, who most foreign policy experts around the world say is the wisest man in the Orient.
One of the things I've never been accused of is not caring about people.
Other than being crazy enough to press a button, there is nothing that Putin can do militarily to fundamentally alter American interests.
Our future cannot depend on the government alone. The ultimate solutions lie in the attitudes and the actions of the American people. Future
Over the objections, where they sound like squealing pigs, over the objections of Romney and all his allies, we passed some of the toughest Wall Street regulations in history, turning Wall Street back into the allocator of capital it always has been and no longer a casino. And they want to repeal it. History
People everywhere in the world are hungry for economic opportunity. And it's about a lot more than being able to make money. Money, Coins & Minting
People should not be in a position where their children have access to weapons and ammunition.
Presumptuous for me to say, but at least - at a minimum - I've been able to influence the direction of the Democratic Party on foreign policy. And I've been relatively - presumptuous to say - relatively successful legislatively in the Senate, being able to win a lot of Republican friends, and being able to cross the aisle.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has, as Minister Livni knows, has been my friend for over 30 years. We drive each other crazy. But he has truly been a personal friend for well over 30 years. He acknowledged this.
Putin sought to destabilize Ukraine's economy.
Putin sought to keep Ukraine weak through corruption.
Quite frankly, Russian aggression in Ukraine and its illegal occupation of Crimea remind us that we still have a good deal more work to do to guarantee the strategic vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace. War & Peace ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Reality has a way of intruding. Reality eventually intrudes on everything.
Remember, no one decides who they're going to vote for based on the vice president. I mean that literally.
Romania can be a linchpin in delivering gas to its neighbors and even become an energy exporter for its neighbors across Central and Eastern Europe.
Saudi Arabia has allowed training on its soil of American forces.
Social Security's not the hard one to solve. Medicare, that is the gorilla in the room, and you've got to put all of it on the table.
The American people are so much stronger, so much more resolved than any enemy can fully understand.
The American people have not become heartless.
The American public's a lot more sophisticated than we all give them credit for. And on complicated issues, I'm going to give them straight answers. And if it takes more than three minutes, I'm going to do it.
The Chinese have figured out that they have a giant environmental problem. Folks in Beijing, some days, literally can't breathe. Over a million Chinese die prematurely every year because of air pollution.
The devastating punch we took on September 11th still reverberates throughout American society. Society
The effects of climate change are real and must be acted on.
The greatest gift is the ability to forget - to forget the bad things and focus on the good.
The Iraqis have become invested in their nationhood.
The Middle East is hopeful. There's hope there. Hope
The moral disapprobation of society has an impact on behavior in societies. Society
The only thing I know is I ain't changing my brand. I know what I believe. I'm confident in what I know. And I'm gonna say it. And if folks like it, wonderful. If they don't like it, I understand.
The Qataris have cut off support for the most extreme elements of terrorist organizations.
The Recovery Act is working, but it's going to continue to work. It's not over. A lot's going to happen this summer. And even after the summer, there's more to come with the act. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The United States supports a strong, united Ukraine with productive and peaceful relationships with both the East and the West, with both Russia and Europe.
The United States, to state the obvious, is greatly concerned by the startling number of unaccompanied minors that - children and teenagers who are making a very perilous journey through Central America to reach the United States.
The White House isn't the place to learn how to deal with international crisis, the balance of power, war and peace, and the economic future of the next generation. Future ;Power ;War & Peace
There is no inherent power in the office of the vice presidency. Zero. None. It's all a reflection of your relationship with the president. I mean, Kennedy never let Johnson in the office. Power
There used to be an old bad joke. I hope it's not so much a good joke anymore. 'Everybody's from Scranton; no one's in Scranton.' Hope
There's a lot of revisionist history that goes on these days about Iraq. History
There's no political point worth my son's life. Life
There's one advantage in having been around as long as I have. Everybody in the Senate knows me, and - I'm going to say something presumptuous, to repeat myself - I think most respect me. Respect
This is absolutely bizarre that we continue to subsidize highways beyond the gasoline tax, airlines, and we don't subsidize, we don't want to subsidize a national rail system that has environmental impact.
This nuclear option is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power. Power
Two million felons have tried to buy a gun and, because of the background check, have been denied.
Unions did in fact build the middle class. And here's what that did. That built the United States of America as we know it.
We Americans think, in every country in transition, there's a Thomas Jefferson hiding behind some rock or a James Madison beyond one sand dune.
We didn't crumble after 9/11. We didn't falter after the Boston Marathon. But we're America. Americans will never, ever stand down. We endure. We overcome. We own the finish line.
We don't want two-tier people in America. Those who are legal but not citizens, and citizens. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
We must rekindle the fire of idealism in our society. Society
Well, I thought the deal was, when you went to work for the government you weren't supposed to make money! Government ;Money, Coins & Minting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Well, I was 29 years old when I came to the United States Senate, and I have learned a lot.
We're close friends - the American people, the Israeli people, our governments. There's absolutely no daylight - none - between us and the Israelis on the question of Israel's security.
We're going to be OK because of the American people. They have more grit, determination and courage than you can imagine.
When my first semester grades came out, my mom and dad told me I wouldn't be playing football. Families, Children & Parenting
When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'
When we wrote the Constitution, the intention was to give the commander in chief the authority how to use the forces when you authorize him to be able to use the forces.
When you go to your local police officer, your police chief in the town you live in, big or small, he will tell you the vast majority of the weapons recovered at a crime scene are either stolen weapons, and/or they have been 'lost' or stolen.
You are twice as likely to be struck by lightning as you around to be affected by a terrorist event in the United States.
You get a lawyer whether you're in a military tribunal or whether you're in a federal court, number one. The attorney general decided that the court with the biggest - with the greatest venue, with the best jurisdiction was the New York court. That was the right decision to make.
You know we're going to control the insurance companies.
You know, my Grandpop Finnegan used to have an expression: he used to say, 'Joey, the guy in Olyphant's out of work, it's an economic slowdown. When your brother-in-law's out of work, it's a recession. When you're out of work, it's a depression.' Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You never make fun of anybody with a club foot or a withered arm, but it's open season on anybody who stutters.
You should be attacking the carbon emissions, period, and whether it's cap-and-trade or carbon tax or whatever, that's the realm in which we should be playing.
You want to know whether we're better off? I've got a little bumper sticker for you: Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive. Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive! Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!
You're looking at a middle-class guy. I am who I am.
You're president, if you conclude my judgment is not the right judgment, I abide by that, but I want an opportunity to have an input.
You've got to reach a hand of friendship across the aisle and across philosophies in this country. Friendship