U.S. President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington

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 NumberPresidentInformationFamous Quote
44Barack Obama

2009-

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"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer."
43George W. Bush

2001-2009

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“I will not forget this wound to our country or those who inflicted it. I will not yield; I will not rest; I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people. The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Whether we bring enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.”
42Bill Clinton

1993-2001

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“I am going to focus like a laser beam on this economy.” (November 1992)
41George H.W. Bush

1989-1993

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“We know what works: freedom works. We know what’s right: freedom is right. We know how to secure a more and just and prosperous life for man on earth: through free markets, free speech, free elections and the exercise of free will unhampered by the state.” (January 20, 1989)
40Ronald Reagan

1981-1989

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“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall.” (1988)
39Jimmy Carter

1977-1981

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“Two problems of our country — energy and malaise.”
38Gerald Ford

1974-1977

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“My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a Government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule.” (August 9, 1974)
37Richard Nixon

1969-1974

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“A man who has never lost himself in a cause bigger than himself has missed one of life’s mountaintop experiences. Only in losing himself does he find himself.”
36Lyndon B. Johnson

1963-1969

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“If government is to serve any purpose it is to do for others what they are unable to do for themselves.” (1966)

”I will not seek, and I will not accept the nomination of my party for another term as your president.” (1968)
35John F. Kennedy

1961-1963

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“Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate. … And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” (January 20, 1961)
34Dwight D. Eisenhower

1953-1961

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“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, is in a final sense, theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” (April 16, 1953)

PRESIDENTS: 1789-1850 | 1850-1889 | 1889-1953 | 1953-present

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