While I understand the passions and the anger that arise over the death of Michael Brown, giving into that anger by looting or carrying guns, and even attacking the police, only serves to raise tensions and stir chaos.
I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.
A nation that can't control its energy sources can't control its future.
I want to be very clear: I will not sign on to any health plan that adds to our deficits over the next decade.
But you see, a rich country like America can perhaps afford to be stupid.
We have proved that the true strength of our nation comes not from the scale of our wealth but from the power of our ideals – opportunity, democracy, liberty and hope.