"As Afghans stand up, they will not stand alone."
- President BARACK OBAMAat NATO talks involving over 50 world leaders, describing the withdrawal of 130,000 combat troops from Afghanistan, planned for the end of 2014
"This is the first time that George Clooney has actually been Photoshopped out of a picture."
- BARACK OBAMApaying tribute to the actor at a fundraiser held in Clooney's Hollywood home, explaining that his iconic "Hope" campaign poster of 2008 was actually from a photograph of the President sitting next to him
"He had to discover his black identity and then reconcile it with his white family, just as gays discover their homosexual identity and then have to reconcile it with their heterosexual family."
- ANDREW SULLIVANa journalist giving a statement about his piece in Newsweek, the cover of which features Barack Obama with a rainbow halo, arguing that there are similarities between the president and the homosexual community
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