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"I would personally like to thank all of our snowboarders and freestyle skiers for making newscasters across America say things like ‘air to fakie,’ and the ‘back-to-back double cork 1260.’ I don’t know what that means, really, but I just wanted to say it. I’m pretty sure I’m the first President to ever say that."

—President Obama honoring the US Olympic Team at the White House yesterday.

"I think the theme that stitched our conversation together was a belief that in politics and in life, the quality of empathy, the ability to stand in somebody else’s shoes and to care for someone even if they don’t look like you or talk like you or share your philosophy…that’s critical." —President Obama on his meeting with Pope Francis