This is a book of the most influential speeches given since entering the new millennium. It is a timely book, capturing contemporary and powerful expressions of ideas and reasoning. Global in perspective, these speeches stand as unmediated and authentic testaments to the profound impact of great words and persuasive vision. Our ideas, mindset, politics, and culture have changed to reflect national and global events of immense magnitude, such as international terrorism, the rise of new wealth in the developing world, austerity in Europe and the United States, shifting global power arrangements, and new opportunities for investment and influence. These speeches define our present history and will be used by historians to understand us in the years and centuries to come. These are the words of our time.