As William Faulkner once wrote, "The past isn't dead and buried. In fact, it isn't even past."Everyone quotes this, though almost everyone, including Obama, quotes it wrong. As John B. Padgett points out on his William Faulkner on the Web site, it's from Act I, Scene III of Requiem for a Nun:
The past is never dead. It’s not even past.Still a fine speech, though.