Clark M. Clifford

(Clark McAdams Clifford)

Clark M. Clifford
Clark M. Clifford
  • Born: December 25, 1906
  • Died: October 10, 1998
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant

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Clark McAdams Clifford was an American lawyer who served as an important political adviser to Democratic presidents Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Jimmy Carter. His official government positions were White House Counsel (1946–1950), Chairman of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board (1963–1968), and Secretary of Defense (1968–1969); Clifford was also influential in his role as an unofficial, informal presidential adviser in various issues. A successful Washington lawyer, he was known for his elite clientele, charming manners, and impeccable suits.

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... an amiable dunce. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
[Describing the executive branch:] ... a chameleon taking its color from the character and personality of the President. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
[On the 1948 Dixiecrats:] … a political movement based openly and almost entirely upon racism. Political Parties & Machines
[President Jimmy Carter] had so much going for him. He was elected without any real commitments.... To come in with no commitments gives a President a marvelous, broad flexible horizon of operation. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
A man who understands the power of the Presidency, who understands the potential of the Presidency, can get almost anything accomplished. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
A President immunized from political consideration is a President who need not listen to the people ... Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Every President needs a hand holder. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I am not conscious of falling under any of those ornithological divisions Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I am not conscious of falling under any of those ornithological divisions. War & Peace
I thought the Navy at times resembled a Southern plantation that had somehow escaped the Civil War. Blacks swabbed the decks, shined shoes, did the cooking, washed the dishes, and served the food. Virtually no other jobs were open to them. Military & Veterans
In the White House there is always struggle and contention. Management & Managing Government
It is the ultimate end of absurdity for the arms race to go on. Arms Race & Disarmament
Politics is a very important part of our government. It must not be denigrated. It's the way our country runs. It's the lubricant that keeps things running smoothly. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
That could have been a very successful Presidency had President Nixon really believed in our system. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The President represents everybody and he sets the moral tone of the country. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The problems of the President of the United States are not susceptible to scientific treatment. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
This is madness with no end in sight. War & Peace
was probably the last campaign where the candidate went out personally to the people. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We've had some Presidents who were pretty lazy. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
You [the President] invite Congressmen to the White House for dinner. And you know what is does? It puts them in great with their wives, because the wives love to be invited to the White House. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You cannot bring inexperienced men ... into the government and expect the government to run well. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
You're constantly trading assets back and forth to get your program. Negotiating & Negotiations
We're going through a kind of ancient, barbaric war dance now - it's almost an ultimate in absurdity. War & Peace

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