Sam Donaldson

(Samuel Andrew Donaldson Jr.)

Sam Donaldson
Sam Donaldson
  • Born: March 11, 1934
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Journalist; Television News Pundit; Panelist For ABC News Now

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Samuel Andrew Donaldson Jr. is an American former reporter and news anchor, serving with ABC News from 1967 to 2013. He is best known as the network's White House Correspondent (1977–89 and 1998–99) and as a panelist and later co-anchor of the network's Sunday program, This Week.

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Clinton talks reform, but it's business as usual in Washington with different pigs at the trough. Corruption
If you smoke, you're killing yourself and the children around you. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The CIA is an easy target because they do so much that is wrong. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The job of a political correspondent is the challenge the people in power. If you are in power, I will challenge you. Media, Journalism & The Press
The merchants of death have provided jobs for centuries, but that's no reason to continue it. Arms Race & Disarmament
Too many policy decisions over the years have been made by men in closed rooms not thinking about the dead bodies. When bullets fly, people die. Pictures ram that message home. Policy & Policy Making
We all have to pay when powerful members of Congress work to bring home the bacon. Patronage & Pork Barrel
And from a military school which taught me that to fit into society, you can't just do anything you damn well please because it will suit you. And that it's much better to be with the winners than it is with the losers. Society
And on election night I'd go down to city hall in El Paso, Texas and cover the election. In those days, of course, we didn't have exit polls. You didn't know who had won the election until they actually counted the votes. I thought that was exciting too.
And really, the basis, I think, of achieving some success in what I want to do today comes from my mother's push to get me to read and to make something of myself from the standpoint of an education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Success
As I went to college, I went into radio and television. Now I suppose most people think that's one step ahead of basket weaving as a major in college, but it was part of the journalism department.
But as a young kid, I never did, really have an ambition to be a farmer. I never thought, gee, I would like to farm, and I want to raise these crops. I didn't quite know what I wanted to do.
But I guess the lesson is this: If you don't have confidence in yourself and think that you are worth hiring, or whatever it is, you can't expect anyone else to.
But in 1941, on December 8th, after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, my mother bought a radio and we listened to the war news. We'd not had a radio up to that time. I was born in 1934, so I was seven years of age. Time ;War & Peace
But my observation has been, certainly in the news business, you've got to give 110 percent. Business, Commerce & Finance
I can't tell you what that little ingredient is which makes that first person want to go on and aggressively do more, and the other person be content to not do that. It's a mystery, but it does happen.
I didn't come east of the Mississippi for the first time in my life until I was 26 years of age, but I knew. I read magazines, I listened to radio, I watched television. I knew there was something out there, and I wanted a part of it. Life ;Time
I don't know many people, if any, who have had some straight line toward success. I mean, they start here, they work hard, they've got what it takes, and they just go straight to the top over some number of years. Most people get a little failure. Failure ;Success ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I wanted to be in this business, and once I got into the business I knew I enjoyed it, and I liked it, and I wanted to continue, but I never had a five year plan. Business, Commerce & Finance
I was a typical farm boy. I liked the farm. I enjoyed the things that you do on a farm, go down to the drainage ditch and fish, and look at the crawfish and pick a little cotton.
If you have a setback, and you're not doing well and then you overcome it somehow, it always sticks with you. You know it could happen again.
It was kind of exciting being on the radio. Not everybody was on the radio.
It wasn't until the late '70s that a lot of people knew me.
My mother did all she could to control me, but at age 14 she sent me to a military school.
My mother gave me a push. If I hadn't had her, maybe I wouldn't have had the push. If I hadn't gone to military school, maybe I wouldn't have decided to get with the program. Maybe I'd be running a bulldozer, rather than going on and doing something more.
News conferences are the only chance the American public has to see Ronald Reagan use his mind.
Some days the competition would beat me and I'd go home thinking awful thoughts, want to hide under the bed, depressed. But of course, in the news business, when you're working a daily news broadcast, you get your victories and defeats every day. Business, Commerce & Finance
The questions don't do the damage. Only the answers do.
The truth is, when I got started in this business, it wasn't because I had a full understanding of the importance of the business, but because I thought it was fun. I found it exciting. It fulfilled me, whatever it was that I was looking for. Truth ;Business, Commerce & Finance
There was a little bit of ham in me. And there's a lot of people say there's a lot of ham in me.
Well, I was born in El Paso, Texas, it was in the nearest hospital to the family farm. Families, Children & Parenting
You really get the most out of sweet corn if you pick the corn off the stalk and rush it to a pot of boiling water. The longer you wait, the more sugar you lose. But if you get it in the first half hour, that is the sweetest corn ever.

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