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If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president's. John F. Kennedy
A politician ought to be born a foundling and remain a bachelor. Lady Bird Johnson
Don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible. Edwin Land
Divine right went out with the American Revolution and doesn't belong to the White House aides. What meat do they eat that makes them grow so great? Sam Ervin
I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself. Ronald Reagan
I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country. Tony Blair
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. Douglas Adams
I look forward to these confrontations with the press to kind of balance up the nice and pleasant things that come to me as president. Jimmy Carter
Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House. John F. Kennedy
The most important aspect of the relationship between the president and the secretary of state is that they both understand who is president. Dean Acheson
All presidents rail against the press. It goes with the turf. Helen Thomas
The legions of reporters who cover politics don't want to quit the clash and thunder of electoral combat for the dry duty of analyzing the federal budget. As a consequence, we have created the perpetual presidential campaign. Hugh Sidey
Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war. John Adams
We are all the President's men. Henry A. Kissinger
I have nothing to hide. Adam Lambert
What's wrong with being a boring kind of guy? George H. W. Bush
Be able to resign. It will improve your value to the President and do wonders for your performance. Donald Rumsfeld
In our brief national history we have shot four of our presidents, worried five of them to death, impeached one and hounded another out of office. And when all else fails, we hold an election and assassinate their character. P. J. O'Rourke
I tread in the footsteps of illustrious men... in receiving from the people the sacred trust confided to my illustrious predecessor. Martin Van Buren
A President's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right. Lyndon B. Johnson
The President is the last person in the world to know what the people really want and think. James A. Garfield
The presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was; and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands. Lyndon B. Johnson
I am not part of the problem. I am a Republican. Dan Quayle
In the infancy of societies, the chiefs of state shape its institutions; later the institutions shape the chiefs of state. Charles de Montesquieu
Power tires only those who do not have it. Giulio Andreotti
This desk of mine is one at which a man may die, but from which he cannot resign. Dwight D. Eisenhower
If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure. Al Gore
I think same sex couples should be able to get married. Barack Obama
I love to deal with doctrines and events. The contests of men about men I greatly dislike. James A. Garfield
Unlike presidential administrations, problems rarely have terminal dates. Dwight D. Eisenhower
A group of politicians deciding to dump a President because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday. Russell Baker
I am the guardian of power, not its owner. Vicente Fox
You may think the president is all-powerful, but he is not. He needs a lot of guidance from the Lord. Barbara Bush
Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever. William Howard Taft
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. Clarence Darrow
A long life in journalism convinced me many presidents ago that there should be a large air space between a journalist and the head of a state. Walter Lippmann
I have as much chance of becoming Prime Minister as of being decapitated by a frisbee or of finding Elvis. Boris Johnson
No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it. Thomas Jefferson
We see more and more of our Presidents and know less and less about what they do. Bill Moyers
President Lincoln is timid, vacillating, and inefficient. Zachariah Chandler
Now that we have a Republican Congress, their [Republican members of Congress] job is to hold up the hands of executive departments, but they have not learned that yet. Their automatic thinking is to tear them down. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Tunisia, which is dear to all of us, is going through difficult circumstances, exceptional circumstances, that necessitate exceptional measures to face them and prevent a worse situation Our security forces are in a full alert status, but we do have weaknesses as our prime minister admitted. We are not blaming anyone, but we are calling for everyone to feel and act responsibly. If such incidents happen again, the state will collapse. It is the duty of the president to take a stance. Beji Caid Essebsi
I had enabled the development of a corrupt system right under my very eyes.. Sarah Chayes
The Government of Afghanistan could best be understood, not as a government at all, but as a vertically integrated criminal organization whose care activity was not in fact exercising the functions of a state, but of rather extracting resources for personal gain. Sarah Chayes
... transfer clemency reviews out of the Justice Department and put them in the Department of Health and Human Services.... The department that prosecuted a case and advocated for a sentence is not the appropriate one to conduct a neutral clemency review. Dennis Cauchon
Clemency exists for reasons of "humanity and good policy" and to provide "easy access to exceptions." The founders gave the president solo, unfettered clemency "responsibility" (Hamilton's word) because governments naturally tend to make criminal law overly severe, and one person "appears to be a more eligible dispenser of the mercy of government, than a body of men. Dennis Cauchon
Entering the presidency, Nixon knew he had a terrible secret to hide that could be ruinous.. Carl Bernstein
Your actions were treasonous. Lyndon B. Johnson
I ordered that they use any means necessary, including illegal means, to accomplish this goal. . . . The president of the United States can never admit that. Richard Nixon
You remember Huston's plan. I want it implemented on a thievery basis. God damn it. Blow the safe and get it. Richard Nixon
Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself. Richard Nixon
Making sensitive political inquiries at the IRS is about as safe a procedure as trusting a whore. Since the administration has no reliable political friends at IRS. We won't be in control of the government and in a position of effective leverage until such time as we have complete and total control of the top three slots of the IRS. Tom Charles Huston
Reg meetings – dirty tricks dept. use of power of WH more ruthlessly in deadly battle – use all weapons. H. R. Haldeman
We have only two alternatives: Bug Out [of the Vietnam War] or accelerate, and that we must escalate or the Presidency is lost. Richard Nixon
I suppose this [Watergate] is an example of the dangers of letting down your guard against increased executive powers–no matter what the circumstances. Not that the danger was not real, but in this case the risk of the remedy was as great as the disease. There was a willingness to accept without challenge the Executive's claim to increased power. That's why we acted as we did, and it was a mistake. Tom Charles Huston
Communists will infiltrate the highest offices of government in the US until the president is a Communist, unknown to the rest of us. Fred Koch
Wanted for Treason. John Birch Society
... infiltrate and neutralize the mainstream American media. Roger Ailes
He was the John the Baptist of the Reagan revolution. Victor Gold
[Spiro] Agnew was a small-time pol who became the most blatant crook to sit one heartbeat away from the presidency. He was a demagogue ranting ghost-written bile that split Americans amid the war and fires of the '60s. But political peers, sensing in Agnew's tumble their own fragility, always treated Spiro as gently as a museum vase. Sandy Grady
What I saw was a cabal between the vice president of the United States, Richard Cheney, and the secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld, on critical issues that made decisions that the bureaucracy did not know were being made. Now it is paying the consequences of making those decisions in secret, but far more telling to me is America is paying the consequences. Lawrence Wilkerson
I can personally testify that American politics have taken a distinctly downward turn in the space of one mature lifetime. Gary Hart
This is bullshit. I'm not doing this. Colin Powell
I will tell you that I am going to be the greatest jobs president that God ever created. Donald Trump
By linking these countries together in his 'axis of evil' speech, President Bush implied an identity between them not only in terms of their threat, but also in terms of the action necessary to deal with the threat. A lot of work will now need to be done to delink the three, and to show why military action against Iraq is so much more justified than against Iran and North Korea. Jack Straw
It is a simple reality that even as he [President Barack Obama] is a candidate for reelection, he continues to be President of the United States, and the demands of the job restrict his capacity in some instances to focus entirely on the campaign. He simply cannot do that. So he and we carefully allocate his time working with the campaign. Jay Carney
The man [President Ronald Reagan] will be out campaigning three days a week. The rest of the time he will govern. Larry Speakes
Personalist regimes mute factional differences the most .... Dictators usually retain the loyalty of elites through some combination of coercion, personal favors, and material rewards. Elites are frequently rotated or jailed to avoid factionalism. The military is usually a depersonalized instrument for the dictator's power, holding no sense of independent institutional identity. Divisions between so-called hard-liners and soft-liners are virtually non-existent... C. William Waldorf Jr.
I don’t know what he was so angry about. He won…. If I had won, he would have been much better off. He would have been spared getting disgraced by Watergate. George McGovern
I have been surprised, as often as I have reflected, and really cannot devise any reason, why the Assembly should be so much averse to established rules for the regulation of their forces, which long experience in established armies fully evinces the necessity of. And my surprise is yet increased, when I consider how cautiously worded the act of Parliament is, to preserve the rights and liberties of the people against the arbitrary proceedings of the military officers. George Washington
A President, acting like a king and claiming the powers of a king, is committing an impeachable offense…. Bush has claimed that to protect the nation, there is nothing he cannot do. Spy on Americans, torture, kill someone in their own home. He does not admit to any limitation on his power as long as he believes he is protecting the country. John Nichols
Bush’s crimes are … more worrisome than Clinton’s. He has taken powers and … is adopting standards that are a terrible anathema to our people...He claims powers that even King George did not claim at the time of the Revolution. Bruce Fein
Bill Clinton lied, but nobody died. Madeleine Albright
I will be a President for the middle class. William B. Richardson
Protection really takes on the personality of the President. Joseph Petro
The President of the United States has more than the responsibility for the people of this country. He has the responsibility of providing hope for the people of the world. Andrew Card
My role is not to be the President’s friend….When I am no longer the Chief of Staff, I expect to be the President’s friend. Andrew Card
I have to give him and I have to have 100 percent of his confidence…. If I do not have his confidence, someone else should be chief of staff. Andrew Card
The great constraint on the Presidency is time. Andrew Card
I am someone who facilitates the President’s ability to make tough decisions. Andrew Card
We didn’t have a moral majority in America. If we did, Clinton would have been impeached. Paul Weyrich
Presidential politics is not like a golf tournament. There’s no prize for second place. Haley Barbour
We talk about issues, but I'm not his adviser, I'm his wife... I find that it's really best not to give your spouse a lot of advice. I don't want a lot of advice from him. Laura Bush
George W. Bush has gathered around him upper-crust C-students who know no history or geography. Kurt Vonnegut
There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don’t know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president. Kurt Vonnegut
I am pretty rigid. It’s very hard for me to compromise on things I feel strongly about. Jimmy Carter
Chile announces a new refuge in these countries for the industry, the friendship, and all the citizens of the globe Bernardo O'Higgins
Now I am a private citizen, During the time of my government I have wielded almost absolute powers. I ask you to believe me that whatever wrongs I may have done have been the result of difficult conditions in which it was my lot to govern, and not the fruit of evil passions. I am ready to answer any accusations you wish to make against me. And if the wrongs I have done can be purged by my blood, then take of me the vengeance you will. Here is my breast! Bernardo O'Higgins
The President must certainly be punishable for giving false information to the Senate. He is to regulate all intercourse with foreign powers, and it is his duty to impart to the Senate every material intelligence he receives. If it should appear that he has not given them full information, but has concealed important intelligence which he ought to have communicated, and by that means induced them to enter into measures injurious to their country, and which they would not have consented to had the true state of things been disclosed to them, — in this case, I ask whether, upon an impeachment for a misdemeanor upon such an account, the Senate would probably favor him. James Iredell
A President could be impeached only for an error of the heart, and not of the head. James Iredell
If the President be connected, in any suspicious manner, with any person, and there be grounds to believe he will shelter him, the House of Representatives can impeach him. James Madison
It is the President upon whom the Constitution devolves, as head of the executive department, the duty to see that the laws be faithfully executed; but as he cannot execute them in person, he is allowed to select his agents, and is made responsible for their acts within just limits. So complete is the presumed delegation of authority in the relation of a head of department to a President, that the Supreme Court of the United States have decided that an order made by a head of department is presumed to be made by the President himself. Andrew Johnson
If the president were to displace from office a man whose merits require that he should continue in it… he will be impeachable by this House before the Senate, for such an act of mal-administration; for I contend that the wanton removal of meritorious officers would subject him to impeachment and removal from his own high trust. James Madison
I think it absolutely necessary that the President should have the power of removing his appointees from office; it will make him, in a peculiar manner, responsible for their conduct, and subject him to impeachment himself, if he suffers them to perpetrate with impunity high crimes or misdemeanors against the United States, or neglects to superintend their conduct, so as to check their excesses. James Madison
The executive power is better to be trusted when it has no screen. Sir, we have a responsibility in the person of our President; he cannot act improperly, and hide either his negligence or inattention; he cannot roll upon any other person the weight of his criminality; no appointment can take place without his nomination; and he is responsible for every nomination he makes…. Add to all this, that officer is placed high, and is possessed of power far from being contemptible, yet not a single privilege is annexed to his character; far from being above the laws, he is amenable to them in his private character as a citizen, and in his public character by impeachment James Wilson
If he be not impeachable whilst in office, he will spare no efforts or means whatever to get himself reelected. William Richardson Davie
Shall any man be above Justice. Above all shall that man be above it, who can commit the most extensive injustice. When great crimes were committed I am for punishing the principal as well as the Coadjutors George Mason
The authority of a king is the keystone which closeth up the arch of order and government Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford
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Margaret Thatcher effected profound change in the society and for that she became very unpopular. Jeremy Paxman
We will fuck him. Do you hear me? We will fuck him. We will ruin him. Like no one has ever fucked him! Karl Rove
Your either accused of being dictatorial or of being weak—occasionally both at the same time. You just have to take your pick. Tony Blair
I ask you to accept one thing. Hand on heart, I did what I thought was right. I may have been wrong. That's your call Tony Blair
Lyndon Johnson was a terrible president. He wanted to develop a great society…a great world. Marvin Olasky
There are different ways to be charismatic. Bill Clinton
I want to lead a government humble enough to know its place. Gordon Brown
The Department of Justice should never be reduced to a political arm of the White House. Patrick Leahy
Mr. Lincoln is already beaten.…And we must have another ticket to save us.…If we had such a ticket as could be made by naming Grant, Butler, or Sherman for President…we could make a fight yet. Horace Greeley
Lincoln owes a higher duty to the country…than to fritter away the priceless opportunities of the Presidency in listening to the appeals of competing office—hunters. New York Times
The crowd poured in as rapidly as the door would admit them, and many climbed in at the windows. John G. Nicolay
If you are as happy, my dear sir, on entering the house as I am in leaving it and returning home, you are the happiest man in this country. James Buchanan
You are now public property, and ought to be where you can be reached by the people until you are inaugurated. William H. Seward
The truth is, I suppose I am now public property; and a public inn is the place where people can have access to me. Abraham Lincoln
Because my life is so hard, I feel that I am not going to extend my term artificially. Never. Boris Yeltsin
I have a telephone and I'll run the country by myself. Boris Yeltsin
Only the people who elected the President -- only those people -- can determine the President's fate. Boris Yeltsin
The President is not a God, not a miracle worker. He is a citizen. Boris Yeltsin
You can slice me up if you want to, but it won't do you any good. Boris Yeltsin
By the nature of his office, a President is separated from his natural constituency and from the art of his profession, politics. The office restricts his movements, his access to events and reality. David Halberstam
There are not many countries where a non-citizen with a fourth—grade education can sue the President. That is our great gift to the world. We’re strong enough to say our system can handle it. Neal Katyal
Mr. Lincoln is the next President. We must try to save the Union. I will go South. Stephen Douglas
…the nomination of Mr. Lincoln took everybody by surprise: it was brought about by accident or trick, by which my pledged friends had to vote against me… The thing was well planned and boldly executed. Edward Bates
I must, in candor, say I do not think myself fit for the Presidency. Abraham Lincoln
All the anxious politicians of his party have been looking upon him as certainty, at no distant day, to be the President of the United States. They have seen in his round, jolly, fruitful face, post offices land offices, marshalships, and cabinet appointments, chargeships and foreign missions, bursting and sprouting out in wonderful exuberance ready to be laid hold of by their greedy hands. Abraham Lincoln
Nobody has ever expected me to be President. In my poor, lean, lank face, nobody has ever seen that any cabbages were sprouting out. These are disadvantages all, taken together, that the Republicans labor under. We have to fight this battle upon principal and upon principal, alone. Abraham Lincoln
In a sensitive matter, where its own ignorance could scarcely have been greater, Congress would have been better advised to leave the conduct of foreign policy in the hands of those who have been constitutionally charged with it. George F. Kennan
A President has to do the image stuff that will help him so that he can do the substantive things he wants to do. Dick Morris
An elected executive—whether President, governor or mayor—needs a popularity majority every day in his term. Dick Morris
… retaining strong U.S. Attorneys who have ... exhibited loyalty to the President and Attorney General … removing weak U.S. Attorneys who have ... chafed against Administration initiatives. D. Kyle Sampson
There are so many people in the country who don't like me. William Howard Taft
Now look, that damned cowboy is President of the United States. Mark A. Hanna
Don’t any of you realize that there is only one life between this madman and the Presidency. Mark A. Hanna
This is the last office I shall ever hold. I have offended so many powerful interests and so many powerful politicians. Theodore Roosevelt
I am deeply concerned and troubled about the situation we are up against in the world now and in the immediate future. That is why I would hope that someone with the greatest possible maturity and experience would be available at this time. May I urge you to be patient. Harry S Truman
The only known cure for the Presidential virus is embalming fluid. Morris K. Udall
I disapproved from the first moment... the want of a bill of rights to guard liberty against the legislative as well as the executive branches of the government … Thomas Jefferson
I had a drinking problem. Right now I should be in a bar in Texas, not the Oval Office. There is only one reason that I am in the Oval Office and not in a bar. I found faith. I found God. I am here because of the power of prayer. George W. Bush
Why should one have to be sad, ugly, and boring to go into politics these days. Segolene Royal
George W. Bush, the man, is a person of profound faith and deep compassion for those who suffer. But President George W. Bush is a politician and is ultimately no different from any other politician, content to use religion for electoral gain more than for good works. David Kuo
The hardest thing about a presidential election is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning. Adlai Stevenson
I believe in an America where the separation of Church and State is absolute—where no Catholic prelate would tell the President, should he be a Catholic, how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners how to vote.... I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant or Jewish ... for while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew—or a Quaker—or a Unitarian—or a Baptist. John F. Kennedy
I do not believe the president’s sex life is any of our business. After 30 years of political reporting I have been unable to establish a link between marital fidelity and high performance in public office. It really doesn’t matter who they screw in private as long as they don’t screw the public. Molly Ivins
Isn’t that a sweetheart deal. The Attorney General is appointed by the President; then investigates the President. Tom Harkin
We have no leadership, no captain at the helm as it were. We are, in effect, being led from disaster to disaster by a headless horseman run amok with stuffed pockets and an empty conscience. Larisa Alexandrovna
There are things a man must not do to save a nation. Murray Kempton
There is always a certain non-denominational piety which we expect from our President …. There are over 100 million Americans who have no religious affiliation. Robert F. Drinan
The worst mistake Ronald Reagan ever made was to accept George W. Bush as his running mate. Milton Friedman
The best thing to hold down spending is to have a Democratic President and a Republican Congress. Milton Friedman
No government, be it the most perfect, can stand without strong executive authority. Poland
Saying my President right or wrong is like saying my driver drunk or sober. James Reston
There are still people who look askance at a minister dressed in indigenous skirts …. The old elite wonders where the president’s tie is. But things are changing. Casimira Rodriguez
I will accept for two years only. Antonio Jose de Sucre
The Mexican War was unnecessarily and unconstitutionally begun by the President of the United States. House of Representatives
The first thing that any President must do to lead effectively on economic issues is to persuade the country that trade matters. Daniel Drezner
There is not a single Supreme Court case that insinuates that the President can violate a federal statute in order to gather foreign intelligence. It was a flagrant violation of The Constitution. Bruce Fein
I did a lot of mischief while I was a little boy, and I continue to do it now that I am President. Vincente Fox
I could not have told where those damned islands were within 2,000 miles. William McKinley
When I was in England I experimented with marijuana a time or two—and didn't like it—and didn't inhale and never tried it again Bill Clinton
There is an old story about the mother who had two sons. One went to sea, and the other became vice-president, and neither was ever heard of again. Hubert Humphrey
We cannot have two policies. That is axiomatic. Hubert Humphrey
No President has yet repealed the business cycle. Gordon Humphrey
Ohio claims they are due a President as they haven't had one since Taft. Look at the United States, they haven't had one since Lincoln. Will Rogers
That after the President shall be seated in his Chair and the Vice-President, Senators and Representatives shall be again seated, the Vice-President shall announce to the President that the members of both Houses will attend him to be present at his taking the Oath of Office required by the Constitution. To the end that the Oath of Office may be administered to the President in the most public manner, and that the greatest number of the people of the United States and without distinction, may be witnesses to the solemnity, that therefore the Oath be administered in the outer Gallery adjoining to the Senate Chamber. United States Congress
Democracy is necessarily despotism, as it establishes an executive power contrary to the general will; all being able to decide against one whose opinion may differ, the will of all is therefore not that of all: which is contradictory and opposite to liberty. Immanuel Kant
Kid Congress and the Senate, don’t scold em. They are just children that’s never grown up. They don’t like to be corrected in company. Will Rogers
Nothing could be a more serious violation of public trust than to consciously make a war based on false claims. Wesley Clark
I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government; it is as if he would catch his people in a trap. My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go. Let them worship as they will; every man can follow his own conscience, provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him against the liberty of his fellow-men Kemal Ataturk
In parliamentary and presidential democracies, the chief executive has been elevated from first among equals to the status of a monarch. Michael Lind
Presidents do not like to preside over such disagreements and scenes. That’s what presidential aides are for. Kenneth O'Donnell
Do it now. Not next week. Not tomorrow. Not later this afternoon. Now. Lyndon B. Johnson
Johnson showed me how important it was to use every hour of every day to shape national policy while we had the power to do so. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
At times we used questionable means to achieve our noble ends. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
In my years working in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, I had learned that those who seek the presidency are prepared to stop at almost nothing to get their party’s nomination. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
I’ve studied Nixon since the Kennedy campaign. I’ve no doubt that the trail will lead to the Oval Office. Lawrence O'Brien
You’re not saying “No” to me. You’re saying “No” to the presidency and to your country. Hasn’t your country been pretty good to you? Lyndon B. Johnson
I’m not your lawyer. But if I were in your shoes, I’d tell the President to burn the tapes immediately and then proclaim he’d done so as a matter of national security and executive privilege and out of an obligation to protect the office of the presidency. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
The statement is reprehensible….If I find out some damn fool aide did it, I’ll fire the sonuvabitch. Lyndon B. Johnson
Every senator sees a president when he looks in the mirror each morning. Lyndon B. Johnson
Vice presidents are candidates for political castration. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
It is one thing to be elected President and quite another for a man to become President. Yesterday, you decisively became President of this great nation. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
Sometimes ruin comes for lack of judgment. Book of Proverbs; Solomon
Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety Book of Proverbs; Solomon
Presidents always interpret things as they wish to. Robert Dallek
The Congress may no more regulate the president's ability to detain and interrogate enemy combatants than it may regulate his ability to direct troop movements on the battlefield Jay S. Bybee
The Lovers of Fringe and Embroidery have, however, been defeated and a Taste for Simplicity has prevailed over adulation. Lambert Cadwalader
With Concern I perceive that it has infused into the Minds of People here the most intolerable Rage for Monarchy that can be imagined. Verily I believe that a very great proportion are ripe for a King & would salute the President as such with all the Folly of Enthusiasm. Thomas Tudor Tucker
His Highness the President, Protector of the Liberties of the United States United States Congress
You may depend on being the Contempt, the Scorn and the Derision of all Europe, while you call your national Conductor, General or President. You may depend on another Thing. The State Government will ever be uppermost in America in the Minds of our own People, till you give a superior Title to your first national Magistrate. John Adams
Joint committee to consider what STYLE or TITLES it will be proper to annex to the OFFICES of President and of Vice President of the United States--if any other than those given in the Constitution. Richard Henry Lee
Both Houses having resolved to accompany the President after he shall have taken the Oath, to St. Paul’s Chapel, to hear divine service, to be performed by the Chaplain of Congress,… United States Congress
We now discovered the Shores crowded with thousands of People––Men Women & Children––May I may venture to say Tens of Thousands; From the Fort to the Place of Landing altho’ near half a Mile, you could see little else along the Shores-- -in the Streets and on Board every Vessel, but Heads standing as thick as Ears of corn before the Harvest- Elias Cornelius Boudinot
I had the honor to receive your Official communication by the hand of Mr Secretary Thompson, about one O’Clock this day. Having concluded to obey the important and flattering call of my Country, and having been impressed with an idea of the expediency of my being with Congress at as early a period as possible; I propose to commence my journey on thursday morning which will be the day after tomorrow. . . George Washington
I cannot agree to destroy the harmonious working of the Constitution for the sake of getting rid of an Unacceptable President. James W. Grimes
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We will have a female President. Sandra Day O'Connor
I wish I could send some of my shock troops to Chicago and other big American cities to help in the elections. We look on Heinrich Ford as the leader of the growing fascist movement in America. We admire particularly his anti-Jewish policy which is the Bavarian fascist platform Adolf Hitler
Mr. President, there is no lack of confidence in you whatsoever. The trouble is … some of these Democratic senators … The problem is these bastard traitors we have in this country. Henry A. Kissinger
Arabs will participate on an equal footing throughout all sectors of the country’s public life….In every cabinet where the prime minister is a Jew, the vice-premiership shall be offered to an Arab and vice versa. Vladimir Jabotinsky
People pay attention to what a President says, whether or not he pauses for emphasis in the right places. Sometimes they even read the text. Hendrik Hertzberg
I am not liked as a president by the politicians in office, in the press, or in Congress. But I am content to abide the judgment—the sober second thought—of the people Rutherford B. Hayes
I know that I am the hardest working man in America. James K. Polk
I have not had the cabinet here for 6 weeks. I can run the government better without them. James K. Polk
Critics have their uses. They can crystallize a moment and bring into sharp relief the mistakes that have been made and what must be done to correct them. Paul Martin
If you are a United States senator and are not under indictment or in detoxification, you automatically consider yourself as a potential candidate for the Presidency. Morris K. Udall
The President of today is the postage stamp of tomorrow. Gracie Allen
Today we have in this country the abuses of a military dictation without its unity of action and vigor of execution. John Fremont
I must let you know that I will not let any of my ministers be questioned by you... Charles I
if you see anything in me that you regard as a fault, feel free to tell me in private. For from now on people will talk about me, but not to me. It is dangerous to men in power if no one dares to tell them when they go wrong. Thomas Becket
What you learned on the streets of Brooklyn will be a damn sight more helpful to your president than anything you learned at Harvard. Lyndon B. Johnson
Unauthorized by the Constitution, without the sanction of Congress, to go beyond the line of defense, the vessel, being disabled from committing further hostilities, was liberated with its crew. The Legislature will doubtless consider whether, by authorizing measures of offense also, they will place our force on an equal footing with that of its adversaries. Thomas Jefferson
In America you elect the electoral college and they select the President. In Russia, the people select the President directly. This is more democratic. Vladimir Putin
In many ways, however, inheriting success is as difficult as taking over at a time of crisis. The latter requires the leader to extricate the nation from its turmoil. While succeeding in such a situation is not easy, you begin at a lower base with a lot of upside. In my situation, the upside is not so obvious, but the downside is patently clear. Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
… whenever a Judge or Justice of any Federal Court has reached the age of seventy and does not avail himself of the opportunity to retire on a pension, a new member shall be appointed by the President then in office, with the approval, as required by the Constitution, of the Senate of the United States. Franklin D. Roosevelt
In the last four years the sound rule of giving statutes the benefit of all reasonable doubt has been cast aside. The Court has been acting not as a judicial body, but as a policy-making body…. Judges who will bring to the Courts a present-day sense of the Constitution - Judges who will retain in the Courts the judicial functions of a court, and reject the legislative powers which the courts have today assumed. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The President alone has the power to speak or listen as a representative of the nation. He makes treaties with the advice and consent of the Senate; but he alone negotiates. Into the field of negotiation the Senate cannot intrude; and Congress itself is powerless to invade it. George Sutherland
I do not deny that we may make mistakes of procedure as we carry out the policy. I have no expectation of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average, not only for myself but for the team. Franklin D. Roosevelt
I say frankly, as a citizen more than a candidate, that I recoil at the prospect of Mr. Nixon as custodian of this nation’s future, as guardian of the hydrogen bomb, as representative of America in the world, as commander in chief of the United States armed forces. Adlai Stevenson
Candidates in the future should be chosen based on their ability to sell themselves over the television airwaves. Leonard W. Hall
If I should lose on the real issues, I shall return to my seat in the Senate satisfied that I tried my best and was fairly judged. But if this election was decided on the basis that forty million Americans lost their chance of being President on the day they were baptized, then it is the whole nation that will be the loser in the eyes of Catholics and non-Catholics around the world, in the eyes of history and in the eyes of our own people John F. Kennedy
When we walk everyday on the razor-edge of danger, a peace-loving people do not want a trigger-happy President in the White House. John F. Kennedy
National morality, by example and by persuasion, should begin at the White House and have the good influence to reach out to every corner of the land Barry Goldwater
Presidents don’t get to do do-overs! George W. Bush
The President of the U. S. every time he opens his mouth, has to mention God—well, my God!. I mean, not even the Pope does that. Oriana Fallaci
You don’t need more hearings. You need more gumption. You’ll be treated like office boys until you stand up and kick them [the Nixon White House] in the slats. Raoul Berger
Being responsible, I will direct, and will be responsible for nothing that I do not direct. William Pitt the Younger
We have an industrial-age presidency, catering to a pre-industrial ideological base, in a post-industrial era. Thomas Friedman
As not infrequently happens in the affairs of war, it is easier to point out mistakes after they are committed, than to see and avoid them amid the difficulties and dangers by which the military commander is at the moment surrounded. Luther S. Dixon
When your President calls you, you have to say yes Thierry Breton
I do not want any Catholic in the United States of America to vote for me on the 6th of November because I am a Catholic. Alfred E. Smith
The principle issue in this election is whether or not you are prepared to do anything new. Eleanor Roosevelt
The President is a product. Hilary Henkin
Occupants of public offices love power and are prone to abuse it. George Washington
There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness. George Washington
In America the president reigns for four years, and journalism governs for ever and ever. Oscar Wilde
I’ve won the election. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The person of the king is sacred and secure from everything. Doing nothing of himself, he shall be answerable for nothing to the nation. He shall not be autocrat but father and chief of the nation, and as such the present law and constitution deems and declares him to be. Poland
I shall be an autocrat, that's my trade; and that good Lord will forgive me, that's his. Catherine II
Your time is up. Go now. Don't wait until there has been more death and destruction Tony Blair
Exempting judicial nominations from filibusters would expand Presidential power. George Will
When I came here I thought I worked for the President. But I didn’t realize that I also worked for 534 other people at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue who all think that they are presidents. Alphonso Jackson
The Vice Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate. Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does. William E. Vaughan
The Tsar lives in twenty rooms, let him occupy no more than five and have only five heated in the winter. He is served six dishes at table; let them give him three or four. The Tsaritsa will wear only a black dress...she will seem lovelier and sweeter to us. Three lumps of sugar are put into their children's tea; let them sip it through a single lump ...and when they complain of its not being sweet, tell them it is because the French are in the Crimea and the English at Kronstadt Mikhail Petrovich Pogodin
The right of initiative...belongs exclusively to ME, and is indissolubly bound to the autocratic power entrusted to ME by GOD....No one is called to take upon himself before ME petitions about the general welfare and needs of the state. Such departures from the order established by existing legislation can only hinder me in the execution of MY aims Alexander II
I am doing my best to prevent the corporations and the Republican Party Machine making me the … candidate for the vice presidency in order to get rid of me here as governor. Theodore Roosevelt
The economy controls the politicians far more than the politicians control the economy. Mardy Grothe
A flawed candidate with a strong character versus a strong candidate with a flawed character. David Shribman
A monologue is not a decision. Clement Attlee
For him nature is basically a golf course or a ranch--or a national park turned into a country club where folks can burn off stress by speeding over the snow while polluting the air of Yellowstone with gas-guzzling skidoos. William Irwin Thompson
In the U.S. Senate a quorum consists of the chairman of the Committee on Finance and a messenger from the White House. Ambrose Bierce
This is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone. John F. Kennedy
I like photographers. You don't ask questions. Ronald Reagan
I am much obliged to you gentlemen for leaving me one sentence of my own. Theodore Roosevelt
I am no longer a political accident. Theodore Roosevelt
I believe in power. Theodore Roosevelt
I cannot say that I entered the presidency with any deliberately planned and far-reaching scheme of social betterment. Theodore Roosevelt
I do not believe that I have ever before written to an individual legislator in favor of an individual bill, but …. Theodore Roosevelt
I do not want to establish the precedent of going about guarded. Theodore Roosevelt
I don’t care a damn about stocks and bonds, but I don’t want to see them go down the first day I am President. Theodore Roosevelt
I don’t think any President ever enjoyed himself more than I did. Theodore Roosevelt
I have received more advice than any man living—mostly bad. Theodore Roosevelt
I like my job. The burdens of this great nation I have borne up under for the past seven years will not be laid aside with relief, as all presidents have heretofore said, but will be laid aside with a good deal of regret, for I have enjoyed every moment of this so-called arduous and exacting task. Theodore Roosevelt
I was only one-half the appointing power. I nominated, but the Senate confirmed. Theodore Roosevelt
I will have no criticism of my administration from you or any other officer of the Army. Theodore Roosevelt
I wish to preach not the doctrine of ignoble ease but the doctrine of the strenuous life. Theodore Roosevelt
If I could only be President and Congress too, for just 10 minutes. Theodore Roosevelt
If I ever thought it necessary, if I thought a combination of laborers were doing wrong, I would apply for an injunction against them just as quickly as against so many capitalists. Theodore Roosevelt
If there is not the occasion, you don't get the great statesmen. If Lincoln had lived in peacetime, you would not know his name today. Theodore Roosevelt
Journalists want me to keep repeating myself and they don't see that it would make people think I didn't believe myself. If what I say isn't worth believing when I say it, what additional value would it have from being repeated? If I were to repeat that statement this afternoon, in two weeks the newspapers would all be clamoring to have me say it again. Then pretty soon I should have to say it every day, and nobody would believe it. Theodore Roosevelt
It is impossible to differentiate between what I say in my individual capacity from what I say as President. Theodore Roosevelt
It is not good for the country to have a college professor as a President. Theodore Roosevelt
It is shocking to smite down trees for mere decorations. Theodore Roosevelt
It shall be my aim to continue absolutely unbroken the policy of President McKinley for the peace and prosperity and the honor of our beloved country. Theodore Roosevelt
It's a dreadful thing to come in this way. Theodore Roosevelt
Our allies and enemies, and Mr. Wilson himself, should all understand that Mr. Wilson has no authority to speak for the American people. Theodore Roosevelt
My belief was that it was not only the President's right but his duty to do anything that the needs of the nation demanded unless such action was forbidden by the Constitution or by the laws. Under this interpretation of executive power I did and caused to be done many things not previously done by the President. Theodore Roosevelt
My experience has taught me that in such a case a quick decision prevents bitterness. Theodore Roosevelt
In matters of war, we undermine presidential credibility at our nation’s peril. Joseph I. Lieberman
Congressmen take an independent oath to protect and defend the Constitution. They work with the President; they do not work for the President. Newt Gingrich
The most important thing that the person at the White House knows when he talks to you is that you are not in there. Robert Teeter
A President in a sense is an elected kingship. Newt Gingrich
No matter who you are, President of the United States or rock star, you are going to be criticized. So you can’t take it personally. Jon Bon Jovi
I apprehend... that the total abandonment of the principle of rotation in the offices of President and Senator will end in abuse. Thomas Jefferson
The information I received as a member of the National Security Council, in my capacity as Vice—President, was so confidential that I would lose my right arm before I divulge it to anyone, even to members of my own family… Alben W. Markley
…this duty lies in your path and that you ought to undertake it. If defeated, so much the better for you personally; if victorious, the greatest opportunity in the American struggle for self-government except that afforded by the Presidency will lie at your hands. Elihu Root
“Treason” and “bribery” will not reach many great and dangerous offenses including attempts to subvert the Constitution. George Mason
We have before us in the White House … a criminal—known to be armed and dangerous. Lewis H. Lapham
There can hardly be a more grave act imaginable than to dupe a democracy into going to war, but this is what Bush has done. Matthew Rothschild
A President can commit no more serious crime against our democracy than lying to Congress and the American people to get them to support a military action or war. Elizabeth Holtzman
Nobody who ever runs for President should be the leader of a party. Mark Shields
We cannot continue to claim that we are a nation of laws and not of men if our laws and, indeed, even the Constitution of the United States itself, may be summarily breached because of some determination of expediency or because the President says “trust me.” Robert Byrd
The Electoral College is an antidemocratic relic. New York Times
A sinning, oppressive Caliph should be removed by the Majlis-ash-Shura Council. However, if much bloodshed among the Muslims is forthcoming, then the ummah should avoid the fighting and bear him. An-Nawawi
Why does the White House sometimes seem so determined to close the door on the people's right to know what their government is doing? Mark Tapscott
There is a veil of secrecy that is descending around the administration which I think is unseemly Daniel Burton
When the President of the United States breaks the law he must be held accountable. That is why I am introducing today a resolution to censure George W. Bush…. At the very heart of our constitution is the assumption that some members of the government will do wrong, and when they do, others in the government must do right…. The President has broken the law. Congress must act…. Our job is not to stand up and cheer when the President breaks the law. Russ Feingold
It is with much reluctance that I am obliged to look upon him as a man whose mind is warped by prejudice and so blinded by ignorance as to be unfit for the office he holds. However wise and scientific as philosopher, as a politician he is a child and a dupe of party. John Adams
You can’t have simultaneous notification on important issues. Some people always get the word before others. Jimmy Carter
It’s hard for a President to make case for more powers when he has not used the powers he already has. Artur Davis
I trust God speaks through me. Without that I could not do my job. George W. Bush
You have convinced me that you are right. Now go out there and force me to do it. Franklin D. Roosevelt
He did not live long enough to prove his incapacity for the office of President. William Cullen Bryant
Roosevelt, never let Hoover near the White House and they never liked each other. Hoover didn't speak to Roosevelt when they were riding down the avenue, you know. James H. Rowe
If Truman wins, by God I'll make sure the President of the United States can speak to the country whenever he wishes. Howard McGrath
Franklin, you may have to assume dictatorial powers. Walter Lippmann
As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. H. L. Mencken
Truman didn't have enough money to make a radio speech. James H. Rowe Jr.
There is one good thing about no longer being President. You can make your own notes and say what you want. Of course no one cares any more what you say. Bill Clinton
Does America really need 70 percent of the world's lawyers? … Is it healthy for our economy to have 18 million lawsuits coursing through our system annually? J. Danforth Quayle
The President is to be commander-in-chief of the army and navy of the United States…In this respect his authority would be nominally the same with that of the king of Great Britain, but in substance much inferior to it. It would amount to nothing more than the supreme command and direction of the military and naval forces…while that of the British king extends to the DECLARING of war and to the RAISING and REGULATING of fleets and armies, all [of] which, by the Constitution under consideration, would appertain to the legislature. Alexander Hamilton
Sweeping privilege against disclosure [is]…contrary to a sound public policy…It is a small step to assert a privilege against any disclosure of records merely because they might prove embarrassing. Albert Maris
It seldom happens in the negotiation of treaties…but that perfect secrecy and immediate dispatch are sometimes requisite…and there doubtless are many [people] who would rely on the secrecy of the president, but who would not confide in that of the Senate, and still less in that of a large popular assembly. John Jay
It is important to have a President who not only understands, but enjoys complexity Teresa Heinz
I was circulating around briefing these guys. Starting with Mitchell, and Haldeman, and [domestic policy adviser] John Ehrlichman, and all the guys. Just sort of circulating around with a briefcase. I cobbled together a briefing of a sort that would do the trick. And introduced them to technical systems of one kind or another. Richard Lehman
I never had an idea that didn’t come from [Thomas] Jefferson. Abraham Lincoln
And to the C students, I say, you too, can be President of the United States George W. Bush
You can't ignore one billion people. Richard Nixon
If I had two faces, do you think I would be wearing this one. Abraham Lincoln
… all raw emotion and little knowledge Pierre Andre Rinfret
More and more of our imports are coming from overseas. George W. Bush
I must say that acting was good training for the political life that lay ahead of us. Nancy Reagan
President Bush said that he wanted to change the tone in Washington. He has; it has gotten worse. Tom Daschle
We have exchanged the Washingtonian dignity for the Jeffersonian simplicity, which was in truth only another name for the Jacksonian vulgarity. Henry Codman Potter
I can't stand that Richard Nixon fellow. Julia Child
The President of the United States was untutored in foreign policy. He didn’t know Slovenia from Slovakia. Pat Buchanan
I have serious doubts about the value of debates in a presidential election. They tend to be a test of reaction time rather than a genuine exposition of the participants' philosophies and programs Dwight D. Eisenhower
No one is above the law; no one is beneath the law…. No person in America is above the law and that includes the President and the Supreme Court…. Neither the President or anybody else can override a law that is Constitutional. Samuel Alito
This administration seems intent on accumulating unchecked power. Patrick Leahy
They have the marshals, I have the Army. Richard Nixon
Legislating is perceived as governing and governing is perceived as legislating. Legislation—conceiving it, proposing it, fighting over it, winning or losing, making the proper proclamation when passed or signed—not only is the main ‘action’ seen in Washington but is the key political currency in dealing with the voting public. . . . The President must necessarily consider legislative initiatives and actions as central to his own interest and his own leadership efforts. Roy Ash
The imperial Presidency requires a passive Congress. Andrew Rudalevige
Me a President? I would be a worse President than George W. Bush if such a thing is possible. Al Franken
We have long since made clear that a state of war is not a blank check for the President when it comes to the rights of the Nation’s citizens. Sandra Day O'Connor
If I win, fine; if not, the people will bring me to power anyway Evo Morales
For more than 500 years -- since the rise of nation-states and parliaments -- a preoccupation of Western political thought has been the problem of defining and confining executive power. George Will
It’s the toughest decision a president has to make, by far. There is no passing the buck, no sharing the responsibility. It is a terribly lonely decision. George W. Bush
The Bush administration is not arguing that the President is above the law; they are arguing that the President is the law. Mark Shields
It is apprehended that Jews, Mahometans (Muslims), pagans, etc., may be elected to high offices under the government of the United States. Those who are Mahometans, or any others who are not professors of the Christian religion, can never be elected to the office of President or other high office, (unless) first the people of America lay aside the Christian religion altogether, it may happen. Should this unfortunately take place, the people will choose such men as think as they do themselves. Samuel Johnston
When the Vice President of the United States shoots somebody, the public has the right to know. Linda Chavez
With his arrogant usurpation of power and refusal to follow well-established wire-tapping laws, I believe this president is not living up to [his] oath. By shunning the oversight of the courts and ignoring the express language of the laws passed by Congress, this president is, in my judgment, defiantly and stubbornly ignoring the Constitution and the laws passed by Congress. Ted Kennedy
It has been a habit of presidents to try to write their own history, to establish themselves as a legitimate embodiment of America's past and shaper of America's future. Michael Barone
In France, executive power dominates much more than in Anglo-Saxon countries Christian Bataille
When you are President you have to get something done, and that often means compromise. George W. Bush
There is a difference between giving up privacy under the rule of law, and giving it up by executive fiat. Hillary Clinton
If we in Congress cannot in time of war regulate the behavior of our troops, then we have no power. Lindsey Graham
Checks and balances, in time of war, are more important than ever. Lindsey Graham
In an election year the state of the nation is the state of politics. Candy Crowley
Ike is bitten with the presidential bug and is also yellow. He has convinced himself that he did me a favor by getting me out of the really grave risks of being a governor. He will never be president!… George S. Patton
The President has the power to wage war but not against U. S. laws…. He is a President; not a king. Russ Feingold
In matters of war we undermine a President’s credibility at our nation’s peril. Joseph I. Lieberman
The President wants to avoid being a lame duck. He’s trying not to limp and quack at the same time. Mike Allen
The Vice President is not the Vice President of Torture. Lindsey Graham
The people are way ahead of the Congress. They are way ahead of the administration. John Murtha
The more you live the greater your obligations to the public grow. Bill Clinton
You run Washington DC though the House. The Senate gets in the way. The President gets in the way. Grover Norquist
It’s always difficult for a President to explain his policies through the filter of the media and the crises of the day. Grover Norquist
… savages … barbarians Andrew Johnson
For Ronald Reagan, the Presidency was the role of a lifetime. He was the star of the planet. Bonnie Angelo
First Lady sounds like the name of a race horse. Jacqueline Kennedy
I feel like I have just become public property. Jacqueline Kennedy
As you get further away from a presidency you are better able to assess that presidency. Daniel D. Holt
Republicans are the party of the rich. The Democrats are the party of the people. Dwight D. Eisenhower
… a loser! Dwight D. Eisenhower
The President has no authority to direct anyone to disobey the law. Emett C. Choate
Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of action, and bidding an affectionate farewell to this august body, under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life. George Washington
I am convinced our System of temporary enlistments has prolonged the War and encouraged the enemy to persevere. Baffled while we had an Army in the field, they have been constantly looking forward to the period of its reduction, as the period to our opposition, and the season of their successes. They have flattered themselves with more than the event has justified; for they believed when one Army expired, we should not be able to raise another: undeceived however in this expectation by experience, they still remained convinced, and to me evidently on good grounds, that we must ultimately sink under a system which increases our expense beyond calculation, enfeebles all our measures, affords the most inviting opportunities to the enemy, and wearies and disgusts the people.] George Washington
The object of your detachment is to compel the mutineers to unconditional submission, and I am to desire you will grant no terms while they are with arms in their hands in a state of resistance …. If you succeed in compelling the revolted troops to a surrender you will instantly execute a few of the most active and most incendiary leaders. George Washington
You are beseeched most earnestly my dear Col. Harrison, to exert yourself in endeavoring to rescue your Country, by, (let me add) sending your ablest and best Men to Congress; these characters must not slumber, nor sleep at home, in such times of pressing danger; they must not content themselves in the enjoyment of places of honor or profit in their own Country, while the common interests of America are mouldering and sinking into irretrievable (if a remedy is not soon applied) ruin, in which theirs also must ultimately be involved. George Washington
It is much to be feared, my dear Sir, that the States in their separate capacities have very inadequate ideas of the present danger. Removed (some of them) far distant from the scene of action and seeing, and hearing such publications only as flatter their wishes they conceive that the contest is at an end, and that to regulate the government and police of their own State is all that remains to be done; but it is devoutly to be wished that a sad reverse of this may not fall upon them like a thunder clap that is little expected. I do not mean to designate particular States. I wish to cast no reflections upon any one. The Public believes (and if they do believe it, the fact might almost as well be so) that the States at this time are badly represented, and that the great, and important concerns of the nation are horribly conducted, for want either of abilities or application in the Members, or through discord and party views of some individuals; George Washington
The law of unintended consequences, far more than the Constitution, is what governs the modern presidency. Richard Norton Smith
Ger Bush Out of My Uterus and Iraq!!! Anonymous
Women have to be able to look at themselves in the mirror as men do and say, “I see a presidential candidate!” Gloria Steinem
It seldom happens in the negotiation of treaties…but that perfect secrecy and immediate dispatch are sometimes requisite…and there doubtless are many [people] who would rely on the secrecy of the president, but who would not confide in that of the Senate, and still less in that of a large popular assembly. John Jay
Nobody is strong-minded around a President… George E. Reedy
I used to tell my husband that, if he could make me understand something, it would be clear to all the other people in the country. Eleanor Roosevelt
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Ben Hogan for President. If We're Going to Have a Golfer, Let's Have a Good One. Anonymous
Hail to the thief! Anonymous
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Presidents govern in the center. Anonymous
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When voting on the confirmation of a presidential appointee, always vote no, because if he or she is confirmed, it won't be long before your vote is proved politically correct. James G. Abourezk
About other Democratic candidates: Never say that any of them is not qualified to be President. Never say any of them can't win. Never suggest that any of them is the tool of an group or interest ... Dean Acheson
I doubt very much if a man whose major literary interests were in works by Zane Grey ... is particularly well equipped to be chief executive of this country—particularly where Indian affairs are concerned. Dean Acheson
I have a constituency of one. Dean Acheson
To afford the President the greatest deference and respect should be a gratification to any citizen. Dean Acheson
You are the President. You tell them to go to hell. Dean Acheson
Where he [her husband John Adams] is wounded, I bleed. Abigail Adams
No merely legislative body could control a single, concentrated Executive …. Henry Adams
A third rate nonentity whose only recommendation is that he is obnoxious to no one. Henry Adams
The success of any executive measure must now be bought by the use of political patronage in influencing the action of legislators. Henry Adams
Young man, I have lived in this house many years and have seen the occupants of the White House across the square come and go, and nothing you minor officials or the occupant of that house can do will affect the history of the world for long. Henry Adams
Power is poison. Its effects on Presidents had always been tragic; chiefly as an almost insane excitement at first, and a worse reaction afterwards; but also because no mind is so well balanced as to bar the strain of seizing unlimited force without habit or knowledge of it; and finding it disputed with him by hungry packs of wolves and hounds whose lives depend on snatching the carrion. Henry Adams
A man who can refuse no favor to any man. He would recommend ten persons for one and the same place rather than say no to any one of them. John Quincy Adams
I never had asked, and never should ask, the vote of any person for any office. John Quincy Adams
My return to public life in a subordinate station is disagreeable to my family, and disapproved by some of my friends. John Quincy Adams
No person could be degraded by serving the people as a Representative to Congress. Nor in my opinion would an ex-President of the United States be degraded by serving as a selectman of his town, if elected thereto by the people. John Quincy Adams
The presidency of the United States was an office neither to be sought nor declined. To pay money for securing it directly or indirectly, was in my opinion incorrect in principle. John Quincy Adams
The respective powers of the President and Congress of the United States, in the case of war with foreign powers are yet undetermined. Perhaps they can never be defined. John Quincy Adams
This policy and drill [of political parties], first organized by Thomas Jefferson, first accomplish his election, and established the Virginia Dynasty of twenty-four years, a perpetual practical contradiction of its own principles. John Quincy Adams
Methought I heard him say, "Ay! I am fairly out, and you fairly in. See which of us will be the happiest. John Adams
I am Vice President. I am nothing but I may be everything. John Adams
I pray to heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof. John Adams
My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived. John Adams
No man who ever held the office of President would congratulate a friend on obtaining it. He will make one man ungrateful, and a hundred men his enemies, for every office he can bestow. John Quincy Adams
The more elegance the less virtue in all times and countries. John Adams
If there is one certain truth to be collected from the history of all ages, it is this: that the people's rights and liberties, and the democratic mixture in a constitution, can never be preserved without a strong executive, or, in other words without separating the executive power from the legislature. John Adams
Smilin' for the Presidency Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams
These visits make me sick, and I really think they will make me crazy. Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams
Perhaps the next and the next will inherit his virtues but in time the worst will take over. Samuel Adams
You understand that, by making these records available to you I do not acknowledge that you or any grand jury have any right to records of the Vice President. Nor do I acknowledge the propriety of any grand jury investigations of possible wrongdoing on the part of the Vice President as long as he occupies that office. These are difficult constitutional questions which need not at this moment be confronted. Spiro Agnew
If a President doesn't make enemies, he just won't be a very good President, that's all. George Aiken
If I were President I would veto arms sales to countries we damn well know our going to shoot our ass the minute our backs are turned. Jason Alexander
A President in a ... crisis makes, say, 10 bets a day. Maybe I made the wrong choice three times. Raul Alfonsin
Why are American boys dying in a war the President refuses to call a war, yet commits our forces to it? Bruce R. Alger
All scholars are in unanimous agreement that using force to displace an already established Khalifa [Caliph] who is meeting his [religious] responsibilities is forbidden. Gharm Allah Al-Ghamdy
If the current Khalifa [Caliph] forces someone on the people to be the next Khalifa, but that person is righteous, the people must accept him as long as he remains righteous. Similarly, if there is no Khalifa (again, the situation today), it is permitted for someone to forcibly seize power and declare himself the Khalifa if he guarantees to abide by his responsibilities under Islam. Gharm Allah Al-Ghamdy
Caliph: Derived from the Arabic “Khalifa” meaning “one who replaces someone else who left or died.” In the context of Islam, however, the word acquires a narrower meaning. The Muslim Khalifa is the successor (in a line of successors) to Prophet Muhammad's position as the political, military, and administrative leader of the Muslims. The prophetic role of Muhammad is strictly not included in this definition Gharm Allah Al-Ghamdy
The President was a responsibility beyond that of managing the government. He has a responsibility as a moral leader. George Allen
Protect the people from the oppression of dictatorships. Leo E. Allen
A President must always be given credit for all his administration's successes and the final blame for the failures. Joseph Alsop
The way you judge presidents is the way you judge plumbing fixtures. It doesn't matter whether plumbing fixtures are orchid or white. What really matters about a plumbing fixture is—does it flush? Joseph Alsop
Essentially, Eisenhower passed on to his successors the problem of guaranteeing constitutional rights to Negro citizens. Stephen Ambrose
They are entitled to their rightful share in running the country. Idi Amin Dada
They [the founding fathers] conceived of the vice president as a runner-up presidential candidate. Joyce Appleby
It is my responsibility to the Haitian people not to expose myself to danger except for good reason. Jean-Bertrand Aristide
All administrations benefit from the in and outers. Michael Armacost
I've learned that Chester A. Arthur is one man and the President of the United States is another. Chester A. Arthur
I may be President of the United States but my private life is nobody’s damn business. Chester A. Arthur
The office of Vice President is a greater dream than I ever expected. Chester A. Arthur
The President should have full opportunity ... of opposing whatever appropriations seemed to him objectionable without imperiling the success of others. Chester A. Arthur
Well, there doesn't seem anything else for an ex-President to do but go into the country and raise big pumpkins. Chester A. Arthur
Every presidential library is a reflection of the society at the time in terms of the media in it. David Ashbrook
The king must sometimes govern by acts of state as well as acts of law. Ashley
The whole power of the national government is gradually but surely passing under the complete control of our Presidents. John N. Mitchell Ashley
Politically it is often much safer [for Congress] to let the executive do the leading. Leslie Aspin
I slept soundly. David Rice Atchison
We must have a clean role model at the top. Clearly this has not been the case. Pyotr Aven
It is contrary to political precedent for the voters to kick out an administration in time of prosperity. Eben Ayers
The chief bandit is the head of the state himself. George Ayittey
The Presidency is not an extension of a Congressional campaign. The Presidency, we must come to understand, is about the larger issues of national destiny, which depend in turn upon our economic power and productivity and America's mission in the world. Bruce Babbitt
The caliber of talent attracted to the public service will depend in substantial measure upon the excitement that can be conveyed by presidential leadership. Stephen Bayley
There aren't many Presidents who have had an effect on the fundamental policies of the nation. Howard Baker
What did the President know and when did he know it? Howard Baker
The President is accountable only to the country. Holmes Baldridge
In what other democracy is the President in charge of the executive and the legislature and the judiciary? Edouard Balladur
I say what I mean and do what I say. Ehud Barak
I go back to Washington every year to see the President and I get my orders directly from him—not from those pipsqueaks [at the State Department.] Walworth Barbour
I have no heart to campaign for a job I did not seek. Alben W. Barkley
Presidential elections are always pocketbook elections. Fred Barnes
When presidents are in trouble, there's two things they always do: reshuffle the staff and call in a bunch of reporters for advice. Fred Barnes
If you want to be President, you'll have to remain poor. Bernard Baruch
Theodore Roosevelt is following the footsteps of Julius Caesar and Napoleon Bonaparte, and unless we stop him it will be but a question of time when he usurps a dictatorship of the American people. John Bates
… so as not to hazard the Constitution. James A. Bayard Jr.
The key question is who determines if a President is unable to perform his duties? Birch Bayh
Character is the single most important thing the voter considers when voting for the presidency. Robert Beckel
He can't spend all his time running his mouth; he's got to run the country. Paul Begala
I always remember I'm the monkey and he's the organ-grinder. Paul Begala
Running a country is much more difficult than running a campaign. Paul Begala
Any person would like a line item veto if the chief executive at that time agrees with their particular views. Anthony Beilenson
An attorney general has to stand up [to the President], and sometimes he will be replaced. Griffin Bell
I don’t know what the people want, but I know what is needed by the people of Israel. David Ben-Gurion
Lincoln is a religion in this country. He is a sacred icon. Millions of people make money selling Lincoln. He is an industry. Lerone Bennett Jr.
I have the most important person in the company behind me, and that's the president. William Bennett
The Vice Presidency is the job description from Hell. William Bennett
Yes, Ronald Reagan did sleep through cabinet meetings—and deservedly so. They were incredibly tedious. I know; I was there. William Bennett
The election of the President and the Vice-President of the United States has passed,—not only from the college of electors to which the constitution confided it, and from the people to which the practice under the constitution gave it, and from the House of Representatives which the constitution provided as ultimate arbiter,—but has gone to an anomalous, irresponsible body [the convention], unknown to law or constitution, unknown to the early ages of our government. Thomas Hart Benton
That the said resolve (censuring President Andrew Jackson) be expunged from the journal; and, for that purpose, that the Secretary of the Senate, at such time as the Senate may appoint, shall bring the manuscript journal of the session 1833-1834 into the Senate, and, in the presence of the Senate, draw black lines around the said resolve, and write across the face thereof, in strong letters, the following words: "Expunged by the order of the Senate, this 16th day of January, 1837. Thomas Hart Benton
For 22 years [as a Senator] I worried about all the power at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. Now [as Treasury Secretary] I worry about all the power at the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue. Lloyd Bentsen
Getting members of Congress to do things they don’t want to do is a crucial part of being President. Michael Beschloss
[In wartime] there is almost always an overstretch [for power] by the President. Michael Beschloss
He who has once been approved and accepted by his people, though he abuse his right, yet retains the basis of his authority as against his own private subjects, since an obligation entered upon publicly and by mutual consent cannot be dissolved and broken by the will of any private citizen. For were this otherwise, endless disorders, worse even than tyranny itself, would ensue… Theodore Beza
The constitution has never greatly bothered any wartime President. Francis Biddle
As to mere power I have been for years in the daily exercise of more personal authority than any President habitually enjoys. Nicholas Biddle
The Congress decides when to make war and the President decides how to make war. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Presidency: The greased pig in the game of American politics. Ambrose Bierce
Is there any statute that gives the President authority in any way to change the spelling? Henry H. Bingham
We cannot with faithfulness to our constitutional system hold that the Commander in Chief ... has the ultimate power as such to take possession of private property in order to keep labor disputes from stopping production. This is a job for the Nation's lawmakers, not for its military authorities. Hugo Black
One of the problems of being a prime minister is that you can't do what people want all at once. Tony Blair
Even for a President who is not a professional actor, misrepresentation is a part of the job. Commentators who do not bear this in mind are like critics in the audience shouting, “Tell us what you really think” at an actor who is trying to bring off his drama. Roy Blount, Jr.
... Monarches who call themselves presidents. Simon Bolivar
To the extent that congressional powers have ebbed as a result of failure to develop timely and coherent responses to public problems, Congress has only itself to blame for its own predicament. Richard W. Bolling
You're on the elevator of public opinion when you're in the presidency. Richard Bond
I want someone in the White House who's had a life. Mary Bono
The notion that it is desirable to have a President who can give his full attention to the "presidency" and not worry about reelection is quite a mistake. Daniel J. Boorstin
When you're in the real world as President of the United States it doesn't go according to the script. William W. Bradley
My ability matches the national moment. William W. Bradley
When the President calls you and asks you what you think, you owe him what you think, not what you think he wants to hear. William W. Bradley
[Assessing William Howard Taft:] It is very difficult for me to understand how a man who is so good as Chief Justice could have been so bad as President. Louis D. Brandeis
Politics. Where fat, bald, disagreeable men, unable to be a candidate themselves, teach a president how to act on a public stage. Jimmy Breslin
The office of the President is such a bastardized thing, half royalty and half democracy, that nobody knows whether to genuflect or spit. Jimmy Breslin
It is highly improper of the President of the United States to employ extra-legal pressures in an effort to defeat the amendment …. The President has no constitutional role to play in the amending process. John W. Bricker
Federal bureaucracies are creatures of Congress, not the executive. David Brinkley
It is easy to be President if there are no problems and the money comes pouring in. David Brinkley
His Presidency gave his post-Presidency credibility. Douglas Brinkley
After this election only three people will be able to see the President. Billy Broadhurst
There are few things we will do in America as important as pulling the lever for President of the United States of America. Tom Brokaw
Always take a good look at your problems as they are going to be with you for a long time. Richard Brookhiser
John Adams and John Quincy Adams had six sons. Two of these were great statesman and four were drunks. For the Adams family it was the White House or the Ale House …. Family pressure is part of what drives people to drink. Richard Brookhiser
Some of your enemies are real enemies and you are just going to have to fight them Richard Brookhiser
Our Presidents have ranged from the disgraceful to the heroic, but almost none of them were actually normal human beings. David Brooks
I don't think that winning the presidency of the United States is a matter of a single issue. Ronald H. Brown
It is certainly not the most democratic way to proceed. Ronald H. Brown
Executive Privilege Herbert Brownell
There is a substantial difference between the President being able to wave to the crowd from a hospital window and being able to govern. Herbert Brownell
Towering over Presidents and State Governors, over Congress and State Legislatures, over conventions and the vast machinery of party, public opinion stands out in the United States, as the great source of Power. James Bryce
The President has rarely leisure to give close or continuous attention to foreign policy. James Bryce
The President is hampered at every turn by the necessity of humoring his party. James Bryce
Why Great Men Are Not Chosen President James Bryce
If the people of the United States can be trusted to elect a President for one term, or two terms, they also can be trusted to determine whether he should be considered in office for a third term. Joseph R. Bryson
I am the last President of the United States. James Buchanan
That, Madam, is my misfortune, not my fault. James Buchanan
Without the authority of Congress, the President cannot fire a hostile gun in any case except to repel the attacks of the enemy. James Buchanan
I'd rather be pro-life than President. Pat Buchanan
The office of the President is so staggeringly complicated that nobody can ... be a good President. William F. Buckley Jr.
Bill Clinton is the most corrupt, the most amoral, the most despicable person I've ever seen in the presidency. Jim Bunning
The Presidency is a Tudor monarchy with telephones. Anthony Burgess
The end of every President's second term is always a bit disappointing, isn't it? Alistair Burnett
Most presidents, as practical men and accomplished bargainers, have resisted ideological and even program commitments. James MacGregor Burns
[The first lady broke her leg while sledding. Reporters asked if it was painful. The President stated that it "smarted a little." That's easy for him to say! Barbara Bush
I may be the only mother in America who knows exactly where her son is at every moment. Barbara Bush
Someday, someone will follow in my footsteps and preside over the White House as the President's spouse. And I wish him well. Barbara Bush
I made some mistakes. I occasionally drank too much, and I did that night. George W. Bush
I was not elected to serve one party but to serve one nation. George W. Bush
I’m a gut player. I rely on my instincts. George W. Bush
In order to keep the peace you’ve got to have the authorization to use force. George W. Bush
Our nation is still somewhat sad, but we’re angry. There’s a certain level of blood lust…. pretty soon we’ll have to start displaying scalps. George W. Bush
The peaceful transfer of authority is rare in history yet common in our country. George W. Bush
We’re going to find out who did this, and we’re going to kick their asses. George W. Bush
I take personal responsibility for everything I say. George W. Bush
I’ve had foreign policy experience as governor of Texas—with Mexico. George W. Bush
I cannot consult with 535 strong willed individuals. George W. Bush
I had my chance. Now he has his. George W. Bush
I reappointed him and he disappointed me. George W. Bush
I was the victim of people wanting change. George W. Bush
I've got to run now and relax. George W. Bush
I don't know of any President, now or in the past, who does not favor lower interest rates. That's the American way. George W. Bush
The first responsibility of any President is to work for peace in the world and prosperity at home. George W. Bush
I have found a reality in life, and that reality is the United States Congress. George W. Bush
There is no area where experience matters more than in war and diplomacy. George W. Bush
There is something to this vision thing. George W. Bush
We really kicked a little ass last night. George W. Bush
When I make a call, we move as a team. George W. Bush
[Addressing Congress:] The people await action. They did not send us here to bicker ... Let us negotiate soon—and hard. But in the end, let us produce. George W. Bush
It was my decision, and I blew it, but I’m not about to say that I blew it. George W. Bush
We screwed things up and got a lot of things right. George W. Bush
[Referring to Richard Nixon:] There are frightening implications for the future of our country if we do not impeach the President of the United States ... If we fail to impeach, we have condoned and left unpunished a course of conduct totally inconsistent with reasonable expectations of the American people. Manley C. Butler
... as long as there is no chance of my being elected Vice President. Nicholas M. Butler
Everyone congratulates me on being ordered to the White House, seeming to think it an exceptional honour ... but I am not over enthusiastic .... many people will try to pump one dry of White House news ... Archibald Butt
If perjury and obstruction of justice do not undermine the integrity of office, what offenses would? Charles T. Canady
When Congress consents to the Executive making the budget it will have surrendered the most important part of a representative government. Joseph Cannon
He was in charge of everything and I was to be wherever he wasn’t. Andrew Card
If you get a good night’s sleep the chances are you did a good job the day before. Andrew Card
We'll have nothing to fear. Andrew Carnegie
The Japanese already own the country. Let them pick the president. Johnny Carson
The transition is probably the most important part of the President's administration. Hodding Carter
I could have been very popular if I had launched a military attack on Iran but I chose patience. Jimmy Carter
I don't have any influence over the Fed [Federal Reserve System], none at all. It's carefully isolated from any influence by the President or Congress. Jimmy Carter
I don't intend to lose. Jimmy Carter
I feel as if I have lost control of the government and the leadership of the people. Jimmy Carter
I will never lie to you. Jimmy Carter
As the first man from the Deep South in 130 years to be President of this nation, I say that these people in white sheets do not understand our region and what it's been through. They do not understand what our country stands for. Jimmy Carter
The most difficult issues—the toughest decisions—are the ones that invariably end up on the President’s desk. Jimmy Carter
If I wasn't President, I'd be out on the streets myself and would probably take a swing at any Khomeini demonstrator I could get my hands on. Jimmy Carter
The problems of the country look very different from the Oval Office than they do from the campaign trail. Jimmy Carter
I could stay here and pour tea and entertain the guests all day and I would be criticized. Roslyn Carter
I had learned from more than a decade in political life that I was going to be criticized no matter what I did, so I may as well be criticized for doing something I wanted to do. If I had spent all day pouring tea, I would have been criticized for doing that too. Roslyn Carter
Image became a nuisance that wouldn’t go away. I thought that if I were working productively and accomplishing something worthwhile, the image would take care of itself. Roslyn Carter
There is no way I could discuss things with Jimmy in an intelligent way if I didn’t attend cabinet meetings Roslyn Carter
What irritates me is that people in our country expect women to work now, but when the First Lady tries to do something, she is criticized for it. It’s ridiculous, but it’s a way to get at a President. Roslyn Carter
The presidency is a big job and there are some people who don't always wish him well. There are those who throw banana peels in his way hoping he'll slip. James Carville
You need a story, a scenario as First Lady. Oleg Cassini
The way a President runs his business ought to remain highly idiosyncratic. Douglas Cater
There will be a new president in this country someday, and I have as good a chance as anybody. Albert B. Chandler
The bounds of society would be dissolved, the harmony of the world confounded, and the order of nature subverted, if reverence, respect and obedience might be refused to those whom the constitution has vested with the highest authority. Thomas B. Chandler
We are practically an island here [the White House.] Dwight Chapin
Because I am the supreme authority. Hugo Chavez Frias
In the tough and dangerous world in which we live a President must always say what he means and mean what he says. Dick Cheney
Being cast in marble is something that every Vice President looks forward to. It’s not only a high honor, but it’s our only shot at being remembered. Dick Cheney
The deficit is potentially Ronald Reagan’s Vietnam. Dick Cheney
It’s a huge country. Floods, fires, accidents. You worry, you make phone calls, you sort things out. Victor Chernomyrdin
Congressional power has not so much been usurped by the Presidency as given up to the Presidency by Congress. Lawton M. Chiles Jr.
I am a candidate for the Presidency of the United States. I make that statement proudly in the full knowledge that, as a Black person and as a female person, I do not have a chance of actually gaining that office in this election year. Shirley Chisholm
A President cannot call men from all parts of the country during the time between his nomination and his election, seek their advice, their counsel, their service, their cooperation in his personal behalf and in behalf of the party ... and also tell them in the same breath, to see the Secretary of War, the Attorney General and the Postmaster General about a presidential nomination. George B. Christian Jr.
The people expect the President to be on top of everything. George B. Christian Jr.
I need some more to drink. I have a war to fight. Winston Churchill
Headmasters have powers at their disposal which Prime Ministers have never yet been invested. Winston Churchill
If he trips he must be sustained. If he makes mistakes, they must be covered. If he sleeps, he must not be wantonly disturbed. If he is no good, he must be pole-axed. Winston Churchill
So they [the Government] go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent. Winston Churchill
The more the President cares about things, the more the other people in the government will attend to them. Henry Cisneros
Ministers do not function well when they are unsure of their authority or of their standing with the Leader [ the Prime Minister] Joe Clark
The President in the late Executive proceedings in the relation to the public revenue, has assumed upon himself authority and power not conferred by the Constitution and laws, but in derogation of both. Henry Clay
I am the most unfortunate man in the history of parties: always run by my friends when sure to be defeated, and now betrayed for a nomination when I, or any one, would be sure of an election. Henry Clay
My friends are not worth the powder and shot it would take to kill them. If there were two Henry Clays, one of them would make the other President of the United States. Henry Clay
I trust the sentiments and opinions are correct; I had rather be right than President. Henry Clay
The Senate has no army, no navy, no patronage, no lucrative offices, nor glittering honors to bestow. Around us there is no swarm of greedy expectants rendering us homage, anticipating our wishes, and ready to execute our commands. How is it with the President [Andrew Jackson]? Is he powerless? He is felt from one extremity to the other of this republic. By means of principles which he has introduced [the spoils system], and innovations which he has made in our institutions, alas! but too much countenanced by Congress and a confiding people, he exercises uncontrolled the power of the state. In one hand he holds the purse and in the other brandishes the sword of the country! Myriads of dependents and partisans scattered over the land are ever ready to sing hosannas to him and to laud to the skies what ever he does. He has swept over the government like a tropical tornado. Henry Clay
We need a President who is more interested in being right and just than being President. Emanuel Cleaver II
Make sure that they do not break anything because we are coming back in 4 years Frances Folsom Cleveland
[Theodore] Roosevelt is the most perfectly equipped and the most effective politician thus far seen in the Presidency. Grover Cleveland
The damned everlasting clatter for offices makes me feel like resigning. Grover Cleveland
I don't believe the American people want a Gelding in the White House. Grover Cleveland
If a botch is made at the other end of the Avenue, I don't mean to be a party to it. Grover Cleveland
The most important benefit that I can confer on the country by my Presidency is to insist upon the entire independence of the executive and legislative branches of government Grover Cleveland
The Presidency is the repository of the people’s power. Grover Cleveland
[Describing the executive branch:] ... a chameleon taking its color from the character and personality of the President. Clark M. Clifford
A President immunized from political consideration is a President who need not listen to the people ... Clark M. Clifford
You're constantly trading assets back and forth to get your program. Clark M. Clifford
[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. Clark M. Clifford
Every President needs a hand holder. Clark M. Clifford
A man who understands the power of the Presidency, who understands the potential of the Presidency, can get almost anything accomplished. Clark M. Clifford
We've had some Presidents who were pretty lazy. Clark M. Clifford
The President represents everybody and he sets the moral tone of the country. Clark M. Clifford
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. Clark M. Clifford
That could have been a very successful Presidency had President Nixon really believed in our system. Clark M. Clifford
The problems of the President of the United States are not susceptible to scientific treatment. Clark M. Clifford
He [her husband] asks me for advice and doesn't take it as much as he does. Hillary Clinton
Bernie, my boyfriend Bill Clinton, is going to be President of the United States. Hillary Clinton
If you ever doubt that the people are the boss in a democracy, run for office. Even the President is a hired hand. Bill Clinton
I want to say again to the American people how profoundly sorry I am for what I said and did to trigger these events and the great burden they have imposed on the Congress and the American people. Bill Clinton
Even people in public life are entitled to some zone of privacy. Bill Clinton
Get a good team and do what you think is right. Bill Clinton
I have got to lay a foundation of personal security for the working people of this country and their families in order to succeed as your president. Bill Clinton
I left the White House but I’m still here. Bill Clinton
I micromanage the selection of the cabinet. Bill Clinton
As President I'll make mistakes because I'm going to do things ... and people who do things err. Bill Clinton
Is what he is saying true? …. How did this happen? …. I want to get to the bottom of this. Bill Clinton
I can’t accept it. It may cost me the election, but I’m still not going to sign it. Bill Clinton
President's have feelings too. Bill Clinton
The essential thing about democracy is that no one is indispensable. Bill Clinton
When you leave the White House, you wonder if you’ll ever draw a crowd again. Bill Clinton
When you're President you have to make a lot of tough decisions. You have to keep lining them up and making them. Bill Clinton
Where are all our friends? Bill Clinton
I mean no snub but presidents don't usually march. Bill Clinton
Never underestimate the power of an American President in his early days. Daniel R. Coates
Congress ... is far more than the simple, limited advisory council that most Presidents would like to maintain. William S. Cohen
Congress has chosen to recognize that a president may be forced to pursue legitimate foreign policy objectives by covert means. Such recognition, however, does not mean it surrenders the right to be informed of covert measures so that it can express its views as to the legitimacy of the goals or the wisdom of seeking to achieve them. William S. Cohen
Every President has to have a scapegoat. Philip E. Coldwell
No President is going to be satisfied with 3% growth in the economy even when you explain to him that over the long term things will be fine for everyone at 3% growth. He says: 'I'll go for 5% growth and let the next guy settle for 3%.' Philip E. Coldwell
[Presidential] nominations are won consistently by the front-runners. Jo-Anne Cole
Those who know Governor Roosevelt [TR] must believe that he is much better fitted for the Presidency than is Mr. McKinley. Colliers
The first responsibility of the new government of Ireland is like trying to run a ship without a captain. Michael Collins
I don't care whom you take; Chester Allen Arthur will do as well as any other. Roscoe Conkling
In politics, something is always wrong: the year, the opponent, the issues. Think of how few people actually run for President ... For most, it is like a romance that is never in sync; one of the parties is always free when the other is married. John Connally
If our forefathers had wanted Congress to be the Commander in Chief, they would have said so. Thomas T. Connally
Any man who doesn’t like dogs … shouldn’t be in the White House. Calvin Coolidge
The Congress has sometimes been a sore trial to Presidents. Calvin Coolidge
I have never felt that it was my duty to attempt to coerce Senators or Representatives, or take reprisals. Calvin Coolidge
As Vice President I must uphold the policies of the Administration 100 percent. If I disagree in any way it is my duty to keep silent. Calvin Coolidge
In their hours of timidity the Congress becomes subservient to the importunities of organized minorities that the President comes more and more to stand as the champion of the rights of the whole country. Calvin Coolidge
It is the business of the President as party leader to do the best he can to see that the declared party platform purposes are translated into legislative and administrative action. Calvin Coolidge
Presidents come from the people and the should return to the people. Calvin Coolidge
The public wants a solemn ass as a President. And I think I'll go along with them. Calvin Coolidge
The President cannot, with success, constantly appeal to the country. After a time he will get no response. Calvin Coolidge
If you keep dead still, they will run down in three of four minutes. Calvin Coolidge
The Presidents who have gone to Washington without first having held some national office have been at great disadvantage. It takes them a long time to become acquainted with the Federal office-holders and the Federal Government. Calvin Coolidge
A charismatic president has a secret weapon: the public. Elmer E. Cornwell
It was the saddest day of my life. Norris H. Cotton
Unlike a monarch, the President is not the Sovereign. Archibald Cox
You damned infernal old scoundrel. William H. Crawford
It's the fate of every executive. He gets in on promises and finds that things can't be fulfilled as he hoped. Walter Cronkite
To be a great president you have to have a war. All the great presidents had their wars. William J. Crowe Jr.
The media can make or break an administration. William Crystal
It is a great impropriety for a President to use the power of his office to induce men in Congress to vote for or vote against a bill that will affect the welfare of ninety millions of people. Albert B. Cummins
The candidate of the Reds, the Pinks, the Blues and the Yellows. Cyrus Curtis
There is no good behavior clause in the Constitution. Lloyd Cutler
The presidency is not about easy choices. William M. Daley
The most striking thing is the absence of personal loyalty to the President. He has no admirers, no enthusiastic supporters, none to bet on his head. Richard Henry Dana
... the second hardest job in America. Margaret Truman Daniels
By God, he looked like a President. Harry M. Daugherty
Bond traders now veto presidents. James Dale Davidson
The authority of Congress must be respected …. The President must confine himself to his executive duties—to obey and execute, not make the laws. Henry W. Davis; Benjamin Franklin Wade
… a hermaphrodite government, half military, half republican, representing the alligators and the frogs of Louisiana Henry W. Davis
Congress has a constitutional right to an authoritative voice in declaring and proscribing the foreign policy of the United States ... and it is the constitutional duty of the President to respect that policy ... Henry W. Davis
Be a President. Don't try to be a lawyer. Lanny Davis
The White House is another world. Expediency is everything. John Dean
This memorandum addresses the matter of how we can maximize the fact of our incumbency in dealing with persons known to be active in their opposition to our Administration. Stated a bit more bluntly—how we can use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies? John Dean
National security is like that vague term Executive privilege. Both terms have been abused; both concepts have been damaged; they've been used as shields for secrecy. John Dean
We have a cancer within, close to the Presidency, that is growing. It is growing daily. John Dean
When you have a president who in my opinion has cheated on his wife, he will cheat on the American people. Thomas D. DeLay
The issue is not whether or not we can stand with the President. It is whether, at the end of the day, we can stand with ourselves. Ronald V. Dellums
Foreign policy is always a sticking point between Congress and the executive. David Demarest
I’ve never formally been number 1 in the Party, but everybody keeps hanging around me, showing me deference. I have to give the nod on every important decision. I carry too much weight and that is not good for the Party or the state. Deng Xiaoping
The only question now is which corpse gets the most flowers? Chauncey Depew
The president can talk at a very high level of abstraction that is sometimes misinterpreted when it is applied in concrete situations. Donald Devine
The office of the President is not such a very difficult one to fill, his duties being mainly to execute the laws of Congress. Should I be chosen for this exalted position, I would execute the laws of Congress as faithfully as I have always executed the orders of my superiors. George Dewey
Don’t get fat, don’t lose your zeal, and you can be President someday. Thomas E. Dewey
[George W.] Bush, with lots of help from the nation’s highest court, was allowed to run out the clock in what is not supposed to be a mere game. E. J. Dionne Jr.
When I want to read a novel, I write one. Benjamin Disraeli
We've paved the way for the woman who will be the first female President. Elizabeth Dole
I don't think the first hundred days measures the success or failure of any President. Bob Dole
It would be all right with me. I'd probably get a car and driver out of it. Bob Dole
[Describing the vice presidency:] ... inside work with no heavy lifting. Bob Dole
History buffs probably noted the reunion at a Washington party a few weeks ago of three ex-presidents. Carter, Ford and Nixon. See no evil, hear no evil and evil. Bob Dole
It only takes one vote to win the Vice Presidential nomination. Bob Dole
President [William Howard] Taft is an amiable man, completely surrounded by men who know exactly what they want. Jonathan Dolliver
The President is the ultimate role model. Robert Dornan
I can admit I tried coke [cocaine] as I have no intention to run for president. Kirk Douglas
Mr. Lincoln is the next President. We must try and save the union. Stephen Douglas
Power is more satisfying to some than wealth.... Power is, indeed, a heady thing—whether it be a King, a President, a Legislature, a Court, or an Administration agency that is concerned. William O. Douglas
The federal courts do not sit as an ombudsman, refereeing the disputes between the other two branches. William O. Douglas
What a President may do as a matter of expediency or extremity may never reach a definitive constitutional decision. William O. Douglas
A mistake to be avoided is to appoint all your campaign operatives to government jobs. Campaigning and governing are different specialties. Kenneth M. Duberstein
The margin of error when working on the White House staff is zero. Any mistake you make will wind up on the front page of the Washington Post. Kenneth M. Duberstein
In an outgoing transition, you start closing the books on today and start working for the history books. Kenneth M. Duberstein
But Mr. President, every President keeps the seat warm for his successor. Angier Biddle Duke
Well Mr. President, it isn’t quite as simple as that. John Foster Dulles
The door to the White House hinges on timing. Tom Dunkel
Bill Clinton smoked Marijuana but he didn't inhale, he spent time with a woman but he didn't sleep with her, he received a draft notice but didn't read it. Why give him the White House; he won't use it. Will Durst
There are unpleasant things which it is easy for only me to tell him. Tatyana Borisovna Dyachenko
It doesn’t matter that the President believes in Jesus. The Klu Klux Klan believed in Jesus. It doesn’t matter how you do the rhetoric; it’s how you do the reality. Michael Dyson
Go ahead, make my day! Clint Eastwood
The President goes around the country speaking Spanish. The only thing he has to say about jobs is “Hasta La Vista.” John Edwards
The powers that are surrendered [by Congress] to one President remain to be used by others. Marvin Henry “Mickey” Edwards
The President can't deliver us. I'm not a package to be picked up at a department store. Marvin Henry “Mickey” Edwards
We admire the President. We support the President. But we don't work for the President. Marvin Henry “Mickey” Edwards
Today being President is really no different than running for President. It’s about approval ratings and photo ops and damage control and deniability. Barbara Ehrenreich
We think that you ought to spend most of your time working on the Bicentennial. John D. Ehrlichman
I think you are going to have to send troops to Vietnam and if you do, I will come up from Gettysburg to support you. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I’ve watched Dick a long time, and he just hasn’t grown. So I haven’t been able to believe he is presidential timber. Dwight D. Eisenhower
If I mis-hit the golf ball, the world doesn't blow up. Dwight D. Eisenhower
If you give me a week, I might think of one. Dwight D. Eisenhower
If you renounce isolationism, I won’t run for President. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I’ll lie as much as the next guy when my country’s interests are involved—if I have a chance of being believed.. Dwight D. Eisenhower
It's really difficult to go out on a date with the Secret Service ... How about the Secret Service on your honeymoon? It's amazing that David and I are still together. Julie Nixon Eisenhower
Ike runs the country. I turn the pork chops. Mamie Eisenhower
Give members of Congress a sense of equity in your administration. Stuart Eizenstat
If the Chief Magistrate of a nation may be an irreligious man, with impunity, who may not? Ezra Stiles Ely
If a king goes astray the common people pay for the sin. English Proverb or Saying
In court a man must sail after every wind. English Proverb or Saying
The counsel of many wise men is better than the counsel of one man alone. English Proverb or Saying
[Impoundment has become] a means whereby the White House can give effect to social goals of its own choosing by reallocating national resources in contravention of congressional dictates. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
The President is entitled to keep secret those conversations which a President may have had with his aids for the purpose of advising him in his Constitutional duties. Executive privilege cannot cover crimes, for they are not Constitutional duties. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
I do not believe that the President has any powers at all except such as the Constitution expressly gives him or such as are necessarily inferred. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
I do not believe that we [Congress] should allow him [the President] to nullify acts of Congress by executive fiat. There is not one syllable in the Constitution which authorizes the President to exercise such power. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
[Congress is] the chief aggrandizer of the Executive. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
The President ... should be merely the executor of a power of decision that rests elsewhere; that is, in the Congress. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
There is nothing in the Constitution that authorizes or makes it the official duty of a President to have anything to do with criminal activities. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
We are told here today, that what the King of England can't do, the President of the United States can. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
The president is the only one we have to make decisions. We have no one else. Samuel J. Ervin Jr.
The U. S. Presidency could be decided by a system Americans would find unacceptable abroad…. U. S. officials, working in newly democratic countries don’t spend much time encouraging laws that would allow the second place candidate for national office to triumph. Drew Fagan
We have a petticoat government. Mrs. Wilson is president. Albert B. Fall
No political leader deserves the allegiance of what he never created. I can only give my allegiance to the one God. So when my President calls I don’t jump. If his call is not in accordance with the call of God, I do not answer. Louis Farrakhan Walcott
If I were not a woman, I would not have been the vice presidential candidate. Geraldine Ferraro
I believe that [Bill] Clinton is the best tactical politician, certainly in my lifetime. Newt Gingrich
When the President picks up the phone and calls the Prime Minister, what does it mean to be an ambassador? Newt Gingrich
Federal judges may long outlast the Presidents who appoint them. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
During my seven years in office, I was in love with seventeen million French women. Valery Giscard D'estang
The first essential for a Prime Minister is to be a good butcher. William E. Gladstone
If the American President had control of the media, his job would be much easier. April Glaspie
If the President [FDR] asked Congress to commit suicide tomorrow they'd do it. Carter Glass
Control is not a luxury that most Presidents are allowed. James K. Glassman
Somehow I always knew that our first Jewish President would be an Episcopalian. Harry Golden
Is there really a way to restrict the powers of the Commander in Chief ... when one man's swiftly pressing the button may be necessary for some degree of national survival? Eric F. Goldman
Because he drives Lyndon Johnson crazy Barry Goldwater
[Addressing Nelson Rockefeller:] You thought that, because you were a Rockefeller, you were owed the presidency. You weren't. It's one of the beauties of America. Barry Goldwater
You never tear your President down. Barry Goldwater
Encourage a readiness to find consensus. Arpad Goncz
President's are compelled to shout across the gap between politics and society. Arpad Goncz
There’s no reason to be upset. This was a display of pluralism. We Mexicans need to get used to new times. Genaro Gongora Pimentel
At the end of 4 years, you have a President who turns over all this enormous power without a single shot being fired. Aberto Gonzales
Three weeks is a lifetime in presidential politics. The conventional wisdom changes so suddenly. Al Gore
The caucus is not open to former Senators. Albert Gore Sr.
I'm nothing. I'm zip. I'm not a government employee. I can't even get a government rate from airlines. I'm a volunteer in the office of the President. Tipper Gore
The vast business interests of the country will be safe in your hands. Jay Gould
When a President asserts constitutional powers he needs to be pretty certain he has those powers. Phil Gramm
I was assailed so bitterly that I hardly knew whether I was running for the Presidency or the penitentiary. Ulysses S. Grant
They can't do it. They can't compel me to do it. It is as important for the cause that Lincoln should be elected as that the army should be successful in the field. Ulysses S. Grant
Under no circumstances will I allow expenditures upon works not clearly national. Ulysses S. Grant
A president in his first year has a mandate and some political capital. When he picks an issue, he can practically roll any Congress. William H. Gray
The President is suffering from nervous exhaustion….He needs to rest for a considerable time. Cary T. Grayson
I am ferociously protectionist. I am not the man you need. Horace Greeley
The downside risk for a President in international affairs is always greater than the upside gain. Jeff Greenfield
Every night, whisper "peace" in your husband's ear. Andrei A. Gromyko
The President has a constitutional right to behave like a spoiled child. Barney Frank
Never in the history of the United States has a state legislature attempted to be the final arbiter of a Presidential election. It’s an insurance policy for George W. Bush. It’s over the line for the Governor to use the state legislature as an arm of the Bush campaign. Lois Frankel
If America wins they win together; if it fails the President fails alone. Thomas Friedman
It is never easy to play "chicken" when you face a driver alone in his car while you have passengers in the front and back seats who tend to grab for the steering wheel whenever a collision appears imminent. Thomas Friedman
Americans are naturally suspicious of too much government and they see divided government as a safeguard. Sarah Fritz
When it comes to the media, the Congress is no match for the President. Sarah Fritz
The glory of a next Augustan age A golden age of poetry and power Of which this noonday’s the beginning hour. Robert Frost
If I do not stand for a third term the opposition will undermine all that I've achieved. Alberto Fujimori
The person who manages the state is me. Alberto Fujimori
Any President must depend upon congressional support in order to implement his foreign policy, for Congress has power to regulate foreign commerce, to raise armies and maintain navies, to lay and collect taxes for the common defense, and to declare war. George Galloway
I don't mind if my life goes in the service of the nation. If I die today every drop of my blood will invigorate the nation. Indira Gandhi
It had better be known in the outset whether the President is the head of the government or the registering clerk of the Senate. James A. Garfield
It has been a steeple chase, I fleeing and they pursuing. James A. Garfield
If nobody is to be appointed because he is your friend or my friend, then nobody should be appointed because he is any other man's friend. The President himself should exercise the same self denial as other officials. James A. Garfield
My fellow citizens, the President is dead, but the Government lives and God Omnipotent reigns. James A. Garfield
We are apt to be deluded into false security by political catchwords, devised to flatter rather than instruct. James A. Garfield
My God. What is there about this place [the White House] that a man should ever want to get into it? James A. Garfield
Worst damnfool mistake I ever made was letting myself be elected Vice-President of the United States. Should have stuck with my old chores as Speaker of the House. I gave up the second most important job in the Government for one that didn't amount to a hill of beans. I spent eight long years as Mr. Roosevelt's spare tire. I might still be Speaker if I hadn't let them elect me Vice-President. John Nance Garner
The vice presidency ain't worth a pitcher of warm spit. John Nance Garner
This is absolutely terrible. I’m quite unprepared for it. David [his older brother] has been trained for this all his life. I’ve never even seen a state paper. George V
You must lay out of vision of what you want for the country. There is no more important thing. Richard A. Gephardt
Leadership and strength are the key phrases of presidential politics. Howard Fineman
Re-election campaigns of sitting presidents are always about the sitting president. Howard Fineman
The American system is so constituted that it produces a conflict between the Executive and Congress every time the Executive tries to be positive and strong. Thomas K. Finletter
Any time you’re standing at the podium at the White House and talking about Congressional leaders, you’re probably getting yourself into trouble. Marlin Fitzwater
When you buy a Presidential candidate, you buy his party and you buy 20,000 appointees you never heard of. Marlin Fitzwater
I do not believe that being First Lady should prevent me from expressing my views. Betty Ford
I wish I'd married a plumber. At least he'd be home by 5 o'clock. Betty Ford
I think a president has to be able to think like the people think. Betty Ford
[Describing the presidency:] ... the organ of the will of the nation ... elective kingship. Henry Jones Ford
[Describing the White House:] ... temple of inconvenience. Millard Fillmore
We never going to have someone who's perfect [for President] We have to change our system so that it can operate with flawed people. Hendrik Hertzberg
We're choosing our Presidents from a smaller and smaller pool—a gene pool. Ted Hertzberg
I am the President of Arabs and Druse as well as Jews. Chaim Herzog
If there be any real support among the people for such a constitutional amendment, it is so small that not even one person has been able to get himself a job as a lobbyist to come before the Congress and try to have it pass the joint resolution. Lister Hill
The most eminent Senators would have received as a personal affront a private message from the White House expressing a desire that they should adopt any course in the discharge of their legislative duties that they did not approve. If they visited the White House, it was to give, not to receive advice. George Frisbie Hoar
Never has any one office had so much power as the President of the United States possesses. Never has so powerful a leader been so impotent to do what he wants to do, what he is pledged to do and what he knows he must do. Godfrey Hodgson
Form your ranks and fight! Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Get down, you fool! Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The history of America is the history of the presidency. Dan Holt
The power cannot be delegated. Joseph Holt
Our string has run out. There is nothing more we can do. Herbert Hoover
Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Herbert Hoover
Every man has a few mental hair shirts and … Presidents differ only in their larger wardrobe. Herbert Hoover
Fishing reminds us that all men are created equal before fish. They don’t jump on a President’s line any faster than anyone else’s. Herbert Hoover
I do not believe I have the mental attitude or the politician's manner ... I am too sensitive to political mud. Herbert Hoover
The independence of the legislative arm must be respected. I had little taste for forcing Congressional action. Herbert Hoover
If someone could get off a good joke every ten days I think our troubles will be over. Herbert Hoover
It is a handicap to any man to succeed a member of his own party as President. He has little patronage with which to reward his personal supporters. Herbert Hoover
Most ex-Presidents would be glad to become ex-officio members of the Senate without a vote. Herbert Hoover
The President has become increasingly the depository of all national ills, especially if things go wrong. Herbert Hoover
Mr. Roosevelt, when you are in Washington as long as I have been, you will learn that the President of the United States calls on nobody. Herbert Hoover
The President of the United States will not stand and be questioned like a chicken thief by men whose names he does not even know. Herbert Hoover
I have outlined to Senator Harding several constructive proposals ... and it remains for him to make the decision. [Harding accepted Hoover's conditions.] Herbert Hoover
I am loathe to proceed with recommendations to the Congress until I can have an opportunity to confer with you personally. Herbert Hoover
You never have to bother about a President being shot by Puerto Ricans and Mexicans. They don't shoot very straight. J. Edgar Hoover
The Democrats have an answer to the unemployment problem. They're all running for the Presidency. Bob Hope
Unpack. Bob Hope
I've always voted for Franklin Roosevelt for President. My father before me always voted for Franklin Roosevelt for President. Bob Hope
We’re going to the same people. Virtually all of my major donors are the same as their [the Democratic National Committee] major donors …. I can never compete with the President of the United States or the First Lady. Judith Hope
The Executive is as independent of either House of Congress as either House of Congress is independent of him, and they cannot call for the records of his actions, or the action of his officers against his consent, any more than he can call for any of the journals or records of the House or Senate. House Judiciary Committee
Congress has a constitutional right to an authoritative voice in declaring and prescribing the foreign policy of the United States. It is the constitutional duty of the Executive Department to respect that policy, not less in diplomatic negotiations than in the use of national force when authorized by law. House of Representatives
The Director of the FBI is paid to take risks where the security of the country is at stake.... What Hoover is doing here is putting himself above the President. Tom Charles Huston
It is not the Congress's job to rubber stamp bad decisions [of the President.] Kay Bailey Hutchison
American government has seemed to mean naught but impotence and unavailing words. Charles Evans Hughes
Legislative power is always superior to the executive. David Hume
Winning the presidency, for me, is not worth the price of silence on the issue of human [civil] rights. Hubert Horatio Humphery
I have no right to be a king, but I have the right to create a king. Hun Sen
Democratic government consists of listening, deciding, persuading. Douglas Hurd
It is true that a house divided against itself is a house that cannot stand. There is division in the American house now and believing this as I do, I have concluded that I should not permit the Presidency to become involved in the partisan divisions that are developing in this political year. Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President. Lyndon B. Johnson
The next time you or one of your fellows plans to mention civilian casualties in North Vietnam, I want you both to come down and have a drink with me before you go to testify on The Hill. Lyndon B. Johnson
I would dare to dispute the integrity of the President on any occasion my country's welfare demanded it.... The President is neither an absolute monarch nor a descendant of a sun goddess. Harold L. Ickes
Samuel J. Tilden says we are a nation of thieves and rascals. If that is so he ought to be President. Robert G. Ingersoll
I am not asking to be Governor of Illinois ... I have in my composition that which I have declared to the world as my views upon religion. My position I would not, under any circumstances, not even for my life, seem to renounce. I would rather refuse to be President of the United States than to do so. My religious belief is my own. It belongs to me, not to the State of Illinois. I would not smother one sentiment of my heart to be the Emperor of the round world. Robert G. Ingersoll
Any President has authority who asserts authority. Walter Isaacson
The Sacred Throne was established at a time when the heavens and earth became separated. The Emperor is Heaven descended, divine, and sacred. He is preeminent above all his subjects. He must be reverenced and is inviolable. He has indeed to pay due respect to the laws, but the law has no power to hold him accountable to it. Hirobumi Ito
I know what I am fit for. I can command a body of men in a rough way: but I am not fit to be President. Andrew Jackson
The Executive is a co-ordinate and independent branch of the Government equally with the Senate; and I have yet to learn under what constitutional authority that branch of the Legislature has a right to require of my an account of any communication ... made to the heads of departments ... Andrew Jackson
As the legislature of my state has thought proper to bring my name forward without consulting me, I mean to be silent, and let the people do as seemeth unto them. Andrew Jackson
If I had a tit for every one of these pigs to suck at, they would still be my friend. Andrew Jackson
I can say with truth mine is a situation of dignified slavery. Andrew Jackson
I could not do otherwise without transcending the limits prescribed by the Constitution for the President and without feeling that I might in some degree disturb the security which religion nowadays enjoys in this country in its complete separation from the political concerns of the General Government. Andrew Jackson
... the opinion of the Supreme Court ... ought not to control the co-ordinate authorities of this Government. The Congress, the Executive, and the Court, must each be guided by its own opinion of the constitution. Andrew Jackson
[Referring to his successor:] The present imbecile chief. Andrew Jackson
Was there ever such a bare-faced corruption in any country before? Andrew Jackson
Presidents ought to get the appointments they want for the cabinet and then be responsible for them. Henry M. Jackson
Change never comes from the White House. It comes from your house and my house. Jesse Jackson
We must not just change presidents. We must change direction. Jesse Jackson
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God than live in that palace at Washington [the White House.] Rachel Donelson Jackson
We Blacks have never had a President; we’ve only had preachers. T. D. Jakes
Why demand explanations? ... Explanations will hazard an encroachment upon the prerogative. James I
No matter how lofty you are in your department, the responsibility for what your lowliest assistant is doing is yours. Bessie Rowland James
Presidents today spend more time speaking than they do reading or thinking. Kathleen Hall Jamieson
The Emperor is the head of the Empire, combining in Himself the rights of sovereignty, and exercises them, according to the provisions of the present Constitution. [1889 Constitution] The Emperor shall perform only such acts in matters of state as are provided for in this Constitution and he shall not have powers related to government. [1946 Constitution] Japan
The empire of Japan shall be reigned over and governed by a line of emperors unbroken for ages eternal. [1889 Constitution] The Emperor shall be the symbol of the State and the unity of the people, deriving his position from the will of the people with whom resides sovereign power. [1946 Constitution] . Japan
The President may be right in how he reads the Constitution. But he also may be wrong. And if he is wrong, who is there to tell him so? And if there is no one, the President, of course, is free to pursue his course of erroneous interpretations. What then becomes of our constitutional form of government? Leon Jaworski
I shall often go wrong through defect of judgment. When right, I shall often be thought wrong by those whose positions will not command a view of the whole ground. I ask your indulgence for my own errors, which will never be intentional, and your support against the errors of others, who may condemn what they would not if seen in all its parts. Thomas Jefferson
A splendid misery. Thomas Jefferson
As the Executive cannot decide the question of war on the affirmative side, neither ought it do so on the negative side by preventing the competent body [Congress] from deliberating on the question. Thomas Jefferson
[Describing the White House:] Big enough for two emperors, one Pope and the Grand Lama. Thomas Jefferson
I feel much alarmed at the prospect of seeing General [Andrew] Jackson President. He is one of the most unfit men I know for such a place. Thomas Jefferson
I am no longer fit for these times. We are in a new era to which I do not belong. Thomas Jefferson
I have felt so much for you that I cannot withhold the expression of my sympathies …. All you can do is to order,—that execution must depend on others Thomas Jefferson
I have here [at the White House] company enough, part secretly hostile and a constant succession of strangers. Thomas Jefferson
I intend to withdraw after my second term. General Washington set the example. I will follow. Thomas Jefferson
If his wife perseveres, she must eat her soup at home. Thomas Jefferson
… the most superlatively ridiculous thing Thomas Jefferson
No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it. Thomas Jefferson
On great occasions every good officer must be ready to risk himself in going beyond the strict line of the law, when the public preservation requires it; his motives will be a justification. Thomas Jefferson
He [the President] may be reelected from four years to four years for life …. Once in office, and possessing the military force of the union, without either the aid or check of a council, he would not be easily dethroned. Thomas Jefferson
That I should lay down my charge at a proper period is as much a duty as to have borne it faithfully. Thomas Jefferson
Experience concurs with reason in concluding that the first magistrate [President] will always be re-elected if the constitution permits it. He is then an officer for life. Thomas Jefferson
The King, long in the habit of drowning his cares in wine, plunges deeper and deeper; the Queen cries out but, but sins on. Thomas Jefferson
The President being the only channel of communication between this country and foreign nations, it is from him alone that foreign nations or their agents are to learn what is or has been the will of the nation.... Thomas Jefferson
The President’s own Thomas Jefferson
The second office of the government is honorable & easy; the first is but a splendid misery. Thomas Jefferson
The tyranny of the legislature is really the danger most to be feared.... The tyranny of the executive power will come in its turn, but at a more distant period. Thomas Jefferson
When brought together in society all are perfectly equal, whether foreign or domestic, titled or untitled, in or out of office. Thomas Jefferson
If the president can make whatever policy he likes, we are governed not by law, but by the arbitrary whims of one man ... William E. Jenner
The Show Andrew Johnson
I would rather be a free man than be President and a slave. Andrew Johnson
Let them impeach and be damned! Andrew Johnson
I did not have Eleanor Roosevelt’s courage, her energy, her determination … Mrs. Roosevelt just didn’t pay attention to all the snide things that were said about her. I respect that but I could not be like that. Lady Bird Johnson
The first lady is, and always will be, an unpaid public servant elected by one person, her husband. Lady Bird Johnson
The gold coin is spent. Lady Bird Johnson
We are narrowing the field of those who will run for office when we allow them so little privacy. Lady Bird Johnson
Beloved. You are as brave a man as Harry Truman—or FDR—or Lincoln. You can go on to find some peace, some achievement amidst all the pain. You have been strong, patient, determined beyond any words of mine to express …. To step out now would be wrong for our country, and I can see nothing but a wasteland for your future. Your friends would be frozen in embarrassed silence and your enemies jeering. Lady Bird Johnson
When he is pierced, I bleed. Lady Bird Johnson
One of the things about the White House is that you know from the moment you walk in there that this has a time limitation. You don't know exactly what it is; it may be the four years you were elected for, or death, but you know it's got a time limitation. And that's one reason why you do as much as you can do, because you know that this will never happen again, and you can drum up the energy from somewhere within you to go more, do more, learn more, for this limited time. Lady Bird Johnson
A Presidential candidate must not only show that he is big enough for the race, but big enough for the times. Peter D. Hart
Stroke ‘em as much as you can. Lyndon B. Johnson
You can take my job any time you’re ready. Lyndon B. Johnson
An assassin's bullet has thrust upon me the awesome burden of the Presidency. I am here to say that I need the help of all Americans, in all America. Lyndon B. Johnson
As long as I am your president, I am going to be president of all the people. Lyndon B. Johnson
Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but stand there and take it. Lyndon B. Johnson
Boys, I've just reminded Hubert that I've got his balls in my pocket. Lyndon B. Johnson
Extremism in the pursuit of the presidency is an unpardonable vice. Lyndon B. Johnson
I can't deal with all her questions and also be President. Lyndon B. Johnson
I don't care what kind of speeches you make as long as you don't vote against the appropriations. Lyndon B. Johnson
I don't think anybody from the South will be nominated [for President] in my lifetime. If so, I don't think he will be elected. Lyndon B. Johnson
The fellow that has power is the one who uses it sparingly ... I had more power when I went into office than when I went out. Lyndon B. Johnson
I hear you're losing Ohio, but we're doing fine in Pennsylvania. Lyndon B. Johnson
I just knew in my heart that it was not right for Dick Nixon to ever be the President of this country. Lyndon B. Johnson
I shall not seek and I will not accept the nomination of my party for another term as president. Lyndon B. Johnson
I've just been elected and right now we'll have a honeymoon with Congress... I'll have a good chance to get my program through.... But after I make my recommendations, I'm going to lose the power and authority I have because that's what happened to President Woodrow Wilson, to President Roosevelt and to Truman and to Kennedy. Every day that I'm in office ... I'll be losing part of my ability to be influential.... So I want you guys to get off your asses and do everything possible to get ... my program passed as soon as possible, before the aura and halo that surround me disappear. Lyndon B. Johnson
I was no longer the man whose mistake could involve the world in war. Lyndon B. Johnson
Pretty damn good speech. Now if all you had to do to run for and be president was talk, Adlai'd be the best. But it ain't. Lyndon B. Johnson
If the ... President has much more than a hangnail, the stock market goes crazy. Lyndon B. Johnson
If you ever keep [Vice President] Hubert [Humphrey] waiting again, I'll kick your ass down that hall. Lyndon B. Johnson
It's gotten so that you can't screw your wife without it being spread around. Lyndon B. Johnson
No way will I ever join that son-of-a-bitch. I looked it up. One out of every four presidents has died in office. I'm a gambling man, darling. This is the only chance I've got. Lyndon B. Johnson
That's the ugliest thing I ever saw. Lyndon B. Johnson
The presidency is worse than being in jail. Lyndon B. Johnson
There are plenty of recommendations on how to get out of trouble ... deny your responsibility. Lyndon B. Johnson
There are many, many people who can recommend and advise, and a few of them consent, but there is only one who has been chosen by the American people to decide. Lyndon B. Johnson
I have the ablest staff that ever served any President in my memory. There's not a playboy among them. They aren't sitting around drinking whiskey at 11 o'clock at night. They aren't walking around with their zippers unbuttoned. Lyndon B. Johnson
They're all mine, son. Lyndon B. Johnson
Welcome to your house! Lyndon B. Johnson
Well, what the hell's the presidency for? Lyndon B. Johnson
When I want your advice, I'll give it to you. Lyndon B. Johnson
When things haven't gone well for you, call in a secretary of a staff man and chew him out. You will sleep better and they will appreciate the attention. Lyndon B. Johnson
What a President says and thinks is not worth five cents unless he has the people and Congress behind him. Without the Congress I'm just a six-feet-four Texan. With the Congress I'm President of the United States in the fullest sense. Lyndon B. Johnson
You save my face this afternoon and I’ll save your face tomorrow. Lyndon B. Johnson
You've got just one year when Congress treats you right. Then they start worrying about themselves. Lyndon B. Johnson
I am well aware of what three past presidents have said, but that will not be worth five cents if the people and the Congress do not support their president now.” Lyndon B. Johnson
Without the Congress I am just a six-foot-four Texan. Lyndon B. Johnson
All I have I would have given gladly not to be standing here today. Lyndon B. Johnson
I do not believe I can physically and mentally carry the responsibilities of the bomb, and the world, and the Negroes and the South and so on and so forth. Lyndon B. Johnson
I do understand power, whatever else may be said about me. I know where to look for it and how to use it. Lyndon B. Johnson
I would never want to trade a vote for a gavel. Lyndon B. Johnson
I’m new and have 110 countries to deal with and all I’ve got to deal with is a little bit of foreign aid. Lyndon B. Johnson
My speech has to have some substance to it. I don’t care if we make a peace treaty or declare war or something. Otherwise, they’re going to run us out of town. Lyndon B. Johnson
Okay, Frank, next time you need a dam in Idaho, ask Walter Lippmann for one. Lyndon B. Johnson
This is a duty now. Pick up the phone and call me, particularly when your ideas differ from mine. Lyndon B. Johnson
Now, boys, let me tell you something. Sometimes you may see me coming out of a room in the White House with a woman. You just remember that it is none of your business. Lyndon B. Johnson
There was no one at the table [of a Cabinet meeting] who could be of help to me except the President, and when I needed to consult him I did not choose a Cabinet meeting to do so. Jesse Holman Jones
If Presidents are not looking for confrontations with the Congress—even with their own party members—then their aides are. Phil Jones
The office of the President represents every child on earth. Tommy Lee Jones
A growing number of people in this country do not believe that it makes a real difference who is elected President of the United States. Hamilton Jordan
I'm only good at transitions in—not transitions out. Hamilton Jordan
... the persons who control the President's rhetoric exert an enormous influence over his actions and policies. Hamilton Jordan
The Presidency is a four-year contract with the American electorate. But with television news, the American people can more easily monitor that contract, being sure every "i" is dotted and every "t" crossed. Hamilton Jordan
Even when it's true, it sounds bad for any President to claim that criticism of him is damaging to the country's interest. Hamilton Jordan
Compared to this [the transition] the election was easy. Vernon Jordan
If it's just the same with you, Mr. President, I'd like to lie down and die. Jean-Jules Jusserand
He’ll make a fine President. He was the best clerk who ever served under me. Douglas MacArthur
John Adams has neither judgment, firmness of mind, nor respectively of deportment to fill the chair of such an assembly. William Maclay
To be seen only in public on stated times, like an eastern Lama would be ... offensive. William Maclay
I think it absolutely necessary that the President should have the power of removing [his subordinates] from office; it will make him, in a peculiar manner, responsible for their conduct, and subject him to impeachment himself, if he suffers them to perpetrate with impunity high crimes or misdemeanors against the United States, or neglects to superintend their conduct, so as to check their excesses. James Madison
Those who are to conduct a war cannot in the nature of things, be proper and safe judges of whether a war ought to be commenced, continued or concluded. James Madison
An obvious precaution against the corruption of power is to divide the government. James Madison
The danger of undue power in the President is not, to me, formidable. James Madison
... the decisive engine of impeachment. James Madison
The constitution supposes, what the History of all Governments demonstrates, that the Executive is the branch of power most interested in war and most prone to it. James Madison
The President is responsible to the public for the conduct of the person he has nominated and appointed. James Madison
His [President John Adams'] language to the young men at Philadelphia is the most abominable and degrading that could fall from the lips of the first magistrate of an independent people, and particularly from a Revolutionary patriot. James Madison
The President can set the cultural agenda. Myron Magnet
I had believed it [organizing the Watergate break-in] was wrong but believed that the greater good was in serving the President. Jeb Stuart Magruder
You are living in an unreal world when you work there [the White House.] Jeb Stuart Magruder
The bloke who ends up sitting in the White House partially controls what we [the British] get up to. John Mahoney
Prime Minister’s Question time is very different from anything in America. It is something that fortunately your President does not have to face. John Major
The son of the coarsest man in the country, if he attends to his learning may become President. Horace Mann
Look at me Captains. Your departed chief sat in counsel with me. Your most powerful fleet, the White Fleet, has been under my command. We have taken more prizes than any other fleet. Do you think I will bow to any other chief? His Kai Ching
I don't feel qualified to be President either, but I've got the job. Harry S Truman
He is violating his oath of office. Tom Tancredo
People in power tend to be not as enthusiastic about open records as they were before they came to power. Joyce Appleby
We have the President assuming powers that are never going to end. Joyce Appleby
That the president of the United States may be subpoenaed, and examined as a witness, and required to produce any paper in his possession, is not controverted. John Marshall
The President is the sole organ of the nation in its external relations, and its sole representative with foreign nations. John Marshall
Once there were two brothers. One ran away to sea, the other was elected Vice President, and nothing was ever heard from either of them again. Thomas R. Marshall
The vice presidency is a monkey cage. Thomas R. Marshall
The Vice President is like a man in a cataleptic state. He cannot speak. He cannot move. Thomas R. Marshall
The kind of people we want to be President don’t want to run. Lynn Martin
The brighter the presidential prospect of victory [for a particular party], the greater the crop of available candidates. Ralph G. Martin
The Presidential function is difficult and full of responsibility. It calls from the incumbent a plenitude of his physical vigor. I am aware I am no longer strong enough for the task. Wherefore, I resign. Tomas G. Masaryk

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