All presidents rail against the press. It goes with the turf.

— Helen Thomas

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I don't think a tough question is disrespectful.

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People will never know how hard it is to get information, especially if it's locked up behind official doors where, if politicians had their way, they'd stamp 'top secret' on the color of the walls.

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Don't let the politicians chip away at the New Deal and the Great Society programs like Social Security and Medicare, that puts a floor beyond which the elderly, the sick, the powerless do not starve or lack for medicine or shelter.

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Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by the Zionists.

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We are owned by propagandists against the Arabs.

There's no question about that. Congress, the White House, and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where their mouth is...We're being pushed into a wrong direction in every way.

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I'm decrepit but I don't want to give up, and I love my work.

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I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.

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Try to reject war and give peace a chance.

Question the powers that be and find out why they make the dubious decisions they do that send young people to war.

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Every president thinks that all information that comes to the White House is their private preserve after they all promise an open administration on the campaign trail, but some are more secretive than others. Some want to lock down everything.

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I got into the Kennedy White House because at the time I was president of the Women's National Press Club, and they assigned me to cover the early days of the Kennedy campaign. Jackie especially. Everyone was interested in the family.

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I'll tell you how I handle stress. I say-This too shall pass. You've got to try to stay cool and admit when you're wrong, and tell them when you're right.

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I respect the office of the presidency, but I never worship at the shrines of our public servants...The Washington press corps has the privilege of asking the president of the United States what he is doing and why.

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About Helen Thomas

Quotes 70 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Journalist
Birthday October 16

Vice President Dick Cheney reportedly has been disturbed over what he sees as the erosion of presidential powers since the Watergate scandal and has urged Bush to take a stronger stand against what Cheney sees as congressional intrusions into the executive branch.

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I hit the third rail. You cannot criticize Israel in this country and survive.

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I covered two presidents, LBJ and Nixon, who could no longer convince, persuade, or govern, once people had decided they had no credibility, but we seem to be more tolerant now of what I think we should not tolerate.

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In Plains, I saw Jimmy Carter as he really is - a nice, decent man.

.. in terms of compassionate contribution to society, he certainly has proven to be our best past president.

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If we care about the children, the grandchildren, the future generations, we need to make sure that they do not become the cannon fodder of the future.

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You don't spread democracy through the barrel of a gun.

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Everybody is in the pocket of the Israeli lobbies.

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There are better ways we can transform this virulent hatred - by living our ideals, the Peace Corps, exchange students, teachers, exporting our music, poetry, blue jeans.

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I can remember the morning after President Nixon won re-election in 1972.

His chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, called a Cabinet meeting and told the members: 'You are all a bunch of burned-out volcanoes;' and asked for their resignations.

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Presidential power was overruled by the high bench in July 1974, when President Nixon was ordered to turn over some audio tapes of his White House conversations, including the 'smoking gun' tape of June 23, 1972, that revealing the Watergate cover up.

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Get the hell out of Palestine.

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I was in Independence, Missouri when Johnson signed the Medicare bill, with Truman standing there. Truman had first proposed Medicare, but couldn't get it through.

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The United States has tried for years to live down President Franklin D.

Roosevelt's order during World War II to move Japanese-Americans on the West Coast to inland detention camps on grounds that they might be disloyal.

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I think that presidents deserve to be questioned.

Maybe irreverently, most of the time. Bring 'em down a size. You see a president, ask a question. You have one chance in the barrel. Don't blow it.

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Life is too short to drink the house wine.

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If we lose our title of "land of the free," what have we got?

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I'm of Arab background.

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I wrote that President Bush is passing on to President-elect Obama two wars and an economic debacle. I call it a depression. And he is arming Israel against the Palestinians in every way in Gaza.

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We've got to break through the wall of secrecy. It's America's fate.

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I have a background and an understanding of what's happened in the Middle East that a lot of people don't have, because there's been no interest.

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You're only as good as your last story.

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I've always felt privileged to cover the White House and to have that ringside seat to history

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As a reporter having covered him for eight years in the White House, I am sure the media could have done a better job if we had known the real Ronald Reagan.

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If you want to be President, decide it at the age of five, and then live accordingly.

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President Bush has asserted the right to wiretap and eavesdrop on any American without a warrant in the name of fighting terrorism. He has asserted presidential power beyond stated constitutional rights, and there is no Republican gutsy enough to call his hand.

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I love my work, and I think that I was so lucky to pick a profession where it's a joy to go to work every day.

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I had a lot of fun bantering back and forth with Kennedy.

But for ease and comfort, it would be Gerald Ford. He was a down-home type. I came from the Midwest and he came from the Midwest. He was nonaggressive and kindly.

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I covered Kennedy when she was three years old and the darling daughter of President Kennedy who doted on her and whose mother did everything to protect her from the prying press.

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I'm a liberal, I was born a liberal, I'll be one 'til I die, what else should a reporter be when you see so much and when we have such great privilege and access to the truth?

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Truman fired the popular Gen. Douglas MacArthur because he disobeyed orders in the Korean War. Johnson knew that he had reached the endgame in Vietnam when Gen. William Westmoreland, the top commander in Vietnam, requested 240,000 more troops in 1968 for the prolonged war that also could not be won.

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When you're in the news business, you always expect the unexpected.

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You didn't tell a lie, you just left a big hole in the truth.

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The day Dick Cheney is going to run for president, I'll kill myself.

All we need is another liar... I think he'd like to run, but it would be a sad day for the country if he does.

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We got the vote, which we should've been born with, in 1920.

Everything we've had to struggle for - it's ridiculous.

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It's time for women to make their voices heard.

Their silence on the subject of war and peace is deafening.

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Q: What do Jesus and Nicole Brown Simpson have in common? A: They were both killed by the Joooooooose.

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Anybody who runs for public office today has got to know his life or her life will be an open book. I've decided that if you want to run for public office you have to decide at the age of 5 and live accordingly.

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