Confidence is the immaterial residue of material actions. Confidence is the public face of competence.

— Ron Suskind

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Confidence is the public face of competence.

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Every person has their pantheon - the Bible, Hollywood, Shakespeare - their way of understanding the world.

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The substance of faith is a hope in the unseen.

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I absolutely reject that idea that the press is liberal and what it does is liberal. In my view, it's like accusing a doctor of malpractice or a lawyer of malfeasance.

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If you write something that gets a bad response, or someone commits candor or is off message, there are often consequences almost immediately when it appears in the paper or a magazine, that somebody gets called into the boss's office. And sometimes it can result in a loss of access for the reporter.

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Message matters. Message matters almost as much as actions.

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Once they arrive, affirmative action kids are generally left to sink or swim academically. Brown (University) offers plenty of counseling and tutoring to struggling students, but, as any academic Dean will tell you, it's up to the students to seek it out, something that a drowning minority student will seek to avoid at all costs, fearing it will trumpet a second-class status.

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Many years later, a psychiatrist friend of mine said something to us.

He said, "Respect denial." It's a powerful force.

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If you write something the White House doesn't like, they take you in and say, 'If you ever write something like you did today, nobody from the White House will ever talk to you again,'

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When you get people standing up saying, 'I'm going to just tell the truth;

what do we have to fear?,' it encourages others, and it creates a counterresponse.

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Younger colleagues tended to draw untested self-confidence from their bonuses and prestigious degrees.

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All of the leading terrorism experts are clear on one thing: that in terms of protecting America, we are almost never going to know a place or a time of an attack.

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About Ron Suskind

Quotes 47 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Journalist
Birthday October 16

The informed, unmanaged question. That's the most dangerous thing at a press conference anywhere.

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Rapid change, accommodating it can be one of the great human capacities.

But living through it can be the stuff of stress and often suffering.

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To try to be authentic these days, to ask questions of the people in power - it's difficult. This administration has evolved new techniques to handle people like me. Their strategy, in a word, is simple: ignore them.

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The President, who really had been mostly managing his one-man Barack Obama narrative and journey his whole life, without executive experience, certainly - he's not a governor. Some governors, of course, they have experience in executing power, which is something fairly unique, actually, in government. And he has, neither, a set of nourishing experiences.

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The fact is, most journalists I know are not particularly political. They move around a lot.

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I think that there's a lot of anxiety out there in people wanting their children to be part of the mainstream, to achieve based on the well-worn yardsticks.

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The idea that our son would be like Raymond Babbitt was a shocking reordering of everything. And something we couldn't quite fathom, really.

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The media has become more forceful, has begun to recognize its traditional historic role and act on it, and truth is infectious.

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A little known area often defines the fortunes of leaders -- management skills.

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I've been a reporter for 20 years, and I don't ever get things wrong.

That's important in terms of my professional status.

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Civilizations rise and fall on confidence.

America had figured out a way to borrow money to manufacture it.

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The fact is, I can vote for anybody; independents, Republicans, Democrats. But I'm a registered Democrat in the District of Columbia.

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There are many instances in which those at the uppermost levels of the White House were feeling the President [Barack Obama] was not fully informed of the flow of events and, in some cases, where policies were going in the White House.

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Wars tend to be very public things, they are visible.

There are correspondents traveling with the troops and you get daily dispatches.

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For any thinking person, it (perpetual happiness) is untenable.

If you're a thinking person, your upbeat sometimes, said sometimes.

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These were lobbyists—many of them compensated quite handsomely not to react as human beings.

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The fact is that in a way, journalists become a kind of default in the system when you don't have substantive two-party back-and-forth inside of the government.

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You try to hold on to some notions you might have had before, that this will somehow work out, this is a spell that will lift or be broken.

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Reaching out to any fellow ghetto kids is an act he puts in the same category as doing drugs: the initial rush of warmth and euphoria puts you on a path to ruin.

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If you happened to be born on third base, you didn't rub it in the face of the guy who wasn't even born in the stadium. Self-interest was generally checked at the door with your coat and hat.

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[Barack Obama] says at one point, "[Jimmy] Carter, [Bill] Clinton and I suffer from," what he called, "the policy wonk's disease."

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The President [Barack Obama] is very focused on [healthcare].

He, of course, is also writing this speech at high speed. And right coming up until the speech, he is convinced that a full plan, letter and verse of what the administration wants, will be released.

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The key is to put your outrage in a place where you can get it when you need to, but not have it bubble up so much, especially when you're asked to explain new ideas or explain what you observed two people who share none of your experiences.

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It's exciting to work with the kids so devoid of irony, so unguarded. And also terrifying

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Summers was simply a master explainer, able to deftly boil down the complexities of economic and financial, and to put them in terms the non-expert could understand. He was brilliant at cultivating a sense of control, even as events spun far beyond what could be managed with any certainty. He could will into being the confidence that eluded others, those less self-assured and, maybe sensibly, on humbler terms with the world.

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Choose your words meticulously and then let them rumble up from some deep furnace of conviction.

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Who besides guys like me are part of the reality-based community?

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I don't have to deal with the issues of the daily news cycle.

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The President [Barack Obama], I think if you look at it from his shoes, you know, was facing a very difficult situation where he had to own Washington, tame New York, save a collapsing economy, with a collapsed financial system. He moved, I think, to a team that he felt was tried and true, in terms of dealing with financial crisis. That was his decision.

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By virtue of some of the ways the game is played, in terms of message discipline, in terms of access for reporters, and especially in the way that sources and subjects, especially famous subjects, treat the media, almost by default there's more news that's falling into books.

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[Barack Obama] says that he thinks America felt better, more confident, because Washington was not simply in a gridlock, in stasis, where nothing was being done. And he talks about that as a positive.

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It is one thing to rouse the passion of a people, and quite another to lead them.

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I think that [Barack Obama] does say something that's - that is telling on that score, when he talks about the [George W.] Bush tax cuts and the swap he makes after the midterm elections, which is he doesn't agree with the Bush tax cuts.

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Al-Qaeda has a kind of loose, almost entrepreneurial structure with lots of cells in various countries that are semi-independent.

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