When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it.
Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.
In America, the President reigns for four years, and journalism governs for ever and ever.
A President is best judged by the enemies he makes when he has really hit his stride.
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In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take.
Seriously, I do not think I fit for the presidency.
The President is the people's lobbyist.
No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it.
Anybody who wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.
It is of the nature of war to increase the executive at the expense of the legislative authority.
Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time.
Frankly, I don't mind not being president. I just mind that someone else is.
Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne;
knowing him was like drinking it.
But even the President of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked.
Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.
If you want to see your plays performed the way you wrote them, become President.
Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.
The presidency is an independent office and the Irish people whom I appreciate so much and I take with such responsibility have given a very clear mandate on a very clear set of ideas to me, as the ninth president.
There have been at least three other cases in which federal agencies have succeeded in placing fake news reports on television during the Bush presidency. It was a really good tour. It seemed maybe about a week too long.
If you have not chosen me by secret ballot, neither have I gained office by any secret promises. I have not campaigned either for the Presidency or the Vice Presidency. I have not subscribed to any partisan platform. I am indebted to no man, and only to one womanmy dear wifeas I begin this very difficult job.
The Presidency is not merely an administrative office.
Thats the least of it. It is more than an engineering job, efficient or inefficient. It is pre-eminently a place of moral leadership. All our great Presidents were leaders of thought at times when certain historic ideas in the life of the nation had to be clarified.
There has been a lot of talk lately about the burdens of the Presidency.
Decisions that the President has to make often affect the lives of tens of millions of people around the world, but that does not mean that they should take longer to make. Some men can make decisions and some cannot. Some men fret and delay under criticism. I used to have a saying that applies here, and I note that some people have picked it up, If you cant stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents has been always tragic, chiefly as an almost indecent excitement at first, and a worse reaction afterwards; but also because no mind is so well balanced as to bear 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 carion.
Under a Presidential government, a nation has, except at the electing moment, no influence; it has not the ballot-box before it; its virtue is gone, and it must wait till its instant of despotism again returns.
You don't need to know who's playing on the White House tennis court to be a good president. A president has many roles.
Wilson adventured for the whole of the human race.
Not as a servant, but as a champion. So pure was this motive, so unfrocked with anything that his worst enemies could find, except the mildest and most excusable, a personal vanity, practically the minimum to be human, that in a sense his adventure is that of humanity itself. In Wilson, the whole of mankind breaks camp, sets out from home and wrestles with the universe and its gods.
The office of president is a bastardized thing, half royalty and half democracy, that nobody knows whether to genuflect or spit.
Anyone that wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.
I'd rather be right than President.
You really have to experience the feeling of being with the president in the oval office. ... It's a disease I came to call Ovalitis.
The President has paid dear for his White House.
It has commonly cost him all his peace, and the best of his manly attributes. To preserve for a short time so conspicuous an appearance before the world, he is content to eat dust before the real masters who stand erect behind the throne.
I feel very proud, even though they didn't elect me, to be President of the Argentines.
I don't have any problem with a reporter or a news person who says the President is uninformed on this issue or that issue. I don't think any of us would challenge that. I do have a problem with the singular focus on this, as if that's the only standard by which we ought to judge a president. What we learned in the last administration was how little having an encyclopedic grasp of all the facts has to do with governing.
I'm the only president you've got.
Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm.
There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it.
As far as the job of President goes, its rewarding and I've given before this group the definition of happiness for the Greeks. I'll define it again: the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. I find, therefore, that the Presidency provides some happiness.
We want a president who is as much like an American tourist as possible.
Someone with the same goofy grin, the same innocent intentions, the same naive trust; a president with no conception of foreign policy and no discernible connection to the U.S. government, whose Nice Guyism will narrow the gap between the U.S. and us until nobody can tell the difference.
The power confided in me will be used to hold, occupy and possess the property and places belonging to the government, and to collect the duties and imposts.
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.
A president, however, must stand somewhat apart, as all great presidents have known instinctively. Then the language which has the power to survive its own utterance is the most likely to move those to whom it is immediately spoken.
We're an ideal political family, as accessible as Disneyland.
But there are advantages to being elected President.
The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.
All Coolidge had to do in 1924 was to keep his mean trap shut, to be elected.
All Harding had to do in 1920 was repeat Avoid foreign entanglements. All Hoover had to do in 1928 was to endorse Coolidge. All Roosevelt had to do in 1932 was to point to Hoover.
From now on, I think it is safe to predict, neither the Democratic nor the Republican Party will ever nominate for President a candidate without good looks, stage presence, theatrical delivery, and a sense of timing.
Being a President is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or he is swallowed.
Some of the Presidents were great and some of them weren't.
I can say that, because I wasn't one of the great Presidents, but I had a good time trying to be one, I can tell you that.
The president is the representative of the whole nation and he's the only lobbyist that all the one hundred and sixty million people in the country have.
When you get to be President, there are all those things, the honors, the twenty-one gun salutes, all those things. You have to remember it isn't for you. It's for the Presidency.
All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.
To be President of the United States, sir, is to act as advocate for a blind, venomous, and ungrateful client; still, one must make the best of the case, for the purposes of Providence.