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In America, the President reigns for four years, and journalism governs for ever and ever.

Oscar Wilde, dramatist

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it.

Clarence Darrow, lawyer

Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.

Calvin Coolidge, president

In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take.

Adlai Stevenson, politician

A President is best judged by the enemies he makes when he has really hit his stride.

Max Lerner, journalist

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.

David Broder, journalist

No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it.

Thomas Jefferson, president

The President is the people's lobbyist.

Hubert Humphrey, politician

Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time.

Lyndon B. Johnson, president

It is of the nature of war to increase the executive at the expense of the legislative authority.

Alexander Hamilton, politician

Frankly, I don't mind not being president. I just mind that someone else is.

Edward Kennedy, politician

Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.

Winston Churchill, politician

If you want to see your plays performed the way you wrote them, become President.

Vaclav Havel, leader

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.

John F. Kennedy, president

But even the President of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked.

Bob Dylan, singer songwriter

Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 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.

Frank Rich, journalist

I want my candidacy for the presidency of the United States to stand for a moment when we the people, stand once again for the independence from a government that has gotten too big and spends too much and has taken away too much of our liberties.

Michele Bachmann, politician

I am very glad as well that it is a presidency built on a campaign that emphasized ideas. I hope it will be a presidency that will enable everybody to be part of and proud of.

Michael D. Higgins, politician

The necessary transformation of which I speak and of which my presidency will be a part is built on turning creative possibilities into live realities for all our people.

Michael D. Higgins, politician

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.

Michael D. Higgins, politician

In 2004, I joined my father, John Kerry, on the trail in his bid for the United States presidency.

Alexandra Kerry, director

Throughout his presidency, Clinton made a point of getting close - physically and emotionally - to the people whose problems his administration was working to solve.

Dee Dee Myers, public servant

Certainly there are worse sins than doing everything possible to make your presidency matter.

Eric Alterman, writer

As with almost every significant aspect of the Bush presidency, its handling of 9/11 was a catastrophe from start to finish.

Eric Alterman, writer

Few progressives would take issue with the argument that, significant accomplishments notwithstanding, the Obama presidency has been a big disappointment.

Eric Alterman, writer

As a president I will be like the candidate that I am, a respectful candidate, a rallying candidate, a normal candidate for a normal presidency, at the service of the Republic.

Francois Hollande, president

My dear citizens, fellow citizens, French people, this 6th of May, have just chosen change by bringing me the presidency of the French republic. I feel the honor, which has been given to me and the task, the important task faced beyond - in front of you to serve my country.

Francois Hollande, president

No feature of the Obama presidency has been sadder than its constant efforts to divide us, to curry favor with some Americans by castigating others.

Mitch Daniels, politician

Every president has to live with the result of what Lyndon Johnson did with Vietnam, when he lost the trust of the American people in the presidency.

Robert Caro, writer

I thought it completely absurd to mention my name in the same breath as the presidency.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, president

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, president

Watergate had become the center of the media's universe, and during the remaining year of my presidency the media tried to force everything else to revolve around it.

Richard M. Nixon, president

The presidency has many problems, but boredom is the least of them.

Richard M. Nixon, president

I began by telling the president that there was a cancer growing on the presidency and that if the cancer was not removed the president himself would be killed by it.

John Dean, lawyer

I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is opposed to every instinct in my body. But as president I must put the interests of America first Therefore, I shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow.

Richard M. Nixon, president

No man could be equipped for the presidency if he has never been tempted by one of the seven cardinal sins.

Eugene McCarthy, politician

Scrubbing floors and emptying bedpans has as much dignity as the Presidency.

Richard M. Nixon, president

Well, my constituents are happy that the Republican Party has finally gotten off its duff, seeing that we do control the House and the Senate and the presidency, and taken up the issue of illegal immigration.

Dana Rohrabacher, politician

As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it.

Martin Van Buren, president

I now announce myself as candidate for the Presidency. I anticipate criticism; but however unfavorable I trust that my sincerity will not be called into question.

Victoria Woodhull, activist

There has been so much power concentrated. There is no leash on that power anymore and Americans face the situation that this power is getting momentum with each passing year with each presidency.

James Bovard, author

If the Soviet empire still existed, I'd be terrified. The fact is, we can afford a fairly ignorant presidency now.

Newt Gingrich, politician

I still believe the Lewinsky investigation was way off from the focus of what Whitewater was, which turned out to be nothing at the end of the process. And I think that there were people who were determined as political opponents to not allow his presidency to succeed.

Rahm Emanuel, politician

I read the book with interest, but when Jackson was a candidate in 1828 for the Presidency, I opposed him and voted for Adams. I favored a protective tariff.

Ezra Cornell, businessman

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.

Harry S Truman, president

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.

Harry S Truman, president

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.

Harry S Truman, president

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.

Harry S Truman, president

Being a President is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or he is swallowed.

Harry S Truman, president

If I were president of the United States, I would include Moslems in my presidency.

Jerry Falwell, clergyman

I reached a situation in which I cannot conduct the presidency.

Roh Moo-hyun, politician

We're an ideal political family, as accessible as Disneyland.

Maureen Reagan, celebrity

I'd rather be right than President.

Henry Clay, statesman

Watergate was unique because it allowed the public to play its democratic role in expressing its outrage at the presidency. And as a result, for the first time in history a president resigned.

Samuel Dash, lawyer

Well, Warren Harding, I have got you the presidency. What are you going to do with it?

Florence Harding, first lady

Whatever he does should be seen as working at the Presidency and if he goes to Colorado for Christmas, it should be for a minimum amount of time, the family tradition and family get-together aspect emphasized, and it be seen as a working vacation.

Robert Teeter, politician

While I'm critical to the Bush presidency, it's been enormously beneficial for Salon because we're seen as kind of an aggressive watchdog on the Bush White House. Particularly since Florida, our readership hit a whole new level, and we held onto those readers.

David Talbot, journalist

The entire economy, of course, is locked in a down cycle right now. Last time we weathered this was during another Bush presidency in '90. We were locked in it for a year and a half and everyone came out of it.

David Talbot, journalist

Our aim, during our Presidency in the next six months will be to lead this challenge, to show that Europe can function in a mature and responsible way, to start delivering tangible results that show we are taking people's concerns seriously.

John Hutton, educator

But we need to show that the EU can modernise itself, can adapt to the needs of its citizens, can take their views into account. That will be our ambition for the UK Presidency.

John Hutton, educator

Well, it seems to me Lincoln, I suppose, is kind of a model of a particular sort of presidency, a presidency that first of all is elected by a minority of the votes.

David Herbert Donald, historian

When you see how the President makes political or policy decisions, you see who he is. The essence of the Presidency is decision-making.

Bob Woodward, journalist

Again, President Reagan was sort of an amiable presence out at the ranch by the last 6 months of his presidency. He had no effect on national policy at all.

Paul Begala, journalist

The vice president had a bargaining asset, however, that no ordinary person has: He was next in line to the presidency. I saw no chance that he would resign first, then take his chances on trial, conviction, and jail.

Elliot Richardson, lawyer

The earlier practice of the Church had been more or less to employ in worship under the presidency of the pastor or pastors, the gifts of the congregation.

Robert Rainy, clergyman

Postman is a media analyst and his theory is that television doesn't influence our culture, but that it is our culture and the presidency and anything that relies on television.

Val Kilmer, actor

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.

Henry Adams, historian

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.

Walter Bagehot, author

With me it is exceptionally true that the Presidency is no bed of roses.

James K. Polk, president

The office of president is a bastardized thing, half royalty and half democracy, that nobody knows whether to genuflect or spit.

Jimmy Breslin, entertainer

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.

David Broder, journalist

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.

John Dean, lawyer

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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

I feel very proud, even though they didn't elect me, to be President of the Argentines.

General Leopoldo Galtieri,

I'm the only president you've got.

Lyndon B. Johnson, president

Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it.

Lyndon B. Johnson, president

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.

John F. Kennedy, president

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.

Florence King, writer

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.

Abraham Lincoln, president

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, comedian

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.

J. R. Pole,

But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.

Ronald Reagan, president

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.

Robert E. Sherwood, playwright

I once told Nixon that the Presidency is like being a jackass caught in a hail storm. You've got to just stand there and take it.

Lyndon B. Johnson, president

So, for example, a country was into recession right after I was sworn in, a dot-com bust had taken place. Then the attacks of September the 11th, and then of course the great financial meltdown in the -the fundamental question facing any presidency is how do you deal with the hand you're dealt?

George W. Bush, president

The consequences of President Johnson's campaign of deliberate deception regarding Vietnam could hardly have been more catastrophic for the nation, the military, the president, his party, and the presidency itself.

Eric Alterman, writer

I have heard Mr. Romney's speech's many times on television and the radio and I have even read his book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness and I must say that out of all the gentleman running for the presidency Mr. Romney is, in my opinion, the best one to fit the bill.

Angela Lansbury, actress

I think George W. Bush has a warm, engaging personality. But, you know, the presidency is more than just a popularity contest.

Al Gore, vice president

No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it.

Thomas Jefferson, president

The presidency is more than a popularity contest.

Al Gore, vice president

I'm very, very concerned about the Bush presidency. I'm worried about the kinds of cuts in domestic programs that mean something to a lot of people, including members of my family, who depend on certain things from the government.

Sarah Jessica Parker, actress

We have a president who stole the presidency through family ties, arrogance and intimidation, employing Republican operatives to exercise the tactics of voter fraud by disenfranchising thousands of blacks, elderly Jews and other minorities.

Barbra Streisand, actress

Kennedy did not have to run the risk of having his ideas and his words shortened and adulterated by a correspondent. This was the television era, not only in campaigning, but in holding the presidency.

Hugh Sidey, journalist

When the burdens of the presidency seem unusually heavy, I always remind myself it could be worse. I could be a mayor.

Lyndon B. Johnson, president

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.

James Baker, politician

All respect for the office of the presidency aside, I assumed that the obvious and unadulterated decline of freedom and constitutional sovereignty, not to mention the efforts to curb the power of judicial review, spoke for itself.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, judge

I learned running the government for the Presidency, which I always thought was difficult, is even more difficult than I thought.

Lloyd Cutler, lawyer

The book shows Clinton in the presidency as a profile in growth.

Sidney Blumenthal, journalist

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.

James Thurber, comedian

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