The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.
The President has kept all of the promises he intended to keep.
George Robert Stephanopolous
In America, anybody can be president. That’s one of the risks you take.
Adlai E. Stevenson
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
The office of president is a bastardized thing, half royalty and half democracy, that nobody knows whether to genuflect or spit.
If presidents can’t do it to their wives, they do it to their country.
I’m President of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli!
George Herbert Walker Bush,
I’m Jimmy Carter, and I’m going to be your next president.
James Earl “Jimmy” Carter,
Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.
When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams
An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.
I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.
Our differences are policies; our agreements, principles.
Without a high pain threshold, you can’t be a successful President.
William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton
We have a cancer within, close to the Presidency, that is growing.
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.
No easy problems ever come to the President of the United States. If they are easy to solve, somebody else has solved them.
Dwight David Eisenhower,
Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.
Dwight David Eisenhower
The vice-presidency isn’t worth a pitcher of warm piss.
John Nance Garner
The second office of this government is honorable and easy, the first is but a splendid misery.
We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb … Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war.
Yours is not the task of making your way in the world, but the task of remaking the world which you will find before you.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met – obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty.
John F. Kennedy
The American dream does not come to those who fall asleep.
The founding of our Nation was more than a political event; it was an act of faith, a promise to Americans and to the entire world. The Declaration of Independence declared that people can govern themselves, that they can live in freedom with equal rights, that they can respect the rights of others.
I think “Hail to the Chief” has a nice ring to it.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
The pay is good and I can walk to work.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we’d been saying they were.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.