Quotes and Sayings about Presidency



"The book shows Clinton in the presidency as a profile in growth."
- Sidney Blumenthal
(Related: Growth, Presidency)

"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
(Related: Power, Americans, Presidency)

"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
(Related: Office, Presidency, Years)

"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
(Related: Life, Office, Presidency, Surrender)

"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
(Related: Financial, Country, Example, Presidency, Question, Right)

"I just didn't want to get out there anymore; I didn't want to get back into what I call 'the swamp.' And the other reason why is I don't think it's good for the presidency for a former president to be opining about his successor. President Obama's got plenty of critics - and I'm just not gonna be one."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Presidency, President, Reason, Want)

"In the scheme of our national government, the presidency is preeminently the people's office."
- Grover Cleveland
(Related: Government, People, Office, Presidency)

"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
(Related: Interest, Presidency)

"I learned running the government for the Presidency, which I always thought was difficult, is even more difficult than I thought."
- Lloyd Cutler
(Related: Government, Thought, Presidency, Running)

"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
(Related: History, Time, First, Play, Presidency, President, Public, Result)

"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
(Related: Cancer, Presidency, President)

"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
(Related: First, Minority, Presidency)

"I thought it completely absurd to mention my name in the same breath as the presidency."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Related: Thought, Name, Presidency)

"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
(Related: People, End, Focus, Investigation, Nothing, Opponents, Presidency, Succeed)

"If I were president of the United States, I would include Moslems in my presidency."
- Jerry Falwell
(Related: Presidency, President, states, United)

"You win the presidency by connecting with the American people's gut insecurities and aspirations. You win with a concept."
- Thomas Friedman
(Related: People, American, Aspirations, Presidency)

"Few men in our history have ever obtained the Presidency by planning to obtain it."
- James A. Garfield
(Related: History, Men, Planning, Presidency)

"If the Soviet empire still existed, I'd be terrified. The fact is, we can afford a fairly ignorant presidency now."
- Newt Gingrich
(Related: Fact, Now, Presidency)

"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
(Related: Power, Freedom, Obvious, Office, Presidency, Respect)

"The presidency is more than a popularity contest."
- Al Gore
(Related: Popularity, Presidency)

"I think George W. Bush has a warm, engaging personality. But, you know, the presidency is more than just a popularity contest."
- Al Gore
(Related: Personality, Popularity, Presidency)

"Well, Warren Harding, I have got you the presidency. What are you going to do with it?"
- Florence Harding
(Related: Presidency)

"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
(Related: Ambition, Needs, Presidency, Will)

"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
(Related: People, Challenge, Europe, Months, Presidency, Results, Will)

"The standard rumor at the time was that Rumsfeld, as chief of staff, had persuaded President Ford to appoint George H.W. Bush as director of Central Intelligence, assuming that that got rid of a potential competitor for the presidency."
- Bobby R. Inman
(Related: Time, Intelligence, Potential, Presidency, President, Rumor)

"No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Man, Presidency, Reputation, Will)

"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
(Related: Presidency)

"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
(Related: Being, Nixon, Presidency)

"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
(Related: Man, Presidency)

"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
(Related: Culture, Influence, Media, Presidency, Television, Theory)

"If the American people really come to a settled belief that Bush lied us into war, his presidency will be over."
- Bill Kristol
(Related: War, People, Belief, American, Presidency, Will)

"I did though at least expect him to correct the false statements he made when he was trying to protect the Presidency. Instead, he talked about it as though I had laid it all out there for the taking. I was the buffet and he just couldn't resist the dessert."
- Monica Lewinsky
(Related: Presidency, Trying)

"No man could be equipped for the presidency if he has never been tempted by one of the seven cardinal sins."
- Eugene McCarthy
(Related: Man, Presidency)

"The Obama presidency has two great missions: fixing the economy, and preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons."
- Benjamin Netanyahu
(Related: Economy, Presidency, Weapons)

"The presidency has many problems, but boredom is the least of them."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Boredom, Presidency, Problems)

"Scrubbing floors and emptying bedpans has as much dignity as the Presidency."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Dignity, Presidency)

"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
(Related: Force, Media, Presidency, Universe)

"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
(Related: America, Body, First, Instinct, Office, Presidency, President, Tomorrow)

"Let me even say before I even get inaugurated, during the transition we are going to be having meetings all across the country with community organizations so that you have input into the agenda for the next presidency of the United States of America."
- Barack Obama
(Related: America, Community, Country, Meetings, Presidency, states, United)

"Within the U.S., the Obama presidency will be mainly measured by the success or failure of his economic policies. And here, I fear, the monstrous stimulus package with which this administration stumbled out of the gate will prove to be Obama's Waterloo."
- Camille Paglia
(Related: Success, Fear, Failure, Presidency, Will)

"My fellow citizens, the American Presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery."
- Sarah Palin
(Related: American, Discovery, Journey, Presidency)

"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
(Related: Government, Family, People, Presidency)

"My hope is that that person will come forward that can win the presidency that we can all get behind."
- Rick Perry
(Related: Hope, Presidency, Will)

"You can always get the truth from an American statesman after he has turned seventy, or given up all hope of the Presidency."
- Wendell Phillips
(Related: Truth, Hope, American, Presidency)

"The presidency is not an entry-level electoral job."
- John Podhoretz
(Related: Job, Presidency)

"With me it is exceptionally true that the Presidency is no bed of roses."
- James K. Polk
(Related: Bed, Presidency, Roses)

"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
(Related: Church, Gifts, Practice, Presidency, Worship)

"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
(Related: News, Presidency, Television)

"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
(Related: Chance, Conviction, First, Presidency, President, Vice)

"I reached a situation in which I cannot conduct the presidency."
- Moo-hyum Roh
(Related: Presidency)

"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
(Related: Control, Party, Presidency, Republican, Senate)

"In his first 100 days, Mr. Obama has put the fate of his presidency in the hands of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He may come to regret that decision."
- Karl Rove
(Related: Leader, Decision, Fate, First, Majority, May, Presidency, Regret, Senate)

"I think it has sullied his presidency. As brilliant a politician as Bill Clinton is, as magnetic a personality as he can be, there is one little screw loose somewhere."
- Morley Safer
(Related: Personality, Presidency)

"I teach at USC, and it's obvious to anyone who teaches college students that they don't cover much modern history and certainly not the modern presidency."
- Robert Scheer
(Related: History, College, Obvious, Presidency, Students)

"The student community of Presidency College was also politically most active."
- Amartya Sen
(Related: College, Community, Presidency)

"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
(Related: Ideas, Presidency, Risk, Television, Words)

"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
(Related: Family, Arrogance, Elderly, Exercise, Fraud, Presidency, President, Republican)

"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
(Related: Time, Economy, Now, Presidency, Right)

"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
(Related: Presidency)

"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
(Related: Family, Time, Christmas, Presidency, Tradition, Vacation)

"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
(Related: Presidency, President)

"President Ford was a devoted, decent man of impeccable integrity who put service to his country before his own self interest. He helped heal our nation during a time of crisis, provided steady leadership and restored people's faith in the presidency and in government."
- Mark Udall
(Related: Faith, Government, Leadership, Time, People, Country, Crisis, Integrity, Interest, Man, Nation, Presidency, President, Self, Sel)

"The Vice-Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate. Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does."
- Bill Vaughan
(Related: Vice)

"No man has the right to use the great powers of the Presidency to lead the people, indirectly, into war."
- Wendell Willkie
(Related: War, People, Man, Presidency, Right)

"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
(Related: Trust, Criticism, Now, Presidency, Question, Sincerity, Will)

"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
(Related: Policy, Decision, Decisions, Presidency, President)