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PRESIDENCY
[ Also see Bush, George Walker Lincoln, Abraham Statesmanship Washington, George Watergate Wilson, Woodrow ]

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

If presidents can't do it to their wives, they do it to their country.
      - Mel Brooks

I'm President of the United States, and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli!
      - George Herbert Walker Bush,
        in the "New York Times"

I'm Jimmy Carter, and I'm going to be your next president.
      - James Earl "Jimmy" Carter,
        I'll Never Lie to You

Without a high pain threshold, you can't be a successful President.
      - William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton, My Life
         (ch. 24)

We have a cancer within, close to the Presidency, that is growing.
      - John Dean

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

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,
        in "Parade Magazine"

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.
      - Thomas Jefferson

I think "Hail to the Chief" has a nice ring to it.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy,
        when asked what is his favorite song

The pay is good and I can walk to work.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy,
        on becoming president of the United States

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

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.
      - Theodore Roosevelt

The President has kept all of the promises he intended to keep.
      - George Robert Stephanopolous,
        speaking on television's "Larry King Live"

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


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