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"As President, I have no eyes but constitutional eyes; I cannot see you."
"In America, anyone can become president. That's one of the risks you take."
"PRESIDENCY, n. The greased pig in the field game of American politics."
"PRESIDENT, n. The leading figure in a small group of men of whom — and of whom only — it is positively known that immense numbers of their countrymen did not want any of them for President."
"You may think the President is all-powerful, but he is not. He needs a lot of guidance from the Lord."
"Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. I wish him well!"
"I think the American public wants a solemn ass as a President, and I think I'll go along with them."
"When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it."
"We have to do more than just elect a new President if we truly want to change this country."
"I've worked for four presidents and watched two others up close, and I know that there's no such thing as a routine day in the Oval Office."
"The president cannot escape from his office."
"There is one thing about being President, no one can tell you when to sit down."
"Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Remember to lean back in the parade so everybody can see the president. Be sure not to get too fat, because you'll have to sit three in the back."
"I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have the sense to do without my persuading them. That's all the powers of the President amount to."
"A President cannot always be popular."
"I would rather have peace in the world than be President."
"Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past."
"A President either is constantly on top of events or, if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him. I never felt that I could let up for a single moment."
"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."
"No one who has not had the responsibility can really understand what it is like to be President, not even his closest aides or members of his immediate family. There is no end to the chain of responsibility that binds him, and he is never allowed to forget that he is President."
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