Calvin Coolidge (nicknamed "Silent Cal") when told by a woman that she had made a bet that she could get more than two words out of the President.
"If you are as happy on entering the White House as I am on leaving it, you are a very happy man indeed."
James Buchanan to Abraham Lincoln, 1861
"Recession is when your neighbor loses his job, depression is when you lose yours, and recovery will be when Jimmy Carter loses his."
Ronald Reagan during the 1980 campaign
"I'm sure of one thing, your name would appear in the paper the next day, but in very small type."
John F. Kennedy, to a reporter on Air Force One who asked what would happen if the plane crashed.
"We are a nation that has a government -- not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the earth. Our Government has no power except that granted it by the people."
"[He's] the smartest geek I know."
Warren G. Harding speaking about Herbert Hoover
"A president's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right."
"Our nation is at war, our economy is in recession, and the civilized world faces unprecedented dangers. Yet the state of our union has never been stronger."
George W. Bush
"The life of a man is three-score years and ten: a little more, a little less. The life of a nation is the fullness of the measure of its will to live."
"...the war will cease on the part of the Government whenever it shall have ceased on the part of those who began it."
"Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. I believe I interpret the will of Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again. Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger. With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God."
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