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When the president during the campaign said he ...
by Al Franken

When the president during the campaign said he was against nation building,
I didn't realize he meant our nation.
- Al Franken

It is easier to put on slippers
than to carpet the entire world
- Al Franken

Christian voters should start looking
at global warming and extreme poverty
as religious issues that speak to the culture of life.
- Al Franken

We need to be pro-science; we have to go back to science.
- Al Franken

 

Well, I think that there's a value to comedy in and of itself.
- Al Franken

When you encounter seemingly good advice that contradicts
other seemingly good advice,
ignore them both.
- Al Franken

It's the Power of the Almighty, the Splendor of Nature,
and then you.
- Al Franken

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I do personal attacks only on people who specialize in personal attacks.
- Al Franken

The thing that interests me least about the radio business is the radio business.
But I've had to learn a little bit about it.
It's not rocket science: You get ratings,
that's good.
- Al Franken

The biases the media has are much bigger than conservative or liberal.
They're about getting ratings, about making money,
about doing stories that are easy to cover.
- Al Franken

Yeah, we shot ourselves in the foot right out of the gate.
The guy who ran it at first misled pretty much everybody
about how much capital we had.
He said we had enough to go three years without making money,
and we had enough to go three weeks.
- Al Franken

And I think that being able to make people laugh and
write a book that's funny makes the information go
down a lot easier and it makes it a lot more fun to read,
easier to understand, and often stronger.
So there's all kinds of advantages to it.
- Al Franken

I also focus on Bush and his administration -
who do a lot of lying -
and how a right-wing media has allowed them to get
away with a lot of stuff that,
in a different media environment, they probably wouldn't
be able to get away with.
- Al Franken

Mistakes are a part of being human.
Appreciate your mistakes for what they are:
precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way.
Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least,
others can learn from.
- Al Franken

The right wing has had a radio apparatus for years and years,
so they've had minor leagues - they've had local rightwing
guys who've become national rightwing guys,
and who build slowly, and that's how it goes.
We haven't had that.
It isn't like we have a farm team.
- Al Franken

But in the right-wing media, they do have a right-wing bias.
And they also have an agenda.
So their agenda is: we're an adjunct of the Republican Party,
and we're going push that agenda every day,
and, as you say, brand these stories that help further the right-wing cause.
- Al Franken

Well, a lot of politics is communicating with people,
and obviously comedy has something to do with that.
I've been a producer and led people.
Also, being a comedian, you're under pressure.
- Al Franken

The point is that there is tremendous hypocrisy among the Christian right.
And I think that Christian voters should start looking
at global warming and extreme poverty as a religious
issue that speaks to the culture of life.
- Al Franken

If you hear, day after day, liberals are rooting against armed forces,
that is eventually going to have an effect on soldiers
and troops who are actually going to believe that and it's wrong.
It's just wrong.
- Al Franken

To make the argument that the media has a left-
or right-wing,
or a liberal or a conservative bias,
is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they
use too much oil in their hummus.
- Al Franken

I once asked the most fabulous couple I know,
Madonna and Guy Ritchie, how they kept things fresh
despite having been married for almost seven months.
'It's a job, Al,' Guy told me.
'We work at it every day.'
- Al Franken

The next thing I am doing is moving back home to Minnesota
and getting involved in politics.
I'm looking at a run for Senate in 2008,
but in the meantime I am focused on knitting together
the progressive network in the upper Midwest.
- Al Franken

Yeah, but you need an experienced radio veteran who is a liberal advocate.
And there just hadn't been any radio that did that.
And so they weren't trained - they had developed all
these bad habits of being objective and balanced and stuff like that.
- Al Franken

I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President
but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.
- Arthur C. Clarke

My father was not a failure.
After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.
- Harry S. Truman

I think there is one higher office than president and
I would call that patriot.
- Gary Hart

I haven't eaten at a McDonald's since I became President.
- William J. Clinton

Frankly, I don't mind not being President.
I just mind that someone else is.
- Edward Kennedy

Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm.
There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

A knowledgeable and courageous U.S.
president could help enormously in leading the world's
nations toward saving the climate.
- Donella Meadows

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River,
the headline that afternoon would read:
"President Can't Swim."
- Lyndon B. Johnson

The Marine Corps is the Navy's police force and as
long as I am President that is what it will remain.
They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin's.
- Harry S. Truman

You may think the president is all-powerful,
but he is not.
He needs a lot of guidance from the Lord.
- Barbara Bush

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

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president,
but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.
- John F. Kennedy

You must pursue this investigation of Watergate even
if it leads to the president.
I'm innocent.
You've got to believe I'm innocent.
If you don't, take my job.
- Richard M. Nixon

Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven't had one since Taft.
Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln.
- Will Rogers

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper.
Half never voted for President.
One hopes it is the same half.
- Gore Vidal

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically,
by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
- Gore Vidal

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President;
I'm beginning to believe it.
- Clarence Darrow

Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed.
But I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops.
Uh, depending on the breaks.
- the movie Dr. Strangelove

The president of the branch in Atlanta was a pastor of a church,
the Reverend Sam Williams, a wonderful guy.
He was middle-class and fairly militant for the time and place.
- Julian Bond

We need a president who's fluent in at least one language.
- Buck Henry

I'm a huge Obama fan.
I think it's such an unbelievably great thing to have
a President who's competent and not insane.
- Randy Cohen

You don't go to war with the President you want,
you go to war with the President you have.
- Jeff Rich

The price of being close to the President is delivering bad news.
You fail him if you don't tell him the truth.
Others won't do it.
- Donald Rumsfeld

The true sovereign is not the American president nor the English king,
but the Lord of the Second Advent.
- Sun Myung Moon

Two people will never be President in my lifetime.
A woman and a black.
- Charles Evers

In a network situation, a vice president,
while he's shaving, can decide your history.
- Phil Donahue

Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past.
- Harry S. Truman

I think it's less risky for the Kerry campaign to embrace
former President Clinton than it is to reject him.
- Stuart Rothenberg

You cannot be President of the United States if you don't have faith.
Remember Lincoln, going to his knees in times of trial
in the Civil War and all that stuff.
- George H. W. Bush

Anybody who runs for president in this country and
comes out as strong as the Democrats were about helping
the poor folks and black folks is not going to win.
- Charles Evers

I used some vivid language that, if I could take it back,
I'd take it back.
It's not my intention to be personally critical of
the President or of anyone else.
- Paul O'Neill

As President, I will end once and for all the use of
taxpayer funds to promote the National Endowment for
the Arts and other programs that subsidize amoral and degrading activities.
- Gary Bauer

I'll be damned if I am not getting tired of this.
It seems to be the profession of a President simply
to hear other people talk.
- William Howard Taft

The president of General Motors was in a foul humor.
- Arthur Hailey

The President would usually talk to me about matters
relating to the immigration problem.
- Erich Leinsdorf

There is more selfishness and less principle among
members of Congress than I had any conception of,
before I became President of the U.S.
- James K. Polk

Ten of those Republican incumbents, all of whom voted
for the impeachment of President Clinton,
are from states that Bill Clinton carried.
- Robert Torricelli

The President has a short time to let people know that
he is serious about getting spending under control.
- Paul Weyrich

I spend a great deal of time with the President.
We have a very close, personal, loyal relationship.
I'm not, as they say, a potted plant in these meetings.
- Dan Quayle

Although I wasn't invited to shake hands with Hitler,
I wasn't invited to the White House to shake hands
with the President either.
- Jesse Owens

President Jimmy Carter was a citizen soldier.
Ironically, he was considered weak because he didn't
kill anybody and he didn't get anyone killed.
- Andrew Young

I look forward to these confrontations with the press
to kind of balance up the nice and pleasant things
that come to me as president.
- Jimmy Carter

I was able to do something that people can't do these days,
which is to have quality time with the guys who were
trying to be president and a number of them who got the job.
- Robert Scheer

Yesterday, the president met with a group he calls
the coalition of the willing.
Or, as the rest of the world calls them,
Britain and Spain.
- Jon Stewart

But the point you need to know is that no president
at war cut taxes $1.5 trillion,
like Bush did.
- Chaka Fattah

We need earmark reform, and when I'm President,
I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.
- Barack Obama

I think President Obama has used the bully pulpit as
a way to attack capitalism.
- Jeb Bush

As a Member of the CBC, I will fight tooth and nail
to increase funding for programs,
such as Ryan White, that were flat funded in the President's budget.
- Corrine Brown


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