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Elliot Richardson Quotes and Sayings

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Mr. President, I believe your real problem is that
you have somehow been unable to realize that you have won,
not only won, but been re-elected by a tremendous margin.
- Elliot Richardson

They've got him - credible witnesses,
documents, heaven knows what else.
In all my years as a prosecutor I have never seen such an open-and-shut case.
- Elliot Richardson

My most important task must be an attempt to bring
the monster under democratic direction and control.
- Elliot Richardson

The Watergate reforms did work well for many years,
and if improved and broadened, these reforms can have
real and major impact on the system today.
- Elliot Richardson

 

I had come to regard the U.S.
Senate's rejection of the League of Nations as a tragic mistake.
- Elliot Richardson

People have moved beyond apathy, beyond skepticism into deep cynicism.
- Elliot Richardson

I said the first concern of the administration of justice must,
of course, be the individual.
The second concern is the truth.
- Elliot Richardson

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I hope you will respond to the crisis of confidence
that Watergate has created by opening up your administration
and reaching out to people in a more magnanimous spirit.
- Elliot Richardson

The idea of being in the State Department was exciting.
On the other hand, I always had in the back of my mind going into politics.
If I stayed in Washington, I might end up a government hack.
- Elliot Richardson

Though every legal task demands this skill,
it is especially important in the effort to frame public
policy in a way that is properly responsive to human needs and predicaments.
The question is always: How will the general rule work in practice?
- Elliot Richardson

If there are flaws they are in ourselves,
and our task therefore must be one not of redesign
but of renewal and reaffirmation,
especially of the standards in which all of us believe.
- Elliot Richardson

For you, the state is an entity with purposes of its
own that the people can be required to serve.
For us the word is only a label for the arrangements
by which we the people delegate to some among us responsibility
for things that concern us in common.
- Elliot Richardson

If the large power voluntarily abstains from using
its full power or feels the strategic situation to
be such that it cannot do so,
it in effect loses the advantage of being a big power.
- Elliot Richardson

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

This anniversary serves to help remind the American people that,
in the wake of one of the greatest political scandals
and misuse of power in our history as a nation,
scandal produced important reforms that served this
nation well for two decades.
- Elliot Richardson

But tending machinery was one thing;
defining what we were trying to do and why we were doing it,
and developing ways to measure how well the job was done -
this was something else again.
- Elliot Richardson

There is an increasingly pervasive sense not only of failure,
but of futility.
The legislative process has become a cruel shell game
and the service system has become a bureaucratic maze,
inefficient, incomprehensible, and inaccessible.
- Elliot Richardson

It often seemed like we had become a nation where the
only heroes were rock singers and ball players and
that there were no large men of probity who could be
called upon for the task.
- Elliot Richardson

I thought I was going to be killed.
The casualties were so heavy, it was just a given.
I learned to take each day, each mission,
as it came.
That's an attitude I've carried into my professional life.
I take each case, each job, as it comes.
- Elliot Richardson

The experience of learning how to get straight to the
core of a problem proved to be of immense value later
when I had a long succession of responsibilities in large,
complex government departments.
- Elliot Richardson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

While President Bush likes to project an image of strength and courage,
the real truth is that in the presence of his large financial contributors,
he is a moral coward.
- Al Gore

The President is going to benefit from me reporting
directly to him when I arrive.
- Dan Quayle

You know, it's been President Clinton's dream that
we'll have finally a fully integrated Europe;
and the steps that NATO will take to expand to the East,
that's a commitment.
- Warren Christopher

Leave the President's family business to him.
You will have plenty to do without trying to manage the First Family.
They are likely to do fine without your help.
- Donald Rumsfeld

Can anyone understand how it is to have lived in the White House and then,
suddenly, to be living alone as the President's widow?
- Jackie Kennedy

The first thing you need to run for President is a
budget of around $20 million dollars a day.
- Rob Walton

I think JR would make a better President than the one we have now.
- Larry Hagman

I think President Clinton was probably the brightest
President of the 20th century.
- Martin Sheen

Instead of sitting on the sidelines,
President Obama has made it clear that the US is ready
to lead a global effort to combat climate change.
- Valerie Jarrett

I have just come from the castle, where I have seen
the president of the republic,
and I can tell you that he has accepted all of my proposals
without making any changes.
- Klement Gottwald

It wouldn't be right for me to clown around when I'm painting a president.
- Norman Rockwell

President Obama insists he's a free-market guy.
But you have to wonder whether he understands how a
free economy really works.
- Fred Barnes

You want to balance the budget in this country? We
change the salary structure for Congress and the President.
Every year they don't balance the budget,
we don't pay them.
- Daniel Keys Moran

A President needs political understanding to run the government,
but he may be elected without it.
- Harry S. Truman

To those of you who received honours,
awards and distinctions, I say well done.
And to the C students, I say you, too,
can be president of the United States.
- George W. Bush

I'm the only American alive or dead who presided unhappily
over the removal of a vice president and a president.
- Alexander Haig

Like Odysseus, the President looked wiser when he was seated.
- John Maynard Keynes

The president took the advice of my East Texas grandmother:
If you can skin a cat without getting the room all bloody,
why not do it that way?
- Richard Land

President Bush and his commanders announced early in
the conflict that the Conventions applied.
- John Yoo

Always the eternal optimist, President Reagan instilled
confidence and optimism at a time both were in short supply in our country.
- Jim Ramstad

Do not yield.
Do not flinch.
Stand up.
Stand up with our President and fight.
We're Americans.
We're Americans, and we'll never surrender.
They will.
- John McCain

So, Mr. President, what is wrong with the fair employment practice bill?
- Dennis Chavez

Year after year, President Bush has broken his campaign promises on college aid.
And year after year, the Republican leadership in Congress has let him do it.
- Sherrod Brown

We're committed to working with Congress to doing what
the president said he was always going to do,
which is cut the deficit in half over the -
over his first term.
- Christina Romer

Today, I will vote in support of the Marriage Protection Amendment.
I shall do so because like President Bush,
I strongly believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
- Nick Lampson

The nation will be shaped for decades by decisions
that are made by President Bush and the Senate about
the future of the Supreme Court.
- Ralph Neas

The President is the people's lobbyist.
- Hubert H. Humphrey

So far the changes in the president in his second term
have been mainly of a rhetorical nature.
- Brent Scowcroft

I'm not giving the president a blank check,
period.
- Jim McDermott

Apparently Arnold was inspired by President Bush,
who proved you can be a successful politician in this
country even if English is your second language.
- Conan O'Brien

My mother was the president of the PTA at every school I attended.
- Vernon Jordan

So I think that I can say, as the President of Poland,
we're proud that I am coming from Poland,
which is different and what's more important,
much better than before.
- Aleksander Kwasniewski

I'd like President Bush to think maybe there's another way to think,
that maybe Kissinger was wrong when he says we had
to go in there because he was wrong about Vietnam.
- F. Murray Abraham


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