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Quotes of the Day for 5 November 2000 – Presidents on the Presidency

Sure, the pundits are hard on the presidency, but what do the men in the Oval Office have to say? Methinks a fair measure of masochism is required for the job.

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The quotes:

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

Had I been chosen President again, I am certain I could not have lived another year.
     - John Quincy Adams

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.
     - Harry S Truman

Many years ago, I concluded that a few hair shirts were part of the mental wardrobe of every man. The president differs from other men in that he has a more extensive wardrobe.
     - Herbert Clark Hoover

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


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