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Quotes of the Day for 18 February 2002 – Presidents

Today is Presidents Day in the US, a day for honoring that small number who have held the highest executive authority in the country. Long-time subscribers know that I tend to ignore Washington and Lincoln and the other "big name" presidents, honoring instead the man who first took a bath in the White House, Millard Fillmore. Here are few comments on the office from those that were closest to it.

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The quotes:

No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it.
     - Thomas Jefferson

He may be president, but he still comes home and swipes my socks.
     - Joseph P. Kennedy

I think the American public wants a solemn ass as a President, and I think I'll go along with them.
     - John Calvin Coolidge

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

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 Baines Johnson


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