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.
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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