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Seven presidents before him - Democrats and Republicans - tried to expand health care to all Americans. President Obama got it done.
We draw our Presidents from the people. It is a wholesome thing for them to return to the people. I came from them. I wish to be one of them again.
An earthquake strikes Haiti, and care packages from America are among the first to arrive - and not far behind are former Presidents Clinton and Bush.
Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents had always been tragic.
Presidents and speakers for over 100 years had tried to pass affordable care for all Americans. It was challenged over and over. The Supreme Court declared it constitutional.
As President Nixon says, presidents can do almost anything, and President Nixon has done many things that nobody would have thought of doing.
You know how old I am? I'm so old, I remember when Letterman used to be funny and it was presidents who were serious. That's how old I am.
My own view is that taping of conversations for historical purposes was a bad decision on the part of all the presidents. I don't think Kennedy should have done it. I don't think Johnson should have done it, and I don't think we should have done it.
Richard M. Nixon
Presidents in both parties - from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan - have known that our free-enterprise economy is the source of our middle-class prosperity.
Being an Arab leader has its rewards: the suite at the Waldorf-Astoria during the United Nations General Assembly, travel in your own plane, plenty of cash, even job security - whether kings, sheiks or presidents, with or without elections, most serve for life.
Political ignorance helps explain Americans' perpetual disappointment with politicians generally, and presidents especially, to whom voters unrealistically attribute abilities to control events.
Decision making in a democracy depends above all on knowledge and not just the intel available to presidents and policymakers.
People don't understand that all presidents, the minute they become president, get a knock at the door. And there's a man there saying, 'Let's talk about your funeral.' At the time I thought, God, that's a terrible thing. Later on, I thought it was pretty wise.
I've worked for four presidents and watched two others up close, and I know that there's no such thing as a routine day in the Oval Office.
You got to have people at the top who respond to and are selected by presidents.
In every era going back to Lincoln with Frederick Douglass, presidents talk to those that were leading at that time.
Presidents make their hard decisions and then abide forever with their mistakes and regrets.
Presidents grow up in the White House. The times shape the man.
At the start of first terms, presidents invariably have a measure of goodwill.
Because of the increase in life longevity, America can now assume that at any given time three, and perhaps four, former presidents will still be alive, even when the current president is occupying the White House.
Presidents need to be critically studied and analyzed.
The greatest presidents have been those who demonstrated astute judgment in times of crisis - often despite the advice they were getting.
Since 1775, when the first Continental Congress called for a national day of prayer, there have been such events called for by almost every President. I saw the figures - 34 out of 44 Presidents have called for a national day of prayer. Some of those who didn't have died in office.
The economical policies that are instigated really makes you think that the American government is a bunch of evil bastards. So just because you're black, you're still representing that government, and when Obama came into office he enacted the same policies that we would critique other presidents for.
I've played golf with three U.S presidents.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
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