Selection of 20 Quotes by US Political Figures

Submitted by Inchcock

Friday, 16 December 2011

"[I want to] make sure everybody who has a job wants a job."
George Bush, during his first campaign for the presidency

"When a great many people are unable to find work, unemployment results."
Calvin Coolidge, ex-president, discussing the United States economic situation in 1931

"I would like to thank Nasal Beard for that warm welcome."
George Bush, thanking Hazel Beard, mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana

"If Lincoln was alive today, he'd roll over in his grave."
President Gerald Ford

"A zebra does not change its spots."
Al Gore

"Now we are trying to get unemployment to go up, and I think we're going to succeed."
President Ronald Reagan

"I'm not indecisive. Am I indecisive?"
Jim Scheibel, mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota

"Wait a minute! I'm not interested in agriculture. I want the military stuff."
Senator William Scott, during a briefing in which officials began telling him about missile silos.

"I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe -- I believe what I believe is right."
President George W. Bush

"Then you wake up at the high school level and find out that the illiteracy level of our children are appalling."
President George W. Bush

"'Politics' is made up of two words, 'poli,' which is Greek for 'many,' and 'tics,' which are blood-sucking insects."
Gore Vidal

"Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."
President Ronald Reagan

"Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism it's just the opposite."
John Kenneth Galbraith

"You know nothing for sure...except the fact that you know nothing for sure."
President John Kennedy

"The Democrats are the party of government activism, the party that says government can make you richer, smarter, taller, and get the chickweed out of your lawn. Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work, and then get elected and prove it."
P.J. O'Rourke

"I hope you're all Republicans?"
Ronald Reagan, speaking to surgeons as he entered the operating room following a 1981 assassination attempt

"There they are. See no evil, hear no evil, and...evil."
Bob Dole, watching former presidents Carter, Ford and Nixon standing by each other at a White House event

"Politics, noun. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage."
Ambrose Bierce

"I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix."
Dan Quayle

"The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system."
Barack Obama, in remarks after a health care roundtable with physicians, nurses and health care providers, Washington, D.C

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