White House Wisdom

Pearls of wisdom from our highest elected officials through the years. So: is the quality of our politicians slipping?


"An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory."
--Millard Fillmore, 1844

"There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism."
--Theodore Roosevelt, 1915

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
--Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933

"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
--Harry Truman, 1960

"Any time we deny any citizen the full exercise of his constitutional rights, we are weakening our own claim to them."
--Dwight David Eisenhower, 1963

"What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant."
--Robert F. Kennedy, 1964

"Evil acts of the past are never rectified by evil acts of the present."
--Lyndon Johnson, 1964

"Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you. Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself."
--Richard Nixon, 1974

"I've looked on a lot of women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times."
--Jimmy Carter, 1976

"Read my lips: no new taxes!"
--George HW Bush, 1988

"Depends on what your definition of 'is' is."
--Bill Clinton, 1998

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush, 2004

"Over the last 15 months we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in fifty-...seven states? I think one left to go."
--Barack Obama at a campaign stop in Beaverton, Oregon, May 9, 2008

Posted March 1, 2013

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