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The president of the United States [George W Bush] has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. If he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ridiculous or offensive. Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation
Bridges: Alive but unconscious.
Sidekick: Just like Gerald Ford. Airplane 1980 aka Flying High! starring Leslie Nielsen & Robert Hays & Julie Hagerty & Peter Graves & Lloyd Bridges & Robert Stack & Lorna Patterson & Stephen Stucker & Frank Ashmore & Jonathan Banks & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar et al, directors Jim Abrahams & David Zucker & Jerry Zucker
It never fails to amaze me what a man will do to get in the Oval Office. The Pelican Brief 1993 starring Julia Roberts & Denzel Washington & Sam Shepard & John Heard & Tony Goldwyn & James B Sikking & William Atherton & Robert Culp & Stanley Tucci & Hume Cronyn et al, director Alan J Pakula, Supreme Court judge
The cheek of every American must tingle with shame as he reads the silly, flat, and dish-watery utterances of the man who has to be pointed out to intelligent foreigners as President of the United States. The Chicago Times, following Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, cited Carl Sandburg & Robert S Harper & Gore Vidal
Dewey Defeats Truman. Chicago Tribune 3rd November 1948, Truman won
The man with the best job in the country is the vice-president. All he has to do is get up in the morning and say, How is the president? Will Rogers
For the last twelve years with Reagan and Bush we have had fundamentalist Christians in the White House. Fundamentalist Christians who believe the Bible is the exact word of God including that wacky fire and brimstone Revelations ending – have had their finger on the fucking button for twelve years. Tell me when, Lord. Tell me when. Bill Hicks, Revelations, Dominion Theatre, London
That imbecile [Harding] is going to be the next president of the United States. Boardwalk Empire s1e8: Hold Me in Paradise, HBO 2011
In a certain sense, and to a certain extent, he [the president] is the representative of the people. He is elected by them, as well as congress is. But can he, in the nature [of] things, know the wants of the people, as well as three hundred other men, coming from all the various localities of the nation? If so, where is the propriety of having a congress? Abraham Lincoln
Buffalo, New York, today looks very different from how it did on the afternoon of September 6th 1901. At the time US President William McKinley was visiting the city’s great pan-American exposition ... Suddenly gun shots split the air: McKinley staggers as two bullets thump into him. Infamous Assassinations: The Assassination of President McKinley
Just one year into his second term. ibid.
By now the US is at war with Spain. The war begins in April 1898 over Cuba’s demand for independence from Spanish rule. ibid.
[Leon] Czolgosz’s sanity is drawn into question. ibid.
Dear Ellen, I can’t tell you how disgusted I am becoming with these wretched politicians. They are a most despicable set of men ... The President is nothing more than a well-meaning baboon. George McClellan
The Bohemian Club is a private all-male club which is headquartered in the Bohemian Building in San Francisco. It was formed in 1872 by men who sought shelter from the frontier culture or lack of culture. The Club has evolved into an association of rich and powerful men mostly of America ... The membership list has included every Republican US president as well as some Democrats since 1923. Rob Bedard, Elucidation: Exposing the New World Order
The bizarre pagan ritual of the Bohemian Grove, known as the Cremation of Care ceremony, invokes this ancient demon/goddess … Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Regan, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Colin Powell, joined in the ceremony (to name a few). Labyrinth of Truth, 2000
Nixon: The only president ever to resign the office. His speech watched live by 85% of all American households. America: The Story of the US: Millennium, History 2010
By September 1975 Gerald Ford had been president for just over a year. That month there were two attempts to assassinate him. ibid.
For the modern president image is everything. ibid.
Harry Truman entered the presidency with the highest approval rating of all modern presidents. But it didn’t last. ibid.
Clinton ended his two-term presidency with the highest approval rating of any outgoing president. Ronald Reagan came second. ibid.
Two-term presidents are amongst the only US-born citizens that can’t be elected or rather re-elected president. ibid.
Bill Clinton has raked in more than $60,000,000 in speeches alone since leaving office. ibid.
The president wishes to see me. Hyde Park on Hudson 2012 starring Bill Murray & Laura Linney & Samuel West & Olivia Colman & Elizabeth Marvel & Olivia Williams & Elizabeth Wilson & Andrew Havill et al, director Roger Michell, her to mother
[American leaders] are perhaps not so much immoral as they are amoral. It’s not that they take pleasure in causing so much death and suffering. It’s that they just don’t care ... The same that could be said about a sociopath. As long as the death and suffering advance the agenda of the empire, as long as the right people and the right corporations gain wealth and power and privilege and prestige, as long as the death and suffering aren’t happening to them or people close to them ... then they just don’t care about it happening to other people, including the American soldiers whom they throw into wars and who come home – the ones who make it back alive – with Agent Orange or Gulf War Syndrome eating away at their bodies. American leaders would not be in the positions they hold if they were bothered by such things. William Blum
If the Nuremberg laws were applied then every post-war American president would have been hanged. Noam Chomsky
Less than 30% of the population was aware of the candidates on major issues although 86% knew the name of George Bush’s dog. Noam Chomsky, lecture London 1993, ‘500 Years of Western Imperialism’
We have to give Alan Greenspan at least half the presidency. Noam Chomsky, lecture MIT 22nd February 1999, ‘Foundations of World Order’
As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it. Martin van Buren