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293. The president of the United States 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. (God & President US) Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation
29,190. What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents – and her supporters celebrate – the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. Ask yourself: how has ‘elitism’ become a bad word in American politics? There is simply no other walk of life in which extraordinary talent and rigorous training are denigrated. We want elite pilots to fly our planes, elite troops to undertake our most critical missions, elite athletes to represent us in competition and elite scientists to devote the most productive years of their lives to curing our diseases. And yet, when it comes time to vest people with even greater responsibilities, we consider it a virtue to shun any and all standards of excellence. When it comes to choosing the people whose thoughts and actions will decide the fates of millions, then we suddenly want someone just like us, someone fit to have a beer with, someone down-to-earth – in fact, almost anyone, provided that he or she doesn’t seem too intelligent or well educated. (United States & Elite & President US & Vice-President US & Palin) Sam Harris
119,733. It never fails to amaze me what a man will do to get in the Oval Office. (Assassination & Law & GBH Films & White House) 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
32,660. 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
5,253. 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? (Job & Vice President & President US) Will Rogers
12,680. 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. (Christianity & Fundamentalism & President US) Bill Hicks, Revelations, Dominion Theatre London
17,197. That imbecile [Harding] is going to be the next president of the United States. (Gangstas: Atlantic City & President US) Boardwalk Empire: Hold Me in Paradise s1e8
32,663. 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
64,017. 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. (Assassination & President US & United States) Infamous Assassinations: The Assassination of President McKinley
64,018. Just one year into his second term. (Assassination & President US & United States) ibid.
64,019. By now the US is at war with Spain. The war begins in April 1898 over Cuba’s demand for independence from Spanish rule. (Assassination & President US & United States) ibid.
64,020. [Leon] Czolgosz’s sanity is drawn into question. (Assassination & President US & United States) ibid.
28,688. 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. (United States & President) George McClellan
36,560. 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. (Bohemian Grove & Presidency US) Rob Bedard, Elucidation: Exposing the New World Order
36,537. 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). (Bohemian Grove & Presidency US) Labyrinth of Truth
28,948. For the modern president image is everything. (United States & President US) America: The Story of the US: Millennium
28,949. Harry Truman entered the presidency with the highest approval rating of all modern presidents. But it didn’t last. (United States & President US) ibid.
28,950. Clinton ended his two-term presidency with the highest approval rating of any outgoing president. Ronald Reagan came second. (United States & President US & Clinton) ibid.
28,951. Two-term presidents are amongst the only US-born citizens that can’t be elected or rather re-elected president. (United States & President US) ibid.
28,952. Bill Clinton has raked in more than $60,000,000 in speeches alone since leaving office. (United States & President US & Clinton) ibid.
29,196. The president wishes to see me. (United States & President US) 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
29,386. [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. (United States & Empire US & President US) William Blum
29,503. If the Nuremberg laws were applied then every post-war American president would have been hanged. (Terrorism & President US) Professor Noam Chomsky
108,581. 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, 500 Years of Western Imperialism, lecture London 1993
109,981. We have to give Alan Greenspan at least half the presidency. Noam Chomsky, Foundations of World Order, lecture MIT 22nd February 1999
110,523. The spectrum is basically from centre to extreme right – extreme right way off the spectrum. (Presidency & Politics) Noam Chomsky, interview Abby Martin: The Empire Files: On Electing the President of an Empire, August 2017
110,524. It basically doesn’t matter what the public thinks. About 70% of the public – the lowest 70% on the income scale – are pretty much disenfranchised. (Presidency & Politics) ibid.
110,525. It’s a plutocrasy with democratic forms. (Presidency & Politics) ibid.
110,526. US Libertarianinsm: We would have tyranny of unaccountable private institutions. (Presidency & Politics) ibid.