Quotations On Presidential Responsibility

A few short, but very relevant quotes from a variety of presidents over the past century, by Charles French. Thank you, Charles …

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In any time of crisis, the United States looks to its President for true leadership, for someone who can guide and understand the magnitude of the times, for someone who can also accept responsibility.



“The Buck Stops Here!” (from desk sign)

Harry S. Truman



“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

Abraham Lincoln



“Let us not seek the Republican answer, or the Democratic answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”

                                                                          John F. Kennedy



“Power always brings with it responsibility.”

                                                                         Teddy Roosevelt

Sometimes, leaders do not rise to the necessary levels during such times of need.



“I don’t take responsibility at all.”

                                                                        Donald Trump

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14 thoughts on “Quotations On Presidential Responsibility

  1. As a lover of quotes, I always enjoy the quotations posted by Charles French! IF, the people on Earth survive…and that is questionable given the paths that many countries are taking, most notably ours…future generations will remember Trump for this quote! A legacy that he is most deserving of to be sure!! My Thanks to Charles French and YOU!

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    • Thanks, my friend! Yes, this wasn’t his worst ever, but it certainly ranks right up there, and it seems even worse when placed side-by-side next to the quotes of real men serving in the highest office, one in which Trump can only pretend.


  2. Jill, well noted. My wife showed me a Facebook post which cited a piece that summarized about 45 quotes from the person in the White House dating back to January. It reveals clrearly and completely why people should not believe a word the president. Taking Donald Trump at his word is a fool’s errand. Let me add a corallory – taking Trump sycophants at their word is also a fool’s errand. A study of veracity of information noted Rush Limbaugh is untruthful 80% of the time. Sean Hannity is better, but he is untruthful 51% of the time. Trump was once measured at 69% lying, which I think is now low. But using these measures – Believe only 1 of 2 Hannity comments, 1 of 3 of Trump’s and 1 of 5 of Limbaugh, which won him the Medal of Freedom. Keith

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    • Your quite right … it amazes me how people are willing to repeat his lies, even the ones that are so obviously untrue that my cat could smell the lie. Hannity and Limbaugh are entertainers, so that isn’t as surprising as ones like Bill Barr and Mitch McConnell who are supposed to be trusted government officials, yet they repeat his lies … as if they believed them. Sigh.


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