Dead Presidents

Historical facts, thoughts, ramblings and collections on the Presidency and about the Presidents of the United States.

By Anthony Bergen
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You know, just wait a few days until the bloom is off that rose. This woman is being put into a position she is not even remotely prepared for. She hasn’t spent one day on the national level. Neither has her family. Let’s wait and see how she looks five days out.
George W. Bush, making a prediction to close aides about Sarah Palin, during the honeymoon period after John McCain named Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate, August 2008
With me it is exceptionally true that the Presidency is not a bed of roses.
James K. Polk, personal diary entry, September 4, 1847
Former Presidents compare their libraries like other men compare their, well…I just wonder how LBJ would have handled that.

George W. Bush, at the LBJ Library’s Civil Rights Summit, April 10, 2014

Man, I have to admit that I sure am enjoying George W. Bush more-and-more as a former President — and not just because he is no longer President.

I am the last President of the United States!
James Buchanan, upon the secession of South Carolina, December 20, 1860
[Taylor is] an illiterate frontier colonel.
Daniel Webster on Zachary Taylor

I was picketed a few days ago in California by some youngsters that had signs that said, ‘Make Love, Not War!’

The trouble is they didn’t look like they were capable of doing either. This fellow that was doing the talking had a haircut like Tarzan, walked like Jane, and smelled like Cheetah.

Ronald Reagan, on 1960s protesters, during a speech while Governor of California
Perhaps the most incapable Executive that ever filled the Presidential chair…It would be difficult to imagine a man less fit to guide the state with honor and safety through the stormy times that marked the opening of the present century.
Theodore Roosevelt, on Thomas Jefferson
That man has offered me unsolicited advice for the past six years, all of it bad.

Calvin Coolidge, on Herbert Hoover, 1928.

Hoover was Coolidge’s Secretary of Commerce from 1923-1928, and his successor as President.

Nothing like it ever in the Executive Mansion — liquor, snobbery, and worse…
Rutherford B. Hayes, on Chester A. Arthur, 1881
[Davis was] head devil among the traitors, and he ought to be hung.
Andrew Johnson, on Jefferson Davis, in a letter to Hugh McCulloch, 1866
The Presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was; and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands.
Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964

"Why, this fellow don’t know any more about politics than a pig knows about Sunday…" — Harry S Truman, on Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1950

"Truman didn’t know any more about government than a dog knows about religion." — Dwight D. Eisenhower, on Harry S Truman, 1953

When I was President, it was said of me that I spoke softly and carried a big stick. It can be said of Wilson that he speaks bombastically and wields a dish rag.
Theodore Roosevelt, on Woodrow Wilson