Al Gore: “A zebra cannot change his spots.”
Alan Simpson: “There are a lot of things we do that are irrelevant, but that’s what the Senate is for.”
Barry Goldwater: (on women in the military) “Women are hard enough to handle now, without giving them a gun.”
Bill Clinton: “Being president is a lot like being head of a cemetery. You’ve got a lot of people under you and they don’t listen to you.”
Eugene McCarthy: “Being a politician is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, but dumb enough to think it’s important.”
George Mitchell: “Although He is regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics.”
Gerald Ford: “You know all those Secret Service men you’ve seen around me? When I play golf they get combat pay.”
Henry Kissinger: “The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.”
Hillary Clinton: (describing Bill) “He’s a hard dog to keep on the porch.”
Hubert Humphrey: “To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.”
Jimmy Carter: “Your politicians will always be there when they need you.”
John F. Kennedy: “I have just received the following telegram from my generous daddy. It says, 'Dear Jack: Don't buy a single vote more than is necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide.'”
Lyndon Johnson: “Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There’s nothing to do but stand there and take it.”
Orrin Hatch: “The only way we’ll get the French to help us is if they find truffles in Iraq.”
Ronald Reagan: “The most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”
Walter Mondale: “Political image is like mixing cement. When it’s wet you can move it around and shape it, but at some point it hardens and there’s almost nothing you can do to reshape it.”
William Weld: “You can lead a House to order, but you can’t make it think.”