The Office of President . . .

  • “[The President] is the dignified, but accountable magistrate of a free and great people. The tenure of his office, it is true, is not hereditary; nor is it for life: but still it is a tenure of the noblest kind: by being the man of the people, he is invested; by continuing to be the man of the people, his investiture will be voluntarily, and cheerfully, and honourably renewed.” —James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1791
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Published in: on January 14, 2009 at 6:24 am  Leave a Comment  

While being a President Elect . . .

  • “For myself the delay [in assuming the office of the President] may be compared with a reprieve; for in confidence I assure you, with the world it would obtain little credit that my movements to the chair of Government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution: so unwilling am I, in the evening of a life nearly consumed in public cares, to quit a peaceful abode for an Ocean of difficulties, without that competency of political skill, abilities and inclination which is necessary to manage the helm.”–George Washington, comment to General Henry Knox, March 1789
Published in: on January 13, 2009 at 8:09 am  Leave a Comment