Barack Obama, American President

Barack Obama


Gore Vidal  (1925-2012) American author and essayist, in The Decline and Fall of the American Empire, 1992.

“Every four years the naive half who vote are encouraged to believe that if we can elect a really nice man or woman President everything will be all right. But it won’t be. Any individual who is able to raise $25 million to be considered presidential is not going to be much use to the people at large. He will represent oil, or aerospace, or banking, or whatever moneyed entities are paying for him. Certainly he will never represent the people of the country, and they know it.  Hence, the sense of despair throughout the land as incomes fall, businesses fail and there is no redress.”

  —  Gore Vidal  (1925-2012) American author and essayist, in The Decline and Fall of the American Empire, 1992.

President Theodore Roosevelt

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” – President Theodore Roosevelt, October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919