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Who Said It: Fictional President or Real President?
by Staff
Sometimes presidents say the darndest things. And sometimes it's hard to tell if a quote came from a real president or an over-the-top movie version. Take this quiz and test your presidential radar.

"No man who ever held the office of president would congratulate a friend on obtaining it."

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"That, ladies and gentleman, is how you win elections. You gather a group of middle-aged, middle-class, middle-income voters who remember with longing an easier time, and you talk to them about family and American values and character."

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"My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes."

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"You want to do my job? Every day you have to decide between something terrible that you hate and something horrible that you hate. Either way people are going to hate you. You need to accept that — otherwise you shouldn't run."

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"You don't know how to lie. If you can't lie, you'll never go anywhere."

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"I was elected to lead, not to read."

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"I'm going to tell you something really outrageous. I'm going to tell you the truth."

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"People say, how can I help on this war against terror? How can I fight evil? You can do so by mentoring a child; by going into a shut-in's house and say I love you."

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"The world as we know it will soon come to an end."

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"Never again will I allow our political self-interest to deter us from doing what we know to be morally right."

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"A president needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it."

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"Do you know that when smallpox was eradicated, it was considered the single greatest humanitarian achievement of this century? Surely we can do it again, as we did in the times when our eyes looked towards the heavens and, with outstretched fingers, we touched the face of God."

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"Why can't we work out our differences? Why can't we work things out? Little people, why can't we all just get along?" 

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"Cities fall, but they are rebuilt. And heroes die, but they are remembered. We honor them with every brick we lay, with every field we sow, With every child we comfort, and then teach to rejoice in what we have been regiven. Our planet. Our home. So now, let us begin."

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

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"The road to power is paved with hypocrisy. And casualties."

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"Politics gives guys so much power that they tend to behave badly around women. And I hope I never get into that."

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"Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it."

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"I want them to see how we protect our citizens. We will not put up with racism or xenophobia. If this is where it's going to start, this is where it's going to stop."

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"I can't ever remember sitting around and saying, 'Gosh, let's hurry up and get these debates going, that'll win it for me.' Nope."

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"It was my fortune, or misfortune, to be called to the office of Chief Executive without any previous political training."

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"As to the Presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it."

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"We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation."

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"Eight years was awesome, and I was famous and I was powerful. But I have no desire for fame and power anymore."

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"If I had to name my greatest strength, I guess it would be my humility. Greatest weakness, it's possible that I'm a little too awesome.''

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"Maybe we could put Afghanistan on eBay? Get about 10 bucks for that?"

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"There are certain things you should expect from a president. I ought to care more about you than I do about me... I ought to care more about what's right than I do about what's popular. I ought to be willing to give this whole thing up for something I believe in."

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"The president is the last person in the world to know what the people really want and think." 

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"Being president is like running a cemetery: You've got a lot of people under you and nobody's listening."

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"I love that woman. I love her more than sharks love blood."

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