52 Political Quotes of John Dickerson

” Chess masters don’t evaluate all the possible moves. They know how to discard 98 percent of the ones they could make and then focus on the best choice of the remaining lot. That’s the way expertise works in other fields, too: Wise practitioners recognize familiar patterns and put their creativity, improvisation, and skill toward the marginal cases. “
” The culture of undermining sends signals of disrespect. This approach not only saps motivation and undermines teamwork, it also lowers the motivation to work extra hours anticipating what can go wrong. “
” A number of Donald Trump’s supporters told me during the campaign they had faith that he would be a good president because he would be helped by the experts around him. But the president’s improvisation saps experts of their key skill: pattern recognition. “
” Using the term ‘locker room talk’ blurs the line between what is criminal and what is simply oafish. That’s not a line anyone should want blurred. “
” In 2008, Senator John McCain forbid his staff from using an ad that referred to his opponent Barack Obama’s inflammatory former pastor Jeremiah Wright or from raising that issue in any other way. He believed it was a sneaky way to use Obama’s race against him. “
” My children are vampires. I don’t mean that they are going to dress as vampires for Halloween. I mean that, like vampires, they cannot be captured on film. “
” The walls of our upstairs hallway testify that we once had photogenic children. There are rows of framed pictures that show them playing baseball, basketball, holding a toad, and smiling in the sunlight at their eager parents. Everything is orderly and bright. “
” Politics is not the nicest business, but there are still times when people do the right thing. “
” To be the windowpane – this is basically a bastardization of what Orwell said about good writing – so you can get the conversation going and frame it the right way and make sure people aren’t lost. And then you let the candidates illuminate the issues themselves. “
” A picture excites the love of parenting that comes through meditation on a child. “
” When the news broke that John McCain had been diagnosed with brain cancer, the outpouring of well wishes all hailed his toughness. “
” There is a basic idea to this fighting spirit: that there are standards worth devoting yourself to that are more important than your self-interest. “
” Some of us do talk about women like objects, which dehumanizes them. “
” My instincts for asking questions is to press but not to be a jerk about it. “
” If we practice hard enough, we can become thoroughly interested in even the simplest things of daily life, the way a child would. The smallest things would become so meaningful, they might even be worth a few words or a photograph, whatever method you use to capture them. “
” One of the great things about children is that they have no other concern than to be simply interested in things. It is considered by some the height of mindfulness to approach the world afresh like a child. “
” An old theory holds that air conditioning ruined Congress. Members no longer had to flee the Washington heat to spend the summer back home. The long vacation forced them to bond with their constituents. “
” President-elect Donald Trump says he’s looking for a simple plan for defeating ISIS within his first 30 days of taking office. But even as ISIS has suffered setbacks in Iraq and Syria, its violent ideology continues to spread. “
” Things were so unpredictable in Comey’s first meeting with President-elect Trump, the former FBI director immediately took notes in his car after the interaction. “
” One of the roles of the press is to make sure that the president, in the voice of the people, is telling the truth. “
” The house was big enough for my brother and me to have firecracker wars at one end and leave Mom and Dad undisturbed at the other. When firecrackers weren’t available, we attacked each other with pennies and marbles and clumps of Crisco, which made brilliant greasy asterisks when you missed and hit the wall. “
” My mother, Nancy Dickerson, was a reporter for CBS and NBC and the first female star of television news; my father, Wyatt Dickerson, was a successful businessman. Their parties, from the ’60s to the ’80s, attracted cabinet officials, movie stars, and presidents. “
” Comey worried that the pressure from Trump to end the Flynn investigation or remove the ‘cloud’ of the larger investigation would ‘infect’ the investigation if he let others working on the case know about it. You don’t need to believe the particulars of each exchange to see that this mode of management was not productive to a larger purpose. “
” Mother’s Day is a welcome event in partisan times. Nearly everyone agrees that we should show mothers gratitude. “
” When she died, Mom left me her letters and journals. Windows into things I would have been too young to understand when she was alive, or too busy, or too much of a know-it-all. “
” In the modern presidency, the Chief Executive is expected to respond to anxious national moments with words that stabilize the country. President Trump chose a different route. He did not give a stirring speech of unity or create a national gathering point around common ideals. He spent his passion on other things. “
” A campaign gives you focus. You wake up to a different hotel alarm clock every day, but you know your mission. “
” When the campaign ends, and you are home, the alarm clock is the same, but you don’t know where to start after it goes off: expense reports, new stories, the crusted paint cans that have to go to the hazardous-waste disposal site, the wiper blade on the Honda that has gone droopy. “
” You lose yourself in the to-do list and never tackle those big things you promised you would when the campaign came to an end. “
” When the kids were young, they just wanted to be around us. We were units of comfort and support. As they get older, we work the turnstile, helping the exasperated customer pass whatever temporary obstacle is keeping them from their next exciting thing. Now we’re the ones who just like having them in the room. “
” Claims of a decisive ‘turning point’ in any election are often overblown – more often, such a moment merely crystallizes a change that’s been days or weeks in the making. But you can make a real case that Obama’s Jefferson-Jackson Day speech is a pivot point in America history. “
” Barack Obama’s convention speech in 2004 had made him a political star, and he arrived in Iowa to crowds unseen in caucus history. “
” The 2008 battle in Iowa for the Democratic caucus was perhaps the most titanic single nominating contest in the history of modern politics. “
” In the end, Obama won, stealing the change message from John Edwards and beating back Hillary Clinton’s focus on experience. And the race turned on a remarkable speech Obama gave on the night of Nov. 10, 2007, in Des Moines. “
” When I was first asked to be on ‘Washington Week’, I never prepared more for an appearance. “
” The Chinese, our allies, have been allies with North Korea. “
” Presidents have to learn how to adapt. Every president comes into the job; it’s different than they expect. They must adapt. “
” People out there with pre-existing conditions, they are worried. Are they going to have the guarantee of coverage if they have a pre-existing condition or if they live in a state where the governor decides that’s not a part of the health care, or that the prices are going to go up? That’s the worry. “
” Inaugural speeches are supposed to be huge and stirring. Presidents haul our heroes onstage, from George Washington to Martin Luther King Jr. George W. Bush brought the Liberty Bell. They use history to make greatness and achievements seem like something you can just take down from the shelf. “
” In order for a president to be transformational, the old order has to fall as the orthodoxies that kept it in power exhaust themselves. “
” In the 2012 campaign, the president successfully transformed the most intense conservative positions into liabilities on immigration and the role of government. “
” Mitt Romney won the GOP nomination on a platform of ‘self-deportation’ for illegal immigrants – and the Obama team never let Hispanics forget it. The Obama campaign also branded Republicans with Romney’s ill-chosen words about 47 percent of Americans as the party of uncaring millionaires. “
” Mom would talk about Eric Sevareid and Murrow and Howard K. Smith the way other parents talk about sports figures. “
” That’s what politics is. It’s the story of what’s happening, what does it mean, what’s the conclusion, who are the interesting characters? “
” Politicians have done some grim things in pursuit of the office. President Franklin Roosevelt was a philanderer; nevertheless, he pushed aides to use his opponent Wendell Wilkie’s affairs to hurt him. He even tutored aides on how to spread rumors without getting caught. “
” Would most politicians have gone to a meeting with someone advertised as being an agent of the Russian government? “
” There is no human-resources training for how to respond when you work for an unpredictable president. It’s perhaps fitting that when you visit the website of the White House Office of Administration it says, ‘Check back soon for more information.’ “
” I’ve talked to several who have been approached for short- or long-term duty in the Trump administration. The evidence of the work environment that mounts with each passing day makes them highly wary. “
” If people feel like the boss doesn’t respect them, they don’t stretch for the boss. “
” I believe that Jesus Christ existed and that He died for my sins. And I believe that what He said in the Gospels is a model for the way I should try to lead my life and that I will always fall short of that and, therefore, need Him to redeem me. “
” Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life. “
” The most important connection I can see between my faith and my work is that in the progress of my day, I try to be restrained and mindful of every person’s humanity and of the overwhelming challenge of pride. “